He is not very well known in the big football world. He is one of many. But his story is very interesting. We are talking about Kris Twardek, eighteen years old footballer who was born in Canada and he is senior squad member of Millwall FC and Czech youth national team.
His unusual path to the Czech national team underlines the interesting thing. He received the first call-up after he sent to the Czech Football Association the video footage of his football skils because no one knew him.
“I wanted to play football at international level and in the end I chose the Czech Republic over Canada,” said Twardek a few months ago. “So I sent my video to the association and they invited me for some tests and then they took me to the squad for EURO qualification with Israel,” he added in 2014.
The long-time OSU Force player moved to London to join Millwall FC’s professional club academy in summer 2013. The Millwall rookie began as a member of the reserve side for his club’s U18 Professional League team and has since received several call-ups. In mid-October, Twardek scored the winning goal as Millwall emerged from a 1-0 deficit for a 2-1 win to record their fifth victory of the season.
Although he grew up in Arnprior, his family owns Czech roots, which led to his opportunity to dress for the Czech Republic’s U17 team for European Championship qualifiers.
The 16-year-old started in wins over Israel and Liechtenstein to secure Czech Republic’s place in the elite round of the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, to be held in Malta, and came on as a second-half substitute in a loss to France in the three games of Group 3 qualifying. He played fourteen matches for Czech Under-17 and Under-18 combined so far.
Twardek was regular for the Under-21 squad. In one game in February 2015 Twardek was taken off the field after being struck in the face and suffering a broken jaw. In the same week he signed a pro contract with Millwall.
“I proved something to myself,” he says. “I can go training for four hours every day, repeated every day for a whole year, and I still love playing the game,” told to Otawa Citizen.
When he had joined the Czech national team for the first time in 2014, he could not speak a word of Czech. But he is determined to learn the language from his father and teammates as well.
From official website of Millwall FC: “Kris has been a regular for both the U18s and then U21s, although he missed a chunk of the 2014-15 campaign having sustained a broken jaw in a freak accident during a match in February. Now back to full fitness, the 18-year-old featured for the first team during pre-season in the games at Bromley and AFC Wimbledon and will be looking to continue his excellent progress this coming campaign.” He wears number 37.
What about his stats in FM16?
If you start a new save Kris Twardek will be out for between 6 weeks and 2 months due to a receiving treatment for a broken toe. He can play as a M/AM RL so he is versatile player on both sides of the pitch. His natural position is Winger, his right foot is the stronger.
- Is a natural in a couple of positions.
- Shows a fairly ambitious nature.
- Possesses a fair amount of pace.
- Acceleration underpins his overall speed.
- Needs to work on becoming more consistent if he is to develop further.
- Has work to do in developing the abillity to beat opponents.
- Has work to do on improving his first touch.
I played two seasons save in FM16 Beta and he played 20 games in League One for Millwall, scored twice and made three assists. He moved to Sunderland for a fee around £250K before 2016/2017 season and was loaned out to Czech side FC Zbrojovka Brno where he played 26 league games with average rating 6,9.
He has a contract until 30/6/2016 with a £350 per week with bonuses – £75 Apperance Fee, £45 Goal Bonus and £50 Unused substitute Fee. His value is £115K at the start of the save. He may be a very interesting player for all Championship clubs or clubs from some european countries like Czech, Switzerland, Netherland, Belgium …