Mario Lička

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Mario Lička
Personal information
Full name Mario Lička
Date of birth (1982-04-30) 30 April 1982 (age 33)
Place of birth Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Istres
Number 7
Youth career
1986–1987 FC Grenoble
1987–1989 Berchem Sport Antwerpen
1988–1990 Calais RUFC
1990–1991 FC Grande-Synthe
1991–2002 Baník Ostrava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Baník Ostrava 65 (12)
2004 Livorno (loan) 4 (0)
2005–2006 1. FC Slovácko 28 (1)
2006–2008 Southampton 27 (1)
2008–2010 Baník Ostrava 58 (13)
2010–2013 Stade Brestois 84 (3)
2013–2014 SK Slavia Prague 13 (0)
2014– FC Istres[1] 26 (0)
National team
2002-2003 Czech Republic U-21 16 (2)
2009-2010 Czech Republic 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2010

Mario Lička (pronounced Mario Litchka; born 30 April 1982 in Ostrava) is a Czech footballer, currently playing for FC Istres in France. His position is midfielder.


Lička began his footballing career at Czech club Baník Ostrava in 2002. He played at the Bazaly until January 2005, making sixty-five appearances. Lička was a member of the squad of Baník Ostrava in the 2003–2004 season, when Baník won the league title. He was sold to 1. FC Slovácko where he made 28 league appearances in 2005-06 and was released in July 2006.

He had an unsuccessful trial at West Ham United and Leeds United before signing for Southampton F.C., following another trial. After an injury hit first couple of months at the club, Lička forced his way into manager George Burley's plans, scoring his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win over Stoke City on 21 October 2006.[2] However not long after he became surplus to Burley's requirements and found himself playing in the reserves. After the appointment of new manager Nigel Pearson in February 2008, Licka was given a new chance and after a series of good performances found himself playing regularly again. However after the return of former Chairman Rupert Lowe, Pearson did not have his short-term contract renewed despite saving the club from relegation. Lowe did not offer Lička a new contract as he was also at the end of his contract. Despite reported interest from Pearson at his new managerial post at Leicester City, Lička chose to return to his homeland to play for Baník Ostrava. In June 2010 he signed for the French club Stade Brestois for three seasons. Lička curerently plays in Slavia Prague.

Personal life[edit]

His father Verner Lička was a very successful footballer, then manager. His brother Marcel is also a professional footballer.


  1. ^ Fenin opouští Teplice a jde do Francie. Bude hrát třetí ligu za Istres,, Retrieved 13. 8. 2014 (Czech)
  2. ^ "Southampton 1-0 Stoke". BBC. 21 October 2006. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

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