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Talking balls: THE NUMBERS GAME.

We look at the crucial numbers in the life and career of football star PAVEL NEDVED...

2The Juventus midfielder and European Player of the Year has two children - daughter Ivanka, five, and son Pavel, three. He joined Czech Division 2 side Skoda Pilsen in 1990 when he was 17.

7After playing with Dukla and Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic he made his Serie A debut for Lazio on September 7, 1996, against Bologna. 9He scored nine goals in 31 appearances for Lazio in 200/01 before making his big-money switch to the Turin giants.

11 Nedved wears the number 11 shirt for club and country.

14 Pavel scored his first international goal for the Czechs in a 2-1 win over Italy on June 14, 1996.

15 He met his future wife Ivana when he was just 15 and studying to be an accountant. The couple were married six years later.

19 Nedved signed for Sparta Prague at 19 after completing a year's military service with the Czech army team Dukla Prague.

40 His Euro 2004 campaign ended in the 40th minute of the semi-final against Greece when he limped off. The Greeks went on to win 1-0. 72 Nedved was born on August 30, 1972 in the small town of Cheb near Prague. His parents are Ana and Vaclav, a labourer.

85 Juventus paid 85billion lire (around pounds 37million) to Lazio for him in 2001. 99 Pavel hit the winning goal for Lazio in the European Cup Winners Cup Final against Real Mallorca at Villa Park in 1999.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 1, 2004
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