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EVERTON PAST PLAYER PROFILES

Jan Mucha

Squad number 1
Position Goalkeeper
Joined on 1 July 2010
Joined from Legia Warsaw
Transfer fee Free
Signed by David Moyes
Full debut v Huddersfield (H)
25 August 2010
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expired June 2013
Finalé v Man City  (H)
16 March 2013
Left Everton 30 June 2013
Destination ???
Transfer Fee None [Released]
Born Belá nad Cirochou, Czechoslovakia
Date of birth 5 December 1982
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Nickname(s)  
Honours Slovakia international


STRENGTHS
Tall
 
WEAKNESSES
Not good enough
 

Soccerbase Datafile
Wikipedia Entry

Slovakian International goalkeeper Jan Mucha moved to Goodison Park in July 2010 after playing all four games in his country's World Cup run in South Africa that summer.

Everton completed a pre-contract deal back in January, allowing his five-year contract with Legia Warsaw to run down so he could be bought in for free under the Bosman ruling.

The 27-year-old began his career with Inter Bratislava, moving to Warsaw in 2005 after twice winning the Slovakian double with his second club MSK Zilina.

During five years in Warsaw, Mucha (pronounced Moo-kah) has added more domestic honours, and appeared to have been brought in to provide much sterner competition for Tim Howard, who was then 31.

Mucha's performance in the 2010 World Cup Finals was not particularly impressive, however: he gave up seven goals in four games, including an absolute howler against Paraguay and an easy one to little New Zealand. He had a good game against Italy with several fine athletic saves, but then got caught hopelessly out of position on Holland's gamewinner.

His arrival eventually signaled the end of David Moyes's prolonged preoccupation with various goalkeeping options for — particularly after Carlo Nash moved to Stoke City on a free transfer and John Ruddy made the switch to Norwich City — while rendering the continued presence of Iain Turner questionable... although the Scot did feature in the Blues' 2010-11 pre-season.

With his reliance on strong and stable defence ruling out much experimentation between the posts, Moyes went about managing the two senior 'keepers by keeping the status quo in place for the 2010-11 and 2012 seasons, despite a serious blunder within 15 minutes of the first game of the 2010-11 campaign by Howard. Dropping the ball in horrendous fashion for Kalinic to score easily for Blackburn and win the game did not lead to the American's demotion, however, and Mucha's only opportunities came in League Cup games. 

And, unfortunately for the Slovakian international, an awful error of his own in a Carling Cup 4th round tie with Chelsea, where he allowed a routine catch to fall through his hands and help the Londoners through to the next round, further reduced any hope that he could displace Howard as the Blues' number one.

That, combined with Moyes's acqusition of free-agent goalie Marcus Hahnemann, led to speculation that Mucha would seek a move away from Goodison Park as early as the January 2012 transfer window.  He stayed on, however, and it was Hahnemann who would leave at the end of his short contract.

Unfortunately for him, Mucha's time at Everton coincided with a near record-breaking spell for Howard in the first team. Indeed, the American was on his way to breaking Neville Southall's record for consecutive Premier League starts — a run that spanned over five years — when he broke two bones in his back in an FA Cup replay against Oldham Athletic in February 2013.

Worse for Mucha, he deputised superbly in Howard's absence but would lose his place again as soon as the first-choice 'keeper regained fitness four games later.  I that brief spell in the limelight, he could do little to prevent a fatal collapse to Wigan at home in the FA Cup 6th Round, but made some fine saves to stall Manchester City in the next game... his last for Everton FC.  And that was it for his Everton career.  It was announced in in May 2013 that his contract would not be extended and he was free to leave when his existing deal expired that June.

By Michael Kenrick and Lyndon Lloyd
Last updated May 2013


Everton Career
Season Squad
Number
League
Apps (sub)
League
Goals
Cup
Apps (sub)
Cup
Goals
Total
Apps (sub)
Total
Goals
2010-11
1
0 (0)
0
2 (0)
0
2 (0)
0
2011-12
1
0 (0)
0
3 (0)
0
3 (0)
0
2012-13
1
2 (0)
0
3 (0)
0
5 (0)
0
  Totals
2 (0)
0
8 (0)
0
10 (0)
0

 

Previous Career
Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2005-2010 Legia Warszawa 95 0
2005 Humenné (loan)
2002-2005 MŠK Žilina 32 0
2000-2002 Inter Bratislava 0 0


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