Let’s get acquainted with new Head Coach of Dynamo Brest.
Latal was born on 6 January 1970 in a little town Prostejov in the east of Czechoslovakia. His first professional club was Sigma Olomuc, where he has been playing for 9 years (1985 – 1994). 1990 was the exception, when Radoslav moved to Dukla Prague for one season, where won Czechoslovak Cup.
UEFA Cup winner
At the age of 24, Latal moved to Germany and signed contract with Schalke 04. He has become a firm first-team player for the seven seasons in Gelsenkirchen, has made 191 appearances and scored 14 goals, having won love and respect of the fans.
His most successful year in club career was 1997, when Schalke won UEFA Cup, having beaten Inter Milan in penalty shootout. That was the last final of European cups, which was consisted of two games. Latal has played in both final games. That trophy remains the main in Schalke’s history. In 2001 Latal has won his second trophy – German Cup (DFB-Pokal), before moving back to Czech Republic.
Radoslav Latal (in the centre) with the German Cup
Czech national team has become the biggest overperformer on EURO 1996, which took place in England. Dusan Uhrin’s boys reached the Final, having beaten Italy, Portugal and France on course. Radoslav Latal was one of the key players of that formation. Nevertheless, he missed semifinal and Final due to the red card received in a quarterfinal game. Despite missing the two main games, the defender has been including in best eleven of the tournament.
Czech Republic on EURO-96. Radoslav Latal is under number 2.
Czech Republic lost in the Final to Germany only in extra-time. Latal later, being already a coach, recollected those defeat: “It’s hard, very hard. We’ve been cheered by whole Europe. Of course, second place at European Championship is a wonderful result, but as we reached the Final, we desired to win the gold”.
Czech champion and Cup winner
Radoslav signed contract with Banik Ostrava after returning from Schalke in 2002. As it turned out later, his choice was perfectly correct. A year later Banik won the League, two years after – Czech Cup. Right after winning his last trophy in 2005, Latal announced about retirement.
First steps as a coach
His training career started in 2007 in three minor clubs: Frydek-Mistek, Oprava, Banik Sokolov. Then followed a short period in Banik Ostrava, after which Latal moved abroad to coach Slovak club Kosice in September 2013. In first two years Latal won Slovak Cup and became the champion, but due to financial problems, the Czech had to leave the team.
Success in Poland
Latal’s latest club was Piast Gliwice, which he led to second place in Polish Ekstraklasa in 2015/16. Before start of that season, two leaders left Gliwice: Konstantin Vassiljev and Kamil Wilczek. Second was top goalscorer of the league the season before. Latal managed to find replacement for them, built the team and has been leading most part of that season. His team has been overplaying not only underdogs, but also leaders of Polish football. As a result, the champion has defined only in last round. A more financially powerful Legia finished with two-points advantage.
Piast game under Radoslav Latal’s lead.
As a result of that season, Latal was named as the best coach of Poland and pundits remember him as the only manager, who played with three central defenders.