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Libor Sionko

Libor Sionko (born 1 February 1977 in Ostrava) is a Czech Republic Association footballer currently playing for AC Sparta Prague.

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Libor Sionko biography

Libor Sionko (born 1 February 1977 in Ostrava) is a Czech Republic Association footballer currently playing for AC Sparta Prague.

Club career

Early career

Libor Sionko previously played for Austria Vienna, Grazer AK, Sparta Prague, Banik Ostrava and Rangers F.C.. Playing successfully for Sparta in the Gambrinus liga and UEFA Champions League, where Sparta in two occasions (1999-00 and 2003–04), got through from the group stage. Libor Sionko left Prague, due to contract problems, to join high-rising Grazer Athletik Klub in February 2004, helping to achieve the first ever Austrian championship for the Styrians. Libor Sionko also was in the team winning the Austrian Cup for the 4th time.

After that remarkable success and change to Austria Vienna, Libor Sionko was a principal for a very successful challenge in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup, when the Viennese side reached the quarter-final. In 2005–06 the Czech player was an Austrian double winner a second time.

Rangers & Copenhagen

Libor Sionko completed a Bosman ruling transfer to Rangers F.C. on 16 May 2006 on a three year contract.

Libor Sionko scored on Libor Sionko SPL debut against Motherwell F.C. on 30 July 2006 in the Gers' 2–1 win. Frequent injury, however, meant that Libor Sionko was used intermittently by Paul Le Guen. Libor Sionko re-established himself in the team in December 2006 where Libor Sionko scored against Hibernian F.C. and Aberdeen F.C., as Rangers' form improved after a poor start to the season.

On 27 July 2007, it was announced Rangers have agreed a deal for the transfer of Sionko to the Danish football champions F.C. Copenhagen, and the next day Libor Sionko was presented in the club after signing a 2 year deal.

On 4 August came Sionko's debut for the club, where Libor Sionko assisted in the single goal at the 1–0 victory away against Aarhus GF. Libor Sionko first goal for the club came in Libor Sionko second match, and Libor Sionko home debut at Parken Stadium, against Esbjerg fB notching a 5–2 victory. Afterwards Libor Sionko started the next six matches at the bench, but on 23 September Libor Sionko was back in the lineup in Libor Sionko first New Firm (Denmark) against Brøndby IF. This match ended 1–0 for FCK, the goal assisted by Sionko. Afterwards Libor Sionko has scored twice in a Danish Cup match against FC Fredericia and once against Lyngby Boldklub – in both matches Libor Sionko was named man of match.

Following the Lyngby-match, Sionko told that Libor Sionko family has settled down well in Copenhagen and that Libor Sionko calls Copenhagen Libor Sionko second home.

Sparta Prague

Sionko was rarely used in the first team in the autumn of 2009, and in January 2010 Libor Sionko was released from Libor Sionko contract and subsequently signed with Sparta Prague. The midfielder has signed with the Czech club a contract until June 2012, after being released by the Denmark club.

International career

Sionko has represented Libor Sionko country at Under 17, Under 18, Under 20 and Under 21 level as well as playing twice in an unofficial friendly tournament in May 1998. Libor Sionko earned Libor Sionko first full cap in a friendly against Polish national football team on 24 April 1999 and has been cap (sport) 41 times by the Czech Republic national football team, scoring 8 goals. Libor Sionko had been only a substitute for a long time, because Libor Sionko position of right winger was occupied by Karel Poborský.

2000 Olympics

Sionko played in all three games at the Football at the 2000 Summer Olympics as the Czechs drew with the United States men's national football team and Cameroon national football team and lost to Kuwait national football team, meaning they were eliminated at the group stage and finished bottom of their group.

2006 World Cup

Libor Sionko was called up to the Czech Republic national football team for the 2006 FIFA World Cup due to Vladimír Šmicer being injured; however Libor Sionko only featured as a late substitute role in some games as the Czechs were knocked out in the group stage of the competition. Sionko's FIFA World Cup debut came against Ghana national football team on 17 June 2006. Ghana won the game 2–0.

Euro 2008

On 11 June, Sionko scored for the Czech Republic in their second game of UEFA Euro 2008, a 1–3 defeat to Portugal national football team which sent the Portuguese through to the quarter-finals of the tournament. Sionko equalised in the 17th minute after Deco had opened the scoring in the 8th minute. However, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma added two further goals for their team in the second half to leave the Czechs to battle it out with Turkey national football team in the UEFA Euro 2008 Group A Turkey vs Czech Republic of UEFA Euro 2008 Group A.

International goals


- Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2003–04 Austrian Football Bundesliga, 2005–06 Austrian Football Bundesliga
- Austrian Cup: 2003-04 Austrian Cup, 2004-05 Austrian Cup, 2005-06 Austrian Cup
- Danish Superliga: 2008–09 Danish Superliga
- Danish Cup: 2008–09 Danish Cup
- Gambrinus liga: 1999–2000 Gambrinus liga, 2000–01 Gambrinus liga, 2002–03 Gambrinus liga
- Czech Republic Football Cup: 2003–04 Czech Republic Football Cup


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