Dušan Fitzel

Dušan Fitzel (born 15 April 1963) is a Czech football coach and a former player. He is an assistant coach with FC Viktoria Plzeň.

Dušan Fitzel
Personal information
Date of birth (1963-04-15) 15 April 1963
Place of birth Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC Viktoria Plzeň (asst coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 FK Dukla Banská Bystrica
1983 FK Letek Hradec Králové
1983–1992 Dukla Prague 158 (3)
1992–1994 EPA Larnaca FC 42 (3)
1994–1995 FK Chmel Blšany
Teams managed
1995–1998 SK Slavia Prague (academy)
1998–2005 Czech Republic (youth teams)
2006–2009 Malta
2016 FC Anzhi Makhachkala (assistant)
2017– FC Viktoria Plzeň (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He managed the Malta national football team from 2006–2009, but in July 2009 health problems made it necessary to give up the role of manager. He is married and has two children. He is a lecturer in coach education as well as a contributor of articles on football and coaching in Fotbal a trénink.

Playing career

For the most part of his career Fitzel played in the Czechoslovakian league for Dukla Prague in the position of defensive midfielder. In 158 appearances he scored three goals. In 1992, he left for EPA Larnaca in Cyprus where he had 42 appearances and scored three goals. Fitzel retired from his career as a professional footballer in 1995 for FK Chmel Blšany.

Coaching career

His coaching career Fitzel started with the youth team of SK Slavia Praha. From 1998 to 2005 Fitzel worked within the Football Association of the Czech Republic, coaching teams from U18 to U21 level. His greatest achievement came when with him as assistant coach the Czech U21 team won the European Under-21 Championship in 2002.[1] In January 2006 he was appointed the head coach for Malta as the successor to Horst Heese. His contract expires with the end of 2007.[2]

The Maltese national team results under Fitzel have been rather promising, including a 2-1 victory over Hungary[3] (first win for the team in official games since 1993) and a 2-2 draw against the 2002 World Cup bronze medalists Turkey.[4] Dusan Fitzel has been nicknamed "La Valette" in Malta after the Maltese grandmaster and hero Jean de la Valette.

Honours

References

  1. Dušan Fitzel biography at uefa.com, retrieved 2007-11-21
  2. Fitzel fits the bill for Malta
  3. "Malta upsets Hungary 2-1". Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007.
  4. Malta holds Turkey in 2-2 draw

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