Pavel Horváth

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Pavel Horváth
Pavel Horváth (2012).JPG
Horváth in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-04-22) 22 April 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Retired
Youth career
1980–1981 TJ Břevnov
1981–1994 Sparta Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Sparta Prague 1 (0)
1994–1996 Jablonec 97 51 (8)
1996–2000 Slavia Prague 105 (27)
2000–2001 Sporting CP 19 (1)
2001 Galatasaray 3 (0)
2002–2004 Teplice 64 (6)
2004–2006 Vissel Kobe 60 (12)
2006–2008 Sparta Prague 48 (2)
2008–2015 Viktoria Plzeň 170 (35)
Total 521 (91)
National team
1995–1997 Czech Republic U21 10 (1)
1999–2002 Czech Republic 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Pavel Horváth (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpavɛl ˈɦorvaːt]; born 22 April 1975) is a Czech retired footballer who played as a midfielder.

He spent the better part of his 22-year professional career with Slavia Prague (four years), Teplice (three) and Viktoria Plzeň (seven), amassing Czech First League totals of 435 games and 78 goals during 19 seasons. He also competed professionally in Portugal, Turkey and Japan.

Horvath was a Czech international for three years.

Club career[edit]

After making his professional debut with AC Sparta Prague, Prague-born Horváth moved to lowly FK Jablonec in search of more opportunities, which led to a return to the capital with SK Slavia, scoring 27 goals in the league alone in four seasons, although the club only managed to win two national cups during that timeframe.

Horváth's exploits with Slavia earned him a transfer to Sporting Clube de Portugal, but he failed to win a place in the starting XI. Sold in January 2002 to Galatasaray S.K. alongside teammate Mbo Mpenza, he also appeared very rarely, which prompted a return home before 2001–02 was over, with FK Teplice, where he conquered the domestic cup in his first full campaign.[1]

After three years in Japan Horváth moved back to Sparta for two more seasons, where he won the national championship for the first time in 2007, adding the 2007 and 2008 Czech Cups. Subsequently, aged 33, he signed for FC Viktoria Plzeň,[2] netting eight times during the 2008–09 season as the club finished in eighth place.

Horváth won the domestic cup for the sixth time with his fourth different team, as he captained Viktoria to its first title in the competition in 2010.[1] He was also named the Personality of the League at the Czech Footballer of the Year awards in that year.

Thirty-five-year-old Horváth continued to produce in the 2010–11 season, scoring eight goals in 26 games as Plzeň was crowned league champion the first time in its history.

Controversy[edit]

In September 2007, Horváth was fined 200,000 Czech koruna for apparently performing the Nazi salute during Sparta's league match against FK Viktoria Žižkov. He apologized for the incident, and said that his gesture was misinterpreted, claiming he was only trying to calm down his team's rowdies.[3]

International career[edit]

Horváth made his debut for the Czech Republic on 9 February 1999 in a 1–0 friendly win in Belgium, going on to amass 19 caps in three years and being selected for UEFA Euro 2000, where he did not play.

His international career was vastly barred by the talent of fellow midfielders Patrik Berger, Pavel Nedvěd and Vladimír Šmicer.[4]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 25 May 2014[5][6]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sparta Prague 1993–94 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jablonec 1993–94 4 0 0 0 4 0
1994–95 26 5 0 0 26 5
1995–96 20 3 0 0 20 3
1996–97 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 51 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 8
Slavia Prague 1996–97 25 5 0 0 4 1 29 6
1997–98 25 5 0 0 4 0 29 5
1998–99 29 7 1 1 3 0 33 8
1999–00 26 10 0 0 9 1 35 11
Total 105 27 1 1 20 2 0 0 126 30
Sporting CP 2000–01 16 1 2 0 4 0 3 0 25 1
2001–02 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 19 1 2 0 4 0 3 0 28 1
Galatasaray 2001–02 3 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Teplice 2001–02 17 1 0 0 17 1
2002–03 25 2 0 0 2 2 27 4
2003–04 22 3 0 0 4 1 26 4
Total 64 6 0 0 6 3 0 0 70 9
Vissel Kobe 2004 14 6 14 6
2005 24 3 24 3
2006 22 3 22 3
Total 60 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 60 12
Sparta Prague 2006–07 20 2 1 1 21 3
2007–08 28 0 4 0 7 0 39 0
Total 48 2 5 1 7 0 0 0 60 3
Viktoria Plzeň 2008–09 27 8 0 0 27 8
2009–10 28 5 1 0 29 5
2010–11 26 8 4 2 2 0 1 0 33 10
2011–12 29 5 1 0 13 1 0 0 43 6
2012–13 28 4 2 0 15 5 45 9
2013–14 25 4 6 0 15 3 0 0 46 7
2014–15 7 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 13 1
Total 170 35 17 2 47 9 2 0 236 46
Career Total 521 91 24 4 84 14 5 0 634 109
Notes
  1. ^ Other tournaments include the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and the Czech Supercup.

National team[edit]

[7]

Czech Republic
Year Apps Goals
1999 6 0
2000 8 0
2001 2 0
2002 3 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Slavia Prague
Teplice
Sparta Prague
Viktoria Plzeň
Sporting

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minule konflikt, teď zase slavil naplno. Horváth vyhrál pohár už pošesté" (in Czech). Idnes. 19 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bude to dobrý, říkali. A nabídli mě Plzni, vzpomíná už s úsměvem Horváth" (in Czech). Idnes. 24 December 2008. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Sparta Prague's Horvath fined for Nazi gesture; Reuters, 6 September 2007
  4. ^ Euro 2000 profile; at BBC
  5. ^ "P. Horváth". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Pavel Horvath". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Pavel Horváth". European Football. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 

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