Karel Kroupa

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Karel Kroupa
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Personal information
Date of birth (1950-04-15) 15 April 1950 (age 68)
Place of birth Brno, Czechoslovakia
Playing position Striker
Youth career
–1966 TJ Sokol Bosonohy
Senior career*
1966–1969 Spartak KPS Brno 41 (19)
1969–1971 Dukla Tábor 53 (22)
1971–1982 Zbrojovka Brno 277 (118)
1982–1983 TJ Gottwaldov 26 (14)
1983–85 Zbrojovka Brno 21 (7)
National team
1974–1977 Czechoslovakia U-23 11 (5)
1974–1980 Czechoslovakia 21 (4)
1977 Czechoslovakia B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Karel Kroupa (born 15 April 1950) is a former Czech football player, considered as legendary player of 1. FC Brno.

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Kroupa played his whole professional career for Zbrojovka Brno (today 1. FC Brno). He appeared in 277 league matches and scored 118 goals, becoming the best goalscorer of the club in its history. Kroupa won the Czechoslovak First League with Brno in 1978. It is the only championship for this team to date.

The Czechoslovak First League was the premier football league in the Czechoslovakia from 1925 to 1993, with the exception of World War II. Czechoslovakia was occupied by German forces who formed Gauliga Sudetenland and Gauliga Böhmen und Mähren leagues on occupied territories. Until 1934-35 season no teams from Slovakia participated in the league.

Statistics of Czechoslovak First League in the 1977–78 season.

Being a prolific goalscorer, Kroupa became the top scorer of Czechoslovak First League in 1978 and 1979. In 1977, he was voted the Czechoslovak Footballer of the Year.

The Czechoslovak Player of the Year award was an annual prize given to the best Czechoslovak football player by the Czechoslovak Football Association since 1965. Award for coach of the year was also awarded since 1985.

Kroupa was a member of the Czechoslovakia national football team and played for his country total 21 matches, scoring 4 goals.

His son Karel is also a professional footballer.

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