Theodor Gebre Selassie
Gebre Selassie in 2012
|Full name||Theodor Gebre Selassie|
|Date of birth||24 December 1986|
|Place of birth||Třebíč, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
|2005–2006||→ Velké Meziříčí (loan)||8||(0)|
|2007–2008||Czech Republic U-21||6||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 April 2015.
Gebre Selassie made his international debut for the Czech Republic in 2011, becoming their first player of African descent, and was selected in their squad for UEFA Euro 2012.
Gebre Selassie was born in 1986 in Třebíč in the former Czechoslovakia. His father, Chamola, is Ethiopian and arrived in the country as a doctor during the communist period. His mother, Jana, is Czech and a schoolteacher. Gebre Selassie has a younger sister named Anna, who plays for the Czech Republic women's national handball team.
Gebre Selassie began his football career in 1992, developing within the Czech youth system. For the next six years, he was a member of the Velké Meziříčí junior squad. He subsequently moved to Vysočina Jihlava, where he played for the club's youth team between 1998 and 2005.
As his family placed great importance on education, Gebre Selassie later almost abandoned football altogether to concentrate on a university degree. However, he eventually opted to join Velké Meziříčí's senior side in 2005.
Gebre Selassie subsequently had a brief stint with Slavia Prague in the 2007–08 season, during which he won the Czech First League title. He then played for Slovan Liberec, where he again won the league title in the 2011–12 season.
After playing all four of the Czech Republic's matches at UEFA Euro 2012, Gebre Selassie was signed on 22 June by Werder Bremen of the German Bundesliga on a four-year deal. On 24 August 2012, Gebre Selassie scored a goal in Bremen's first game of the season, heading an equaliser in a 1–2 away loss against reigning champions Borussia Dortmund.
In May 2011, Gebre Selassie received his first call-up to the Czech Republic national football team. On 4 June, he became the first player of African descent to play for the country, making his debut as a half-time substitute for Ondřej Kušnír in a goalless draw against Peru at the Kirin Cup at Matsumotodaira Football Stadium in Matsumoto, Japan.
Gebre Selassie was later given the number 2 shirt in the Czech squad for UEFA Euro 2012. He was allegedly the target of racist chanting from Russia fans during the Czech Republic's match against Russia, which ended in a 4–1 victory for Russia. During the tournament, he received attention from some of Europe's most successful clubs. He started all four of the Czechs' games, as the side won its group before eventually losing to Portugal in the quarter-finals. He scored his first senior international goal on 12 October 2012 in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malta, opening a 3–1 victory in Plzeň.
|Czech Republic national team|
- Scores and results list the Czech Republic's goal tally first.
|1||12 October 2012||Stadion města Plzně, Plzeň, Czech Republic||Malta||1–0||3–1||2014 World Cup qualifier|
- Slavia Prague
- Slovan Liberec
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- Kennedy, Paul (21 June 2012). "Gebre Selassie: 'I am glad I am different'". Soccer America Daily. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
- Petrák, Michal. "Euro 2012: Czech Republic profile - Theodor Gebre Selassie". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- "Dortmund do it the hard way". Sky Sports. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
- "Gebre Selassie close to Bremen move". ESPNSTAR. 17 June 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- "Watchdog says Russia fans abused Czech Selassie". The Times. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
- Petrák, Michal (29 May 2012). "Euro 2012: Czech Republic profile – Theodor Gebre Selassie". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- Volynsky, Masha (15 October 2012). "Czechs beat Malta in World Cup qualifier". Radio Prague. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- "Theodor Gebre Selassie". National Football Teams. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- Theodor Gebre Selassie international stats at the Football Association of the Czech Republic website (Czech)
- Theodor Gebre Selassie Czech First League statistics at Fotbal DNES (Czech)
- Theodor Gebre Sellasie stats and photos at Slavia Prague official website
- Theodor Gebre Sellasie stats and photos at Vysocina official website