Jarošík playing for Krylia Sovetov, 2009
|Full name||Jiří Jarošík|
|Date of birth||27 October 1977|
|Place of birth||Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Midfielder|
|Current club||Deportivo Alavés|
|1986–1988||Ústí nad Labem|
|1997–1999||→ Slovan Liberec (loan)||39||(2)|
|2005–2006||→ Birmingham City (loan)||24||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Jiří Jarošík Czech pronunciation (help·info) (born 27 October 1977) is a Czech footballer. His playing position is defender and midfielder. He started his club career in his native Czech Republic, winning six league titles in seven years with Sparta Prague. He headed abroad to continue his football career, spending eight years playing for various teams including CSKA Moscow, Chelsea, Birmingham City, Celtic, Krylia Sovetov and Real Zaragoza. During this time he won league titles in three different countries. He then returned to Sparta, although only for two seasons, after which he headed to Spain to play for Deportivo Alavés, for whom he currently plays.
Jarošík played for the Czech national team, making 23 appearances without scoring between 2000 and 2005.
Born in Ústí nad Labem, then Czechoslovakia, Jarošík began his career with Sparta Prague in his native Czech Republic. He had a two-year loan spell at Slovan Liberec before establishing himself in the first team at Sparta. Jarošík's appearances caught the eye of CSKA Moscow, who paid a then Russian record of about $3.5 million to acquire him in 2003.
On 6 January 2005, Jarošík was purchased by Premier League club Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, thought to be about £3 million. On 27 February, he started the League Cup final, which Chelsea won 3-2 against Liverpool. Chelsea won the 2004–05 Premier League title and Jarošík made enough league appearances (14) to earn a championship medal.
In August 2005, after Chelsea purchased Michael Essien, Jarošík found himself out of the first team and was loaned out to fellow Premier League side Birmingham City on for the 2005–06 season. At Birmingham, he was the team's top goalscorer, becoming better known for his long-range shooting than the defensive responsibilities which gave him his name at Moscow. After finishing a disappointing season for the Midlands side, Birmingham had the option to make the deal permanent when the spell ended, but following their relegation, they did not do so. He finished a superb loan period at Saint Andrew's in May 2006 where he was the club's joint-top goalscorer with eight goals, although his goals could not help Birmingham stay in the Premier League. Jarošík returned Chelsea not knowing where his future would lie, due to there being heavy competition for places at the club.
On 19 June 2006, Jarošík left Chelsea and signed a three-year deal with Scottish Premier League champions Celtic for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around the £2 million mark. He scored on his Celtic debut in a 4-1 victory over Kilmarnock at Celtic Park. Competition from other midfielders such as Evander Sno, Aiden McGeady and Paul Hartley meant that first team opportunities were limited for Jarošík, but he still made several notable contributions to Celtic's success, including winning both the free kicks from which Shunsuke Nakamura scored in the two Champions League group stage matches against Manchester United - the second being the one which put Celtic into the last 16. On 6 December 2006, Jarošík also scored Celtic's goal in a 3-1 Champions League group stage loss at Copenhagen. On 14 January 2007, Jarošík scored the winner in a 2-1 win over Hearts. Celtic won the 2006-07 league title in Jarošík's first season with the club, meaning that he has now won league medals in a record four countries - Czech Republic, Russia, England and Scotland.
Despite the signings of Massimo Donati and Scott Brown for the 2007-08 season, which made midfield competition even tighter than before, Jarošík remained with Celtic. On 3 October, Jarošík made his first Celtic start in over six months in Celtic's 2-1 Champions League group stage victory over A.C. Milan at Celtic Park. On 28 November, Jarošík scored Celtic's equaliser in another Champions League group stage match - this time against Shakhtar Donetsk - with a spectacular left-footed volley. The match ended 2-1 to Celtic.
On 13 August 2011, Jarošík signed for his former club Sparta Prague as a free agent.
- Sparta Prague
- Czech League (6): 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
- PFC CSKA Moscow
- "Jiří Jarošík" (in Czech). AC Sparta Praha. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Jarošík completes move to Chelsea". BBC Sport. 6 January 2005.
- "Liverpool 2-3 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 27 February 2005.
- "Games played by Jiri Jarosik in 2004/2005". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
- "Jarosik joins as Celtic target two more big names". The Scotsman. 20 June 2006.
- "Celtic 4-1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 29 July 2006.
- "Man Utd 3-2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 13 September 2006.
- "Celtic 1-0 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 21 November 2006.
- "FC Copenhagen 3-1 Celtic". BBC Sport. 6 December 2006.
- "Hearts 1-2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 14 January 2007.
- "Celtic 2-1 AC Milan". BBC Sport. 3 October 2007.
- "Celtic 2-1 Shakhtar Donetsk". BBC Sport. 28 November 2007.
- "Jarosik makes Russian return". Sky Sports. 31 January 2008.
- http://www.alaves.com/jiri-jarosik-refuerza-la-defensa-del-deportivo-alaves/ News about the transfer from the official webpage of Deportivo Alavés
- Jiří Jarošík career stats at Soccerbase
- Jiří Jarošík international stats at the Football Association of the Czech Republic website (Czech)
- Jarošík's page at Celtic's official site
- Jarošík's page at ESPN's Soccernet