René Bolf

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René Bolf
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-02-25) 25 February 1974 (age 43)
Place of birth Valašské Meziříčí, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1981–1990 TJ Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
1990–1993 FC Vítkovice
1993 VTJ Hranice
1994 LeRK Brno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 FC Karviná 25 (2)
1995–1999 Baník Ostrava 61 (4)
1999–2000 Sparta Prague 26 (3)
2000–2004 Baník Ostrava 96 (12)
2004–2007 Auxerre 38 (5)
2007–2011 Baník Ostrava 78 (8)
2011–2012 MFK Karviná 29 (1)
Total 353 (35)
National team
2000–2005 Czech Republic 34 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

René Bolf (born 25 February 1974) is a Czech former footballer who played as a centre back. He spent most of his club career at FC Baník Ostrava, also playing in his home country for Sparta Prague. During a three-year stay in France, he played for Ligue 1 side AJ Auxerre.

He spent most of his Gambrinus liga career at FC Baník Ostrava, where he played over 200 league matches. He was a member of the squad of Baník Ostrava in the 2003–2004 season, when Baník won the league title. Bolf represented the national team between 2000 and 2005 and represented the Czech Republic at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

Bolf played for a club in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm as a child, moving to FC Vítkovice in 1990 and Hranice in 1993. After a short spell at LeRK Brno in 1994, he started his professional football career at FC Karviná.[1]

He moved to Ostrava in 1995, playing with FC Baník Ostrava until a summer 1999 move to Sparta Prague. He won the Gambrinus Liga with Sparta in his first season with the club, but returned to his former club, Ostrava, during the following season.[2] The November 2000 deal which saw Bolf and teammate Martin Prohászka transferred to Ostrava was valued at 17.5 million CZK, and saw Bolf sign a three-year contract.[3] He was appointed captain of Baník Ostrava in 2002 following the departure from the club of Milan Baroš.[4] His first league title with Ostrava, and second overall came during the 2003–04 season.[2] He moved to France in 2004, joining Ligue 1 side AJ Auxerre as a replacement for outgoing defender Philippe Mexès.[5] He stayed with Auxerre for three seasons.

Bolf returned to the Czech Republic in 2007. Due to injury, he didn't play his first league match after returning from France until March 2008.[6] He spent four more seasons with Baník Ostrava, before playing out his career in the Czech 2. Liga with Karviná. He announced his retirement from professional football in December 2012 after the first half of the 2012–13 Czech 2. Liga.[1]

International career[edit]

Bolf made his debut for the Czech Republic national football team on 16 August 2000 in a friendly match against Slovenia. It was April 2002 before he won his second cap, playing the whole of a goalless friendly match against Greece.[7] He went on to play eight matches in the qualifying competition for Euro 2004.

At Euro 2004 he played the whole match in the Czech Republic's opening game against Latvia.[8] After not featuring in his country's second game, against the Netherlands, Bolf returned to the starting lineup against Germany. He played the whole match as the Czech Republic won 2–1 and knocked Germany out of the tournament.[9] Bolf was one of only three players who started against Germany to be selected in the quarter final match against Denmark.[10] He didn't finish the match, having sustained an injury he was replaced by David Rozehnal in the 64th minute.[11] Bolf's fitness was unclear before the semi final match against Greece,[12] but he played the whole game, which the Czech Republic lost after a silver goal.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Bolf was born in Valašské Meziříčí.[1][14] He is married to wife Vladislava, with two daughters.[1]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Sparta Prague
Baník Ostrava

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ruščin, Martin (5 December 2012). "Fotbalista René Bolf: Už nastal čas. Končím!". Deník (in Czech). Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Český a československý fotbal – lexikon osobností a klubů (in Czech). Prague: Grada Publishing. pp. 22–23. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5. 
  3. ^ "Bolf s Proházskou už trénovali na Bazalech". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 23 November 2000. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bolf je novým kapitánem Ostravy". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 5 February 2002. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mexes nears Roma move". BBC Sport. 7 June 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "René Bolf je zpátky a Baník řádil". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 3 March 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Obránce Bolf odehrál v Řecku celý zápas". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 19 April 2002. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Czech Rep 2-1 Latvia". BBC Sport. 15 June 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Germany 1-2 Czech Rep". BBC Sport. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Baroš leads Czechs through to last four". UEFA. 28 June 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hrdina Baroš rozhodl a sklidil děkovačku". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 27 June 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Willoughby, Ian (30 June 2004). "Czech football team gearing up for Euro 2004 semi-final clash with Greece". Radio Prague. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Greece 1-0 Czech Rep". BBC Sport. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Article in Hattrick magazine

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