Lukáš Hrádecký (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈlukaːʒ ˈɦɾaːdɛtski];[A] born 24 November 1989), is a Slovak-born Finnish football goalkeeper who plays for Bayer Leverkusen and the Finland national team. Hrádecký was born in Bratislava, Slovakia. He began his senior club career playing for TPS, before signing with Esbjerg fB at age 19 in 2009. After winning his first trophy, the Danish 1st Division, during his third season in Denmark, he helped Esbjerg win the Danish Cup in 2013.
Hrádecký with Finland in 2011
|Full name||Lukáš Hrádecký|
|Date of birth||24 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Bratislava, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2008||→ ÅIFK (loan)||11||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2019
Hrádecký made his international debut for Finland in May 2010, at the age of 20 and has almost 50 caps, including appearing in 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifications.
Hrádecký began his career in Finnish club Turun Palloseura. In 2008, he played in the International Karel Stegeman U-19 Youth Tournament in Ruurlo, Netherlands where he won the prize for best goalkeeper.
On 10 January 2009, Hrádecký transferred to Esbjerg fB and signed a four-year contract with the five-time Danish champions. On 3 August 2010 it was announced that Hrádecký had been called to be tested for a week by Manchester United to strengthen their goalkeeping department after the departure of Tom Heaton. However, he chose to seek the chance to be the primary keeper in Esbjerg instead. After the 2012–13 Superliga season Hradecky's contract with Esbjerg fB expired, and an agreement to prolong the contract was not reached.
On 12 June 2013, Hrádecký joined Danish Superliga rivals Brøndby IF on a four-year contract on a free transfer. On 21 June 2013 Hradecký made his debut in the Superliga in a match against Vestsjælland.
In August 2015 Hrádecký transferred from Brøndby to German Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt. The value of the transfer was never published, but according to newspapers Eintracht paid €2.5 million to Brøndby. In 2017-18, Hrádecký's last season with Eintracht, Hrádecký was voted Bundesliga Goalkeeper of the Season.
Hrádecký earned several caps for Finland on different junior levels. He made his junior level national team debut when he was 16 years old on 16 November 2006 in Athens in a match against Greece. He was a member of the Finland national under-20 football team and represented the team at the Valentin A. Granatkin Memorial Tournament. Hrádecký was selected to Finland national under-21 football team for 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship but he had to withdraw due to a knee injury. He was the first choice keeper for Finland's under-21 side during the 2011 UEFA European U21 Championship qualifications.
In January 2010 Hrádecký was called to the Finland national football team by Stuart Baxter to face South Korea in a friendly at Málaga, Spain. Hrádecký was at the bench the whole match. He finally made his first team debut on 21 May 2010, when he replaced Jukka Lehtovaara for the second half in a 2–0 away loss against Estonia. He played his first UEFA European Championship qualification game on 3 June 2011 when Mixu Paatelainen chose him to the starting line up against San Marino in Serravalle. During autumn of 2011 he established himself as a regular in the Finland national team and appeared in the UEFA European Championship qualification matches against Moldova, Netherlands and Sweden.
Hradecký appeared in three friendly matches during Finland´s preparation for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. He was chosen to starting line up in the first qualification match against France, but remained as a substitute for the rest of the campaign as Niki Mäenpää established himself as the number one choice.
|Esbjerg fB||2009–10||Danish Superliga||5||0||0||0||—||5||0|
|2011–12||Danish 1st Division||23||0||0||0||—||23||0|
- As of match played 26 March 2019
Honours and achievementsEdit
- Football Association of Finland Promising player of the year: 2007
- Best Goalkeeper Award at International Karel Stegeman U-19 Youth Tournament: 2008
- Finland national under-21 football team Goalkeeper of the Year: 2010
- Finland national under-21 football team Player of the Year: 2010
- Danish Superliga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2013
- Danish Superliga best player of the spring season: 2013
- Esbjerg fB best player of the season: 2013
- Finnish Footballer of the Year: 2016, 2017, 2018
- Bundesliga Goalkeeper of the season: 2018
- "Hrádecký Lukas//Goalkeeper". eintracht.de. Eintracht Frankfurt. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "Huuhkajien maalivahti Hrádecký pelaa tänään synnyinmaataan vastaan" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Lukáš Hrádecký" (in Finnish). Suomen Palloliitto. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- International Karel Stegeman U-19 Archived 25 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine
- Finsk målmand til EfB
- Pikkuhuuhkajien maalivahti ManU:n testattavaksi
- Officielt: Esbjerg og Hrádecký skilles
- Lukáš Hrádecký skifter til Brøndby IF
- "Hradecky og Makienok: Fantastisk opbakning" (in Danish). brondby.com. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
- "Lukas Hrádecký kolmen vuoden sopimuksella Frankfurtiin" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- "Nyt se on varmaa: Näin kovalla summalla suomalaisvahti siirtyy Bundesliigaan" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
- "CONFIRMED 2017/18 Bundesliga FIFA 18 Team of the Season!". Bundesliga. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- "Hradecky schließt sich Leverkusen an". kicker Online (in German). 23 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- Valentin A. Ganatkin
- "Kanerva nimesi 22 pelaajaa, Eremenko ei mukana" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 25 May 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Jälleen takaisku Pikkuhuuhkajien maalivahtiosastolle" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 3 June 2009. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Viro nöyryytti Suomea Tallinnassa" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Forssell laukoi Suomelle nihkeän voiton" (in Finnish). YLE Urheilu. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
- "Finland (2011)". National Football Teams. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- "Interview with Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky". Escape To Suomi. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- "Lukáš Hrádecký". National Football Teams. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Lukáš Hrádecký". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
- "Lukáš Hrádecký". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
- "Hän on Suomen vuoden lupaava pelaaja" (in Finnish). Iltalehti. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Medo Vuoden liigapelaaja 2010" (in Finnish). Veikkausliiga. 28 December 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- "Huuhkajavahti Lukáš Hrádecký Brøndbyn lääkärintarkastuksessa" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
- "Respect-palkinto Stig Nygårdille, Lukáš Hrádecký vuoden pelaaja" (in Finnish). Palloliitto. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
- "Respect-palkinto Olli Paasiolle – Lukas Hradecky vuoden pelaaja" [Respect award to Olli Paasio - Lukas Hradecky player of the year] (in Finnish). Football Association of Finland. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
- "Kolmatta kertaa Vuoden jalkapalloilijaksi valittu Hradecky: "Nyt jaksaa taas jalkapallo kiinnostaa ainakin hetken aikaa"" [Hradecky nominated for the third time as Footballer of the Year: "Now you can keep playing football again for at least a moment"] (in Finnish). Yle. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
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- Eintracht Frankfurt official profile (in German)
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- Lukáš Hrádecký – UEFA competition record
- Lukáš Hrádecký – FIFA competition record
- Lukáš Hrádecký at National-Football-Teams.com
- Lukáš Hrádecký at BDFutbol
- Lukáš Hrádecký at Soccerbase
- Lukáš Hrádecký at fussballdaten.de (in German)