Milan Baroš

Milan Baroš
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Personal information
Full name Milan Baroš
Date of birth 28 October 1981 (1981-10-28) (age 30)
Place of birth Valašské Meziříčí, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft  12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Galatasaray
Number 15
Youth career
1987–1991 Vigantice
1991–1993 Rožnov p. Radhoštěm
1993–1998 Baník Ostrava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Baník Ostrava 76 (23)
2002–2005 Liverpool 68 (19)
2005–2007 Aston Villa 42 (9)
2007–2008 Lyon 24 (7)
2008 Portsmouth (loan) 12 (0)
2008– Galatasaray 70 (42)
National team
1996–1997 Czech Republic U-15 7 (3)
1997–1998 Czech Republic U-16 5 (1)
1998 Czech Republic U-17 4 (1)
1998–2000 Czech Republic U-18 19 (5)
1999–2002 Czech Republic U-21 19 (9)
2001– Czech Republic 83 (39)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 October 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 October 2011

Milan Baroš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmɪlan ˈbaroʃ]) (born 28 October 1981) is a Czech footballer who plays as a striker for Galatasaray and the Czech national football team.

In the 2008–09 season, Baroš scored 20 goals in Turkish Süper Lig, the highest total in the league. He was the winner of the Golden Boot at UEFA Euro 2004, where he scored five goals, and he has previously played for clubs including Liverpool, Aston Villa, and Olympique Lyonnais.

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Club career

Baník Ostrava

Baroš was introduced to top-level football at FC Baník Ostrava. In 1998 he made his debut in the Gambrinus liga, the top of Czech football, becoming a regular over the next few seasons. In 2000, he won the Talent of the Year award at the Czech Footballer of the Year awards.[1]

Liverpool

Baroš joined Liverpool in 2002 and was given the number 5 shirt, making his debut in a Champions League tie away to Barcelona. It was his only appearance of the 2001–02 season. The following season, Baroš scored twice on his Premiership debut away to Bolton Wanderers[2] and ended the season with 12 goals for the club. This included a brace in a 6-0 away win over relegated West Bromwich Albion on 26 April 2003.[3]

For the 2003–04 season, Baroš was expected to feature more prominently but he broke his ankle in a match. He did not play again for six months and scored just two goals all season. Baroš would later claim that had manager Gérard Houllier stayed at the club after the summer of 2004, he would have put in a transfer request. As it was, Houllier resigned and was replaced by Rafael Benítez. On returning from Euro 2004, where he had been the top goalscorer, Baroš hit his best form for his club early in the 2004–05 season. With Michael Owen and Emile Heskey now sold and new signing Djibril Cissé out with a long term injury, Baroš was now the club's senior striker. Despite being the club's joint top scorer with 13 goals, including a hat trick against Crystal Palace, Baroš was surprisingly dropped for the Carling Cup final defeat to Chelsea. However, he played an important role in Liverpool's run to the 2005 Champions League, playing virtually all the in the competition as a lone striker as the club clinched their fifth title. Baroš reportedly dropped the trophy during the team's celebration, leaving a dent, but Liverpool decided not to mend it because it "added to the character" of the trophy.[4]

In June 2005, Baroš' future at Liverpool looked bleak, with the player seemingly poised to leave Liverpool to rejoin former manager Gérard Houllier at Olympique Lyonnais, who had expressed interest in bringing him to France. Baroš, however, rejected the move, saying that he wanted to prove himself at Liverpool. It was widely reported, however, that Liverpool would try to sell Baroš before the transfer window closed on 31 August. Adding fuel to these rumours was Liverpool's purchase of Peter Crouch from Southampton, along with the decision by manager Rafael Benítez not to play Baroš in any of Liverpool's Champions League qualifying-round ties. By not playing Baroš, Benítez assured that Baroš would not be cup-tied to Liverpool – cup-tied players are considerably less valuable – especially to teams that could reasonably afford the transfer fee that Liverpool would likely require for Baroš. Indeed, two clubs that had already qualified for the group phase, Lyon and Schalke 04, strongly pursued Baroš, but he expressed a desire to stay in the Premiership or to move to Spain.

He played as a substitute in the first two games of Liverpool's 2005–06 season, but they were his last for the club.

Aston Villa

Baroš moved to Premiership side Aston Villa for a fee of £6.5 million in August 2005, signing a four year contract.[5] He was given the number 10 shirt. Just ten minutes into his Aston Villa debut, he scored the only goal in his new team's victory over Blackburn Rovers. He finished the season with 8 goals in 25 appearances. He also scored three goals in as many games in the FA Cup that season, as well as one goal from two League Cup appearances, but he never really won over the fans due to his perceived lack of effort on the playing field.

The following season proved to be difficult for Baroš. He began the season as first-choice striker under Martin O'Neill and played alongside Juan Pablo Ángel, but he soon got injured and lost his to Luke Moore and the emerging Gabriel Agbonlahor. Boss Martin O'Neill challenged Baroš to prove himself before the January transfer window. He subsequently opened his account for the season on 11 December with a close range equalizer against Sheffield United in a 2–2 draw. This did not prove good enough and he was soon dropped from the squad altogether and was given few opportunities following that. In the January transfer window, Baroš left the club. Following his final goal for Aston Villa in a 2–1 loss to Manchester United in the FA Cup, he was sold to Lyon in a part exchange deal for John Carew.

He finished his Aston Villa career with 14 goals from 51 appearances.

Lyon

On 26 January 2007, Baroš signed with French side Olympique Lyonnais, reuniting with former manager Gérard Houllier from his time at Liverpool. The deal swapped Baroš with Lyon striker John Carew, who joined Aston Villa on a three-and-an-half-year deal. On 24 January 2007, he made his Lyon Ligue 1 debut against Bordeaux.

On 18 April 2007, during Lyon's match against Rennes, Baroš was accused of making a racist gesture towards his Cameroonian opponent, Stéphane Mbia. After having been fouled by Mbia several times, Baroš held his nose in front of Mbia and waved his hand as if to waft away an unpleasant smell. In the ensuing controversy, Baroš insisted that his gesture was not intended to be racist in any way, and he was only trying to tell Mbia to get out of his face and leave him alone.[6] On 4 May, Baroš and Mbia were brought before an official disciplinary hearing of the LFP. The jury ruled that Baroš was innocent of racist behavior, but he was nevertheless suspended for the remainder of the season for unsportsmanlike conduct.[7]

Following the departure of Gérard Houllier, Baroš played significantly less under new manager Alain Perrin in the 2007–08 season. On 1 November, Baroš was arrested in France while driving at 271 km/h in his black Ferrari F430, on a freeway limited to 130 km/h. Stopped by French Police between Lyon and Geneva in the region of Ain, the local authorities said the radar reading of 271 km/h (168.4 mph) was the fastest speed ever recorded in the region, beating the 248 km/h (154 mph) set by a motorcyclist in 2000. Allegedly, Baroš claimed to the police that the reason he was going so fast was that he "wanted to hear what a Ferrari sounded like at 200km/h." As a result, Baroš had his car and licence confiscated and had to take a taxi back to Lyon. In the awaiting court case, his drivers licence may be suspended for up to three years and he will have to pay a significant fine.[8]

Portsmouth

Baroš played a significant role in the club winning the 2008 FA Cup. He won Portsmouth's match-winning penalty kick in the quarter-final at Manchester United and assisted Nwankwo Kanu's deciding goal in the semi final match against West Bromwich Albion with a suspected hand-ball that went unnoticed by both the referee and his assistant. The final match of Baroš' loan spell was the 2008 FA Cup Final victory over Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium, where he appeared as an 87th minute substitute for Kanu. At the end of the season, Pompey decided against making Baroš' signing permanent and he returned to Lyon.

Galatasaray

2008–09

In August 2008, Baroš joined Turkish champions Galatasaray from Olympique Lyonnais for €5.5 million,[citation needed] linking up with former Liverpool team-mate Harry Kewell. He played his first match against Kayserispor, playing the last 15 minutes. Baroš scored his 19th goal and made his 21st appearance on 8 January 2009.

Baroš scored his first goals as a double in the UEFA Cup 1st Round 1st Leg game against Bellinzona.[9] Three days later, in his first league start, he once again scored two goals against Kocaelispor, with Galatasaray going on to win the match 4–1.[10]

On 21 December 2008, 14 goals in total, Baroš became the top goalscorer in Süper Lig, scoring a hat-trick in the thrilling derby encounter with Beşiktaş, converting two penalties and calmly finishing a one-two move with Lincoln, as Galatasaray won the match 4–2.[11] He became top scorer in the Süper Lig in 2008–2009 season with 20 goals.

2009–10

Baroš scored his first goal of the new campaign after three league games when he scored twice in a 4–1 win against Kayserispor.[12] His next two goals came on 13 September where Galatasaray played rivals Beşiktaş. Galatasaray came out winner 3–0 with Baroš scoring his third and fourth goals of the season.[13]

He broke his foot in two places after a tackle by Emre Belözoğlu in the Fenerbahçe–Galatasaray derby's first minute. He returned to action 4.5 months later on 14 March 2010 for a game against Ankaragucu, scoring a goal on his comeback.[14] On 11 April 2010, he scored a hattrick at home against Diyarbakirspor. On 17 April 2010, he scored the second goal in a 1–2 win at Manisaspor. He has scored five goals in three games since returning from his prolonged injury.

2010–11

On 7 August, a week before the start of the Super Lig he extended his contract with Galatasaray for two seasons, until the end of the 2012-13 season. Also this year injuries never left Baros alone. He started very good at the season scoring 2 goals in the UEFA Europa League qualification match against Karpaty Lviv. he scored is first league goal of the season against Eskisehirspor, which Galatasaray won with 3-1. 3 weeks later he scored a hattrick against Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor, but didn't complete the game due to an injury later on. He scored 2 more goals in his comeback match against Ankaragucu on 17 October, but was unhappily injured again. He returned to the green fields 7 weeks later playing the last 10 minutes of the clash with Besiktas. However he got injured again in those 10 minutes closing the first half of the season. In the second half of the season, Baroš began recovering very fast and impressed everyone with his strong gameplay in his comeback match. By the end of the season Baros appeared in 17 league games and scored 9 goals.[15]

On 29 July 2011, Baroš scored two goals against his former club Liverpool F.C. in a friendly match.

2011–12

Baroš scored two goals after six league games in Turkish Super League, one against Ankaragücü and one against Bursaspor.

International career

At UEFA Euro 2004, Baroš scored the first goal for the Czech Republic in their first game of the tournament, a come-from-behind 2–1 victory over Latvia. He went on to score goals in the Czechs' other two group matches. His second goal was an equalizer against the Netherlands; the Dutch team had a two-goal lead over the Czechs until the 22nd minute, when Jan Koller scored from a Baroš pass. The Czechs went on to win that game. The last was a game-winning goal against Germany. Baroš and Dutch star Ruud van Nistelrooy were the only two players in the tournament to score in all three of their group matches.

Baroš added two goals in two minutes of the second half of the Czechs' quarterfinal win over Denmark, and finished as the tournament's Golden Boot with five goals.

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a persistent foot injury kept him out of games against the United States and Ghana. He did appear in the Czech's final group game against Italy, but was considered unfit and was subsequently withdrawn after 65 minutes.

During UEFA Euro 2008, Baroš suffered the indignity of receiving a yellow card during stoppage time in the match against Turkey, even though he was neither playing in the match or even on the pitch at the time of his booking.

Baroš was banned indefinitely, in April 2009, from playing for his national side after a breach of discipline.[16] However, Baroš was recalled to the national side after the appointment of Ivan Hašek as head coach and on 12 August 2009, he marked his return to international duty with a goal from the penalty spot in the 3–1 home win against Belgium in a friendly match.

On 9 September 2009, Baroš scored a career high of four goals against San Marino, in a game where the Czech Republic won 7–0 in World Cup qualifier.

Personal life

Born in Valašské Meziříčí, Baroš lives in the village of Vigantice, located nearby. He is married to Tereza Franková.[17] Their son Patrick was born on 1 September 2009.

Career statistics

Club

As of 19 October 2011
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Baník Ostrava 1998–99 6 0 - - 6 0
1999–00 29 6 - - 29 6
2000–01 26 6 - - 26 6
2001–02 15 11 - - 15 11
Total 76 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 76 23
Liverpool 2001–02 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2002–03 27 9 1 0 4 2 8 1 40 12
2003–04 13 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 18 2
2004–05 26 9 1 0 4 2 14 2 45 13
2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 68 19 3 0 8 4 27 4 106 27
Aston Villa 2005–06 25 8 3 3 2 1 30 12
2006–07 17 1 1 1 3 0 21 2
Total 42 9 4 4 5 1 0 0 51 14
Lyon 2006–07 12 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 4
2007–08 12 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 15 3
Total 24 7 0 0 0 0 4 0 28 7
Portsmouth 2007–08 12 0 4 0 0 0 16 0
Total 12 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
Galatasaray 2008–09 31 20 3 1 9 5 43 26
2009–10 16 11 1 0 6 5 23 16
2010–11 17 9 0 0 2 2 19 11
2011–12 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 2
Total 70 42 4 1 0 0 17 14 92 55
Career total 292 98 15 5 13 5 50 18 369 126

European competition goals

International

As of 19 October 2011[18]
Czech Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 8 4
2002 6 4
2003 7 4
2004 13 9
2005 11 5
2006 8 4
2007 8 1
2008 9 1
2009 8 6
2010 1 0
2011 6 1
Total 85 39

International goals

As of 19 October 2011[19][20]

Honours

Club

Liverpool

Olympique Lyon

Portsmouth

Country

Czech Republic

Individual

References

  1. ^ (Czech) Historie ankety Fotbalista roku at ČMFS website
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT – Football – cipso premier – Baros makes his mark". BBC News. 14 September 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/2254693.stm. [dead link]
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Liverpool damage Champions trophy.". CBBC. 2 June 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4600000/newsid_4603500/4603587.stm. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Baros completes transfer to Villa". BBC Sport. 2005-08-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/aston_villa/4154498.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  6. ^ BAROS FACES RAP OVER GESTURE | Sporting Life – Football | Football Transfers, France Ligue 1 News, Fixtures, Results, Match Reports, Standings
  7. ^ French league suspends Baroš for three matches, clears him of racist gesture – International Herald Tribune
  8. ^ "Ligue 1 – Baros caught speeding at 170 mph (270 km/h)". Eurosport. 2 November 2007. Archived from the original on 4 November 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071104071653/http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/02112007/58/ligue-1-baros-caught-speeding-170mph.html. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Match Report – Bellinzona:3 Galatasaray:4". Galatasaray.org. 18 September 2008. http://www.galatasaray.org/en/futbol/uefa/haber/124.php. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  10. ^ "Match Report – Kocaeli:1 Galatasaray:4". Galatasaray.org. 21 September 2008. http://www.galatasaray.org/en/futbol/superlig/haber/132.php. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  11. ^ "Match Report – Galatasaray:4 Beşiktaş:2". Galatasaray.org. 21 December 2008. http://www.galatasaray.org/en/futbol/superlig/haber/307.php. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  12. ^ Baros scores first two goals of season Retrieved on 13 September 2009
  13. ^ Baros scores twice against Besiktas Retrieved on 13 September 2009
  14. ^ "Medical Report for Milan Baroš". Galatasaray.org. 26 Oktober 2009. http://www.galatasaray.org/en/kulup/haber/809.php. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  15. ^ http://www.galatasaray.org/kulup/haber/7559.php[dead link]
  16. ^ Czechs ban Hammer after late night out. This is London (2009-04-08). Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  17. ^ "gizlice evlendi". Hürriyet. 2 August 2009. http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/spor/futbol/12196565.asp. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  18. ^ [2]
  19. ^ Milan Baros – Goals in International Matches
  20. ^ Milan Baroš international stats at the Czech Football Association website (Czech)

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