Michal Kadlec

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Michal Kadlec
Kadlec playing for Fenerbahçe in 2013
Personal information
Full name Michal Kadlec
Date of birth (1984-12-13) 13 December 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Vyškov, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back, Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 24
Youth career
1991–1993 SV Alsenborn
1993–1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern
1998–2001 1. FC Slovácko
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 1. FC Slovácko 34 (1)
2005–2008 Sparta Prague 95 (7)
2008–2013 Bayer Leverkusen 128 (8)
2013– Fenerbahçe 20 (3)
National team
2002 Czech Republic U18 7 (0)
2002–2003 Czech Republic U19 10 (0)
2004–2007 Czech Republic U21 26 (1)
2007– Czech Republic 62 (8)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2014

Michal Kadlec (born 13 December 1984) is a Czech footballer who plays for Turkish club Fenerbahçe.[1] A full international since 2007, he has earned 62 caps for the Czech Republic, representing them at two UEFA European Championships.

Early life[edit]

Kadlec was born in 1984 in Vyškov. After his father, Miroslav Kadlec, joined 1. FC Kaiserslautern in 1990, the family moved to Germany in the Kaiserslautern area. Kadlec learned German in kindergarten[2] before he went to school a year later. After his time in Grundschule, he went to the Gymnasium.

In 1998, Kadlec's father signed for FK Drnovice and so he returned to the Czech Republic.


Kadlec playing for Bayer Leverkusen in 2011

Club career[edit]

Kadlec started his professional career in 1. FC Slovácko and made his debut in a match against Baník Ostrava. In 2005 he joined Sparta Prague.

On 14 June 2013 he joined Fenerbahçe for a €4.5 million transfer fee,[3] signing a three-year contract worth €2.1 million per season.[4]

International career[edit]

On 17 November 2007, Kadlec was called up to the Czech national team for a game against Slovakia, and made his debut in a 3–1 victory (scoring an own goal). He scored his first goal in a win over Scotland on 30 May 2008 (also 3–1).

On 16 June 2012, against Poland in the European Championship, Kadlec headed a ball off the line in the dying seconds, preserving the Czechs' spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament. The strike had beaten goalkeeper Petr Čech and appeared to be headed to the inside of the far post; had it been scored then Poland would have ensured a draw, and the Czech Republic would have been eliminated from the tournament.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 May 2008 Prague, Czech Republic  Scotland 3–1 Win Friendly
2. 29 March 2011 České Budějovice, Czech Republic  Liechtenstein 2–0 Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group I
3. 3 September 2011 Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 2–2 Draw UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group I
4. 6 September 2011 Prague, Czech Republic  Ukraine 4–0 Win Friendly
5. 6 September 2011 Prague, Czech Republic  Ukraine 4–0 Win Friendly
6. 11 October 2011 Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 1–4 Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group I
7. 11 October 2011 Kaunas, Lithuania  Lithuania 1–4 Win UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group I
8. 1 June 2012 Prague, Czech Republic  Hungary 1–2 Loss Friendly


Sparta Prague
Kadlec lining up for the Czech national team


On 11 July 2013, EA Sports announced that Kadlec would feature on the Czech cover of FIFA 14, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi.[5]


  1. ^ "Kadlec, Michal" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kadlec: The need to grow up". FIFA.com. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Futbolcu Michal Kadlec'in transferi konusunda Kulübü ve kendisi ile anlaşmaya varılmıştır. Turkish Stock Exchange (Turkish)
  4. ^ "Fenerbahce complete Michal Kadlec transfer from Bayer Leverkusen - Financial Details". Turkish-football.com. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Na obalu populárního fotbalu FIFA 14 je český hráč Michal Kadlecb". idnes.cz (in Czech). 11 July 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 

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