Pavel Nedvěd (1972)

Pavel Nedvěd (August 30, 1972) is considered by many to be one of the best Czech football players ever. After his active career, he received a lifelong contract with Juventus and is now the sporting director there. Nedvěd was best known for his good shot with both right and left and his brilliant passing with which he now and then sent the opponent completely into the woods. His stamina was unparalleled.

Nedvěd started his career with the Czech Dukla Prague, but soon moved to the city neighbor and top club Sparta Prague, where he flourished completely. After the European Championship 1996, where he was the ultimate star, many European top clubs attracted him. Nedvěd had reached an agreement with PSV for the European Championship, but came back to this later, because of the many other offers. He eventually switched to Lazio Roma. In the year 2000, he climbed one step higher by signing a contract with Juventus in Turin.

With Juve, Nedvěd was close to the Champions League in 2003, but in the final minute of the semi-final won against Real Madrid, Nedvěd received a yellow card. This left him suspended from the final, which was lost on AC Milan penalties at Old Trafford in Manchester. Even the fans of Milan admitted that the game would probably have turned out very differently if Nedvěd (one of the best footballers in the world at the time) had participated. He was, however, named European Footballer of the Year in 2003.

In the 2006/07 season, Nedvěd played with Juventus in Serie B because of the Calciopoli bribery scandal. Initially he tried to force a transfer, but to no avail. Nedvěd eventually decided to remain loyal to his club despite interest from many top clubs. This ultimate gesture of club love and loyalty has given Nedvěd a lifetime contract, just like club legend Alessandro Del Piero. This means that he would remain in the service of De Oude Dame even after his active career as a professional football player.

Pavel Nedvěd was part of the coaching staff when Ciro Ferrara was in charge at Juventus. In October 2010 he was appointed as the sporting director at Juventus.

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