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Michal Bílek

Published: Tuesday 31 May 2011, 20.38CET
Czech Republic
Michal Bílek
Czech Republic coach Michal Bílek ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 31 May 2011, 20.38CET

Michal Bílek

Czech Republic

Date of birth: 13 April 1965
Nationality: Czech
Playing career: AC Sparta Praha (four times), RH Cheb, Real Betis Balompié, FK Viktoria Žižkov, FK Teplice
Coaching career: FK Teplice, CS Cartaginés, Czech Republic Under-19, FK Chmel Blšany, FK Viktoria Plzeň, AC Sparta Praha, MFK Ružomberok, Czech Republic

• A gritty midfielder who was an expert at free-kicks and penalties, Bílek had four spells at Sparta, the most memorable between 1986 and 1990 during which he won three league titles and two Czechoslovakian Cups.

• Travelled to the 1990 FIFA World Cup as the reigning Czechoslovakian Player of the Year; featured in all five matches at right-back to help Czechoslovakia to quarter-finals, scoring from the penalty spot in the opening two matches against the United States and Austria.

• Extended his international career beyond break-up of Czechoslovakia, winning 35 caps and scoring 11 goals.

• Had slow start to coaching career, including spell in Costa Rica, but eventually established himself at top level back at home and was appointed coach of Sparta in September 2006; won domestic double in his first season but dismissed in May 2008.

• Led Slovakian club Ružomberok in 2008/09 before taking on assistant role to former team-mate Ivan Hašek with Czech national side. Promoted to top job in October 2009 as Hašek returned to his position as association president and guided the Czechs to UEFA EURO 2012 via a play-off win against Montenegro.

Last updated: 17/11/11 15.24CET

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