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Zdeněk Grygera
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Personal information
Full name Zdeněk Grygera
Date of birth 14 May 1980 (1980-05-14) (age 29)
Place of birth Přílepy (Kroměříž District), Czechoslovakia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Right Back, Centre Back
Club information
Current club Juventus
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Petra Drnovice 054 0(3)
2000–2003 Sparta Prague 065 0(2)
2003–2007 Ajax 090 (8)
2007– Juventus 055 0(3)
National team
2001– Czech Republic 050 0(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 August 2007

Zdeněk Grygera (born 14 May 1980) is a Czech football player who is currently playing for Italian club Juventus. He is usually a right back or centre back but can play anywhere in defence.

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Club Career

Grygera began his career at Petra Drnovice before moving to Czech giants Sparta Prague.[1] In July 2003, he was signed by Amsterdam side Ajax for an undisclosed fee, estimated to be around €3.5 million.[2] His first goal came for the club came in September 2004, a 5-0 thrashing away at Den Bosch. He soon became a fan favorite, especially after scoring against bitter rivals Feyenoord in the April Klassieker.

On 10 January 2007, it was confirmed by Ajax's technical director, Martin Van Geel, that Grygera would be leaving to Juventus on a Bosman transfer when his contract with Ajax expires in June 2007. He was supposed to transfer after the World Cup but the Calciopoli scandal prevented him from doing so.[3] After four fairly successful seasons in the Dutch capital, Grygera moved to Juventus. He expressed his delight over the possibility of playing with one of his Czech compatriots, Pavel Nedvěd. Due to his versatility, he established himself in the Juve line-up. In March, he scored and set up David Trézéguet's goal in a 2-0 win over Genoa and scored a last-gasp equalizer in Derby d'Italia fixture against Juve's bitter rivals Inter on 18 April 2009.[4] March 14 2010, Grygera arguably played one of the worst matches ever made in Juventus history, in a match against Siena at home Juve lost a 3-0 lead to 3-3 and Grygera was the reason for all three goals. His rating in Gazzetta Dello Sport expects to be worst of the season in Serie A for that performance. He is by far one of the worst players ever to wear the Bianconeri shirt!

International Career

A former Czechoslovak youth international, Grygera played for the Czech Republic at Euro 2004, World Cup in Germany and the Euro 2008. He was a regular during 2010 World Cup qualifying, playing in 6 of the 10 qualifers but was not able to help the Czechs qualify for a second consecutive World Cup.

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