Viktoria Plzeň officially confirms the transfer of Zdeněk Ondrášek. 31-year-old striker born in Strakonice. The Czech national team member comes to Pilsen from Dallas.
31-year-old forward with tons of experience from abroad is currently on his way from the USA to the Czech Republic. He will go through the health check on Tuesday and right after that, he will officially become an FC Viktoria Plzeň player.
Ondrášek started his career right here in western Bohemia in Stříbro. He played for TJ Blatná in his youth and in the summer of 2005 he left for České Budějovice. His loan to Čáslav was successful and he fought his way to the Dynamo České Budějovice A-team. On March 2012, his loan to the Norwegian Tromsø was his first contract abroad. After the loan was over, the club applied the contract-option and Ondrášek became the star of the league as its best striker.
His rich years in Norway had come to an end in 2015, as he signed 3-year contract with Wisla Krakow. He played for the polish club until 2019, after that he became a free agent and signed a contract with the MLS team from Dallas. He scored his first goal in the US on the 18th of August 2019 against Montréal. Since then, he became an essential part of the team, which helped him to the Czech national Team nomination. In his first national team game, he scored a winning goal against England.
Zdeněk Ondrášek officially becomes a Viktorian!
After a long journey across the Atlantic, Zdeněk Ondrášek finally arrived to Pilsen. In the Doosan Arena, he signed a 3-year contract. He will wear the red-and-blue kit number 13.
Shortly after noon, Zdeněk Ondrášek laid his foot on the Doosan Arena turf for the first time. After that, he underwent a medical examination and then he put on the red-and-blue Viktorian kit for the first time ever. “I am really glad, that the we were able to finish the deal and that I can be here. The stadium is beautiful, I played here for the national team last autumn. I am really looking forward to my first game for Viktoria,” said Ondrášek, nicknamed “Cobra”, after he had signed the 3-year contract.
He will wear the number 13 on his brand new kit.
“Zdeněk Ondrášek is a high-quality player who managed to break through abroad. He proved himself a top-scorer in Norway, Poland and in the US and he became a national team member. By his arrival, we strengthen and extend our offensive capabilities. He is a really suitable type of player for our game. I believe his adaptation will be as quick as possible, he will be a great asset for us,” general manager Adolf Šádek stated.
“The negotiations were relatively difficult, however, I am really glad we could arrange this deal and that we can introduce Zdeněk as an FC Viktoria Plzeň player. I wish him all the best in our team,” Adolf Šádek added.
“The negotiations were really demanding. We would like to thank Mr. Šádek and the whole Viktoria club for the patience and professionalism during the talks. Thanks to that, we could finalize this deal. We hope Zdeněk’s performance in Pilsen will not only help Viktoria, but also the national team,” the player’s agent Pavel Zíka added.
Zdeněk Ondráček will meet his new teammates on Wednesday, as he will report to Andrian Guľa during the morning practice. “I am a bit jet-lagged, but it will be fine. It won’t be a problem, I will be ready,” the 31-year-old striker said. He should be ready for the Saturday match against Bohemians 1905 in Prague.