EUPEN, BELGIUM - JULY 29 : Van Genechten Yentl defender of KAS Eupen celebrates scoring a goal during the Jupiler Pro League match between KAS Eupen and KVC Westerlo on July 29, 2023 in Eupen, Belgium, 29/07/2023 ( Photo by David Hagemann / Photonews
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Czech central defender Jan Král joins KAS Eupen

KAS Eupen has signed Czech central defender Jan Král. The 23-year-old player is 1.94 metres and joins KAS Eupen from Czech first division club FC Hradec Králové. In Eupen he signed a three-year contract until 30 June 2025. Jan Král was an international player of his country from the U16 to the U21 level and played almost all championship games in the Fortuna Liga (1st division) and in the champions round over the full distance with Hradec Králové last season.

Jan Král received his formation at the Czech first division club FC Mladá Boleslav and was loaned to the second division club FC Varnsdorf at the age of 18. He made his professional football debut with FC Varnsdorf on 30 July 2017. In the 2018-2019 season, he played 7 matches with FC Mladá Boleslav in the Fortuna Liga (1st division) and four matches in the 2nd Bundesliga via the loan to Erzgebirge Aue. In January 2020, the transfer to the second division club FC Hradec Králové came about. Here, Jan Král immediately conquered a regular place and achieved promotion to the 1st division with his team in the spring of 2021. The newcomer from KAS Eupen played a total of 32 games in the 2021-2022 season in the Fortuna Liga and in the champions round, scoring 4 goals.

Christoph Henkel, general director of KAS Eupen: “In the course of his still young career, Jan Král has quickly and continuously developed from a youth international to a regular player in the first Czech league. We are confident that he will also prove himself in the Jupiler Pro League and take the next step in his career with us. With his talent, his stature and his goal-scoring ability in standards, he brings with him the best conditions for a player in our defensive center. We look forward to working with Jan Král and welcome him to KAS Eupen.”