He was chosen by the player of the match, which in his case can be taken as a prize for bravery. After almost three years, after endless injuries on the league scene, he reappeared in the starting line-up. It can be an ideal example for everyone that they should never give up. “When he was injured for a long time, Bořek Dočkal helped me a lot to return. He is a persona in the cabin and as a person. Krejda, Hanci, also helped me a lot, I could name the whole Sparta … Thank you all for standing behind me, “confesses defender Filip Panák after contributing to Sparta’s football win to a clear 5-0 win in Liberec.
He finished the story of the big comeback. Sparta introduced it as a new reinforcement from Karviná in February 2019. However, due to protracted health problems with the knee, the talented universal did not play a single minute of competition until the start of this season.
A week ago, Filip Panák jumped on Letná at the end of the match with Olomouc, now he has played the whole match in Liberec for the first time. After 1008 days!
A photo with everything on it 💙💛❤️
Kuba Pešek: goal after returning to Liberec ⚽️
Adam Karabec: goal ⚽️ + assistance 🅰️
Filip Souček: goal ⚽️ + assistance 🅰️
Laco Krejčí: goal ⚽️ + assistance 🅰️
Adam Hložek: goal ⚽️ + penalty
Filip Panák: at the base after 1008 days and maintained zero ✅ #acsparta pic.twitter.com/zvap2mgvdv
– AC Sparta Praha (@ACSparta_CZ) August 1, 2021
“The last time I didn’t play in the starting line-up, I’ll guess very accurately, because I read it somewhere. Over a thousand days, “he smiles in an interview for club television.
He couldn’t wait, because the wait was endless. “Many thanks to Sparta, the boys in the cabin, the implementation team for supporting me all the time, for years. I’ve always felt that they’re having a great time with me, so thank you very much for that. “
He slowly said goodbye to his career
The 25-year-old has made no secret of the fact that during a critical period he also had his thoughts with football cut.
📺 PANÁK | “After the last operation, I thought I would give up. But I decided to give it a try. Thanks to Sparta, my teammates and the teammate for still standing behind me. “
🎙️ Filip after his debut at the base. #acsparta
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– AC Sparta Praha (@ACSparta_CZ) July 31, 2021
“About the last operation. For health reasons, I already wanted to cough it up so that it wouldn’t restrict me in my normal life. But after a discussion with the doctors, my girlfriend and my family, I decided to give it a try. And I did well, “confesses Panák.
He assures that he is not worried about his knee. Concerns must be set aside. “As soon as I get back on the field after a long time, everything will jump back to me quickly. As the minutes pass, it gets worse, because one’s strength is rapidly diminishing. I wasn’t used to that pace. It was good that we managed the match, quickly increased the lead and it was fine. If it was more acute, it would be more complicated, “he realizes.
Sparta was in the perfect mood for Tuesday’s cup duel with Monaco. The 5: 0 win is historic for her on hot soil. For the first time ever, she managed to score more than three goals in Liberec, and also prepared the Slavs for his highest home defeat in the league.
“Probably the best start for me. From the first minute we held the match in our hands, combined, were strong on the balloon. We didn’t let Liberec do anything until the end. Just a successful match, “acknowledges Panák.