- Tomáš Pekhart
Infobox Football biography
playername = Tomáš Pekhart
fullname = Tomáš Pekhart
height = convert|6|ft|2|in|m|2|abbr=on|lk=on
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1989|05|26|df=y
currentclub = Southampton
(on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
clubnumber = 31
youthyears = 2001–2002
youthclubs = TJ Sušice
years = 2008–
clubs = Tottenham Hotspur
→ Southampton (loan)
caps(goals) = 00 (0)
nationalteam = Czech Republic U21
nationalcaps(goals) = 07 (6)
pcupdate = 19:26, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
ntupdate = 11 August 2008
Tomáš Pekhart (born
26 May 1989) is a Czech footballer currently on loan from Tottenham Hotspur to Championship club Southampton. He has represented the Czech Republic at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-20 and U-21 level, and plays as a striker.
Sušice, Czechoslovakia, he began his career with his hometown club TJ Sušice and also played for TJ Klatovy before joining Slavia Prahain 2003. Pekhart played in the final of the UEFA Under-17 Championship in Luxembourgfor his country against Russia. [ cite web |url=http://www.uefa.com/competitions/under17/history/season=2006/round=2219/match=84113/index.html |title=(Czech Republic 2 - 2 Russia) Russia celebrate U17 triumph |date=14 May 2006 |author=Paul Saffer |publisher=UEFA.com ] He scored seven times in 18 appearances at that level in 2005-06 competition.
Pekhart joined Tottenham during the summer of 2006 from Slavia. [ cite web |url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/t/tottenham_hotspur/4812398.stm |title=Spurs to sign teenage Czech star |publisher=BBC Sport |date=16 March 2006 ] A fine first season for the young Czech striker in 2006-07 yielded 19 goals in 20 matches for Tottenham Academy and a further 12 appearances for the reserves. Only injury denied him the chance to improve that strike record. He also scored in Tottenham's Reserves' friendly win against
RC Lensin November 2006.
In 2007 he represented his country in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada as the youngest player in the squad having just turned 18. He played in all seven matches of the tournament, including the final against
Argentinain which the Czechs finished runners up after Mauro Zaratescored the winning goal four minutes from full time for Argentina. [ cite web |url=http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/matches/round=249413/match=58891/index.html |title=Czech Republic 1 - 2 Argentina |date=22 July 2007 |publisher=FIFA.com ] Recently he has been picked for the U-21s and despite being younger than most others in the squad he has managed to score 6 goals in 7 matches.
On 26 August 2008, Pekhart joined Championship side Southampton on loan until January 2009.cite news| title = Saints land Spurs striker | url = http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12875_4052932,00.html | publisher =
Sky Sports| date = 26 August 2008] He made his first league appearance as a substitute on 14 September, away against QPR which Southampton lost 4-1.cite news | title = QPR 4-1 Southampton | url = http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/7602146.stm | publisher = BBC Sport| date = 14 September 2008]
* [http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/players/reserves/tomaspekhart.html Profile on tottenhamhotspur.com]
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