Pavel Besta

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Pavel Besta
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Personal information
Date of birth (1982-09-02) 2 September 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Ostrava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
1998–2000 Baník Ostrava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Baník Ostrava 163 (0)
2007–2009 Viktoria Žižkov 37 (0)
2010 MFK Ružomberok 13 (0)
2010–2011 Luton Town 6 (0)
2012–2013 Viktoria Žižkov 25 (0)
2013– Sandecja Nowy Sącz 2 (0)
National team
1997–1998 Czech Republic U15 3 (0)
1998–1999 Czech Republic U16 16 (1)
1999–2000 Czech Republic U17 13 (4)
2000–2001 Czech Republic U18 14 (3)
2001–2002 Czech Republic U20 7 (0)
2002–2003 Czech Republic U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 August 2015
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2014

Pavel Besta (born 2 September 1982) is a Czech football player, currently playing for Sandecja Nowy Sącz in the Polish First League.

Club career[edit]

Besta started football career in his native Ostrava at local side Baník Ostrava. He was a member of Baník's 2003–2004 season title-winning squad. The next season, Baník played in the first round of the UEFA Cup, with Besta playing in both legs of the 4–1 aggregate defeat to English Premier League side Middlesbrough. During that season, he also won the Czech Cup with Baník.

In 2007, he moved to Viktoria Žižkov, where he spent two seasons. In his second season, Besta was part of the team that saw Žižkov relegated to the Czech 2. Liga.

In January 2010, Besta moved to Slovakia to play for Slovak Superliga side MFK Ružomberok. At the time of the transfer, he had played over 200 games in the Czech Gambrinus liga. He played 13 times for Ružomberok as they finished the season in fifth place.[1]

Following his release from Ružomberok, Besta joined English Conference Premier side Luton Town on an initial trial period. He signed a one-year contract in August 2010 after impressing in a friendly against Newcastle United.[2] However, he did not impress when he had a full-time contract, being the target of abuse from Luton fans following an error which led to a goal in a league game against Tamworth which Luton went on to lose 3–1.[3] After just nine appearances, Besta was released from his contract with Luton in January 2011.[4]

International career[edit]

Besta played for the Czech Republic youth national teams from under-15 level. He played five matches for the U-20 national team at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina. Between 2002 and 2003, Besta played seven times for the Czech Republic under-21 team.[5]



  1. ^ "Pavel Besta career statistics 2007–2010". Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Besta joins Czech mate Kroca at Luton". Bedfordshire on Sunday. Local Sunday Newspapers Ltd. 6 August 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Fan spat galvanises Luton Town boss Richard Money". BBC Sport. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Money thanks Drury for the memories after Ipswich switch". Bedfordshire on Sunday. Local Sunday Newspapers Ltd. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Pavel Besta international career statistics". Football Association of the Czech Republic. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 

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