Former Sheffield Wednesday star Daniel Pudil hangs up his boots after almost two decades

Daniel Pudil, who twice came close to the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday, has decided to retire from football.

Sunday, 30th May 2021, 5:00 pm

Pudil played 114 games for the Owls as part of a career that spanned almost two decades, joining on loan from Watford in 2015 before signing a permanent deal at Hillsborough the following season.

The Czech Republic international, who started really making a name for himself at KRC Genk between 2008 and 2011, left the Owls at the end of the 2018/19 season before returning to the country of his birth, and now – at the age of 35 – he’s decided to call time on his professional career.

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At Wednesday he got four goals and nine assists following his reported £1.5m switch from the Hornets, and became a popular member of the squad both with his teammates and the fans alike, and was utilised at both left back and centre back at various stages of his time in Sheffield.

Having made his professional debut back in 2004 with Chmel Blšany, the former Owl has enjoyed a lengthy career on the field, but it has now been confirmed that Viktoria Žižkov’s 2-0 win over Táborsko this afternoon was his farewell game. He started the game and played his part in the club achieving a fourth-place finish in the Czech National Football League.

Pudil played around 600 games for club and country over the past 17 years, and has definitely earned himself a bit of time to spend with his family away from the football field for a while.

Former Sheffield Wednesday defender, Daniel Pudil, has retired from professional football. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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