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Milan Baroš

Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 14.37CET
Galatasaray AŞ
Published: Saturday 3 March 2012, 14.37CET

Milan Baroš

Galatasaray AŞ

The top scorer, with five goals, at UEFA EURO 2004, Milan Baroš is the Czech Republic's (and Czechoslovakia's) second highest marksman of all time – behind former strike partner Jan Koller. Although his career has been beset with injuries, he remains a major goal threat, as testified by his prolific form in recent years with Galatasaray AŞ.

• A hot prospect as a teenager at FC Baník Ostrava, he made his national team debut at 19 in April 2001 and scored in each of his first two matches; struck 11 goals in the first half of the 2001/02 season before landing a dream move to Liverpool FC in January.

• Made his Liverpool debut in a UEFA Champions League encounter against FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou and scored nine Premier League goals in his first full season; missed most of the 2003/04 campaign with a broken leg but returned triumphantly at UEFA EURO 2004, scoring in each group game and twice in the quarter-final versus Denmark to scoop the Golden Boot.

• Maintained his form with another five goals in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying but was not fully fit at the finals and managed just one appearance (against Italy).

• A UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, he started all the knockout round matches and scored one goal; was substituted late in normal time in the final against AC Milan and was thus absent from the penalty shoot-out drama.

• Had relatively low-key spells at Aston Villa FC and Olympique Lyonnais before spending the second half of the 2007/08 campaign back in England at Portsmouth FC, with whom he won the FA Cup; also contributed to two Ligue 1 title triumphs with Lyon, who sold him to Galatasaray after UEFA EURO 2008, where he made just one appearance.

• Topped the Süper Lig scoring charts with 20 goals in his first term and won his first silverware with the Istanbul giants in May 2012 when Galatasaray pipped Fenerbahçe SK to the league title.

UEFA honours
UEFA EURO 2004: Top Scorer
UEFA EURO 2004: All-Star Squad
UEFA Champions League: winner 2005
UEFA European Under-21 Championship: winner 2002

Last updated: 22/05/12 12.35CET

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