Hoffenheim have the option to buy David Jurásek at the end of his loan deal from Benfica. - © Imago
Hoffenheim have the option to buy David Jurásek at the end of his loan deal from Benfica. - © Imago

David Jurásek: Who is the Benfica left-back on loan at Hoffenheim?


David Jurásek will spend the rest of the 2023/24 season on loan at Hoffenheim from parent club Benfica. bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the Czechia international left-back...

Stats correct as of 25 January 2024

David Jurásek

Age: 23 (born 7 August 2000)
Hoffenheim (on loan from Benfica)
Czechia (five caps)

Key stats

Jurásek made 12 competitive appearances for Benfica during the first half of 2023/24, including three in the UEFA Champions League. The 6'0" defender lifted the Portuguese Super Cup in that time, adding to the Czech Cup he won in his final season with Slavia Prague. Those were happy days for the Hoffenheim No.19, who registered three goals and 14 assists in 55 games for the Czech giants, whilst being named the 2022 Fortuna Liga's Young Player of the Year.

Jurásek earned his first senior cap for Czechia towards the end of his Prague stint, marking his debut with an assist in a UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying win over Poland. He was also capped at U17s and 21 level as he rose through the Brno youth ranks, via spells with Prostejov and Mlada Boleslav. Measured across the last three seasons of club football, the Dolní Němčí native averages 79.3 percent for pass completion and is +7.3 for Expected Assists.

Jurásek played in three of Benfica's six 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group games. - Imago

Plays a bit like: David Raum

Jurásek is another strong example of a modern full-back. More specifically, his athleticism and laser-guided crossing ability are comparable with RB Leipzig and Germany counterpart David Raum, who made 35 competitive appearances for Hoffenheim in 2021/22.

Did you know?

Jurásek is set to become only the second Czech national to play in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim, after new teammate Pavel Kadeřábek.

What they're saying

"David is an extremely dynamic full-back. He's quick, strong in attack and can be deployed on the left flank in different formations." - Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen

"David is a combative and strong-willed player. He delivers dangerous and difficult-to-defend crosses and, despite only being 23, already impresses with his enormous presence on the pitch." - Pirmin Schwegler, Hoffenheim's head of professional football