Karel Kula

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Karel Kula
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-08-10) 10 August 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Třinec, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Český Těšín
Železárny Třinec
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1991 Baník Ostrava 188 (25)
1982–1984 Dukla Banská Bystrica (loan) 19 (0)
1991–1992 Stuttgarter Kickers 28 (6)
1992–1995 SG Wattenscheid 09 59 (3)
1995–1996 Železárny Třinec 39 (1)
1997–1998 Baník Ostrava 21 (0)
National team
1985–1992 Czechoslovakia 40 (5)
Teams managed
2006–2008 Baník Ostrava (assistant)
2009–2010 FK Fotbal Třinec (assistant)
2010–2012 Karviná
2013–2014 FK Fotbal Třinec
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Karel Kula (born 10 August 1963) is a retired Czech football midfielder and former general manager of Karviná and FK Fotbal Třinec.

Career[edit]

Club-level[edit]

After making his professional debut at the age of 18, with FC Baník Ostrava (with a two-year loan during his spell at the club), Kula amassed more than 200 official appearances with the team. In 1991, he won the Czechoslovak Cup with Baník.[1]

At 28, Kula was allowed to leave the country, spending the next four years in Germany, three of those with SG Wattenscheid 09. Although he made his first division debuts for Stuttgarter Kickers in the 1991–92 season, his six league goals (third in the team) were not enough to prevent relegation (in 17th position).

Aged 32, Kula returned to his country, now the Czech Republic. After one and a half years with SK Železárny Třinec, he closed out his career with first club Baník in 1998.

International-level[edit]

Kula played for the youth national teams of Czechoslovakia including the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship, as did his twin brother Vlastimil. During seven years in the senior side, he gained 40 caps, the first coming in 1985. He did not attend, however, any major international tournaments, being overlooked for the squad which appeared at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Managerial[edit]

Kula worked with Baník as assistant manager from 2006 to 2008, and then in the same role at FK Fotbal Třinec. In 2010, he gained his first managerial position at Karviná.[2] In March 2012, Kula was replaced as manager of Karviná by assistant Marek Kalivoda.[3] He returned to FK Fotbal Třinec for the 2013-14 season as general manager; his successor was Marek Kalivoda.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baník Ostrava profile" (in Czech). Baník Ostrava. 
  2. ^ "Profile at iDNES.cz" (in Czech). iDNES.cz. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Karel Kula byl odvolán od týmu Karviné". denik.cz. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kalivoda bude trenérem Třince" (in Czech). Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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