Pavel Vrba has been named the best Czech coach of the past decade. Current coach Sparta, who achieved the greatest success with Pilsen, won the Czech Football Coaches Union (UČFT) ballot ahead of Jindřich Trpišovský, who leads the Slavia championship.
Former twenty-one national team coach or Sparta Vítězslav Lavička was third, current national team coach Jaroslav Šilhavý was fourth and Michal Bílek from Pilsen was fifth. The results were announced at a workshop of UČFT and the Czech Republic Football Association in Prague.
“Of course I am very happy with such an award. Now I have it mainly by remembering the beautiful previous years that I had in football. Lots of great experiences and interesting games and players. It has been an incredible 10 years, ”said Vrba. journalists.
Vrba followed the legendary Karel Brückner, who mastered the investigation from 2001 to 2010. Like the previous winner, he is mainly known as a pioneer of attacking and combined football.
When Vrba took over Pilsen in the fall of 2008, he started playing with her for the time being in the highest competition in an unusually offensive style. He went on to win three league titles with Victoria in an exceptionally successful spell in two West Bohemian appearances, and played a Champions League group with her on three occasions.
“If I am a pioneer of attacking football in the Czech league, I would not dare to say that. I am mostly influenced by the fact that I was able to gradually move from the youngest, from the preparations. I played in the Czech league in Žilina, the owner of which wanted to dominate and score a lot of goals, where I was convinced it could work in adult football as well. He wanted to be successful here too, ”said Vrba, who started his career in trainer in Ostrava.
“The Czech league was perhaps the most defensive in the world in the past. Then Pavel came up with something that impressed me terribly. I got to watch Pilsen games ten times in a row, I wondered how he was possible that the Right-back is so much up. Impressed me that the Czech team is able to outdo the European opponent in certain parameters, “said Vrba Trpišovský.
Vrba also won the title of manager in Slovakia with Žilina and in Bulgaria with Ludogorc Razgrad. From 2014 to 2016, he led the Czech national team. The 55-year-old coach took over Sparta in February and is currently ranked second in the table behind leaders Pilsen.
“We want to play at the top, of course, and as a Sparta coach I have to say we would like to end Slavia’s line of success. We want to be ahead of them, but also ahead of all the other opponents,” Vrba added.
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