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 František PLÁNIČKA 1934-1938 
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Name: František Plánička

Nickname: "The Cat of Prague"


Country: :CZE: Czech Republic
Club: SK Slavia Praha
Position: *GK
Side: LF/BS
Age: 30-34 years (02/07/1904)

Height: 174 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Attack: 30
Defence: 95
Balance: 79
Stamina: 61
Top Speed: 75
Acceleration: 79
Response: 96
Agility: 84
Dribble Accuracy: 51
Dribble Speed: 53
Short Pass Accuracy: 57
Short Pass Speed: 52
Long Pass Accuracy: 58
Long Pass Speed: 55
Shot Accuracy: 48
Shot Power: 78
Shot Technique: 43
Free Kick Accuracy: 42
Curling: 53
Header: 46
Jump: 95
Technique: 52
Aggression: 61
Mentality: 97
Goalkeeper Skills: 91
Team Work: 75

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 8
Weak Foot Accuracy: 4
Weak Foot Frequency: 4
Consistency: 8
Growth type: Early/Lasting

S12 - 1-on-1 Keeper


Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Defence Minded


One of the greatest players in Czech history, Plánička possessed lightning-quick reflexes and was a great shot stopper, despite the fact that he was fairly undersized for a goalkeeper (he was 5’8”). He appeared in 969 matches for Slavia Prague, and helped establish that side as one of the best in Central Europe. He won eight Czech league titles and five Bohemian Cups (Czechoslovakia’s top domestic cup).

He established his reputation as one of the greatest and bravest goalkeepers in the world with by captaining Czechoslovakia to the 1934 and 1938 World Cups. The Czechs advanced to the Finals to face host county Italy in 1934, and forced the match into extra time despite playing in front of a rabid and fervent Italian crowd, including one Benito Mussolini. Four years later, Plánička and the Czechs faced Brazil in a violent match that was dubbed “The Battle of Bordeaux.” As a result of lax officiating, the match denigrated into a tackle-football game as both sides committed atrocious fouls that resulted in three players getting sent off, numerous other players leaving the pitch with injuries, and Plánička suffering a broken arm. Despite the injury, Plánička continued to play and did not concede any goals for the rest of the match, which went to extra time. Plánička didn’t play in the replay, however, and his team was eliminated from the World Cup.

Despite having plenty of provocation, Plánička refused to engage in the kind of UFC-style antics employed by his fellow footballers on that day, which was in keeping with his history of sportsmanship and fair play. He was never booked or sent off, and received the UNESCO Fair Play Award in 1985. Jens Lehmann sure can’t say the same thing.

Perhaps his enduring legacy is that he proved that it isn’t the size of the dog in the fight that counts but the size of the fight in the dog. Plánička had plenty of fight for anyone.

Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:43 pm
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