Jaroslav Drobný (footballer)

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Jaroslav Drobný
Jaroslav Drobný (Fußballspieler) - Hertha BSC Berlin (2).jpg
Drobný with Hertha in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Jaroslav Drobný
Date of birth (1979-10-18) 18 October 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Počátky, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 1
Youth career
SK Chrudim
0000–1999 Vítkovice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 České Budějovice 46 (0)
2001–2005 Panionios 101 (0)
2005–2006 Fulham 0 (0)
2005–2006 ADO Den Haag (loan) 12 (0)
2006–2007 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2007 VfL Bochum (loan) 17 (0)
2007–2010 Hertha BSC 97 (0)
2010– Hamburger SV 58 (0)
National team
1997–1998 Czech Republic U18 6 (0)
1997 Czech Republic U20 1 (0)
1999–2002 Czech Republic U21 16 (0)
2009– Czech Republic 7 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Jaroslav Drobný (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaroslav ˈdrobniː];[1] born 18 October 1979) is a Czech international football goalkeeper who currently plays for Bundesliga football club Hamburger SV. He has played for the Hamburg based club since Summer 2010. Drobný has previously played for České Budějovice, Panionios, ADO Den Haag, VfL Bochum, Ipswich Town and Hertha BSC.

Club career[edit]

Drobný's first club was local club SK Chrudium. In his first season he signed a contract with his former team's rivals, FC Vitkovice. The next step was the First Division club S.K. České Budějovice. He spent his first professional years there from 1999 till 2002.

The next step in his career was a transfer to Panionios in the Alpha Ethniki, the Premier Division of Greek football.

In 2005, he was spotted by Fulham, and in the summer, the club having sold Edwin van der Sar, he was bought by the West London club.[2] However, Drobný was injured shortly after his arrival, and upon returning to fitness failed to get into the team. He was loaned for half a season to the Dutch club ADO Den Haag.[3] When he returned his contract was terminated by mutual consent in August 2006, without Drobný having played a first-team game for the club.

On 27 October 2006, he joined Ipswich Town on a short term deal, but failed to make a first team appearance. On 23 January 2007, he was loaned to VfL Bochum.

Drobný immediately took over the position on goal from the unlucky Danish keeper Peter Skov-Jensen. On 27 January 2007, he made his Bundesliga debut with VfL Bochum against Mainz.[4] Drobný played a good season. So after that season the financially stronger club Hertha BSC made him an offer he could not refuse. Since the 2007–08 season, he has played in the German capital. After a strong 2008–09 season, in which Hertha lead the Bundesliga for five matchdays, Hertha finished in last placed in the 2009–10 season, and Drobný left the club to join Hamburger SV.[5]

International career[edit]

He has played 16 times for the Czech national team's under-21 side, but his opportunities have been limited in the full squad. On 11 February 2009, Drobný made his debut for the senior team in a 0–0 draw against Morocco.


  1. ^ Jaroslav in isolation: [ˈjaroslaf].
  2. ^ "Jaroslav Drobny signs". Fulham Official Website. 10 June 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Drobnu goes Dutch". Fulham Official Website. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 13 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Drobny-Wechsel perfekt: "Ich freue mich auf die Herausforderung"" (in German). Hamburger SV. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 

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