Up Close: Vladimir Šmicer

The Liverpool FC Legend affectionately known amongst fans as ‘Vladi’, reveals his soft spot for detective novels and Czech beer

Published: 17 February 2017

The greatest moment in my life was in 2005, when I won the Champions League with Liverpool.

The greatest regret I have is… I don’t know if you can call it a regret, but I was sad when I got injured playing football. I’ve had four operations on my right knee.

The one virtue I try to live by is to be free.

The person I most admire is my mum.

I deplore people who are dishonest. I don’t like people who lie.

The quality I like most in a person is honesty. I have friends who tell me things I might not want to hear, and that’s important to me.

My guilty pleasure is alcohol. Czech beer, especially.

To keep motivated, I always try to set targets. I need to have one, both in football and in my personal life.

The book I’m reading now is … I’m not reading anything now, but I usually like detective novels.

My current favourite song is … none in particular, but I like Coldplay and U2.

The last time I took a vacation was a few months ago, to Mauritius.

To relieve stress, I go to the gym. It always clears my head.

The three things I cannot live without are my family, my iPhone and my health.

My favourite movie of all time is Braveheart.

The most memorable scene is when he’s being stretched on the rack. The little piece of cloth he got from his late wife falls down and he sees her in the crowd. I thought that was touching.

In another life, I am James Bond or Indiana Jones? Indiana Jones. I’ve watched all the films!

If I had superpowers, it would be the power to rid the world of guns.

If I could turn back time, I would not change anything. I’m happy with how my life is going.

If I could change one thing in the world, it would be to have a world where there is no violence. I understand that we might not be able to love one another, but we should at least have respect for one another. I don’t like violence and when people are hurting each other.

If I could invite three people, dead or alive, to dinner, they would be Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Diego Maradona.

And we would be eating Czech food! I don’t think they’ll like it but I’d like to see their reaction!

And discussing about sports and their lives. They are all great sportsmen and I’d like to know more about them.

When flying I will never wear a onesie. My kids have it at home and it’s a terrible thing. I’d never wear it anywhere.

When flying I always buy magazines at the airport. I like to bring my own magazines onto the flight. It’s like a habit with me. Usually they’re about cars, fashion or sports, like football and ice hockey. 

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