Star who had contract terminated by Leeds United, wins Kazakh Cup Final

Former Leeds United and Portsmouth defender Lubomir Michalik won a trophy at the weekend.

Four seasons ago Lubomir Michalik had his contract terminated by Leeds United after being told he was surplus to requirements.

He went onto spent two seasons with Portsmouth before leaving England, and his career reached a real high point over the weekend.

Michalik, now 31, signed with Kazakh club Kairat Almaty, where he has been a key part of their team.

At the weekend, he picked up the first major medal of his career as he helped his side triumph in a 4-1 victory over FC Aktobe to win the national Kazakhstan Cup.

Michalik picked up a yellow card in the win, the sixth in the history of Kairat Almaty, who he had just helped finish third in the Kazakhstan Premier League.

The defender came to England with Bolton, before signing with Leeds in 2008, although was often in and out of the side, featuring as a substitute in the famous FA Cup win over Manchester United.

A former Slovakian international, Michalik also spent time in England on loan with Carlisle United when under contract with Leeds.

Kazakhani football has been on the rise in recent years in terms of success, with Shakhter Karagandy beating Celtic 2-0 in a Champions League qualifying round two years ago, before losing the second leg 3-0.

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