Ján Mucha (born 5 December 1982) is a Slovak former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Ján Mucha
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Mucha with Slovakia in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-12-05) 5 December 1982 (age 39)
Place of birth Belá nad Cirochou, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Legia Warsaw (goalkeeping coach)
Youth career
TJ Slovan Belá nad Cirochou
MŠK Snina
1997–2000 Inter Bratislava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2002 Inter Bratislava 0 (0)
2002–2005 Žilina 3 (0)
2005Humenné (loan)
2005–2010 Legia Warsaw 95 (0)
2010–2013 Everton 2 (0)
2013–2015 Krylia Sovetov Samara 10 (0)
2015Arsenal Tula (loan) 12 (0)
2015–2017 Slovan Bratislava 51 (0)
2017–2018 Bruk-Bet Termalica 27 (0)
2018–2019 Hamilton Academical 2 (0)
National team
2008–2016 Slovakia 46 (0)
Teams managed
2019–2021 Legia Warsaw (goalkeeping coach)
2021– Legia Warsaw (goalkeeping coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

EvertonEdit

In January 2010, Mucha signed a pre-contract deal with English Premier League club Everton to join them on 1 July.[2] On 4 August 2010, Mucha made his Everton debut playing the first 45 minutes of a pre-season friendly against Chilean side Everton de Viña del Mar at Goodison Park, before being replaced in goal by Iain Turner at half-time. His competitive debut for Everton came in the first match of their League Cup campaign, a 5–1 win over Huddersfield Town. He went on to play in the successive League Cup match against Brentford, in which he saved a penalty kick in the second half, but could not keep his side in the competition in the penalty shootout to decide the match, which Everton lost 4–3.[3] Mucha made his sixth appearance for the club and his first in the 2012/13 season in a League Cup tie at home to Leyton Orient in August 2012, which Everton won 5–0.[4] Mucha played in the next round as Everton lost 2–1 away to Leeds United.[5][6]

He was on the bench in all 38 Premier League fixtures of 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons as an unused sub. On 2 March 2013, with regular keeper Tim Howard injured, Mucha finally made his league debut for Everton in a 3–1 home win against Reading.[7] On 9 March 2013, with Howard still injured, Mucha made his FA Cup debut in a 3–0 home loss to Wigan.[8] He made his 10th appearance for the club the following week in a home league game against Manchester City. Everton ran out 2–0 winners with Mucha producing a string of fine saves.[9] Mucha left Everton when his contract expired at the end of the season.[10]

Krylia Sovetov SamaraEdit

In July 2013, Mucha signed for Russian side Krylia Sovetov Samara.[11]

On 15 January 2015, Mucha signed with Arsenal Tula on loan till the end of the 2014–15 season.[12]

Slovan BratislavaEdit

On 28 June 2015, Mucha signed a four-year contract with Slovak club ŠK Slovan Bratislava.[13]

Bruk-Bet Termalica NiecieczaEdit

On 29 June 2017, Mucha joined Ekstraklasa side Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecza.[14]

Hamilton AcademicalEdit

In November 2018, Mucha signed a short-term deal with Scottish club Hamilton Academical.[15] The contract expired on 1 January 2019 and he left the club.[16]

International careerEdit

Mucha made his debut for Slovakia in February 2008, in a friendly match against Hungary, and became the national team's first-choice goalkeeper. When Slovakia qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time, in 2010, Mucha played in all four games as Slovakia made it to the second round of the competition.[17] Later he was selected for Euro 2016.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

In March 2013, Mucha was ordered to do 250 hours of community service after being caught driving with a suspended license.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 16 October 2021.
  2. ^ Jacob, Gary; Barrett, Tony; Caulkin, George (21 January 2010). "Everton keen on loan move for Arsenal's Philippe Senderos". The Times. London. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Brentford v Everton". Everton FC. Archived from the original on 19 September 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Everton 5–0 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Leeds 2–1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Games played by Ján Mucha in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  7. ^ Hughes, Si (2 March 2013). "Everton 3 Reading 1: match report". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Everton 0–3 Wigan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Everton 2–0 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Three Deals to Expire". Everton F.C. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Jan Mucha's New Adventure at Krylia Sovetov". FTB Pro. 20 July 2013. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Ян Муха перешел в "Арсенал". kc-camapa.ru/ (in Russian). FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  13. ^ Prichádza strojca historického úspechu Slovenska 28 June 2015
  14. ^ "Ján Mucha zawodnikiem Bruk-Betu Termaliki" (in Polish). 90minut. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  15. ^ a b "New Signing: Jan Mucha « Hamilton Academical Football Club". hamiltonacciesfc.co.uk.
  16. ^ Azet.sk. "Ján Mucha zvažuje koniec kariéry: Vek nepustí, priznáva bývalý reprezentant". Nový Čas.
  17. ^ "1 Jan MUCHA". FIFA. Archived from the original on 8 June 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  18. ^ "Carlos Tevez heads for community service in footsteps of Eric Cantona". The Guardian. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2020.

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