Poborsky retires from international soccer

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Czech veteran midfielder Karel Poborsky has announced his retirement from international soccer.

Prague:

Czech veteran midfielder Karel Poborsky has announced his retirement from international soccer. "I'm grateful for what I experienced in the national team but I've decided to quit," Poborsky told Czech public television late on Monday. The 34-year-old played a record 118 times and scored eight goals for his country. Poborsky indicated before the World Cup that he planned to retire from the national team afterward. The Czechs were eliminated in the group stage and Poborsky's final game was a 2-0 loss to Italy on June 22. On a club level, Poborsky said he plans to play one more year for Ceske Budejovice in the country's first division. His past clubs have included Manchester United, Benfica, Lazio and Sparta Prague. The attacking midfielder, known for aggressive runs down the right flank and precise crossing, made his international debut in a 4-1 away win against Turkey in 1994. He was a major force in the Czech team that reached the final of the 1996 European Championship in England. His spectacular matchwinner against Portugal put the Czechs into the semifinals and was voted goal of the tournament. Poborsky also played a major role in the team that reached the semifinals at the 2004 European Championship in Portugal. (AP)

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