Tomáš Hubočan

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Tomáš Hubočan
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Hubočan with Dynamo Moscow in 2014
Personal information
Full nameTomáš Hubočan
Date of birth (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth Žilina, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Omonia
Number 15
Youth career
Žilina
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2007 Žilina 38 (2)
2006ViOn Zlaté Moravce (loan) 3 (1)
2008–2014 Zenit St. Petersburg 114 (0)
2014–2016 Dynamo Moscow 40 (2)
2016–2019 Olympique Marseille 16 (0)
2017–2018Trabzonspor (loan) 20 (0)
2019– Omonia Nicosia 32 (0)
National team
2006– Slovakia 69 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 6 April 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2021

Tomáš Hubočan (Slovak pronunciation:  [ˈtɔmaːʒ ˈɦubɔtʃan] ; [lower-alpha 1] born 17 September 1985) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a defender for Omonia Nicosia.

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He started his international career in 2006. Currently, with 68 caps, he is Slovakia's eight most capped player.

Club career

MŠK Žilina

Hubočan began in MŠK Žilina since his youth years, beyond the time when he was on loan in ViOn Zlaté Moravce since January 2006 until June 2006. After the end of loan he came back to Žilina and he worked up for one of the best defenders in Corgoň Liga. In the 2006–07 season, he won the league with Šošoni.

Zenit

Hubočan signed for Zenit on 11 February 2008 on a three-year contract for €3.8 million, the highest ever paid to a Slovak club. [1] Hubočan is hoped to fill the vacancy in the center of Zenit's defense created by fellow Slovak defender Martin Škrtel being sold to Liverpool.

As Zenit's star center-backs Ivica Križanac and Nicolas Lombaerts were still on the injured list, and defenders Kim Dong-Jin and Roman Shirokov were not quite ready to make their comebacks, Hubočan received his first taste of Champions League football against Real Madrid (at the Petrovsky stadium) on 30 September 2008. Only having played a total of 11 games for Zenit, it was a rude awakening as he conceded a disastrous own-goal in the 4th minute.

Having only played in 22 league games over two seasons, Hubočan was not quite trusted by former head coaches Dick Advocaat and Anatoly Davydov.[ citation needed ] He finally broke through to the starting eleven in 2010 under Italian Luciano Spalletti, winning the competition for the unfamiliar left back spot over the likes of Michael Lumb and Radek Šírl. Spalletti rated Hubočan as a hot prospect for the future.

On 30 September 2010, he scored his first goal for Zenit in a UEFA Europa League match against AEK Athens F.C. [2]

Trabzonspor

On 7 September 2017, he joined Turkish club Trabzonspor on loan. [3]

International career

Hubočan played his first international match for Slovakia against United Arab Emirates on 11 December 2006. He was a part of Slovakia's squad for the country's first European Championship tournament in 2016.

Hubočan announced his national team retirement on 22 February 2019, at age 33 along with another national team defender and captain Martin Škrtel and forward Adam Nemec. [4] The trio shared a farewell game on 13 October 2019 in a friendly against Paraguay, which coincided with a national team return to Tehelné pole, after 10 years. Although Nemec and Škrtel had starred from the start of the game, Hubočan only entered the game symbolically in the 87th minute, due to a sprain. He entered with the game at 1–1. Ironically, this was Hubočan's first international game at the famed Slovakian stadium, home to the national team for a number of years. The game concluded in the same score. [5]

Career statistics

As of 6 April 2021
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCupContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Žilina 2004–05 Slovak Super Liga 20000020
2005–06 00000000
2006–07 26100261
2007–08 1000020120
Total3820020402
ViOn Zlaté Moravce (loan) 2005–06 2. Liga 310031
Zenit Saint Petersburg 2008 Russian Premier League 11010201 [lower-alpha 2] 0150
2009 1101010130
2010 2303071331
2011–12 3004080420
2012–13 24030901 [lower-alpha 3] 0370
2013–14 15000801 [lower-alpha 4] 0240
2014–15 00000000
Total1140120351301641
Dynamo Moscow 2014–15 Russian Premier League1811080271
2015–16 22120241
Total4023080512
Marseille 2016–17 Ligue 1 130001 [lower-alpha 5] 0140
2017–18 10002030
2018–19 2000100030
Total160003010200
Trabzonspor (loan) 2017–18 Süper Lig 20040240
Omonia 2019–20 Cypriot First Division 11030140
2020–21 2101090310
Total3204090450
Career total2624230571403465

Notes

  1. In isolation, Tomáš is pronounced [ˈtɔmaːʃ] .
  2. One appearance in the Russian Super Cup
  3. One appearance in the Russian Super Cup
  4. One appearance in the Russian Super Cup
  5. One appearance in the Coupe de la Ligue

Honours

MŠK Žilina

Zenit St. Petersburg

Slovakia

Notes

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    2. Лучано Спаллетти: "Тот, кто выигрывает титул, остаётся в истории" (in Russian). FC Zenit. 11 May 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010.
    3. "Agreement with Tomas Hubocan" (in Turkish). Trabzonspor. 7 September 2017.
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