A regular throughout the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, Kadlec’s ten appearances included four goals, as his reliability from the penalty spot proved invaluable for Michal Bilek’s side. Indeed, he was the only ever present in the Czech Republic’s preliminary games, playing in every minute of their Group I qualifiers.
After starting his career with the minnows of FC Slovacko, Kadlec earned his chance at a higher level when Sparta Prague came calling in 2005. Plenty of transfer speculation preceded his move to Leverkusen in 2008 and he heads into Euro 2012 with another season of consistent club performances to his credit.
The son of Miroslav Kadlec, captain of the Czech Republic side that famously reached the Euro 96 Final in England, he spent much of his childhood in Germany as his father was playing Bundesliga football.