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Jan Koller
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Personal information
Date of birth March 30, 1973 (1973-03-30) (age 36)
Place of birth Smetanova Lhota, Czechoslovakia
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Cannes
Number 23
Youth career
1978–1989 TJ Smetanova Lhota
1989–1994 ZVVZ Milevsko
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Sparta Prague 29 (5)
1996–1999 Lokeren 97 (43)
1999–2001 Anderlecht 65 (43)
2001–2006 Borussia Dortmund 137 (59)
2006–2008 Monaco 51 (12)
2008 Nuremberg 14 (2)
2008–2009 Krylia Sovetov Samara 46 (16)
2010– Cannes 0 (0)
National team
1999–2009 Czech Republic 91 (55)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:20, 30 November 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:55, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Jan Koller (born 30 March 1973) is a Czech footballer who is currently playing for French club AS Cannes.

As an international player he played as a striker for the Czech Republic national team. He is the all-time leading goal scorer for either the Czech Republic or the former Czechoslovakia, with 55 goals in 90 caps as of 15 June 2008. With 202 cm height (6'7.5") and a weight around 107 kg (about 235 pounds), Koller has an impressive physical presence and is a constant aerial threat to the opposition.[1]

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Club career

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Early career

Koller started his football training as a goalkeeper, but was converted to striker by the time he started his professional career with Czech giants Sparta Prague. In 1996, Koller caught the eye of Belgian football and signed with the club Lokeren.

Anderlecht

After a successful three-year personal campaign, in which he managed to finish as Belgian First Division top-scorer in his last season at Lokeren, Koller was appointed by Belgian giants Anderlecht. A brilliant performance in his debut season earned him the Belgian Golden Shoe in 2000 and just a year later he was bought by German side Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund

Jan Koller playing for Borussia Dortmund

During Koller's spell at Dortmund (in which the club conquered the Bundesliga trophy in the 2001–02 season), his training as a keeper saw some use in the 2002–03 season. In one Bundesliga match at Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund's keeper Jens Lehmann was sent off about midway through the second half, and Koller moved from striker to keeper after he had already scored once in the first half. He kept a clean sheet for the rest of the match against good opportunities by Michael Ballack and others, and was named the Bundesliga's top keeper of the week for his performance. Nevertheless Dortmund lost this important match. He helped them to the 2002 UEFA Cup Final where his goal could not prevent them going down 3–2 to Feyenoord.

Monaco and Nuremberg

In a surprising move, Koller signed with French side AS Monaco in 2006 but a two-season disappointing campaign, despite earning a decent scoring record, forced him to move back to Germany to play with Nuremberg.[2] Unfortunately for Koller, who wasn't the only Czech in the team as he was partnered with Tomáš Galásek and Jaromír Blazek, the Nuremberg-based club displayed a poor performance and was relegated to 2. Bundesliga at the end of the 2007–08 season.

Krylia Sovetov Samara

On 23 June, Koller was transferred to Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara in a deal worth €1 million.[3]

AS Cannes

On 5 December, Koller was transferred from Russian club Krylia Sovetov Samara to Championnat National team AS Cannes.[4] He signed until June 2011.[5]

International career

Koller is the most prolific goal-scorer of the Czech Republic and has represented his country in Euro 2000, Euro 2004, 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.

His best performance to date in a major tournament was in Euro 2004, when his side reached the semi-finals and he scored two goals, forming a pivotal partnership with fellow striker Milan Baroš. In the 2006 World Cup, Koller scored the opening goal against the United States, but later suffered a minor thigh injury. His injury was a major blow for the Czech Republic, which lost their next two matches without him and were eliminated.

Into his third month with Nuremberg, Koller announced that he would retire from the Czech national team after Euro 2008.[6] He finished his international career with 55 goals, including a crucial headed goal in their deciding Euro 2008 Group A match against Turkey. However, his goal was not enough as the Czechs conceded three goals in the last 15 minutes, culminating with a Petr Čech blunder that allowed Nihat Kahveci to score the winning goal.[7] The Czechs lost the match 3–2, and failed to progress to the knock-out stage, prompting Koller to announce his retirement from the national team.

On 12 August 2009, he announced that he would rejoin the national team because of poor results in the 2010 World Cup qualification. He played in the match against Slovakia, but on 6 September 2009, he again announced his retirement from international football.[8]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Czech Republic League Czech Republic Football Cup Europe Total
1994–95 Sparta Prague Gambrinus liga 6 1 6 1
1995–96 24 4 24 4
Belgium League Belgian Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Lokeren Belgian League 31 8 31 8
1997–98 33 11 33 11
1998–99 33 24 5 3 38 27
1999–2000 Anderlecht Belgian League 33 20 12 10 45 30
2000–01 32 22 5 2 13 4 50 28
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2001–02 Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga 33 11 1 0 13 6 47 17
2002–03 34 13 12 8 46 21
2003–04 32 16 3 0 35 16
2004–05 30 15 30 15
2005–06 9 4 9 4
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
2006–07 Monaco Ligue 1 32 8 32 8
2007–08 18 4 18 4
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2007–08 Nuremberg Bundesliga 14 2 14 2
Russia League Russian Cup Europe Total
2008 Krylia Sovetov Samara Russian Premier League 18 7 18 7
2009 26 9 26 9
League Cup Continental Total
Total Czech Republic 30 5 30 5
Belgium 162 85 22 15 13 4 197 104
Germany 152 61 1 0 28 14 181 75
France 50 12 50 12
Russia 44* 16 44 16
Career Total 438 179 23 15 41 10 502 212

Honours

Sparta Prague
1995
1996
Anderlecht
2000, 2001
2000, 2001
Borussia Dortmund
2002
Individual
  • Belgian League Top Scorer: 1
1999
2000

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Simple English

Jan Koller
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Personal information
Full name Jan Koller
Date of birth 30 March 1973 (1973-03-30) (age 37)
Place of birth    Smetanova Lhota, Czechoslovakia
Height 2.02 m (6 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Cannes
Number 23
Senior clubs
Years Club
1994-1996
1996-1999
1999-2001
2001-2006
2006-2008
2008
2008-2009
2010-
Sparta Prague
Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen
Anderlecht
Borussia Dortmund
Monaco
Nürnberg
Krylia Sovetov Samara
Cannes
National team
1999-2009 Czech Republic

Jan Koller (born March 30 1973) is a Czech football player. He plays for Cannes and Czech Republic national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Czech RepublicLeague Czech Republic Football Cup EuropeTotal
1994/95Sparta PragueGambrinus liga61--61
1995/96234--234
BelgiumLeague Belgian Cup EuropeTotal
1996/97Lokeren Oost-VlaanderenFirst Division318--318
1997/983311--3311
1998/99332453-3827
1999/00AnderlechtFirst Division33201210-4530
2000/013222521345028
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2001/02Borussia DortmundBundesliga3211101364617
2002/033413-1284621
2003/043216-303516
2004/053015--3015
2005/0694--94
FranceLeague Coupe de France EuropeTotal
2006/07MonacoLigue 1328--328
2007/08184--184
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal EuropeTotal
2007/08NürnbergBundesliga142--142
RussiaLeague Russian Cup EuropeTotal
2008Krylia Sovetov SamaraPremier League187--187
2009289--289
FranceLeague Coupe de France EuropeTotal
2009/10CannesLigue 1
CountryCzech Republic 295--295
Belgium 162852215134197104
Germany 1516110281418075
France 5012--5012
Russia 4616--4616
Total 43817923154118502212

International career statistics

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Czech Republic national team
YearAppsGoals
1999109
2000116
200170
200295
200397
2004146
200567
200687
200794
200874
200910
Total9155

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