He combined his league career with Sparta, and also wore the jersey of the national team. Arnošt Pazdera, an excellent footballer and national team member, died on Wednesday at the age of 92. His family informed about the sad event. He was born on September 16, 1929, which means that the oldest living Czechoslovak representative left for the football sky. The data is confirmed by the website of the Football International Foundation.
He started in the pupils of Spartak Kbely, then played until the age of twenty-eight for AFK Chrudim. From there he went to Prague’s Letná and connected his league football life with Sparta, for which he played for fourteen years and won two championship titles – in 1952 and 1965.
“He played 597 matches in the red jersey and scored 115 goals,” Sparta points out in condolence on his Twitter account.
We received the news that one of Sparta’s oldest former players, Mr Arnošt Pazdera, died on Wednesday at the age of 92.
He played 597 matches in the red jersey and scored 115 goals.
– AC Sparta Praha (@ACSparta_CZ) October 28, 2021
In 1965, at the age of thirty-six, Arnošt Pazdera ended his career, in which he still wore the Tatran Teplice jersey in 1953 and played for two years in compulsory military service in the Tankista Praha and ÚDA (Dukla) Praha teams from 1953 to 1955. He joined the league. 292 matches and scored 28 goals.
In 1952, he wore a national team jersey for the first time, played a total of 19 international matches and scored three goals in them.
“The goal after the solo from the half of the field in the International Cup match in Budapest, Hungary became unforgettable. Pazdera adjusted a quarter of an hour before the end to the final 4: 2, for the Hungarians it was the first home defeat after thirteen years, “the website fotbal.cz recalls.
During his playing career, Arnošt Pazdera was able to graduate from the Faculty of Surveying at the Czech Technical University.