Roman Bednář

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Roman Bednář
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Bednář with West Bromwich Albion in 2009
Personal information
Full nameRoman Bednář [1]
Date of birth (1983-03-26) 26 March 1983 (age 35) [1]
Place of birth Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) [1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
1. FK Příbram
Number 19
Youth career
1990–1999 ČAFC Prague
1999–2002 Bohemians 1905
Senior career*
2002–2005 Mladá Boleslav 70 (23)
2005–2006 FBK Kaunas 0 (0)
2005–2006Heart of Midlothian (loan) 22 (7)
2006–2008 Heart of Midlothian 18 (4)
2007–2008West Bromwich Albion (loan) 29 (13)
2008–2012 West Bromwich Albion 56 (17)
2010Leicester City (loan) 5 (0)
2010–2011Ankaragücü (loan) 8 (1)
2012 Blackpool 9 (1)
2012 Sivasspor 0 (0)
2013–2015 Sparta Prague 39 (9)
20151. FK Příbram (loan) 12 (5)
2015–2016 1. FK Příbram 25 (7)
National team
2002–2003 Czech Republic U20 10 (0)
2004–2005 Czech Republic U21 4 (2)
2006–2010 Czech Republic 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 28 February 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 February 2016

Roman Bednář (born 26 March 1983) is a Czech former professional footballer.

Czech Republic republic in Central Europe

The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.

Association football team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.


Club career

Czech Republic

Born in Prague, [1] Bednář started his career as a youth player at ČAFC Prague before he stepped up to Gambrinus liga side FC Bohemians Praha in 1998. In 2002, after failing to break into the first team at Bohemians, he moved to Czech Second Division side FK Mladá Boleslav. Bednář finished the 2003–04 season as top scorer with 10 goals as Mladá Boleslav won the Second Division title.

Prague Capital city in Czech Republic

Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic, the 14th largest city in the European Union and the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of 2.6 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.

ČAFC Prague association football club

ČAFC Prague is a Czech football club located in Prague-Záběhlice. It currently plays in the Prague Championship, which is in the fifth tier of the Czech football system. It is one of the oldest football clubs in the country. ČAFC played in the highest division of football in Czechoslovakia in the 1920s, taking part in the inaugural national league, the 1925 Czechoslovak First League.

Bohemians 1905 Prague-based association football club

Bohemians Praha 1905 is a Prague-based football club, which was founded in 1905 as AFK Vršovice. The club won the 1982–83 Czechoslovak First League, its only league championship. Its colours are green and white.

In the 2004–05 season Bednář started to come to the attention of Lithuanian scouts as his six goals helped Mladá Boleslav consolidate in the Gambrinus Liga. It was in this season that Bednář was voted as the "Revelation of the Season" as his physical strength, aerial ability, positional awareness and ability to create chances for other teammates made him a constant threat for opposition defences.[ citation needed ]

Heart of Midlothian

On 27 July 2005, Hearts announced that they had completed the signing of Bednář on a one-year loan deal from FBK Kaunas. [2] He scored on his debut against Kilmarnock, [3] and also in the 3–0 away victory over Dundee United. [4] Bednář then cemented his place in Hearts folklore by scoring the only goal in the 1–0 victory over Rangers at Tynecastle. [5] It was in this game, however, that he suffered a serious knee injury that ruled him out for most of the campaign. He made his return on 26 November against Motherwell in a 1–1 draw, [6] and played his part in Hearts' successful second-place finish and Scottish Cup victory.

Heart of Midlothian F.C. association football club in Scotland

Heart of Midlothian Football Club, commonly known as Hearts, is a Scottish professional football club based in Gorgie in the west of Edinburgh. Hearts are the oldest football club in the Scottish capital, as they were formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Quadrille Assembly, whose name was influenced by Walter Scott's novel The Heart of Midlothian. The modern club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the city's Royal Mile and the team's colours are predominantly maroon and white.

Kauno futbolo ir beisbolo klubas, commonly known as FBK Kaunas, was a Lithuanian football club from the city of Kaunas.

Kilmarnock F.C. association football club

Kilmarnock Football Club, commonly known as Killie, is a Scottish football team based in the town of Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire. The team is currently under the management of Steve Clarke. The club has won several honours since its formation in 1869, most recently the 2011–12 Scottish League Cup after a 1–0 win over Celtic at Hampden Park.

Bednář started the 2006–07 Scottish Premier League season in a rich vein of form, scoring three times, twice in the 2–1 victory over Celtic at Tynecastle. [7]

Scottish Premier League professional association football league, contested by clubs from Scotland

The Scottish Premier League (SPL) was the top level league competition for professional football clubs in Scotland. The league was founded in 1998, when it broke away from the Scottish Football League (SFL). It was abolished in 2013, when the SPL and SFL merged to form the new Scottish Professional Football League, with its top division being known as the Scottish Premiership. A total of 19 clubs competed in the SPL, but only the Old Firm clubs, Celtic and Rangers won the league championship.

Celtic F.C. Scottish association football club

The Celtic Football Club are a professional football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, which plays in the Scottish Premiership. The club was founded in 1887 with the purpose of alleviating poverty in the immigrant Irish population in the East End of Glasgow. They played their first match in May 1888, a friendly match against Rangers which Celtic won 5–2. Celtic established themselves within Scottish football, winning six successive league titles during the first decade of the 20th century. The club enjoyed their greatest successes during the 1960s and 70s under Jock Stein when they won nine consecutive league titles and the 1967 European Cup.

Tynecastle F.C.

Tynecastle Football Club are a Scottish football team playing in the East of Scotland Football League. The club was formed in 2005 by the merger of Tynecastle Boys Club and Tollcross United. They play at the Meggetland Sports Complex in Edinburgh.

Bednář joined Hearts on a permanent deal on 31 August 2006, [8] but exactly a year later he moved to West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan deal, [9] which later turned into a permanent move.

West Bromwich Albion F.C. association football club

West Bromwich Albion Football Club is a football club in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900. Albion currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English football, having been relegated from the Premier League in 2017–18.

West Bromwich Albion

Bednář scored his first goals in a West Brom shirt on 15 October 2007, netting twice in a 4–1 win for the Albion reserves against Lincoln City reserves. [10] On 24 October, he scored a hat-trick for the reserves in a 6–1 win over Oldham Athletic reserves. [11] He made his first team debut for Albion as a substitute in a 3–0 away win against Watford on 3 November 2007. [12] In January 2008, Bednář scored the winning penalty in the shootout against Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup third round. [13] He won the Midland Player of the Month award for January 2008. [14] Bednář finished the 2007–08 season with 17 goals from 22 starts. [15]

At the end of his loan spell, West Bromwich Albion exercised an option to purchase him. [16] [17] Bednář signed a three-year contract, with Albion paying Hearts £2.3 million for the player, in addition to the £200,000 loan fee they had paid previously. [15] In the summer of 2008 he underwent a hernia operation. [18]

Bednář was suspended by West Bromwich Albion in May 2009 over allegations that he had purchased drugs. [19] The following month he was cautioned by West Midlands Police regarding the incident, for possessing small amounts of class A drugs (principally cocaine) as well as cannabis, a class B drug. [20] The Football Association granted permission for Bednář to resume playing, following his suspension, and to report back for training on 17 August 2009.[ citation needed ] He returned to the side on 26 August in a League Cup tie at Rotherham United, and three days later he scored both of West Brom's goals in a 2–2 draw away to Sheffield United. On 17 October 2009, Bednář suffered a back injury (a trapped nerve) in the early stages of Albion's game against Reading. [21] He returned to training after just over a week, and was an unused substitute in the 5–0 victory over Watford on 31 October. [22] On 24 November 2010, Bednář joined Leicester City on loan until January 2011, [23] making his debut in a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest on 29 November. [24] West Brom accepted a £1.2 million offer from Bristol City in January 2011. However, Bednář turned down the move. Bednář subsequently joined Turkish club Ankaragücü on loan for the remainder of the 2010–11 season.

Bednář returned to the Baggies after his loan spell ended and the club took up the option to extend his contract until the end of 2011–12 season. He was assigned the squad number 43 after his previous squad number 9 had been assigned to new signing Shane Long. Bednář's only appearance during the 2011–12 season was as a substitute in a League Cup win over Bournemouth in August 2011. In four-and-a-half years with West Brom, he made a total of 105 appearances, scoring 34 goals. [25]


On 28 January 2012, Bednář joined Blackpool on a free transfer, signing a six-month contract. [25] [26] He made his debut three days later, as a late substitute against Coventry City, setting up former Baggies teammate Kevin Phillips for an 87th-minute equalizer in a 2–1 win at Bloomfield Road. [27] He scored his first goal for the club in a substitute appearance against Leicester City on 21 March. However, he was injured and needed to be substituted less than 15 minutes after coming on.


On 8 August 2012, Bednář signed a two-year contract with Turkish Süper Lig side Sivasspor.

International career

On 16 August 2006, Bednář made his debut for the Czech Republic national team in their 3–1 defeat by Serbia. [28]

Career statistics

Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
ScotlandLeague Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Heart of Midlothian Scottish Premier League 2272000247
2006–07 184211051256
EnglandLeague FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 West Bromwich Albion Championship 291354003417
2008–09 Premier League 2664010316
2009–10 Championship 271140103211
2010–11 Premier League 30003060
Leicester City (loan) Championship 30000030
2011–12 West Bromwich Albion Premier League 00001010
2007–12West Bromwich Albion Total85301346010434
2011–12 Blackpool Championship 91000091
TotalCzech Republic704000007040
Career total20765125705123171


Heart of Midlothian

West Bromwich Albion

Sparta Prague

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