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Auth. n.197 by the Court of Milan on 25th June 2015


    Tomas Rosický and Antonin Panenka are two names that in Czech Republic recall memories and excite fans. Two local football legends in the land of klobasa, pilsner beer and of writer Milan Kundera. In the alleys of Prague neighbourhoods Letná and Vršovice, these two players are linked with unforgettable pages of Czech football history and they are symbols respectively of Sparta Prague and Bohemians 1905. In these club played Patrik Schick and for young Sampdoria talent Rosický and Panenka are two legends that represent a role model not only on the football pitch.

    Becoming Patrik Schick means spread your wings in the shadow of your idols, where “the little Mozart” and “Tondo” became legendary players.

    14th April 2014, 18 years and 80 days.

    A great talent scout and youth coach like Vítězslav Lavička threw Patrik into the breach in Pohár ČMFS, the Czech national cup. Some weeks later Schick would debut in Gambrinus Liga in the match between Sparta Prague and Teplice and then he’d make his international debut in Europa League. In these few appearences Patrik showed that he was ready to play in the Czech first division, but due to his young age and a team full of talented forwards Sparta Prague decided to loan him to Bohemians 1905. There Schick spread his wings under the guidance of Roman Pivarnik. Košice-born manager knew well Patrik’s skills and he was able to sign him before other clubs. Slovakian coach, interviewed by, reveals some secrets by Sampdoria star.

    We decided to acquire a promising forward to expand our offensive line and we picked me”

    Patrik moved to Vršovice, the Prague district where are based both Slavia and Bohemians 1905. The 19-year-old striker joined the Kangaroos in order to play regularly and to gain experience useful to have a leading role in the future. In a short time Schick won Pivarnik‘s confidence becoming little by little a regular first team player.

    In my original plans he was a substitute, but due to his skills and his performances he became important for us. Patrik showed that he was ready to play senior football managing well the leap into the first team”

    Ďolíček stadium, Bohemians 1905 home ground is not only a football pitch: there you can feel the real football passion of Czech fans, made of beer, klobasa (a typical sausage served with bread and sauce) and a love that has struggled against strong powers to survive.

    Walking down the streets of west Vršovice it’s impossible to remain indifferent to the people’s passion for “The Kangaroos”. It’s a proud identity shown by green and white fans to distinguish themselves from Sparta and Slavia Prague supporters. Someone always carries a club gadget, someone leaves a scarf in the open on his house window or exhibits a team jersey in his shop. Furthermore there is the figure of club legend and current Bohemians 1905 honorary chairman Antonin Panenka. Thanks to his “special” penalty Czechoslovakia won 1976 European championship and his move summarizes in few seconds the attitude of one of the key figures in Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian football.

    Patrik is a humble guy, he works hard and pays attention to every detail during training sessions. I imagined a wrong attitude by him moving from a big club like Sparta Prague to a smaller one like Bohemians. When I talked to Schick during the week and before the game I used to scream in his face to incite him.”

    Low profile, few words, a reserved attitude. Patrik, who was born in 1996, let the field and his left foot speak for himself.

    As Bohemians 1905 players scored 7 goals and provided one assist in 28 league and national cups attracting attention of many European top club talent scouts. On his way to the top Patrik met again Lavička. Thanks to Pilsen-born manager Schick had debuted with Sparta Prague, thanks to him Patrik made his first appearance in U21 Czech Republic national football team scoring a brace in a 4-1 win over Malta. On 27th May 2016 Schick would find the net also on his senior national team debut again against the side coached by Pietro Ghedin. That was the beginning of a hot summer for Patrik, several European clubs wanted to sign him and Italian club Sampdoria found an agreement with Sparta Prague and with Schick’s agent.

    Patrik has above-average individual technical skills and a good header. Despite his height he is very agile with an excellent left foot. However he has to work on his weak foot to improve his unpredictability on the pitch and play on both flanks”.

    Pivarnik knows well what Schick’s skills are and on which aspects Czech rising talent has to improve.

    Patrik has arrived in Italy as young and unknown footballer, but in few months Prague-born forward has taken the stage, letting the field speak for him again. Patrik has taken advantage of every chance that Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo has given him, becoming a decisive man coming on as substitute. Thanks to these stunning performances and to 10 goals Schik has overcome skepticism of media and insiders. Pivarnik is surprised, but no so much. Former Bohemians 2005 manager sees his pupil in European top clubs in the next future.

    I hoped that Patrik would move to a foreign club, but I thought that it was too early. Czech young talents should grow up before moving to make the great leap into top leagues. However I’m really happy that Schick has been able to adjust so quick. I think that Patrik has the potential to become a great player and he has a bright future ahead of him”.

    A special thanks to Denik Sport reporter Michal Petrák and to coach Roman Pivarník

    Cover photo ©
    Photo 1-2 ©Alessandro De Felice/MondoFutbol
    Photo 3 @LaPresse
    Photo 4

    Alessandro De Felice

    Alessandro De Felice

    Partenopeo d’origine e recanatese d’adozione, nasce a Formia nello stesso anno della fondazione della Repubblica Ceca. Letenské sady è il suo posto ideale per ritrovare la pace interiore. Laureato in Mediazione Linguistica, giornalista pubblicista. Ama le emozioni che regala un pallone, la birra bionda di Boemia e girare il mondo con uno zaino in spalla. Ha fondato l’unico sito italiano sul calcio della Repubblica Ceca. Vanta collaborazioni con East Journal, Calcio dell’Est, TuttoCalcioEstero, Progetto Repubblica Ceca e partecipa al progetto di informazione sportiva Collettivo Zaire74.

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