Lukas Hradecky

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Lukas Hradecky
Lukas hradecky.jpg
Hradecky with Finland in 2011
Personal information
Full name Lukáš Hrádecký
Date of birth (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt
Number 1
Youth career
0000–2000 TPK
2001–2008 TPS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 TPS 0 (0)
2008 ÅIFK (loan) 11 (0)
2009–2013 Esbjerg fB 76 (0)
2013–2015 Brøndby IF 69 (0)
2015– Eintracht Frankfurt 58 (0)
National team
2006 Finland U17 1 (0)
2007 Finland U18 11 (0)
2007–2008 Finland U19 5 (0)
2008–2009 Finland U20 2 (0)
2009–2010 Finland U21 10 (0)
2010– Finland 34 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 25 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2016

Lukas Hradecky (Slovak: Lukáš Hrádecký, born 24 November 1989), is a Slovak-born[3] Finnish football goalkeeper who plays for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt and the Finland national team.[4] Hradecky was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. He began his senior club career playing for TPS, before signing with Esbjerg fB at age 19 in 2009.

Hradecky made his international debut for Finland in May 2010, at the age of 20.

Club career[edit]

TPS[edit]

Hradecky began his career in Finnish club Turun Palloseura. In 2008, he played in the International Karel Stegeman U-19 Youth Tournament in Ruurlo, Netherlands where he won the prize for best goalkeeper.[5]

Esbjerg[edit]

On 10 January 2009, Hradecky transferred to Esbjerg fB and signed a four-year contract with the five-time Danish champions.[6] On 3 August 2010 it was announced that Hradecky had been called to be tested for a week by Manchester United to strengthen their goalkeeping department after the departure of Tom Heaton.[7] However, he chose to seek the chance to be the primary keeper in Esbjerg instead. After the 2012–13 Superliga season Hradecky's contract with Esbjerg fB expired, and an agreement to prolong the contract was not reached.[8]

Brøndby[edit]

June 12, 2013 he joined Danish Superliga rivals Brøndby IF on a four-year contract on a free transfer.[9]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

In August 2015 Hradecky transferred from Brøndby to German Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt. The value of the transfer was never published, but according to newspapers Eintracht paid 2.5 million Euros to Brøndby.[10][11]

International career[edit]

Hradecky earned several caps for Finland on different junior levels. He made his junior level national team debut when he was 16 years old in 16. November 2006 in Athens in a match against Greece. He was a member of the Finland national under-20 football team and represented the team at the Valentin A. Granatkin Memorial Tournament.[12] Hradecky was selected to Finland national under-21 football team for 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship but he had to withdraw due to a knee injury.[13][14] He was the first choice keeper for Finland's under-21 side during the 2011 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifications.

In January 2010 Hradecky was called to the Finland national football team by Stuart Baxter to face South Korea in a friendly at Málaga, Spain. Hradecky was at the bench the whole match. He finally made his first team debut on 21 May 2010, when he replaced Jukka Lehtovaara for the second half in a 2–0 away loss against Estonia.[15] He played his first UEFA European Championship qualification game on 3 June 2011 when Mixu Paatelainen chose him to the starting line up against San Marino in Serravalle.[16] During autumn of 2011 he established himself as a regular in the Finland national team and appeared in the UEFA European Championship qualification matches against Moldova, Netherlands and Sweden.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Hradecky's brothers Tomas and Matej are also professional footballers. Tomas plays for Bohemians 1905 and Matej for SJK Seinäjoki.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 March 2017[18][19]
Club Season Division League Domestic Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Esbjerg fB
2009–10 Danish Superliga 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2010–11 Danish Superliga 13 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
2011–12 Danish 1st Division 23 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
2012–13 Danish Superliga 33 0 5 0 0 0 38 0
Esbjerg Total 74 0 7 0 0 0 81 0
Brøndby
2013–14 Danish Superliga 33 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
2014–15 Danish Superliga 33 0 2 0 2 0 37 0
2015–16 Danish Superliga 3 0 0 0 6 0 9 0
Brøndby Total 69 0 2 0 8 0 79 0
Eintracht Frankfurt
2015–16 Bundesliga 34 0 3 0 0 0 37 0
2016–17 Bundesliga 24 0 2 0 0 0 26 0
Eintracht Frankfurt Total 58 0 5 0 0 0 63 0
Career Total 201 0 14 0 8 0 223 0

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of matches played on 12 November 2016[20]

National team Year Apps Goals
Finland
2010 1 0
2011 7 0
2012 4 0
2013 3 0
2014 4 0
2015 7 0
2016 8 0
Total 34 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Esbjerg fB
Brøndby IF

Country[edit]

Finland national football team

Individual[edit]

  • 2007: Promising player of the year [21]
  • 2008: Best Goalkeeper Award at International Karel Stegeman U-19 Youth Tournament
  • 2010: Finland U21 Goalkeeper of the Year [22]
  • 2010: Finland U21 Player of the Year [23]
  • 2013: Danish Superliga Goalkeeper of the Year [24]
  • 2013: Danish Superliga best player of the spring season [25]
  • 2013: Esbjerg fB best player of season

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hradecky Lukas//Goalkeeper". eintracht.de. Eintracht Frankfurt. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hradecky Lukas//Goalkeeper". eintracht.de. Eintracht Frankfurt. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Huuhkajien maalivahti Hradecky pelaa tänään synnyinmaataan vastaan" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lukas Hradecky" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  5. ^ International Karel Stegeman U-19
  6. ^ Finsk målmand til EfB
  7. ^ Pikkuhuuhkajien maalivahti ManU:n testattavaksi
  8. ^ Officielt: Esbjerg og Hradecky skilles
  9. ^ Lukas Hradecky skifter til Brøndby IF
  10. ^ "Lukas Hradecky kolmen vuoden sopimuksella Frankfurtiin" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Nyt se on varmaa: Näin kovalla summalla suomalaisvahti siirtyy Bundesliigaan" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Valentin A. Ganatkin
  13. ^ "Kanerva nimesi 22 pelaajaa, Eremenko ei mukana" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jälleen takaisku Pikkuhuuhkajien maalivahtiosastolle" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Viro nöyryytti Suomea Tallinnassa" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Forssell laukoi Suomelle nihkeän voiton" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Finland (2011)". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Lukas Hradecky". National Football Teams. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  19. ^ "Lukas Hradecky". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  20. ^ Lukas Hradecky at National-Football-Teams.com
  21. ^ "Hän on Suomen vuoden lupaava pelaaja" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  22. ^ http://www.palloliitto.fi/viestinta/?num=176535
  23. ^ "Medo Vuoden liigapelaaja 2010" (in Finnish). Veikkausliiga. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  24. ^ http://www.bold.dk/nyt/Hradecky-vandt-Det-Gyldne-Bur
  25. ^ "Huuhkajavahti Lukas Hradecky Brøndbyn lääkärintarkastuksessa" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 

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