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David Lafata

David Lafata

The top scorer in the 2010/11 1. Liga with 19 goals for FK Jablonec, David Lafata is set to retain the prize in 2011/12. A Czech Republic striker with ambitions of making his major tournament debut at UEFA EURO 2012, he struck twice on his debut against Wales back in September 2006.

• Joined local club SK České Budějovice as a schoolboy and worked his way into the first team, making his top-flight debut at 18 but suffering relegation in his second season, only to return, as 2. Liga champions, a year later.

• Scored 14 league goals for České Budějovice in 2003/04 to help the club finish eighth in the 1. Liga but was relegated the following term and moved to Greece to join Xanthi FC.

• Returned to his homeland after half a season, joining Jablonec, where his fine form earned him a first international cap, which he embellished by scoring two late goals after coming on as a 75th-minute substitute to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 win against Wales in their opening UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier.

• Off on his travels again in January 2007, joining FK Austria Wien, with whom he won the Austrian Cup a few months later, scoring in the final as the Violetten defeated SV Mattersburg 2-1.

• Rejoined Jablonec in 2008 and helped the club to finish runners-up in both domestic competitions in 2009/10; scored ten league goals in 2008/09, 11 in 2009/10 and a league-best tally of 19 in 2010/11, which he was set to outdo in 2011/12 having hit 18 by Christmas.

• In contrast he ended 2011 with 15 international caps but no further goals for his country since that decisive double on his debut over five years earlier.

Last updated: 19/03/12 16.23CET

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UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

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General info

  • Name: David Lafata
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 18/09/1981 (32)
  • Country: Czech Republic

  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 72kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15
    • UEFA Europa League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Second qualifying round)
    16/08/07: Austria Wien 4-3 Jablonec
  • National team: UEFA European Under-18 Championship (Preliminary round)
    19/10/99: Denmark 0-2 Czech Republic

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Czech Republic52
Czech Republic U-2151
Czech Republic U-1854
Total157

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Sparta Praha48
Total48
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Sparta Praha43
Austria Wien70
Jablonec63
Total176
Last updated: 07/08/2014 01:09 CET
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