František Rajtoral (12 March 1986 – ca. 23 April 2017) was a Czech professional footballer who played as a right winger or right-back . He last played for Turkish club Gaziantepspor, and was best known for his stint at Viktoria Plzeň. He was a member of the Czech Republic national football team.
Rajtoral in 2013
|Date of birth||12 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Příbram, Czechoslovakia|
|Date of death||ca. 23 April 2017(aged 31)|
|Place of death||Gaziantep, Turkey|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Right winger, right-back|
|2014||→ Hannover 96 (loan)||7||(0)|
|2004||Czech Republic U18||5||(0)|
|2004–2005||Czech Republic U19||10||(1)|
|2006–2008||Czech Republic U21||15||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Rajtoral was described as "one of the best attacking right-wingers in the Czech Republic" by journalist Mark Smith.
Rajtoral played for Příbram for a season before joining Baník Ostrava, with whom he signed a three-year contract in 2005. He made his debut in European competitions in the 2005–06 UEFA Cup while playing for Ostrava.
Rajtoral played in the inaugural Czech Supercup in 2010 against Sparta Prague, being one of two players to be sent off as his team lost the match. He scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in October 2010 against Mladá Boleslav, but his team lost the game 4–3.
Rajtoral played the second half of the 2011 Czech Supercup, a match which Plzeň won on penalties against Mladá Boleslav. He replaced Marián Čišovský in the 46th minute, in a match which finished 1–1.
In January 2014 Rajtoral joined German Bundesliga club Hannover 96 on loan for the remainder of the season with an option to make the transfer permanent. Hannover passed on that option though and Rajtoral returned to Plzeň for the start of the new season.
Gaziantepspor and deathEdit
Rajtoral joined Gaziantepspor in August 2016. He was found dead in his home in Gaziantep, Turkey, on 23 April 2017 after not turning up for a training session with his team in the morning. His neighbors contacted the local authorities in concern when they found his apartment door locked from the inside with no response. Upon investigation local authorities announced that Rajtoral had committed suicide by hanging.
He made his senior debut on 29 February 2012 in a friendly match against Ireland, a game which finished 1–1. In May 2012 he was named in his country's 23-man squad for the Euro 2012 tournament.
Rajtoral was born in Příbram, where he made his professional breakthrough in Czech First League with Marila Příbram. In 2008 he was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and underwent treatment for several months. His disease recurred again in 2014.
On 24 April 2017, he did not participate in training sessions for Gaziantepspor. He was found dead in his apartment by police after committing suicide on Sunday. It has been hypothesized that the breakup with his longtime girlfriend in 2016 and the departure of his friend Daniel Kolář in February 2017 may have worsened his psychological situation.
|Marila Příbram||2004–05||Czech First League||15||1||0||0||0||0||15||1|
|Baník Ostrava||2005–06||Czech First League||26||0||0||0||0||0||26||0|
|Viktoria Plzeň||2009–10||Czech First League||27||3||5||0||0||0||32||3|
|Viktoria Plzeň||2014–15||Czech First League||16||4||4||1||0||0||20||4|
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- Vacek, Václav (29 June 2009). "Do Viktorie míří Rajtoral, do Baníku se vrací Varadi". Deník (in Czech). Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Superpohár měl dva vyloučené. Řepka s Rajtoralem za to budou pykat v lize" [Supercup had two excluded. Řepka with Rajtoral will pay for it in the league]. Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Dostat čtyři góly? To je moc, věděl po prohře plzeňský obránce Rajtoral". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 24 October 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Mistrovská Plzeň získala Superpohár, Boleslav zdolala po penaltách". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 22 July 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Football: Plzeň's Rajtoral sent to Hannover on loan". Radio Prague. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Gaziantepspor's Czech striker Rajtoral commits suicide by hanging". DailySabah. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
- "Euro 2012: Injured midfielder Tomas Rosicky in Czech squad". BBC Sport. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
- "Profil hráče - František Rajtoral #27 - FC VIKTORIA Plzeň". www.fcviktoria.cz. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "Gaziantepsporlu Frantisek Rajtoral intihar etti". Fanatik. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- "F. Rajtoral". Soccerway. Retrieved 24 April 2017.