Karel Poborský (2012)
|Full name||Karel Poborský|
|Date of birth||30 March 1972|
|Place of birth||Jind?ich?v Hradec, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Karel Poborský (Czech pronunciation: ['kar?l 'poborski:] ; born 30 March 1972) is a Czech former professional footballer who played as a right winger. He was most noted for his technical ability and pace.
He began and finished his club career at Dynamo ?eské Bud?jovice, where his kit number (8) is retired in his honour. He also won the Czech First League titles at the two largest clubs in Prague - Slavia and Sparta. Between these domestic triumphs, he won a Premier League title at Manchester United and also played for Benfica and Lazio.
After Petr ?ech, Poborský ranks second in appearances for the Czech national team, with 118 between 1994 and 2006, retiring from international football after playing at the country's first World Cup. He also played in three European Championships, being named in the Team of the Tournament at UEFA Euro 1996 after helping the Czechs to the final.
Poborský was one of a number of the Czech squad at UEFA Euro 1996 who left the Czech Republic to play in another country after the tournament. In July 1996 he signed with Manchester United but, due to David Beckham's rising stardom, Poborský would only manage one-and-a-half seasons at Old Trafford. He did collect a Premier League title winner's medal in the 1996-97 season, however, playing in 22 out of 38 league games and scoring four goals, also helping United reach the Champions League semi-finals.
After a string of impressive performances, Poborský moved sides in January 2001, joining Serie A's Lazio. Whilst at Lazio he played a key role in the destination of the 2001-02 Serie A title. On the final day of the season Inter Milan were playing at Lazio knowing a win would give them the title. However Lazio won 4-2, with Poborský scoring twice, and the title went to Juventus instead. In July 2002, he returned to his homeland, signing with Sparta Prague, where he became the highest-paid footballer playing in the Czech Republic. He subsequently returned to his first club, Dynamo ?eské Bud?jovice, scoring two goals and setting up a third on the way to a 4-0 victory against Sigma Olomouc B in his first match. He retired on 28 May 2007 after a match against another former side, Slavia Prague.
Poborský's first international appearance, against Turkey on 23 February 1994, was also the first match for the Czech team after the partition of Czechoslovakia. He played for his country at Euro 96, where he was one of the most valuable players of Czech national team and even the whole tournament, scoring there his well-known "Poborský lob", Euro 2000, and Euro 2004, and was also in the nation's squad for the 2006 World Cup, where his performances was far below, due to his age and contract with ?eské Bud?jovice, which played "only" Czech 2. Liga. After the 2006 World Cup, Poborský retired from international competition.
Following his 2007 club retirement, Poborský started working as a technical leader for the national team.
Poborský's name is often attached to his performance in Euro 96, where during the quarter-final match against Portugal, he chipped the ball and lobbed it over the advancing Vítor Baía. The goal became a trademark shot for Poborský, as that shooting style was soon attributed to him.
In 2008, it was voted the best individual goal in the Carlsberg goal of the day poll on Euro2008.com. As a club player, Poborský scored a similar goal against Porto (again with Vítor Baía as the goalkeeper) while at Benfica.
In 2016, Poborský was put into a medically-induced coma after contracting a brain infection that left the muscles in his face paralysed and with a hypersensitivity to light. He spent three weeks quarantined in hospital before making a full recovery, but he said if he had arrived at the hospital a day later, he might have died.
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|Club||League||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[Note 1]||Total|
|?eské Bud?jovice||Czechoslovak First League||1991-92||26||0||--||--|
|Czech First League||1993-94||27||8||--||--|
|Viktoria ?i?kov||Czech First League||1994-95||27||10||--||--|
|Slavia Prague||Czech First League||1995-96||26||11||2||0||--||11||2||--||39||13|
|Manchester United||FA Premier League||1996-97||22||3||2||0||2||1||6||0||1||0||33||4|
|Sparta Prague||Czech First League||2002-03||29||8||--||--|
|?eské Bud?jovice||Czech 2. Liga||2005-06||14||8||--||--||--|
|Czech First League||2006-07||12||2||--||--||--|
|Czech Republic national team|
|1||23 June 1996||Villa Park, Birmingham||Portugal||1-0||1-0||Euro 1996|
|2||8 September 1999||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3-0||3-0||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|3||16 June 2000||Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges||France||1-1||1-2||Euro 2000|
|4||2 September 2000||Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia||Bulgaria||1-0||1-0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|5||16 October 2002||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Belarus||1-0||2-0||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|6||10 September 2003||Toyota Arena, Prague||Netherlands||2-0||3-1||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|7||15 November 2003||Na Stínadlech, Teplice||Canada||3-0||5-1||Friendly|
|8||1 March 2006||?zmir Atatürk Stadium, ?zmir||Turkey||1-0||2-2||Friendly|