History: Pavel Nedvěd (born August 30, 1972 in Cheb, Czech Republic) is a Czech football player. Nedvěd is a midfielder for Italian club Juventus and for the Czech national team. Before joining Juventus, Nedvěd played for Dukla Prague (1991-92), Sparta Prague (1992-96), and Lazio (1996-2001). He won one scudetto with Lazio and four with Juve. Nedvěd was part of the Czech national team which went to the final of Euro 96, eventually losing to winners Germany. Nedvěd's performance however did not go unnoticed and he transferred from Sparta Prague to Lazio in the Serie A in 1996. At Lazio Nedvěd won the Coppa Italia in 1997/98 and the final Cup Winners' Cup in 1999 against Real Mallorca. Nedvěd eventually moved to Juventus in 2001 for a fee of 41.2 million euros, as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane who had transferred to Spain's Real Madrid the same summer. He proved more than an adequate replacement for the Frenchman, his tremendous workrate and guile playing an integral part in Juventus' scudetto-winning teams of 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05 and 2005/06. Nedvěd helped lead Juventus into the 2003 Champions League final against AC Milan, but was forced to sit out the final because of accumulated yellow cards after being booked in the semifinal for tackling Real Madrid Midfielder Steve McManaman.
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