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Jan Suchopárek

Jan Suchopárek
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Suchopárek in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-09-23) 23 September 1969 (age 52)
Place of birth Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1974–1988 Poldi Kladno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Dukla Prague 66 (7)
1991–1996 Slavia Prague 132 (24)
1996–1999 Strasbourg 76 (1)
1999–2000 Tennis Borussia Berlin 23 (1)
2000–2003 Slavia Prague 17 (0)
2003–2005 Kladno 51 (9)
National team
1991–1993 Czechoslovakia 13 (0)
1994–2000 Czech Republic 48 (4)
Teams managed
2003–2010 Kladno (youth)
2010–2016 Dukla Prague (assistant)
2016–2017 Czech Republic U19
2017–2018 Czech Republic U18
2018–2019 Czech Republic U19
2019–2020 Czech Republic U18
2020–2021 Czech Republic U19
2021– Czech Republic U21
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Jan Suchopárek (born 23 September 1969) is a Czech football coach and former defender, who is head coach of the Czech Republic national under-21 football team.

He played for Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic, playing a combined total of 61 international matches, scoring 4 goals. Suchopárek was a participant at UEFA Euro 1996, where the Czech Republic won the silver medal. He scored in the group stage against Russia and played in the UEFA Euro 1996 Final, where the Czech Republic lost to Germany.

At club level, Suchopárek played for Prague teams Dukla and Slavia before moving to France, where he played for RC Strasbourg. He finished his career in the Czech Second League, where he played for Kladno.

Playing career

Early career

Suchopárek was born in Kladno. In his country, he played for Dukla Prague before moving on to SK Slavia Prague, where he played from 1991 to 1996. In this time he captained the title-winning team in the 1995–96 Czech First League, as well as being involved in Slavia's progression to the semi final stage of the 1995–96 UEFA Cup.

EURO 1996

Suchopárek played in the Czech Republic's opening game of the UEFA Euro 1996 tournament, a loss to Germany. He picked up a yellow card in the next group match against Italy, which the Czechs won against expectations, by a 2–1 scoreline. Suchopárek scored with a header in the last group match against Russia, which finished 3–3 and meant that the Czech Republic advanced to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Suchopárek was shown the yellow card in the first minute of the quarter final match against Portugal, which the Czechs went on to win 1–0 thanks to a Karel Poborský strike. However, since he had received two yellow cards in the tournament, Suchopárek was one of four Czech players to miss the semi-final clash with France due to suspension. He returned to the team for the final against Germany, although again the Germans prevailed, winning 2–1 thanks to a golden goal in extra time.

Time abroad

Suchopárek was one of players from the Czech squad at UEFA Euro 1996 who left the Czech Republic to play in another country after the tournament, signing for RC Strasbourg in July 1996.

During his time playing club football abroad, Suchopárek continued to represent his national team, playing the complete 90 minutes of seven consecutive games in UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying. However, despite the Czech Republic qualifying, Suchopárek missed the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament due to a knee injury.

Following three years in France with Strasbourg and a further year in Germany at Tennis Borussia Berlin, Suchopárek returned to the Czech Republic to play for Slavia Prague again in 2000.

Return to the Czech Republic

Suchopárek captained Slavia during his second spell. He had surgery in March 2001 following a tear of meniscus, being the second knee operation he had within a year. In 2001, following Slavia's exit from the 2001–02 UEFA Cup in the first round, Suchopárek was sent to the "B" team of Slavia due to inadequate performances.

He later moved to SK Kladno to finish his playing career in the Czech 2. Liga. While playing for Kladno in 2004, Suchopárek dislocated his shoulder attempting a bicycle kick.

Suchopárek retired from professional football following the end of the 2004–05 Czech 2. Liga, in which Kladno finished fourth and missed promotion to the Czech First League on the last day of the season.

Non-playing career

During his time at Kladno, Suchopárek started studying for the UEFA Pro Licence, which he completed after two years.

Following his playing career, Suchopárek became a coach at SK Kladno, where he remained until 2010, when he moved to FK Dukla Prague to become assistant to Luboš Kozel. He is also a coach for the Czech Republic national under-21 football team. At the end of the 2015–16 season, Suchopárek left Dukla, along with Kozel, following the expiry of their contracts. He was named as the new head coach of the Czech Republic national under-19 football team, replacing Pavel Malura.



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