Libor Kozák

Date of Birth: 30 May 1989
Place of Birth: Opava, Czechoslovakia
Nationality: Czech Republic
Position: Forward
Year Signed: 2013
Signed From: Lazio
Fee Paid: £5,000,000

Libor Kozák was born on 30th May 1989 in Opava, Czech Republic.

His football career started in his hometown at SFC Opava’s football academy, where he spent six years studying and playing in the Opava youth team.

In 2007, Kozák signed his first professional contract with SFC Opava. The young striker impressed In his début season, scoring eleven goals in twenty-six appearances.

Seen as a rising star, the young Czech forward attracted the interest of a number of European managers. After a trial at Portsmouth, he did not join the club, which was in the Premier League at the time, and instead signed for S.S. Lazio in the summer of 2008.

Kozák then spent a season at S.S. Lazio’s academy, adapting to the challenges of Italian professional football.

After a year at the academy Kozák was loaned to Brescia Calcio. During the 2009-10 season Kozák featured in thirty matches for the club, scoring four times.

When his loan spell came to an end, the striker returned to S.S. Lazio and appeared in fifty-eight matches for the club.

The 2012-13 season was a mixed one for the striker: he failed to score in nineteen appearances in Serie A but finished the season as the Europa League’s leading scorer, with eight goals to his name.

On September 2nd 2013 Kozák joined Aston Villa for €6.5 million.

He made his first appearance for his new club on September 14th 2013 in a 1-2 loss to Newcastle United at Villa Park.

Kozák scored his first goal for Aston Villa a week after his making his début. He scored seconds after coming on to replace the injured Benteke and earned the Villans three points at Carrow Road.

On January 2nd 2014, it was revealed that the striker had broken his right leg in a training ground accident and this ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

Unfortunately, a series of complications and setbacks meant that the Czech international missed the entire 2014-15 season.

He finally returned to action for the U21 side in March 2015 and played forty-five minutes of the pre-season training game against Fulham in July 2015.

Having played for the Czech Republic at U19 and U21 levels, Kozák was called up to the senior team in March 2011 and has gone on to earn eight international caps, scoring twice for his national side.

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