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Pavel Nedvěd

Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 17.28CET
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 17.28CET

Pavel Nedvěd

Clubs: AC Dukla Praha, AC Sparta Praha, S.S. Lazio, Juventus

UEFA honours
UEFA European Championship:
runner-up 1996, Team of the Tournament 2004
UEFA Champions League: runner-up 2003 (suspended for final)
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: winner 1999
UEFA Cup: runners-up 1998
UEFA Super Cup: winner 1999
UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year: 2003
UEFA.com users' Team of the Year: 2003, 2004, 2005

• Born in the Czech town of Cheb, Nedvěd started his career with Dukla Praha before making his name as a versatile two-footed midfielder with Sparta Praha, earning his first international cap in June 1994.

• Impressed a global audience at EURO '96 in England, scoring his first international goal in the 2-1 win against Italy at Anfield and inspiring Czech Republic to the runners-up spot.

• Left Sparta for Lazio that summer and became a big hit in Italy, winning the Italian Cup and helping the Rome club to the UEFA Cup final in his second season, capturing the last ever UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (and scoring the decisive goal in the final, against RCD Mallorca, in Birmingham's Villa Park) in his third campaign and claiming a Serie A/Coppa Italia double in his fourth.

• Transferred to Juventus in 2001, he would remain with the Turin club for the remainder of his career, hanging up his boots after eight seasons during which he won two Serie A titles and helped Juve to the 2003 UEFA Champions League final, only to be suspended for the final against AC Milan; despite his absence from the Old Trafford showpiece he was crowned Ballon d'Or winner at the end of 2003.

• Appeared in his third UEFA European Championship in 2004, gracing the tournament in Portugal with several vintage displays as his team the reached the semi-finals (in which he was injured early in the loss to Greece); initially announced his international retirement that summer but returned to fulfil a dream by appearing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he departed the scene with 91 caps and 18 goals – before subsequently rejecting an attempt to lure him back for UEFA EURO 2008.

Last updated: 12/01/11 10.34CET

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