Player Details


Pavel Bucha


5' 10"


154 lbs

Date of Birth

3.11.1998 (26)


Mělník, Czech Republic


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Career Summary

On Feb. 7, 2024, FC Cincinnati acquired midfielder Pavel Bucha from FC Viktoria Plzeň of the Czech First League via transfer. Bucha signs a contract with FC Cincinnati through 2026, with a club option for 2027.

Outside MLS: Bucha has made 200 professional appearances with clubs in his native Czech Republic … primarily playing in the central midfield, he has spent part of each of the past six seasons with FC Viktoria Plzeň, netting 27 goals and 21 assists in 163 appearances for the club and claiming the 2021/22 Czech First League Title … in 2023 Bucha has made 30 appearances across all competitions for Viktoria Plzeň, scoring six goals and adding one assist … appeared in all six matches for his club in the UEFA Conference League Group Stage, where the Czech side advanced to the Conference League Knockout Stage with six wins and a perfect 18 points from their group … last season, set career highs with 41 starts in 45 total appearances across all competitions for Viktoria Plzeň, scoring five goals and six assists … started in 26 of 27 regular season games for Viktoria Plzeň in 2021/22 to help the Czech club advance to the end-of-season First League Championship Group, when he started in four of five playoff matches to help his side raise their sixth First League title in 12 seasons … started in all six qualifiers to help the club advance to the Champions League Group Stage … made five UCL Group Stage appearances with Viktoria Plzeň drawn in Group C against Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan … spent the end of the 2018/19 season and the beginning of the 2019/20 season on loan with Czech club FK Mladá Boleslav, where he scored eight goals and seven assists with the First League club … prior to his July 2018 transfer to FC Viktoria Plzeň, he made his professional debut on February 17, 2018 with SK Slavia Prague after coming up with the organization’s youth system, where he made five first-team appearances with the club.

International: In total, Bucha has made 33 appearances in international UEFA competition, scoring three goals and adding three assists.