Pavel Vrba

  • Date of birth : 06/12/1963
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Czech Republic Czech Republic
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Pavel Vrba

FC Viktoria Plzeň
Pavel Vrba
Plzeň coach Pavel Vrba ©Getty Images

Pavel Vrba

FC Viktoria Plzeň

Date of birth: 6 December 1963
Nationality: Czech
Playing career: Baník Ostrava (twice), Železárny Prostějov, Cheb, Baník Havířov, Přerov
Coaching career: Přerov, Baník Ostrava (youth, assistant), Czech Republic Under-20, Púchov, Žilina, Slovakia (assistant), Viktoria Plzeň (twice), Czech Republic, Anzhi

• The defender was part of the Czechoslovakia side that reached the final of the 1982 UEFA European Under-18 Championship and also appeared at the FIFA U-20 World Cup the following year; the Czechs lost in the quarter-finals to a Brazil team including Bebeto and Dunga.

• His club career did not hit the same heights, Vrba making a handful of appearances for Cheb and Baník before finishing his playing days in the lower leagues with home-town side Přerov. Returned to Baník as a youth coach and also went back to the U-20 World Cup, taking charge of the Czech Republic in the 2003 edition. Became assistant at Baník and – despite a 7-0 loss to SK Slavia Praha when he was in temporary control in May 2003 – ended the next season with the league title as assistant to František Komňacký.

• That summer crossed the border into Slovakia, winning a championship as head coach of Žilina in 2007, by which time he was also working as assistant to Ján Kocián with the Slovak national team.

• Moved on to Plzeň in 2008, collecting the Czech Cup in his second season – when he was voted the country's coach of the year, going on to collect seven of the next eight annual awards – and the league in 2011. Led Viktoria into the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in 2011/12 and repeated the trick two years later following another title in 2013.

• In November 2013, he agreed to take the Czech Republic helm at the close of Plzeň's group stage campaign and led the national team to UEFA EURO 2016. Left after group stage elimination and, after a short spell in Russia with Anzhi, returned to Plzeň in June 2017, winning another league title 12 months later.

Last updated: 16/08/18 0.22CET

General info

  • Name: Pavel Vrba
  • Date of birth: 06/12/1963
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Club: Plzeň ( CZE)

  • Current campaign
  • UEFA Champions League 2018/19

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: European Championship (Qualifying round)
    09/09/14: Czech Republic 2-1 Netherlands
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (First qualifying round)
    18/07/07: Dudelange 1-2 Žilina

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

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Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 15/02/2019 01:15 CET