A talented left-winger who has won the Czech championship with two different clubs, FC Slovan Liberec and SK Slavia Praha, before going on to sample glory in both Belgian domestic competitions with KRC Genk, Daniel Pudil has been a Czech Republic international for five years and looks likely to make his major tournament bow at UEFA EURO 2012.
• Born in Prague and groomed at AC Sparta Praha, he made his 1. Liga bow at 18 with FK Chmel Blšany before securing a 2004 transfer to Liberec.
• A prominent figure in Liberec's 2005/06 title triumph, missing just one game and scoring three goals, he made his first European appearance in a 2004/05 UEFA Intertoto Cup tie against MFK Dubnica.
• Joined Slavia on loan in summer 2007 and reached the UEFA Champions League group stage, playing in all six matches and scoring away to Sevilla FC; he also scored a notable goal for Slavia in the Prague derby against Sparta (2-0) en route to the club's 2007/08 title success.
• First capped at senior level by the Czech Republic – after 16 Under-21 outings – in a February 2007 friendly v Belgium, he started two UEFA EURO 2008 qualifiers but missed the finals through injury after initially featuring in Karel Brückner's 23-man squad; more to the fore from autumn 2009 onwards and appeared in five UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.
• Joined Genk in 2008 and won the Belgian Cup in his first season; was also a key figure in the club's 2010/11 Eerste Klasse title victory, making 37 appearances, and thereafter in the following season's UEFA Champions League group stage, in which he made five starts.
• Signed for Spanish Liga outfit Granada CF in January 2012 but was despatched on loan a week later to AC Cesena, for whom he scored his first Serie A goal in a 3-1 defeat by AC Milan the following month.
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