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Mareš joins Czech influx

Published: Monday 30 December 2002, 17.45CET
Pavel Mareš has become the third Czech player to join Russian club FC Zenit St. Peterburg.

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Published: Monday 30 December 2002, 17.45CET

Mareš joins Czech influx

Pavel Mareš has become the third Czech player to join Russian club FC Zenit St. Peterburg.

AC Sparta Praha defender Pavel Mareš has become the third Czech player to sign for coach and compatriot Vlastimil Petržela at FC Zenit St. Peterburg.

Bohemians connection
The 26-year-old Czech Republic international joins the Russian Premier League side in a deal reported to be worth €700,000. Petržela moved for Mareš after Sparta completed the loan signing of Vladimír Labant from West Ham United FC. He had had an earlier bid for the player rejected. The two men worked together at CU Bohemians Praha.

'Our last reinforcement'
The left-sided Mareš, who has two international caps, follows countrymen Radek Šírl and Martin Horák to St. Petersburg. "Mareš is our last reinforcement from the Czech Republic," said Petržela, who could now turn his attention to Bohemians' Slovakian goalkeeper Kamil Contofalský.

Last updated: 30/12/02 18.23CET

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