Tomáš Jun : biography
Tomáš Jun, (born 17 January 1983) is a Czech striker at the Austrian club FK Austria Wien.
He joined Sparta Prague's youth system as a nine year old in 1992. Progressing through the club's youth teams he made his senior debut aged just 16. Only a year later he was in the starting formation in Sparta's Champions League clash with Arsenal. He also became an important member of the national youth team. By 2001 his first team opportunities became more restricted and he was loaned out to FK Jablonec 97. After a few months at Jablonec he was recalled by Sparta and managed to score a few important goals for the team. The next season saw Jun being given more first team chances, but he was still restricted to just 19 league appearances. In the 2002/03 season the youngster featured on a more regular basis with a decent tally of 8 goals. After a change in management in the 2004/05 season he hit his best form yet becoming Sparta's and the league's top scorer with 14 goals in 30 appearances, helping Sparta regain the league title.
His great season at Sparta had raised his profile, and not only did he break into the national team but a number of foreign clubs became interested in signing the promising young striker. In the end he moved to Turkish team Trabzonspor in 2005 for € 3.25 mil, signing a 5 year deal with the Süper Lig outfit. The excitement of his transfer was short lived however as he failed to make an impact, moving to Beşiktaş J.K. on loan after only a few months without having scored a single goal for Trabzonspor. His luck at Beşiktaş wasn't much better as he spent most of his time as a substitute, only finding the net once.
Return to Sparta
In the 2006/2007 season he returned to Sparta Prague on a season loan, hoping to regain his previous goal scoring form after a bad run in the Turkish league, but even there he was mainly used a late substitute, resulting in him managing to score only one league goal. In early 2007, there were rumours that Jun would move to the Swedish Allsvenskan side Helsingborgs IF. He was however called back to Trabzonspor main squad for 2007/08 season by Trabzonspor Trainer Ziya Dogan after the loss of explosive striker Ersen Martin to injury, but did not feature.
In January 2008 he was again on his way back to the Gambrinus Liga, this time joining FK Teplice on loan. After six months in the league, where he netted 4 goals in 14 league appearances, Teplice made his loan move permanent. He continued in similar form in the next six months, scoring 3 times in 14 appearances.
SC Rheindorf Altach
In January 2009 he left FK Teplice on a 6 month loan move to Austrian Bundesliga side SCR Altach. His form seems to be recovering as he grabbed 8 goals in just 14 appearances for the club. Unfortunately despite this good run for the team he was unable to save them from relegation.
FK Austria Wien
He returned to the Austrian Bundesliga for the 2009/10 season on a year loan with FK Austria Wien and immediately made an impact, scoring no fewer than nine times during the first two months of this season in the Austrian Bundesliga as well as the Austrian Cup (hat-trick against FAC in the second round) and the UEFA Europa League. On 4 October 2009, Jun once again scored the winner against SV Mattersburg. It was to be his last appearance for FK Austria Wien for a couple of months as he was diagnosed with a cruciate ligament rupture, sustained after a foul in the same match.
With the expected pause for an injury like this no less than six months, Jun surprised everyone by making a speedy recovery,already being fit for a short comeback against Red Bull Salzburg on 21 March 2010. In the following weeks, he quickly regained his form, scoring his first goal after the pause against SV Mattersburg, after giving the assist to FK Austria Wiens winning goal in Ried just one week after his comeback. He went on to score four times until the end of the 2009/10 season, making him second-best goal-scorer after Milenko Ačimovič with a total of nine goals and ten assists.
As a result of this good first season, FK Austria Wien made the loan deal with FK Teplice permanent on May 14, 2010, just one day after the season finale, with Jun's new contract running until 2012.
2010/11 A torn hamstring from which he never had the chance to fully recover hindered Jun's first half of the season. Nevertheless, he scored once in FK Austria Wiens 3-1 away win at Ruch Chorzów in the 3rd round of the Europa League qualification and (league, cup and Europa league combined) as of February 2011, leads FK Austria Wiens assists statistic with eleven assists. As well as his incomplete pre-season, Jun sustained a further serious injury in training in October 2010, a ruptured ligament in his ankle keeping him on the sidelines for another six weeks. At the time of writing, he considers himself being "injury and pain - free" for the first time in months and with the second half of the Austrian League season starting soon, Jun could once again prove a valuable asset to FK Austria Wiens campaign for a 21st title / 28th win in the cup.
Jun won silver at the 2000 UEFA under-17 European Championship and scored seven goals in the tournament. He also helped them to win the 2002 UEFA under-21 European Championship. In February that season, he scored his first goal for the full national team. Jun's most important goal of his career came in the final group match of 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, scoring the first goal against Finland as a starting replacement for the injured Jan Koller and Vratislav Lokvenc. The win allowed the Czech Republic to advance to the playoff stage against Norway. In summer 2005 he joined Trabzonspor of Turkey but failed to score a single goal. He struggled to make even substitute appearances at Beşiktaş, which has led to his omission from the Czech Republic squad for the 2006 World Cup.
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