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Polák playing for the Czech national team
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Full name Jan Polák
Date of birth (1981-03-14) 14 March 1981 (age 43)
Place of birth Brno, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.81 m
Playing position Central Midfielder
Youth career
Tatran Bohunice
1991–1998 Zbrojovka Brno
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Zbrojovka Brno 124 (5)
2003–2005 Slovan Liberec 65 (5)
2005–2007 1. FC Nürnberg 62 (4)
2007–2011 Anderlecht 79 (5)
2011–2014 VfL Wolfsburg 73 (2)
2014–2016 1. FC Nürnberg 39 (2)
2016–2018 Zbrojovka Brno 48 (3)
Total 490 (26)
National team
1999–2003 Czech Republic U21 45 (0)
1999–2011 Czech Republic 57 (7)
Men's football
Representing  Czech Republic
UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Winner 2002 Switzerland
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018.
† Appearances (Goals).

Jan Polák (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjan ˈpolaːk]; born 14 March 1981) is a retired Czech footballer who played as a midfielder.


In his younger days he played for FC Zbrojovka Brno and Tatran Bohunice. Formerly a member of the Czech national under-21 side, Polák, alongside players like Petr Čech and Milan Baroš, was a part of the team which won the European Under-21 Football Championship in 2002. He also holds the record for the most appearances for the Czech Republic under-21 team with 45 caps.

In 2005, he was transferred from the Czech First League team FC Slovan Liberec for a fee of €1,500,000 to the Bundesliga side 1. FC Nürnberg. In the same year he played for the first time under Czech national coach Karel Brückner.

On 3 August 2007, Anderlecht bought Polák. He was given number 8. The Czech international reportedly cost €3.5 million and was at the time the second most expensive transfer in Anderlecht's history, as well as one of the highest paid players in Belgian football. He was Anderlecht's box-to-box midfielder playing a crucial role in their 2007–08 Jupiler League season and the 2007–08 UEFA Cup.


1. FC Nürnberg


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