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Milan Baros

Milan Baroš (born 28 October 1981) is a Czech Republic Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Galatasaray S.K. (football team) and the Czech Republic national football team. Milan Baros is known for Milan Baros direct style of play, pace and dribbling skills.

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Milan Baros biography


Milan Baroš (born 28 October 1981) is a Czech Republic Association football who plays as a Forward (association football) for Galatasaray S.K. (football team) and the Czech Republic national football team. Milan Baros is known for Milan Baros direct style of play, pace and dribbling skills.

In the 2008–09 season, Baroš scored 20 goals in the Süper Lig, the highest total in the league. Milan Baros was the winner of the UEFA Euro 2004 Awards at UEFA Euro 2004, where Milan Baros scored five goals, and Milan Baros has previously played for clubs including Liverpool F.C., Aston Villa F.C., and Olympique Lyonnais.

Club career

Baník Ostrava

Baroš was introduced to top-level football at FC Baník Ostrava. In 1998 Milan Baros made Milan Baros debut in the Gambrinus liga, the top of Czech football, becoming a regular over the next few seasons. In 2000, Milan Baros won the Talent of the Year award at the Czech Footballer of the Year awards.

Liverpool

Baroš joined Liverpool in 2002 and was given the number 5 shirt, making Milan Baros debut in a Champions League tie away to FC Barcelona. It was Milan Baros only appearance of the 2001–02 season. The following season, Baroš scored twice on Milan Baros Premiership debut away to Bolton Wanderers F.C. and ended the season with 12 goals for the club. This included a brace in a 6-0 away win over relegated West Bromwich Albion F.C. on 26 April 2003.

For the 2003–04 season, Baroš was expected to feature more prominently but Milan Baros broke Milan Baros ankle in a match. Milan Baros did not play again for six months and scored just two goals all season. Baroš would later claim that had manager Gérard Houllier stayed at the club after the summer of 2004, Milan Baros would have put in a transfer request. As it was, Houllier resigned and was replaced by Rafael Benítez.
On returning from UEFA Euro 2004, where Milan Baros had been the top goalscorer, Baroš hit Milan Baros best form for Milan Baros club early in the FA Premier League 2004-05. With Michael Owen and Emile Heskey now sold and new signing Djibril Cissé out with a long term injury, Baroš was now the club's senior striker. Despite being the club's joint top scorer with 13 goals, including a hat trick against Crystal Palace F.C., Baroš was surprisingly dropped for the Carling Cup final defeat to Chelsea F.C.. However, Milan Baros played an important role in Liverpool's run to the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, playing virtually all the in the competition as a lone striker as the club clinched their fifth title. Baroš reportedly dropped the trophy during the team's celebration, leaving a dent, but Liverpool decided not to mend it because it "added to the character" of the trophy.

In June 2005, Baroš' future at Liverpool looked bleak, with the player seemingly poised to leave Liverpool to rejoin former manager Gérard Houllier at Olympique Lyonnais, who had expressed interest in bringing Milan Baros to France. Baroš, however, rejected the move, saying that Milan Baros wanted to prove himself at Liverpool. It was widely reported, however, that Liverpool would try to sell Baroš before the transfer window closed on 31 August. Adding fuel to these rumours was Liverpool's purchase of Peter Crouch from Southampton F.C., along with the decision by manager Rafael Benítez not to play Baroš in any of Liverpool's UEFA Champions League qualifying-round ties. By not playing Baroš, Benítez assured that Baroš would not be cup-tied to Liverpool – cup-tied players are considerably less valuable – especially to teams that could reasonably afford the transfer fee that Liverpool would likely require for Baroš. Indeed, two clubs that had already qualified for the group phase, Lyon and FC Schalke 04, strongly pursued Baroš, but Milan Baros expressed a desire to stay in the Premiership or to move to Spain.

Milan Baros played as a substitute in the first two games of Liverpool's 2005–06 FA Premier League, but they were Milan Baros last for the club.

Aston Villa

Baroš moved to Premiership side Aston Villa F.C. for a fee of Pound sterling6.5 million in August 2005, signing a four year contract. Milan Baros was given the number 10 shirt. Just ten minutes into Milan Baros Aston Villa debut, Milan Baros scored the only goal in Milan Baros new team's victory over Blackburn Rovers F.C.. Milan Baros finished the season with 8 goals in 25 appearances. Milan Baros also scored three goals in as many games in the FA Cup that season, as well as one goal from two Football League Cup appearances, but Milan Baros never really won over the fans due to Milan Baros perceived lack of effort on the playing field.

The following season proved to be difficult for Baroš. Milan Baros began the season as first-choice striker under Martin O'Neill and played alongside Juan Pablo Ángel, but Milan Baros soon got injured and lost Milan Baros to Luke Moore and the emerging Gabriel Agbonlahor. Boss Martin O'Neill challenged Baroš to prove himself before the January transfer window. Milan Baros subsequently opened Milan Baros account for the season on 11 December with a close range equalizer against Sheffield United F.C. in a 2–2 draw. This did not prove good enough and Milan Baros was soon dropped from the squad altogether and was given few opportunities following that. In the January transfer window, Baroš left the club. Following Milan Baros final goal for Aston Villa in a 2–1 loss to Manchester United F.C. in the FA Cup, Milan Baros was sold to Lyon in a part exchange deal for John Carew.

Milan Baros finished Milan Baros Aston Villa career with 14 goals from 51 appearances.

Lyon

On 26 January 2007, Baroš signed with French side Olympique Lyonnais, reuniting with former manager Gérard Houllier from Milan Baros time at Liverpool. The deal swapped Baroš with Lyon striker John Carew, who joined Aston Villa on a three-and-an-half-year deal. On 24 January 2007, Milan Baros made Milan Baros Lyon Ligue 1 debut against FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

On 18 April 2007, during Lyon's match against Stade Rennais F.C., Baroš was accused of making a racist gesture towards Milan Baros Cameroonian opponent, Stéphane Mbia. After having been fouled by Mbia several times, Baroš held Milan Baros nose in front of Mbia and waved Milan Baros hand as if to waft away an unpleasant smell. In the ensuing controversy, Baroš insisted that Milan Baros gesture was not intended to be racist in any way, and Milan Baros was only trying to tell Mbia to get out of Milan Baros face and leave Milan Baros alone. On 4 May, Baroš and Mbia were brought before an official disciplinary hearing of the LFP. The jury ruled that Baroš was innocent of racist behavior, but Milan Baros was nevertheless suspended for the remainder of the season for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Following the departure of Gérard Houllier, Baroš played significantly less under new manager Alain Perrin in the 2007–08 season. On 1 November, Baroš was arrested in France while driving at 271 km/h in Milan Baros black Ferrari F430, on a freeway limited to 130 km/h. Stopped by French Police between Lyon and Geneva in the region of Ain, the local authorities said the radar reading of 271 km/h (168.4 mph) was the fastest speed ever recorded in the region, beating the 248 km/h (154 mph) set by a motorcyclist in 2000. Allegedly, Baroš claimed to the police that the reason Milan Baros was going so fast was that Milan Baros "wanted to hear what a Ferrari sounded like at 200km/h." As a result, Baroš had Milan Baros car and licence confiscated and had to take a taxi back to Lyon. In the awaiting court case, Milan Baros drivers licence may be suspended for up to three years and Milan Baros will have to pay a significant fine.

Portsmouth

Baroš played a significant role in the club FA Cup 2007-08. Milan Baros won Portsmouth's match-winning penalty kick in the quarter-final at Manchester United F.C. and assisted Nwankwo Kanu's deciding goal in the semi final match against West Bromwich Albion F.C. with a suspected hand-ball that went unnoticed by both the referee and Milan Baros assistant. The final match of Baroš' loan spell was the 2008 FA Cup Final victory over Cardiff City F.C. at Wembley Stadium, where Milan Baros appeared as an 87th minute substitute for Kanu. At the end of the season, Pompey decided against making Baroš' signing permanent and Milan Baros returned to Lyon.

Galatasaray

2008–09

In August 2008, Baroš joined Turkish champions Galatasaray S.K. (football team) from Olympique Lyonnais for €5.5 million, linking up with former Liverpool F.C. team-mate Harry Kewell. Milan Baros played Milan Baros first match against Kayserispor, playing the last 15 minutes. Baroš scored Milan Baros 19th goal and made Milan Baros 21st appearance on 8 January 2009.

Baroš scored Milan Baros first goals as a double in the UEFA Cup 1st Round 1st Leg game against AC Bellinzona. Three days later, in Milan Baros first league start, Milan Baros once again scored two goals against Kocaelispor, with Galatasaray going on to win the match 4–1.

On 21 December 2008, 14 goals in total, Baroš became the top goalscorer in Süper Lig, scoring a hat-trick in the thrilling derby encounter with Beşiktaş J.K., converting two penalties and calmly finishing a one-two move with Lincoln (footballer), as Galatasaray won the match 4–2. Milan Baros became top scorer in the Süper Lig in 2008–2009 season with 20 goals.

2009–10

Baroš scored Milan Baros first goal of the new campaign after three league games when Milan Baros scored twice in a 4–1 win against Kayserispor. Milan Baros next two goals came on 13 September where Galatasaray played rivals Beşiktaş. Galatasaray came out winner 3–0 with Baroš scoring Milan Baros third and fourth goals of the season.

Milan Baros broke Milan Baros foot in two places after a tackle by Emre Belözoğlu in the Fenerbahçe S.K.–Galatasaray derby's first minute. Milan Baros returned to action 4.5 months later on 14 March 2010 for a game against Ankaragucu, scoring a goal on Milan Baros comeback.
On 11 April 2010, Milan Baros scored a hattrick at home against Diyarbakirspor. On 17 April 2010, Milan Baros scored the second goal in a 1–2 win at Manisaspor. Milan Baros has scored five goals in three games since returning from Milan Baros prolonged injury.

2010–11

On 7 August, a week before the start of the Super Lig Milan Baros extended Milan Baros contract with Galatasaray for two seasons, until the end of the 2012-13 season. Also this year injuries never left Baros alone. Milan Baros started very good at the season scoring 2 goals in the UEFA Europa League qualification match against Karpaty Lviv. Milan Baros scored is first league goal of the season against Eskisehirspor, which Galatasaray won with 3-1. 3 weeks later Milan Baros scored a hattrick against Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyespor, but didn't complete the game due to an injury later on. Milan Baros scored 2 more goals in Milan Baros comeback match against Ankaragucu on 17 October, but was unhappily injured again. Milan Baros returned to the green fields 7 weeks later playing the last 10 minutes of the clash with Besiktas. However Milan Baros got injured again in those 10 minutes closing the first half of the season. In the second half of the season, Baroš began recovering very fast and impressed everyone with Milan Baros strong gameplay in Milan Baros comeback match. By the end of the season Baros appeared in 17 league games and scored 9 goals.

On 29 July 2011, Baroš scored two goals against Milan Baros former club Liverpool F.C in a friendly match.

2011–12

Baroš didn't start as strong as in the past years. Milan Baros started the first 2 league games with a very poor performance. Due to this Milan Baros lost Milan Baros first 11 place to Johan Elmander, who won the game against Samsunspor basically on Milan Baros own. After a few weeks on the bench, Baroš gained a second chance which Milan Baros used greatly by getting a penalty for Milan Baros team the moment Milan Baros entered the pitch. Milan Baros did this in the next game too, coming on as a substitute in the 70th minute. Milan Baros started the clash against Bursaspor on the bench, but made the winning goal after coming on in the 83rd minute. Due to Milan Baros great performance, Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim changed the system to a 4-4-2, allowing Baroš to play together with Elmander. This system became very useful for these two players, providing a high form graphic. Baroš became man of the match in the game versus Orduspor while Milan Baros scored a goal, gave 3 goal passes and made an incredible assist.

International career

At UEFA Euro 2004, Baroš scored the first goal for the Czech Republic national football team in their first game of the tournament, a come-from-behind 2–1 victory over Latvia national football team. Milan Baros went on to score goals in the Czechs' other two group matches. Milan Baros second goal was an equalizer against the Netherlands national football team; the Dutch team had a two-goal lead over the Czechs until the 22nd minute, when Jan Koller scored from a Baroš pass. The Czechs went on to win that game. The last was a game-winning goal against Germany national football team. Baroš and Dutch star Ruud van Nistelrooy were the only two players in the tournament to score in all three of their group matches.

Baroš added two goals in two minutes of the second half of the Czechs' quarterfinal win over Denmark national football team, and finished as the tournament's UEFA_Euro_2004 Awards with five goals.

At the 2006 FIFA World Cup, a persistent foot injury kept Milan Baros out of games against the United States national men's soccer team and Ghana national football team. Milan Baros did appear in the Czech's final group game against Italy national football team, but was considered unfit and was subsequently withdrawn after 65 minutes.

During UEFA Euro 2008, Baroš suffered the indignity of receiving a Penalty_card Yellow_card during stoppage time in the match against Turkey national football team, even though Milan Baros was neither playing in the match or even on the pitch at the time of Milan Baros booking.

Baroš was banned indefinitely, in April 2009, from playing for Milan Baros national side after a breach of discipline. However, Baroš was recalled to the national side after the appointment of Ivan Hašek as head coach and on 12 August 2009, Milan Baros marked Milan Baros return to international duty with a goal from the penalty spot in the 3–1 home win against Belgium national football team in a friendly match.

On 9 September 2009, Baroš scored a career high of four goals against San Marino national football team, in a game where the Czech Republic won 7–0 in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 3.

Personal life

Born in Valašské Meziříčí, Baroš lives in the village of Vigantice, located nearby. Milan Baros is married to Tereza Franková. Their son Patrick was born on 1 September 2009.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milan_Baro%C5%A1

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