Michal Pospíšil

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Michal Pospíšil
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Personal information
Full name Michal Pospíšil
Date of birth (1979-05-03) 3 May 1979 (age 38)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
UMF Grindavík
Number 6
Youth career
Slavoj Zbraslav
Dukla Prague
1992–1995 Sparta Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Sparta Prague
1998–2000 Chmel Blsany (loan)
2000–2002 Viktoria Žižkov 57 (11)
2002–2003 Sparta Prague 23 (7)
2003–2005 Slovan Liberec 52 (16)
2005–2007 Hearts 48 (12)
2008–2009 K. Sint-Truidense V.V. (373) 0 (0)
2009–2010 Viktoria Žižkov 4 (0)
2010 FK Bohemians Praha (Střížkov) 8 (0)
2011– UMF Grindavík 7 (0)
National team
2000–2002 Czech Republic U21 21 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2007.

Michal Pospíšil (born 3 May 1979) is a Czech footballer who currently plays for UMF Grindavík.

Career[edit]

Pospíšil began his career as a youth player with Slavoj Zbraslav and Dukla Prague before joining Sparta Prague in 1992. He eventually made the senior squad and played in the UEFA Champions League before spending two years on loan at FK Chmel Blšany (1998–2000). He then moved on to FK Viktoria Žižkov in July 2000 and in addition to playing in the UEFA Cup, he helped Viktoria to win the Czech Cup in July 2001, with a 2-1 victory over Sparta Prague. The following season he was part of the Viktoria side that achieved a third-place finish in the league.

After the championships Pospíšil returned to Sparta Prague, where he once again played in the UEFA Champions League and immediately helped his club win the Gambrinus liga. In July 2003 he was recruited by FC Slovan Liberec where he scored 16 goals in 52 games and helped his club finish in the top half of the league in the two seasons he was there.

In August 2005 Pospíšil became George Burley's fourth signing for Hearts, joining the Edinburgh side for a fee of £300,000.[1] He made his Hearts debut as a substitute in a 3-0 victory at Dundee United on 14 August 2006 and scored his first goal for the club the next week, a spectacular effort against Aberdeen.[2] He was predominantly deployed as a substitute over the course of the 2005-06 season yet managed to score 7 league goals. He also scored the crucial fourth penalty in the Scottish Cup final penalty shootout victory over Gretna.[3]

After an injury-disrupted start to the 2006-07 season, Pospíšil scored on his return to the first team on the 2 January 2007 to give Hearts victory over Dunfermline Athletic.[4] He was the subject of a £100,000 bid from Bristol City in January 2007, however, while agreement was reached between the clubs, Pospíšil could not agree personal terms with the Robins and decided to remain in Edinburgh.[5]

On 19 January 2008 he was transferred to K. Sint-Truidense V.V. (373) in Belgium.[6] He returned to FK Viktoria Žižkov one year later, making his debut on 22 February 2009. After a short spell playing for Střížkov, he signed for Icelandic club UMF Grindavík.[7]

International career[edit]

In May 2002 he was selected in Czech Republic under-21 team for the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. This side won the tournament, defeating France under-21s 3-1 on penalties in the final, with Pospíšil scoring the first penalty in the penalty shootout in which former Hearts team mate Rudolf Skácel also netted.[8] In total he made 21 appearances at under 21 level.[9]

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