Martin Kafka (rugby player)
Martin Kafka (born 25 July 1978 in Říčany) is a former Czech rugby player and the current coach of the Czech Republic. His great-uncle was the famous writer Franz Kafka and his grandfather was a German international footballer.
|Date of birth||July 25, 1978|
|Place of birth||Říčany, Czechoslovakia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb)|
|University||Charles University in Prague|
|Notable relative(s)||Franz Kafka (great-uncle)|
|Rugby union career|
Kafka started playing rugby at the age of seven at his hometown club. In 1997 he went to study at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at the Charles University in Prague, with the intention of becoming a Physical Education teacher.
In 2001 he joined La Moraleja Alcobendas, which boasted international players such as the Souto brothers, Carlos and Sergio. His two seasons at the club was a particularly successful part of his career, with him leading the club to victory against Overmach Parma in the European Challenge Cup in 2002 and finishing up as top scorer in the Spanish First Division (División de Honor) in both 2002 and 2003. In 2003 he played for Castres in France, and Racing Métro the following year before rounding out his playing career at Japanese Top League side Sanix.
He won at least 37 caps for the Czech Republic from 2000 to 2006, scoring at least 136 points in the process before assuming the coach's mantle in 2007.
- He won at least one cap at inside centre, against Portugal in 2004.
- Český národní tým Accounts of some Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia matches. According to these statistics, he had already played at least 12 internationals before his given debut, with his first match being given as against Poland in 2000.