Marek Štěch

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Marek Štěch
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Štěch with West Ham United in 2008
Personal information
Full name Marek Štěch[1]
Date of birth (1990-01-28) 28 January 1990 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 1
Youth career
2002–2006 Sparta Prague
2006–2008 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 West Ham United 0 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2 (0)
2009 Bournemouth (loan) 1 (0)
2011 Yeovil Town (loan) 5 (0)
2012 Leyton Orient (loan) 2 (0)
2012–2014 Yeovil Town 72 (0)
2014–2017 Sparta Prague 19 (0)
2017– Luton Town 9 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Czech Republic U17 18 (0)
2009–2012 Czech Republic U21 12 (0)
2014 Czech Republic 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:07, 23 September 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:40, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Marek Štěch (born 28 January 1990) is a Czech professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for League Two club Luton Town and the Czech Republic national team.

Štěch began his career with local club Sparta Prague, spending four years in their youth system. In 2006, aged 16, he signed for Premier League club West Ham United for an undisclosed fee. Štěch had loan spells with Wycombe Wanderers and Bournemouth in 2009, but made only three appearances in total. He made his first-team debut for West Ham in the League Cup in August 2010 before spending more time out on loan in League One with Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient in 2011–12. After six years with the club, Štěch left West Ham by mutual consent to join Yeovil Town permanently, and helped them win promotion to the Championship in 2012–13. He turned down a new contract with Yeovil, and re-signed for Sparta Prague in 2014. Štěch has also represented the Czech Republic at U17, U19 and U21 levels.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia,[1] Štěch began his career with local club Sparta Prague, where he became a trainee in July 2005.[2]

West Ham United[edit]

Štěch playing for West Ham United in 2010

On 31 August 2006, Štěch signed for Premier League club West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.[3] Due to an ankle injury, his debut was delayed until 17 November 2006, for the West Ham under-18 team in the Premier Academy League, which ended in a goalless draw against Chelsea. Štěch subsequently made his reserve-team debut in the 1–1 home draw against Portsmouth at the Boleyn Ground on 20 November 2006.[2]

In July 2008, Štěch signed a new five-year contract and featured in the West Ham first-team during pre-season.[4] On 18 January 2009, he was named as first-team substitute goalkeeper for the first time for West Ham's visit to Newcastle United.[5] On 12 March 2009, Štěch signed for League Two club Wycombe Wanderers on loan until the end of the season.[6] Štěch made his Football League debut for Wycombe on 14 March 2009 in a 3–3 away draw against Brentford.[7] However, a groin and hip injury sustained in training limited him to just two appearances for Wycombe, before returning to West Ham for treatment.[8]

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Štěch was handed the number 34 shirt. However, before making any appearances for the senior team, that number was taken by Olly Lee in a League Cup match against Millwall.[9] On 11 December 2009, Štěch signed for League Two club Bournemouth on an emergency loan due to last for seven days after Bournemouth after receiving special dispensation from the Football League.[10] The following day, Štěch made his debut for Bournemouth but let in five goals as they lost 5–0 away to Morecambe.[11] Štěch's loan with Bournemouth lasted only one game, and he returned to West Ham, where he was named as substitute goalkeeper in West Ham's next game, a 1–1 home draw with Chelsea.[12] During the season Štěch was named as substitute goalkeeper for West Ham on 14 occasions in all competitions, including 13 times in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.[2]

On 24 August 2010, Štěch made his debut for the West Ham first-team, against Oxford United in the League Cup, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory.[13] He made a total of three appearances in the League Cup for West Ham and was an unused substitute on 13 occasions in the Premier League.[2]

In October 2011, Štěch signed on loan for League One club Yeovil Town following an injury to Yeovil's first choice goalkeeper Jed Steer.[14] He made his debut on 15 October 2011, in a 3–0 home defeat by Carlisle United.[15] On 14 November 2011, he was recalled from his loan five days early by West Ham. He made five appearances for Yeovil, keeping one clean sheet and saving a penalty in a 0–0 draw with Stevenage on 22 October 2011.[16][17] On 24 February 2012, Štěch signed on a month-long loan for League One club Leyton Orient.[18] Štěch made his Leyton Orient debut the following day in a 1–1 draw against Bury,[19] but he only managed two games before suffering an ankle injury.[20] At the end of the 2011–12 season West Ham confirmed that Štěch had left the club by mutual consent after six years in east London.[21]

Yeovil Town[edit]

On 5 July 2012, following his departure from West Ham, Štěch signed permanently for League One club Yeovil Town on a two-year contract, becoming the club's first permanent goalkeeper on the books since the 2008–09 season.[22] Štěch made his first appearance of the season and permanent debut for Yeovil in a League Cup tie at home to Colchester United on 14 August 2012.[23] Štěch was ever-present for Yeovil in the 2012–13 season, playing 56 matches and keeping 19 clean sheets, and was man of the match in the 2013 League One play-off Final as Yeovil won promotion to the Championship for the first time in their history.[24]

After being substituted for Gareth Stewart in a 1–0 home defeat against Birmingham City, it was confirmed Štêch would be out for 3–4 months with a fractured hand.[25] After four months out, Štěch made his return from injury in a 1–0 loss against Blackburn Rovers.[26]

At the end of the 2013–14 season, which resulted in Yeovil Town's relegation, Štěch was offered a new contract with the club.[27]

Sparta Prague[edit]

Štěch rejected Yeovil's offer and moved back to Czech club Sparta Prague, the club he represented as a child, to replace outgoing Sparta goalkeeper Tomáš Vaclík.[28]

Luton Town[edit]

On 14 June 2017, Štěch signed for League Two club Luton Town on a two-year contract upon the expiry of his contract with Sparta Prague.[29] He made his debut on 5 August 2017, starting Luton's 8–2 win at home to former club Yeovil Town on the opening day of 2017–18, in which he saved a penalty from Otis Khan.[30][31] Štěch kept his first clean sheet for Luton in a 3–0 victory at home to Colchester United on 19 August.[32]

International career[edit]

Štěch has been capped at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level for the Czech Republic. Štěch made his under-17 debut in a 1–0 win against Finland in February 2006, and featured in the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship as the Czech Republic finished the competition as runners-up to Russia.[33] Štěch made his under-21 debut in a friendly against South Korea in March 2009, and featured in the Czech Republic's squad during the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship where they finished in fourth place.

On 13 May 2014, Štěch received his first call-up to the Czech Republic national team for their friendlies against Finland and Austria on 21 May 2014 and 5 June 2014.[34] Although an unused substitute against Finland, Štěch started against Austria to earn his first cap for the national team.[35]

Controversy[edit]

On April 13, 2013, Štěch posted two offensive tweets on his Twitter account. One of the tweets called Sparta's rival club Slavia Prague "Fucking jews".[36][37][38][39] Štěch later deleted the two tweets[36] and apologised.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

Štěch playing for the Czech Republic in 2014
As of match played 23 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Ham United 2008–09[40] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[41] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[42] Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
2011–12[43] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2008–09[40] League Two 2 0 2 0
Bournemouth (loan) 2009–10[41] League Two 1 0 1 0
Yeovil Town (loan) 2011–12[43] League One 5 0 5 0
Leyton Orient (loan) 2011–12[43] League One 2 0 2 0
Yeovil Town 2012–13[44] League One 46 0 1 0 2 0 7[a] 0 56 0
2013–14[45] Championship 26 0 2 0 1 0 29 0
Total 72 0 3 0 3 0 7 0 85 0
Sparta Prague 2014–15[46] Czech First League 17 0 3 0 3[b] 0 0 0 23 0
2015–16[46] Czech First League 2 0 3 0 1[c] 0 0 0 6 0
2016–17[46] Czech First League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 0 6 0 4 0 0 0 29 0
Luton Town 2017–18[30] League Two 9 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 110 0 9 0 7 0 4 0 7 0 137 0
  1. ^ Four appearances in Football League Trophy, three in League One play-offs
  2. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Yeovil Town

Sparta Prague

References[edit]

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