Following his eye-popping 50-yard strike throughout the Czech Republic's 2-0 win against Scotland on Monday, there is a hope that Euro 2020 may be third time lucky for Patrik Schick, a gifted striker that has been frustrated if his livelihood has appeared ready to shoot off.
On the eve of the European Under-21 Championship at Poland, Juventus tabled a $30m (roughly #26m) bidding off the rear of a good debut year with Sampdoria.
A medical raised issues of a potential heart disease, which though afterwards dispelled, were sufficient for the Italian champions to back out.
Rather, Roma became his destination, and yet another opportunity to make his mark with an elite club.
Together with Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco preferring to perform with just 1 striker, his 2 decades in the Stadio Olimpico attracted limited playing time and just five Serie A targets.
Presently a normal starter and scorer in Bayer Leverkusen, by means of a run into the Champions League semi-final with RB Leipzig, the 25-year-old eventually has a standing at heart level to live up to on the global stage.
"It was this intense moment for me personally, since he's such a fantastic friend . This afternoon is something I won't forget."
Schick initially came to Sparta elderly 11. Powerful and tall, he stood out of his very first days in the club, but his achievement has by and large been a surprise to people who understood him then.
"Patrik is very, very clever, but his progress has been quite incremental," states Holoubek. "It is a thing that young players in our nation ought to be prepared to adopt.
"He had a small start with us Sparta and on loan in Bohemians, but going to Serie A came too soon. It was not the ideal move at the ideal moment."