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Pavel Nedved

Pavel Nedved
Complete Name: Pavel Nedved
Nationality: Czech
Place of Birth: Cheb, Czech Republic
Date of Birth: 30/08/1972
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 70 kg
National Team: Czech Republic
Current Club: Juventus Turin
Position: Midfielder


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Club career history

FC Marila (Czech Republic), Sparta Prague (Czech Republic), Lazio Rome (Italy), Juventus Turin (Italy)


2003 Golden boot (Juventus)
1999 Cup Winners Cup winner (Lazio Rome)
1998 Italian SuperCup winner (Lazio Rome)
2002 Italian SuperCup winner (Juventus)
2003 Italian SuperCup winner (Juventus)
1993 Champion of Tchécoslovaquie (Sparta Prague)
1994 Champion of Czech Republic (Sparta Prague)
1995 Champion of Czech Republic (Sparta Prague)
2000 Serie A.. Champions (Lazio Rome)
2002 Serie A.. Champions (Juventus)
2003 Serie A.. Champions (Juventus)
2005 Serie A.. Champions (Juventus)
1996 Vainqueur of la FA Cup de Czech Republic (Sparta Prague)
1998 Italian Cup winner (Lazio Rome)
2000 Italian Cup winner (Lazio Rome)
2004 Italian Cup Finals (Juventus)


Pavel Nedved (born August 30, 1972 in Cheb, Czech Republic) is a Czech football player. Nedved is a star midfielder for Italian club powerhouse Juventus and for the Czech national team. Before joining Juventus, Nedved played for Dukla Prague (1991-92), Sparta Prague (1992-96), and Lazio (1996-2001). He won one scudetto with Lazio and three with Juve.

Nedved was part of the Czech national team which went to the final of Euro 96, eventually losing to winners Germany. Nedved's performance however did not go unnoticed and he transferred from Sparta Prague to Lazio in the Serie A in 1996. At Lazio Nedved won the Coppa Italia in 1997/98 and the final Cup Winners' Cup in 1999 against Real Mallorca.

Nedved eventually moved to Juventus in 2001 for a fee of 41.2 million euros, as a replacement for Zinédine Zidane who had transferred to Spain's Real Madrid the same summer. He proved more than an adequate replacement for the Frenchman, his tremendous workrate and guile playing an integral part in Juventus' scudetto-winning teams of 2001/02, 2002/03 and 2004/05.

Nedved helped lead Juventus into the 2003 Champions League final against AC Milan, but was forced to sit out the final because of accumulated yellow cards after being booked in the semifinal for tackling Real Madrid Midfielder Steve McManaman. At the end of the year, he won the European Footballer of the Year award.

By the time of his first retirement from international football, Nedved was captain of the Czech national team. In the Euro 2004 semi-final against Greece, Nedved was injured when he slammed his knee into a Greek player while jumping for the ball. Though he played for a time after, he was eventually replaced by Vladimír Šmicer. Some observers of the match considered Nedved's injury to be a key factor in the Czechs' loss. The injury also led him to retire from the national team in September 2004. Nedved had scored 18 goals in 73 games for the Czechs and played for his country at Euro 96, Euro 2000, and Euro 2004.

He came out of international retirement to play for the Czechs in their World Cup qualifying playoff against Norway in November 2005. The Czechs won both legs 1-0, first in Oslo and then in Prague, to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Since this will be the first World Cup appearance for the Czech team since the partition of Czechoslovakia, it is quite likely that Nedved will choose to remain available for selection for the finals in Germany.

Nedved is a dedicated, hard-working player. He is typically the heartbeat of any team on which he plays, often taking the leadership in the locker room to inspire his teammates during halftime. He is said to be considering setting up his own football academy in his home country when he retires from football.

He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.

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