Karel Poborsky Profile

Karel Poborsky

Karel Pobor­sky, born Jindrichuv Hradec, Czecho­slovakia, Mar­ch 30, 1972. Karel Pobor­sky ap­peared for Ceske Bude­jovice, Vikt­or­ia Zizkov, and Slavia Prague be­fore he joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted for a trans­fer fee of £3,500,000 at the be­gin­ning of the 1996-97 sea­son. He was giv­en his Pre­mier Lea­gue de­but for Uni­ted in a 2-2 draw to Ever­ton at Old Traf­ford on the 21st of Au­gust 1996 and went on to make 32 Pre­miership ap­pear­ances whi­le at the club.

Karel Pobor­sky won the Pre­mier Lea­gue title wi­th Man­chester Uni­ted in 1997, but the mid­field play­maker nev­er really ma­naged to es­tab­lish him­self in the fir­st te­am. Al­though there can be little doubt that Pobor­sky was an im­mensly tal­en­ted play­er, the fair-haired foot­baller showed on­ly glimpses of his pa­st tal­ent dur­ing his re­l­at­ively short spell at Man­chester Uni­ted and he was ev­entually trans­ferred to Por­tuguese Pre­mier Lea­gue si­de Ben­fica where he be­came an im­me­di­ate fa­vour­ite wi­th the ho­me sup­port­ers. Af­ter spend­ing three mem­or­able years at the Es­ta­dio da Luz in Lis­bon, the cre­at­ive mid­fielder de­cided to join Serie A si­de Lazio be­fore he fi­nally re­turned to the Czech Re­pub­lic on a free trans­fer to ap­pear for Sparta Prague. Pobor­sky la­ter played for his for­mer te­am Ceske Bude­jovice where he fin­ished his act­ive ca­reer at the end of the 2006-07 cam­paign. The Bo­hemi­an was giv­en his fir­st in­ter­na­tion­al ap­pear­ance for the coun­try of his bir­th in a 4-1 friendly tri­umph ag­ainst Tur­key at In­onu Sta­dium in Istan­bul on the 23rd of Feb­ruary 1994, and played for his home­land at Euro 1996, Euro 2000, and Euro 2004. Pobor­sky also be­came the fir­st play­er to reach 100 seni­or ap­pear­ances for the Czech Re­pub­lic in a goal­less friendly draw to Greece at Sta­di­on Evzena Rosick­e­ho in Prague on the 18th of Au­gust 2004. Karel Pobor­sky Play­ing Ca­reer: Ceske Bude­jovice, Vikt­or­ia Zizkov, Slavia Prague, Man­chester Uni­ted, Ben­fica, Lazio, Sparta Prague, Ceske Bude­jovice. Man­aging Ca­reer: None.

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