From European champion to Hearts legend - Remembering the career of Rudi Skacel

Rudi Skacel announced his retirement at the weekend.

Monday, 3rd June 2019, 1:57 pm

The Hearts legend didn't get off the bench in 1. FK Pribram relegation play-off encounter yet his career was littered with many notable displays. Scroll through to see memorable moments from his career.

After impressing with FC Hradec Kralove Skacel signs for Slavia Prague in 2002.
Slavia defeat rivals Sparta Prague in the final of the 2002 Czech Cup and Rudi wins silverware.
Rudi nets in the penalty shootout as Czech Republic defeat France in the European Under-21 Championship final.

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Marseille sign Skacel in 2003 but he finds himself down the pecking order when Alain Perrin is sacked.
Rudi makes his debut for the Czech Republic senior team in November 2003. He scores in a 5-1 win over Canada after coming off the bench.
A loan move to Panathinaikos from Marseille saw the midfielder experience Champions League football and he even scored against Rosenborg.
Skacel joins Hearts on loan in the summer of 2005, an exciting period for the club with new manager and new owner.
On his Hearts debut, Skacel netted in a 4-2 win at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock.
Skacel showed his eagerness as he poked home against Hibs at Tynecastle followed by an iconic celebration.
Skacel scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over ICT - his seventh league goal in a row.
Skacel scored the pick of the bunch as Hearts blitzed their rivals. The Czech put in one of his best performances for the club.
The attacker netted the opener before scoring his penalty in the penalty shootout win over Gretna.
Rudi Skacel and Paul Hartley built up a fine relationship during the 2005-2006 season and they celebrated the Scottish Cup win over Gretna in style.
George Burley signed Skacel for the second time as he moved to Southampton. However, he didn't find the net as regularly.
Skacel joined Hertha Berlin for the second half of the 2007-2008 season, scoring twice in the Bundesliga.
The Berlin sojourn was worthwhile with Rudi selected for the Euro 2008 Czech Republic squad. However, he didn't feature in the tournament.
After a season back at Southampton, Skacel joined former club Slavia Prague on a short-term deal in 2009. He scored a hat-trick in his final appearance before joining Greek side Larissa.
Skacel's seventh and final cap for his country came in a 2-1 friendly defeat to Turkey in May 2010.
Skacel returned to Hearts on September 2010.
Rudi helps Hearts finish third in the 2010-2011 season and scores a hat-trick v St Mirren on the way to topping the club's scoring charts.
Hungarian side Paksi were swatted aside by Hearts in the Europa League qualifiers. Skacel scored his first and only European goal.
One of the most memorable Skacel moments was his second hat-trick versus St Mirren in a 5-2 win. What made this so special was that Hearts played most of the game with 10 men.
In the biggest Edinburgh derby of all time Skacel rose to the occasion and found the back of the net.
He happened to grab another in the 5-1 win over Hibs.
Two Scottish Cup finals, two wins, three goals.
Rudi joined Dundee United and controversy followed, choosing number 51 in reference to the 5-1 final. It didn't go down well when he played at Easter Road. He scored once, v Inverness CT.
Skacel signed for Gary Locke's Raith Rovers after spells with Slavia Prague and Mlada Boleslav. His most notable moment was doing the '5-1' gesture at Easter Road.
Skacel forced a Scottish Cup replay against Hearts his shot cannoned off a team-mate and into the net. It was clapped by some on the Hearts end.
It was announced at the weekend that Rudi Skacel would retire following 1. FK Pribram's final game of the season.