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Keeper Kouba announces retirement

Kouba won three Czech league titles with Sparta Prague

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Goalkeeper Petr Kouba, who helped the Czech national team reach the finals of Euro 1996, has announced his retirement.

Kouba, 36, who began his career in 1992 with Sparta Prague helping the club to win the Czech league title three times, will take over as as Sparta goalkeeping coach.

After Euro 1996, he transferred to Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, later moving to Kaiserslautern in Germany and Czech club Viktoria Zizkov, before returning to Sparta in 2001.

He played a total of 239 games in the Czech league and even scored a goal from the penalty spot in 1995. In 1993 Kouba was named the Czech Republic's footballer of the year.

Kouba followed in his father Pavel's footsteps. Pavel Kouba was goalkeeper for the Czechoslovakia national team who were runners-up at the 1962 World Cup.

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