Jaroslav Drobný (footballer)

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Jaroslav Drobný
Jaroslav Drobný (Fußballspieler) - Hertha BSC Berlin (2).jpg
Drobný with Hertha in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Jaroslav Drobný
Date of birth (1979-10-18) 18 October 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Počátky, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Number 16
Youth career
SK Chrudim
0000–1999 Vítkovice
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 České Budějovice 46 (0)
2001–2005 Panionios 101 (0)
2005–2006 Fulham 0 (0)
2005–2006ADO Den Haag (loan) 12 (0)
2006–2007 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
2007VfL Bochum (loan) 17 (0)
2007–2010 Hertha BSC 97 (0)
2010–2016 Hamburger SV 76 (0)
2016–2019 Werder Bremen 10 (0)
2019– Fortuna Düsseldorf 2 (0)
National team
1997–1998 Czech Republic U18 6 (0)
1997 Czech Republic U20 1 (0)
1999–2002 Czech Republic U21 16 (0)
2009– Czech Republic 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Jaroslav Drobný (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaroslav ˈdrobniː];[1] born 18 October 1979) is a Czech football goalkeeper who currently plays for Bundesliga football club Fortuna Düsseldorf. At international level, he has represented the Czech Republic. Drobný has previously played for České Budějovice, Panionios, ADO Den Haag, VfL Bochum, Ipswich Town, Hertha BSC, Hamburger SV and Werder Bremen.

Club career[edit]

Drobný's first club was local club SK Chrudim. In his first season, he signed a contract with Chrudium's rivals FC Vítkovice, he joined First Division club S.K. České Budějovice in 1999 where he spent his first two professional seasons.

In 2001, he transferred to Panionios in the Alpha Ethniki, the first tier in Greece.

In 2005, Drobný was spotted by Fulham, and in the summer, the club having sold Edwin van der Sar, he was bought by the West London club.[2] However, he was injured shortly after his arrival, and upon returning to fitness failed to get into the team, he was loaned for half a season to the Dutch club ADO Den Haag.[3] When he returned his contract was terminated by mutual consent in August 2006, without Drobný having played a first-team game for the club.

On 27 October 2006, he joined Ipswich Town on a short-term deal, but failed to make a first team appearance.

On 23 January 2007, Drobný was loaned to VfL Bochum, he immediately took over the position in goal from Danish keeper Peter Skov-Jensen. On 27 January 2007, he made his Bundesliga debut with VfL Bochum against Mainz.[4]

Drobný moved to Hertha BSC for the 2007–08 season. After a strong 2008–09 season, in which Hertha lead the Bundesliga for five matchdays, Hertha finished in last placed in the 2009–10 season, and he left the club to join Hamburger SV.[5]

In June 2016, Drobný joined Werder Bremen on a year-long contract.[6] In the 2016–17 season, he made 10 league appearances.[7] During the season he was kept out of action by injuries to his hand and his shoulder as well as by a three-match suspension from a red card received on matchday 17.[7] In June 2017, he agreed to extend his contract at the club.[7] A further year-long contract extension followed in July 2018.[8]

In January 2019, moved to Werder Bremen's league rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf.[9]

International career[edit]

He has played 16 times for the Czech national team's under-21 side, but his opportunities have been limited in the full squad. On 11 February 2009, Drobný made his debut for the senior team in a 0–0 draw against Morocco.


  1. ^ Jaroslav in isolation: [ˈjaroslaf].
  2. ^ "Jaroslav Drobny signs". Fulham Official Website. 10 June 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Drobnu goes Dutch". Fulham Official Website. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 13 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Drobny-Wechsel perfekt: "Ich freue mich auf die Herausforderung"" (in German). Hamburger SV. 6 July 2010. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Werder Bremen verpflichtet Drobny". kicker Online (in German). 8 June 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Drobny hängt bei Werder noch ein Jahr dran". kicker Online (in German). 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Werder verlängert mit Drobny und Zetterer". kicker Online (in German). 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Drobny-Wechsel nach Düsseldorf perfekt". Deichstube (in German). Kreiszeitung. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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