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Karel Poborský

Published: Thursday 19 May 2005, 19.57CET
Czech Republic

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Published: Thursday 19 May 2005, 19.57CET

Karel Poborský

Czech Republic

Clubs: SK Dynamo České Budějovice, FK Viktoria Žižkov, SK Slavia Praha, Manchester United FC, SL Benfica, S.S. Lazio, AC Sparta Praha, SK Dynamo České Budějovice

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship: runner-up 1996

• A native of Trebon in southern Bohemia, Poborský was encouraged to pursue a footballing career by his father, a former professional, and joined local team České Budějovice at the age of 12.

• Made his senior debut for the club at 18 and helped them reach the Czechoslovakian top flight before joining Viktoria Žižkov.

• Won his first cap in the Czech Republic's first match as an independent nation, a friendly against Turkey in Istanbul on 23 February 1994, but was not a regular in the team that reached EURO '96, making just one start in the qualifying competition.

• Left Žižkov for Slavia at the start of the 1995/96 season and starred in the club's first championship success in 49 years, scoring 11 goals in 26 appearances.

• Came of age as an international at EURO '96, starting all six games for Dušan Uhrin's unsung side as they reached the final; his first international goal – a spectacular impromptu lob − defeated Portugal 1-0 in the quarter-final at Villa Park.

• Remained in England after his EURO exploits, joining Manchester United, but after 18 months at Old Trafford – in which he earned a 1996/97 Premier League winners' medal – he left for Benfica in January 1998, before a spell with Lazio, and then returned home to win two league titles and the Czech Cup with Sparta.

• He remained a consistent performer for his country, appearing at UEFA EURO 2000 and UEFA EURO 2004. A few months before the latter tournament he became the most-capped Czech (or Czechoslovakian) international when he made his 91st international appearance, bypassing Zdeněk Nehoda.

• Ended his international career, fittingly at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when he made his 118th appearance in the group encounter against eventual champions Italy.

• Retired the following year, aged 35, after a two-season spell at České Budějovice, of whom he later became a co-owner.

Last updated: 08/12/13 7.39CET

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