Pavel Mareš

Pavel Mareš (born 18 January 1976) is a Czech former professional footballer who played as a defender at either centre-back or left-back. He played top-league football in the Czech Republic for Bohemians Prague and Sparta Prague, and played for Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Russian Football Premier League.

Pavel Mareš
Personal information
Full name Pavel Mareš[1]
Date of birth (1976-01-18) 18 January 1976 (age 47)
Place of birth Zlín, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre-back, left-back
Youth career
1982–1995 Jiskra Otrokovice
1995–1996 VTJ Hulín
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Baník Ratíškovice 16 (1)
1997–1999 Svit Zlín 41 (4)
1999–2001 Bohemians Prague 58 (3)
2001–2002 Sparta Prague 20 (3)
2003–2006 Zenit Saint Petersburg 92 (10)
2007–2009 Sparta Prague 2 (0)
2009Vysočina Jihlava (loan) 2 (0)
2009 Viktoria Žižkov 2 (0)
2010 Přední Kopanina
Total 233 (21)
International career
2002–2006 Czech Republic 10 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Mareš played in ten matches as part of the Czech Republic national football team between 2002 and 2006. He played at Euro 2004 as his nation reached the semi-final stage of the competition. Mareš also travelled to Germany as part of the national team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Mareš played for Czech 2. Liga side FC Svit Zlín before moving to Prague in 1999.[2] He first played top-level football with Bohemians Prague in the 1999–2000 season,[3] and made 58 appearances for Bohemians over two-and-a-half seasons. He signed for Sparta Prague in December 2001[4][5] after defender Vladimír Labant had left the club.[6] Mareš sustained an ankle injury in his second match for Sparta Prague after his transfer, which caused him to be unavailable for Sparta's European Champions League game against Porto.[6] In December 2002, Sparta rejected an approach from Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg to sign Mareš.[7] In spite of that, Zenit's Czech manager Vlastimil Petržela, who had been manager when Mareš played for Bohemians, made Mareš his third Czech signing later the same month.[8]


From 2003 to 2006, Mareš played for Zenit Saint Petersburg. He scored his first goal for that club in July 2003 in a 2–2 draw against Krylia Sovetov Samara.[9] During his time in St. Petersburg, the club finished second in the 2003 Russian Premier League and reached the quarter finals of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup.[10] In the 2006 season, Mareš suffered an ankle injury, causing him to miss matches in March and April.[11] Following the arrival of Dick Advocaat as Zenit's manager the same season, Mareš played much less than before.[12] In August 2006, Mareš agreed to a contract to play for English club Bolton Wanderers, however the deal was not completed, with his agent citing a failed medical as the reason for the breakdown.[13][14][15] In January 2007, he left Zenit despite another year remaining on his contract.[2]

Return to the Czech RepublicEdit

Mareš returned to Sparta Prague on a two-and-a-half-year contract in January 2007,[16] going on to play two league matches for Sparta in the 2006–07 season but no matches in 2007–08.[4] He spent the first half of the 2008–09 season in the Czech 2 Liga playing for Sparta's reserve team, which he captained.[17][18] He transferred to Vysočina Jihlava, which played in the same league, midway through the season.[17] Mareš spent six months in Jihlava before leaving the club at the end of the season, citing its failure to win promotion to the Czech First League as his reason for doing so.[19] During his time in Jihlava, injuries limited him to two appearances for the club.[19]

In the summer of 2009, Mareš was one of nine players to join Viktoria Žižkov, as the club prepared to return to the top league following their relegation.[20] This move again reunited him with manager Vlastimil Petržela, but injuries restricted him to two appearances in the first half of the 2009–10 season.[21] Later in 2010, Mareš played for FC Přední Kopanina in the Czech Fourth Division.[22]

International careerEdit

Mareš first played for the Czech Republic in 2002,[3] and later returned to the national team before a friendly match against Japan in April 2004, having played in no international matches since the February 2002 tournament in Cyprus.[23] He played for the Czech Republic at Euro 2004, where the team reached the semi-finals.[24] His only appearance in the tournament was in a group match against Germany among a group of players the BBC described as "very much a Czech second string".[24] Mareš was part of the Czech Republic squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but did not play in the tournament.[2] He finished his career having played ten matches for the Czech Republic between 2002 and 2006.[3]

Playing styleEdit

Mareš was a defender who could play as a centre-back or left-back.[19] Following his nomination for the Czech Republic's 2006 World Cup squad, Reuters described Mareš as "reliable backup to [Marek] Jankulovski, but less supporting in the attack".[25]

Personal lifeEdit

Mareš' parents are called Jindřiška and Bohuslav. He has an older brother, Jan, with whom he grew up.[26] Mareš' son, Dominik, currently plays for Pardubice.[27]

Career statisticsEdit


Czech Republic national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 2 0
2004 5 0
2005 1 0
2006 2 0
Total 10 0


  1. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 21 March 2014. p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Mareš vzpomíná na ruské angažmá rád". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 2 January 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Český a československý fotbal – lexikon osobností a klubů (in Czech). Prague: Grada Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5.
  4. ^ a b Profile at (in Czech). Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Spending spree for Sparta". UEFA. 7 December 2001. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Porto's hopes burning brightly". UEFA. 20 March 2002. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Czechs check in at Zenit". UEFA. 7 December 2002. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Mareš joins Czech influx". UEFA. 30 December 2002. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Marešův gól Petrohradu k výhře nestačil". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 20 July 2003. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Mareš: Mám radost, že jsem zase ve Spartě". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 12 January 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Obránce Mareš vděčí Petrohradu za hodně". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 19 May 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Kulič do Sparty - jednání bylo přerušeno". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 10 January 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Zenit question Bolton finances". Sky Sports. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Czech defender Mares claims Bolton move". ESPN FC. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Bolton send Mares back to Russia". BBC Sport. 31 August 2006. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Obránce Mareš se stal definitivně sparťanem". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 12 January 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Jihlava, která pomýšlí na postup mezi elitu, získala exreprezentanta Mareše". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 12 February 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  18. ^ "Bodovat jsme si nezasloužili, uznal kouč sparťanské rezervy". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 6 October 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  19. ^ a b c "Zkušený zadák Mareš věří, že Žižkov bude příští rok opět prvoligový". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 5 July 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Příští rok chceme být zpátky v první lize, zní z fotbalového Žižkova". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 30 July 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Na rezignaci trenér Petržela nemyslel, ani když byl se Žižkovem dvanáctý". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 20 November 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  22. ^ "V roce 2006 poznal kouzlo fotbalového MS, teď Mareš kope za Přední Kopaninu". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 24 November 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Do reprezentace se vracejí marodi a Mareš". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 19 April 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  24. ^ a b "Germany 1–2 Czech Rep". BBC Sport. 23 June 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Czech Republic player profiles". Reuters. 26 May 2006. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Obránce Mareš vyrůstal vedle stadionu". Mladá fronta DNES (in Czech). 18 June 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  27. ^ "Pavel Mareš: Fotbal mě naštval!" (in Czech). Aha!. 10 February 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  28. ^ Pavel Mareš at

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