Otmar Barek, the story so far:

It is just a couple of days ago when FCOB Kamenice confirmed signing of a new player but the buzz around him increased to truly unbelievable dimensions. The former Kamenice Lamers youth player left club aged only 17 years old in order to develop into one of the finest midfielders in the country.

His carrer didn’t have the fairy tale start when he psychologicaly suffered because he was dismissed by his first scout despite clear talent. But an hour later, he joined FCOB Kamenice youth academy. That proved to be a massive step forward for the young player.

He developed nicely and when he got promoted to the first team squad, it was clear he has got bags of potential and chance to play in Czech U20 team. He was then transfered to Opava Boys who offered him excellent coach and paid an astronomic amount of money. He has become the most expensive player ever to be sold by FCOB Kamenice and money recieved proved indispensable for our club. We were then able to purchase two top class midfielders and thanks to them we managed to gain promotion to the fifth division.

However success of FCOB Kamenice wasn’t the most important thing to Otmar and under his new coach and manager he continued to improve. The first huge milestone came when he was aged just 18 years and 87 days. He made his debut for U20 national team in a friendly match against Costa Rica. His competitive debut  came season later when he was given a place in starting lineup in the last match of successful World Cup Qualification. He played an integral part in the 6:0 win and helped Czech U20 team finish season on a high note.

The decisive year came and with passable leadership, he was granted a role of U20 team captain. Because of that he didn’t missed a single friendly until the world cup began. Although he has played 9 games for U20 NT to the date, he was still yet to score. On the other hand, he knew when it is the right time to score and he has showed it in the first round of the World Cup.

Czech U20 team won the opening game 1:0 thanks to the header of Otmar Barek. His first international goal was a result of perfect corner fo his teammate and saved all three points for the Czech side. The scenario was repeated once again and Otmar scored another goal in another 1:0 win this time against Uruguay to send Czech U20 team to the second round.

However the second round wasn’t as good as the first one and Czech U20 national team was very unfortunately eliminated. They were level on points and level on score with U20 Switzerland but despite better match between they went out thanks to worse results in the first round of WC. Otmar Barek’s final appearance for U20 NT came in 4:2 win over Switzerland in a game where we needed to win by 3 goals to advance.

His national carrer was over and he can be proud of 18 U20 caps and two important goals to his name. He is expected to end his career in Kamenice where he can expect number of challenges. The first one will be to avoid relegation from fourth division next season. He will always ahve special place in FCOB Kamenice dressing room and will be treated like true Kamenice Hero.

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