Václav Drobný

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Václav Drobný
Personal information
Full name Václav Drobný
Date of birth (1980-09-09)9 September 1980
Place of birth Mělník, Czechoslovakia
Date of death 28 December 2012(2012-12-28) (aged 32)[1]
Place of death Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Aero Odolena Voda
Sparta Prague
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Chmel Blšany 78 (1)
2002–2005 Strasbourg 42 (0)
2004–2005 Aston Villa (loan) 0 (0)
2005–2007 Sparta Prague 16 (0)
2005–2006 Jablonec 97 (loan) 15 (0)
2007–2008 FC Augsburg 15 (1)
2008–2009 Spartak Trnava 15 (1)
2010–2011 Bohemians Praha 8 (0)
Total 189 (3)
National team
2000–2002 Czech Republic U21 17 (1)
2004 Czech Republic 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Václav Drobný (9 September 1980 – 28 December 2012) was a Czech footballer who notably played for Sparta Prague having spent time in their youth team as well as spells at Czech, Slovakian, French and German sides. Drobný played twice for the Czech Republic and was most known in England for his short stint on loan at Aston Villa.


Club career[edit]

Drobný played for FK Jablonec nad Nisou 97 (on loan from Sparta) during the first half of the 2005–06 season, RC Strasbourg, Chmel Blšany and Sparta Prague. He also spent the 2004–05 season on loan at English team Aston Villa,[2] in the Premier League. The move was not a success for the defender however, who left having failed to make a single first team appearance for the claret and blue.

Drobný left Strasbourg in 2005 to join Sparta Prague, before having spells at Jablonec 97, Augsburg and FC Spartak Trnava. He was released by the latter in 2009. However, the following year Drobný signed for Bohemians Praha. The defender made his debut for the club in a 3–2 victory away at Slovan Liberec on 20 March 2010. He played eighty minutes for his new club before being replaced by Martin Horacek.

International career[edit]

Drobný was the captain of the under-21 Czech Republic team and debuted for the senior team against Japan – though he failed to secure a spot in Euro 2004. The defender won two international caps.


He died while bobsleighing at the ski resort Špindlerův Mlýn. He skidded off-piste and crashed into a tree.[3]


  1. ^ "Václav Drobný dies at 32" (in Czech). Blesk.cz. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Villa clinch Drobny signing". BBC Sport. 2 August 2004. Retrieved 2 August 2004. 
  3. ^ "Villa saddened at death of former player Drobny". Aston Villa Football Club. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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