Mario Licka

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Mario Licka is a Czech midfielder who was born in Ostrava on 30th April 1982. Licka belongs to a footballing family. His father Verner was a former Czechoslovakian International and his brother Marcel is also a professional player. Licka began his career at Banik Ostrava, and played 65 games for the Bazaly side between 2002 and 2005, representing the club in European competition. He also had a short loan spell with Italian outfit Livorno in 2004. Licka spent the 2005/06 season with 1 FC Slovacko before being released in July 2006.

Licka joined George Burley's Southampton in August 2006 after an unsuccessful trial with West Ham United. The Czech midfielder made his debut as an 85th minute substitute on 19th September in a League Cup match at Millwall. Licka was used mainly as a squad player in 2006/07, making 19 appearances for Saints. The former Livorno man generally looked useful when he did play, and scored his first (and only) goal for the club on 21st October 2006 against Stoke.

After starting in Southampton's league cup defeat at Peterborough on 13th August 2007, Licka didn't make another appearance for Saints until February 2008. When Nigel Pearson took over as manager late in the season Licka was finally given a proper run out in the first team. He replaced the out of form Andrew Surman in midfield in March, and performed well in helping to keep Saints in the Championship. Licka left St Marys in the summer of 2008 after his contract expired.

In 2008 Licka returned to Banik Ostrava for a two year spell which saw him score 13 goals in 58 matches. On 30th June 2010 the Czech midfielder moved to Ligue 1 side Brest for €250,000. Mario made his debut for the French side on 7th August 2010 in a 2-0 defeat at Toulouse. He scored his first goal for the club on 28th August against Caen. Licka rounded off the 2010/11 season in style, scoring a tremendous goal against Lyon on 16th May.