Pavel Nedvěd (born 30 August 1972 in Czechoslovakia) is one of the most successful players to play for the Czech Republic. After coming to prominence with Sparta Prague in the mid 90s, Nedvěd’s career really took off after he made the move to Italy – first at Lazio and then later at Juventus, where he won several Serie A and European medals.
Despite winning 91 caps and a runners-up medal with his country at the 1996 European Championships, Nedvěd’s greatest year came in 2003 when he won the Serie A Footballer of the Year award, and the illustrious Ballon d’Or.
Pavel Nedvěd joined Sparta Prague in 1992 and tasted league success in each of his first three seasons. Despite a disappointing league campaign in 1995-96, Nedvěd still managed 14 league goals and added further silverware with the Czech Cup.
That summer, he was a member of the Czech Republic side that reached the final of Euro 1996, finishing as runners-up to Germany in a close final. Nedvěd scored his first international goal in the second group game win over Italy.
In 1996, Pavel Nedvěd joined Lazio after helping Czech Republic to the final of Euro 1996. Nedvěd enjoyed 5 seasons at the club, winning 7 trophies. His first success came in the form of the Coppa Italia in 1998.
The following season, Nedvěd tasted European glory as Lazio lifted the 1998-99 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. His most successful season at the club came in 1999-2000, when they completed a league and cup double. He also won 2 Italian Super Cups and a UEFA Super Cup in his time at the club.
Pavel Nedvěd joined Juventus in 2001 and his first season with the club brought domestic success, helping the Old Lady to their first Serie A title in 4 years. The next season, Nedvěd’s Juventus retained the title and he played a key role in their Champions League campaign.
Though they finished runners-up to rivals Milan, Nedvěd’s performances earned him numerous accolades, including the Serie A Footballer of the Year award. The highest honour came when he was named the 2003 Ballon d’Or winner.