Jozef Chovanec

Jozef Chovanec (born 7 March 1960) is a Czech former professional football player and manager.

Jozef Chovanec
Personal information
Full name Jozef Chovanec
Date of birth (1960-03-07) 7 March 1960 (age 61)
Place of birth Dolné Kočkovce, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Midfielder, defender
Youth career
1970–1978 Púchov
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1979 Sparta Prague 47 (6)
1979–1981 RH Cheb 27 (6)
1981–1988 Sparta Prague 208 (30)
1988–1991 PSV Eindhoven 33 (4)
1991–1995 Sparta Prague 99 (15)
Total 414 (61)
National team
1984–1992 Czechoslovakia 52 (4)
Teams managed
1994 Sparta Prague
1996–1997 Sparta Prague
1998–2001 Czech Republic
2002–2003 FK Marila Příbram
2005 Kuban Krasnodar
2008 Sparta Prague
2008–2011 Sparta Prague
2012–2013 Baniyas
2014 Ružomberok
2014–2015 Slovan Bratislava
AC Sparta Prague
Winner Gambrinus liga 1993–94
Winner Gambrinus liga 1994–95
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

As a player, Chovanec spent almost his whole career at Sparta Prague. In 1988, he moved to the Netherlands, to play briefly for PSV Eindhoven. He played for Czechoslovakia and was a participant in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

Coaching careerEdit

As a football manager he coached the Czech Republic from 1998 to 2001. He managed to qualify his team to Euro 2000 but then failed to do so for the World Cup 2002, being eliminated by Belgium in the play-off matches two times by 1–0.

On 8 October 2008, Chovanec returned to AC Sparta Prague for his fourth spell as manager and parted from the club in December 2011.

On 19 June 2012, Chovanec was appointed as head coach of UAE Pro-League side Baniyas SC.

Corruption scandalEdit

In October 2020, it was revealed that Chovanec had been removed from the position as chairman of the Football Association of the Czech Republic for his involvement in a large-scale corruption series; his associate Roman Berbr was also fired from the FACR.[1]