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Radoslav Kovac

Squad Number: 14
Position: Midfielder
Born: 27th Nov 1979 (Prague)
Signed: 14th Aug 2009 (£2,000,000)
Contract: 4 years
Previous Club: Spartak Moscow

KUMB Awards: Goal of the Season (runner up) 2008/09; Best Signing (third place) 2008/09

Czech international Kovac was brought in on loan during the January 2009 transfer window (with view to a permanent deal) to replace the outgoing Hayden Mullins who joined Portsmouth 48 hours prior to Kovac's arrival.

The blonde midfielder was captain of Russian side Spartak before joining the Hammers, and it is for his experience that he has been drafted into Gianfranco Zola's squad. A versatile player, Kovac can also play at centre half.

Having briefly returned to Spartak in the summer following the expiry of his loan spell Gianfranco Zola moved to sign the player on a permanent deal later in the summer.

 

2018/19 Match Notes & Ratings

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2017/18 Match Notes & Ratings

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2016/17 Match Notes & Ratings

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2015/16 Match Notes & Ratings

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2014/15 Match Notes & Ratings

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2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

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2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

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2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

Radoslav Kovac is yet to play this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

3-1 v Blackpool (a) 2nd February 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Keane, 84 mins) A big lump chucked in to deal with subs Harewood and Beattie. Nothing pretty (apart from his flowing locks perhaps) but he did what he had to do in those frantic, final few minutes.

3-2 v Nottingham Forest (h) 30th January 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Awful.

0-3 v Arsenal (h) 15th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-1 v Birmingham City (h) 11th January 2011
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Noble, 90 mins) Comments to follow.

0-5 v Newcastle United (a) 5th January 2011
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-0 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 1st January 2011
by Gordon Thrower

Another decent run out from the midfielder who finally seems to have worked out that he is actually allowed to about a bit. He's not overdoing it, mind but every little helps.

1-1 v Everton (a) 28th December 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Comments to follow.

3-1 v Fulham (a) 26th December 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

4-0 v Manchester United (h) 30th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Still a weak spot for me. Gave the ball away far too much and, as the saying goes, there are times where he traps a ball further than I can kick one.

3-1 v Wigan Athletic (h) 27th November 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Parker, 82 mins) His only contributions were on the debit side – a stupid free-kick given away late on and his failure to come out of defence could have proved costly.

0-3 v Liverpool (a) 20th November 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-2 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 10th November 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Boa Morte, 54 mins) Comments to follow.

2-2 v Birmingham City (a) 6th November 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Obinna, 90+1 mins) Comments to follow.

3-1 v Stoke City (h) 27th October 2010
by Gordon Thrower

His withdrawal was the catalyst for our recovery.

1-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 26th September 2010
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Obinna, 89 mins) Replaced Obinna at the end in an attempt to run down the clock. Not sure if he actually touched the ball.

1-0 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 26th September 2010
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Obinna, 89 mins) Replaced Obinna at the end in an attempt to run down the clock. Not sure if he actually touched the ball.

2-1 v Sunderland (a) 21st September 2010
by Staff Writer

A decent game. His distribution was better than I've seen from him before.

1-1 v Stoke City (a) 18th September 2010
by Staff Writer

(Replaced Behrami, 52 mins) Looked pretty solid but then games against Stoke, Wolves, Blackpool etc are his bread and butter. This man will never let you down in a game against a team of limited yet physical ability.

0-3 v Aston Villa (a) 14th August 2010
by Staff Writer

Still can't pass a football, which is criminal for someone playing at this level.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

1-1 v Manchester City (h) 9th May 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Took the ball from Tevez a few times before reverting to type and giving it away.

2-3 v Fulham (a) 3rd May 2010
by Gordon Thrower

I'm hard pushed to remember anything he did – and not merely because it had been a long day!

3-2 v Wigan Athletic (h) 24th April 2010
by Gordon Thrower

A few good tackles, a few good headers. On the spot for the goal but not nearly as good as Upton Girlie would have you believe.

0-3 v Liverpool (a) 19th April 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-0 v Sunderland (h) 10th April 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Worked hard but when will he learn to pass?

2-2 v Everton (a) 1st April 2010
by Staff Writer

Put his foot in where it hurts, good to see the big Czech getting stuck in. Some excellent work in the middle of the park that frustrated the home side.

1-3 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 23rd March 2010
by Rob Chapman

Won a header early on, thus bringing a premature end to his positive contributions for the evening. A worrying lapse into the haplessness of earlier games.

1-3 v Wolverhampton Wanderers (h) 23rd March 2010
by East Stand Martin

Just really, really poor. Awful passer of the ball and was lucky not to conceded a penalty for a simply stupid challenge.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 20th March 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-4 v Chelsea (a) 13th March 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 6th March 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Poor – his passing really needs working on.

0-3 v Manchester United (a) 23rd February 2010
by Staff Writer

A decent effort even if he was overrun at times. The passing still fails to inspire.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by Daniel Prescott

Quietly effective.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by East Stand Martin

Possibly the one weak spot on the day. Although his tenacity led to the first goal his distribution through the rest of the match was dreadful.

3-0 v Hull City (h) 21st February 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Possibly the one weak spot on the day. Although his tenacity led to the first goal his distribution through the rest of the match was dreadful.

2-0 v Birmingham City (h) 10th February 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Got his foot in well but please somebody tell him how to pass.

0-0 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 30th January 2010
by Gordon Thrower

Had a similar game to Behrami without putting in the mileage. I suppose that’s economy of effort for you.

1-1 v Portsmouth (a) 26th January 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-0 v Aston Villa (a) 17th January 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-2 v Arsenal (h) 3rd January 2010
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 28th December 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

2-0 v Portsmouth (h) 26th December 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-1 v Chelsea (h) 20th December 2009
by Gordon Thrower

A bit like a speed hump he got in the way and, by accident or design managed to break up a lot of Chelsea moves. Distribution wasn’t too bad for once as long as he didn’t over-elaborate.

1-3 v Bolton (a) 15th December 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-1 v Birmingham City (a) 12th December 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

0-4 v Manchester United (h) 5th December 2009
by Gordon Thrower

If he wants to spend 90 minutes watching a football match he should pay for the privilege like the rest of us.

5-3 v Burnley (h) 28th November 2009
by Gordon Thrower

One of his better games. Kept it simple and his ball through to Spector for the first penalty was excellent.

2-2 v Sunderland (a) 31st October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Although hideously unlucky to be sent off, he had a poor game and looks as if he’d have difficulty finding a team mate in an all-West Ham training kickabout at the moment.

2-2 v Arsenal (h) 25th October 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Behrami, 90 mins) Presumably he came on as an exercise in running the clock down. That was about all he was able to do in the two minutes or so he was on the pitch.

1-2 v Stoke City (a) 17th October 2009
by Staff Writer

Comments to follow.

1-3 v Manchester City (a) 28th September 2009
by Hammer John

Played ok, seems to improving gradually.

1-3 v Bolton Wanderers (a) 22nd September 2009
by Hammer John

Gave the ball away and got caught in possession too often.

2-3 v Liverpool (h) 19th September 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Behrami, 27 mins) It doesn’t usually work with him and Parker together but this was one of his better games – his strength in the air was an asset.

0-1 v Wigan Athletic (a) 12th September 2009
by Gordon Thrower

I couldn’t quite work out what he was supposed to be there for. Unfortunately, it appeared that neither could he.

0-0 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 29th August 2009
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Collison, 87 mins) Brought on to ensure no late defensive errors occured.

3-1 v Millwall (h) 25th August 2009
by East Stand Martin

Despite half a season here last term our Czech mate still appears to be coming to terms with the pace of the English game.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Jimenez, 78 mins) Kept wasting possession.

1-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (h) 23rd August 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Jimenez, 78 mins) Kept wasting possession.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

2-1 v Middlesbrough (h) 24th May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

A couple of half-decent efforts but doesn’t look worth the transfer fee being suggested at present.

0-3 v Liverpool (h) 9th May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Not great. Failed to track back for the first and his passing left much to be desired.

1-0 v Stoke City (a) 2nd May 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Much-improved on last week’s showing v Chelsea. Got some important blocks in but somebody please tell him to stop passing the ball straight into touch.

0-1 v Chelsea (h) 25th April 2009
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Di Michele, 61 mins) Kovac has an imaginary friend that only he can see. Which would be fine if only he didn’t insist on passing to him.

1-1 v Blackburn Rovers (a) 21st March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Spent much of the 90 in a rather uneven struggle being hauled over by Samba. Stuck to the job well and made a number of clearances that would have been a lot better if the forwards had been able to hold things up.

0-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 16th March 2009
by Gordon Thrower

Not quite as adept at winning the ball as Parker. Gave it away as much.

0-0 v West Bromwich Albion (h) 16th March 2009
by John Simkin

Does not look good enough for this level. As soon as he gets the ball he passes sideways. Would much rather see Noble play in this role.

1-0 v Manchester City (h) 21st February 2009
by Gordon Thrower

An improvement on Wednesday but still prone to giving the ball away.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

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2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

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2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

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2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

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