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Strange chicken: Slavia Prague star, Jan Cochette, on his way to a meeting with Maccabi Haifa - Walla! sport

2021-10-20T16:24:06.148Z

For the national team debut he only managed to get a ticket for his girlfriend "because I did not know how it works". He postponed the minutes of the game in favor of his studies and his great love is animals with an emphasis on chickens: "make me forget about the worries". Slavia Prague's goal scorer arrives for a meeting with Maccabi Haifa (Thursday, 19:45, Sport 4)



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Strange chicken: Slavia Prague star, Jan Cochette, on his way to a meeting with Maccabi Haifa

For the national team debut he only managed to get a ticket for his girlfriend "because I did not know how it works".

He postponed the minutes of the game in favor of his studies and his great love is animals with an emphasis on chickens: "make me forget about the worries".

Slavia Prague's goal scorer arrives for a meeting with Maccabi Haifa (Thursday, 19:45, Sport 4)

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About two weeks ago Jan Koquette stood in the center of the Baden Arena field in Prague and introduced himself with a shy smile.

Around him stood more than 20 of his new members of the Czech national team, many of them trying not to laugh.

When national coach Jaroslav Shilhavi told him with a wide smile that "we know you have chickens, but what about a dog?", Everyone was already rolling with laughter.



At the age of 24, the king of the Czech league goals last season (15 conquests, like the sensational Lužek) recently made his national team debut and it is an award he deserves for hard work and especially great produce.

But it really does not turn his head.



On Thursday, Maccabi Haifa will host Slavia Prague and its unconventional star.

How many footballers do you know who before their first game in the national uniform bother to tell in an interview that "I only got a ticket for my partner, I have no idea how these things work"?

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"With the chickens I clear my head and forget about all the worries and stress."

Blue Coquette (Photo: GettyImages, Soccrates Images)

Jan Coquette is a footballer of a rare breed. The striker grew up in Slavia Prague, failed to accumulate minutes of play, spent on loan, left for Slovan Liberec and finally returned to his youth team through the front door, for 400,000 euros. Today it's a little money.



When he signed with Liberec, the club's official website posted an interview with him of more than 20 short questions and answers. "What is your dream car?", Was asked in one of them and replied: "I do not have. The main thing is that it will be a reliable and safe car." A short and so typical answer.



Although Kokta maintains an Instagram account, you will not find even a single photo off the field. When he was 18, Slavia Prague wanted to take him out on loan for the first time so he could accumulate minutes, but he refused and explained: I have matriculation exams and I want to stay in my school to complete them. He defines himself as a "country guy" and already now he knows very well what he will do after retiring from football. He immediately touched there.



"I know I'm a little weird, but I'm not ashamed of it," he said in an interview a few months ago, "I love animals and when I'm around them, it calms me down. We enjoy it. "

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A very team player who will often prefer delivery to a player who is in a better position, than try to conquer himself.

Coquette (Photo: GettyImages, James Williamson - AMA)

As in his private life, so too on the pitch. If Coquette plays against Maccabi Haifa and does not get a rest in favor of the top struggles in the Czech Republic, the green brakes will meet an aggressive striker who never stops working, a very team player who will often prefer delivery to a player in a better position than try to conquer himself. No dribble or technical sparks, yes simple and direct power and style.



Union Berlin has already absorbed him this season in the Conference League and in the league he has 6 goals in 7 games. Last season he scored a double against Nice in the Europa League, but rejected outright the compliments he squeezed out: "I'm not a hero - I definitely do not feel that way. I'm just a guy who did not even dream of playing against a big team from France. My goals? What is expected of me to do. "



In the locker room he has already become almost a cult figure in the eyes of other actors - though sometimes considered a bit of a loner.

While his teammates are busy on phones and social networks, he peruses agricultural magazines, at the time he said in an interview that "if I were not a footballer, I would be a farmer or a zoo worker."

Coquette cooks and conquers

Despite the dreams of a farm and animals, meanwhile Coquette is starring on the pitch and will have plenty of time to fulfill himself later in his main area of ​​interest other than football.



In recent months he has been mentioned as a candidate for the Czech amateur West Ham, as well as for Southampton from the Premier League and Stoke City from the Championship.

Slavia Prague bought him back from Slovene Liberec a little over a year ago for 400,000 euros and you can quietly add one more zero to reach the amount he will be sold for - to say the least.



If he continues at the current pace of conquests and continues to be part of the squad, Kokta will leave the Czech league at the end of the season and possibly even before that.

And after saying that spending time with animals helps him clear his head and relieve the stress of football, his next team has better make sure there are a few chickens in the area.

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