František Plánička

  • František Plánička takes a catch

    Name: František Plánička

  • DOB: 02/06/1904 Prague, Austria-Hungary
  • Height: 5ft 8 Inches / 1.72m
  • Clubs:
    • SK Slavia Prague (1923-39) – 969 Apps
  • Years Active: 1923-39
  • Club Appearances: 969
  • International Appearances: (Czechoslovakia) 76

František Plánička Profile

If František Plánička came into football in the modern era, there is every chance he would be turned away for being “Too Short” which perhaps shows why the modern era of football is predominated by tall, uninspiring goalkeepers, for František Plánička was one of the greatest goalkeepers of the 20th century, who put in almost 1,000 club appearences for Slavia Prague, and 76 appearances for his country too.

With his club, he won the Czech league a remarkable 8 times, as well as lifting the early European competition, the Mitropa Cup once. He was captain of his national team in the World Cup, in 1934, and almost lifted the trophy after his side took the lead in the Final, against Italy. Italy, also captained by a goalkeeping great, Giampieri Combi, equalised, however, taking the game into extra time, before Schiavio scored to take the title from Plánička’s side.

František Plánička, as well as being a tremendous goalkeeper, was renowned for his brave nature, having played with a broken bone in his arm against Brazil in World Cup 1938. This fearless nature was eclipsed by his fair play, however, as, in over 1,000 club and international performances, František Plánička was never once cautioned or sent off, an incredible effort that was recognised with two fair play awards in the 1980s and 1990s.

František Plánička Honours

  • Czech League Winner: 1925, 1928-29, 1929-30, 1930-31, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1936-37
  • (European) Mitropa Cup Winner: 1932
  • Bohemia Cup winner: 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1935
  • FIFA World Cup Runner Up: 1934

František Plánička Awards

  • UNESCO  International Fair Play Award: 1985
  • Czech Fair Play Award: 1994

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