Slovakia national football team

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Slovakia
Slovak Football Association logo.svg
Nickname(s) Sokoli (The Falcons) [1]
Repre (The Representatives) [2]
Association Slovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Štefan Tarkovič
Captain Marek Hamšík
Most caps Marek Hamšík (127)
Top scorer Marek Hamšík (26)
Home stadium Tehelné pole
Anton Malatinský Stadium
FIFA code SVK
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 36 Steady2.svg (27 May 2021) [3]
Highest14 (August 2015)
Lowest150 (December 1993)
First international
(1939–1945):
Flag of Slovakia (1939-1945).svg  Slovakia 2–0 Germany  Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
(1993–present):
Unofficial:
Flag of Lithuania (1988-2004).svg  Lithuania 0–1 Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 14 October 1992)
Official:
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 2 February 1994)
Biggest win
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 7–0 Liechtenstein  Flag of Liechtenstein.svg
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 7–0 San Marino  Flag of San Marino (1862-2011).svg
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 7–0 San Marino  Flag of San Marino (1862-2011).svg
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 6–0 Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 6–0 Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svg
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 January 2017)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2010 )
Best resultRound of 16 (2010)
European Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2016 )
Best resultRound of 16 (2016)

The Slovakia national football team (Slovak : Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in men's international football competition and it is governed by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium from 2019 is the reconstructed Tehelné pole in Bratislava. Their head coach is Štefan Tarkovič. Slovakia is one of the newest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major tournaments since.

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Slovakia qualified for three major international tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, and UEFA Euro 2020. Slovakia qualified to the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after winning their qualifying group, despite two defeats against Slovenia. At the World Cup, Slovakia progressed beyond the group stage after a 3–2 win against Italy, before bowing out of the tournament after a 2–1 defeat in the knockout stage against the eventual runners-up Netherlands. It was the first time the national team ever played in a major football competition, after playing every FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign since 1998 and every UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign since 1996, after a 50-year absence from international football due to representing part of the Czechoslovakia team. The nation did come close to securing a berth at the 2006 finals in Germany, after finishing second in their group ahead of Russia and behind Portugal, before drawing Spain in their qualification play-off, in which the Slovaks lost by a wide margin on aggregate (1–5, 1–1).

The national team have achieved some noteworthy results such as the aforementioned win over the then title holders Italy at the 2010 World Cup, and a 1–0 win against Russia in September 2010. Despite this success however, the team later dropped down the rankings and a considerable drop in form went with this, as the team failed to qualify for Euro 2012 finishing their group in fourth place. They also only scored seven goals in the group, only more than minnows Andorra. Slovakia then failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but secured a spot in France for Euro 2016 under head coach Ján Kozák, which helped the team reach their best ever position of 14th in the FIFA World Rankings.

Slovakia's traditional rival is the Czech Republic which they played twice in the qualification for the 1998 World Cup in 1997, winning 2–1 in Bratislava before losing 3–0 in Prague with both teams already eliminated, before playing each other again in 2008 and 2009 in the qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup. In these two meetings, the teams drew 2–2 in Bratislava with the Slovaks winning 2–1 in Prague. But before that, they also played each other in Euro 2008 qualifying, and they lost 3–1 in Prague and 3–0 in Bratislava.

History

The first official match of the first Slovak Republic (1939–1945) was played in Bratislava against Germany on 27 August 1939, and ended in a 2–0 victory for Slovakia. After the Second World War, the national football team was subsumed into the team of Czechoslovakia, and for over 50 years Slovakia played no matches as an independent country. During this period, they contributed several key players to the Czechoslovak team, including the majority of the team that won the UEFA Euro 1976 (8 of the 11 players who defeated West Germany in the final were Slovak).

Former Slovakia national team before 1945 Slovakia former national team.jpg
Former Slovakia national team before 1945

Slovakia's first official international after regaining independence was a 1–0 victory in Dubai over the United Arab Emirates on 2 February 1994. Their match back on Slovak soil was the 4–1 win over Croatia in Bratislava on 20 April 1994. Slovakia suffered their biggest defeat since independence (6–0) on 22 June 1995, in Mendoza, against Argentina. Their biggest wins (7–0) have come against Liechtenstein in 2004 and San Marino (twice) in 2007 and 2009.

Slovakia attempted qualifying for a major championship as an independent team for the first time in Euro 1996 qualifying, but finished in third place in their qualifying group, behind Romania and France, recording wins against Poland, Israel and Azerbaijan, twice. In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Slovakia finished fourth in their six-team group with five wins, one draw and four defeats. Their first four games in this were all wins, with one of these against their Czech neighbors, helping the team reach their highest FIFA World Ranking to date of number 17.

Repre before match against Italy at 2010 FIFA World Cup Slovakia national team 2010.jpg
Repre before match against Italy at 2010 FIFA World Cup

Slovakia participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time as an independent nation after finishing in first in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3 ahead of Slovenia, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Poland. On 14 October 2009, they clinched qualification with a 1–0 away win against Poland. [4] On 24 June 2010, at the tournament proper, Slovakia finished second in the group stage after defeating reigning champions Italy in a game which ESPN dubbed "epic": the game saw three goals being scored after the 80th minute, two by Italy and one by Slovakia, as well as a disallowed goal by Italy flagged offside by "the tightest of decisions". The result led Slovakia to the knockout stage and eliminated Italy, who finished last in the group. [5] The result of this match meant that for the first time in World Cup history, both finalists from the previous tournament had been eliminated from the first round, champion Italy and runner-up France. [6] [7]

In the round of 16, Slovakia played the Netherlands in the round of 16, falling behind 2–0 only to score a late goal from the penalty spot by striker Róbert Vittek, the last kick of the game in a 2–1 defeat. [8] Despite elimination, the goal returned Vittek to the top of the goalscoring charts joint top with David Villa until Villa himself later scored against Portugal in Spain's 1–0 win in the same stage of the tournament.

For Euro 2012 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Russia, the Republic of Ireland, Armenia, Macedonia and Andorra. The good campaign in South Africa boosted team performance ahead of the qualifiers, which started in September with two 1–0 wins against Macedonia in Štadión Pasienky and Russia away. In October, however, they were easily beaten in Armenia (3–1) and drew 1–1 against the Republic of Ireland at home. In February 2011, the team was stunned in a 2–1 friendly defeat against Luxembourg and could only beat group minnows Andorra by one goal. Despite creating better chances, Slovakia earned a goalless draw with Ireland away. Four days later, after creating chances in a goalless first half, Slovakia conceded four goals to Armenia in a match that eliminated the team. In the final two group matches, Slovakia was beaten at home by Russia (1–0) and drew 1–1 in Macedonia, finishing in a mediocre fourth-place position and scoring only seven goals in the entire process. Also, for the first time since the Euro 1996 qualifying process, Slovakia finished a qualifying campaign with a negative goal differential. As a result of this outcome, coach Vladimír Weiss left his job after four full years, being replaced by his assistants Michal Hipp and Stanislav Griga, although both themselves were later replaced due to poor results. By late June, former Czechoslovakia national team footballer Ján Kozák became the head coach and followed-up the unsuccessful qualification campaign with a victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina followed by two defeats to Bosnia and Greece.

Celebration of Slovak players after match against Russia at UEFA EURO 2016 Slovakia v Russia (2016-06-15) 1.jpg
Celebration of Slovak players after match against Russia at UEFA EURO 2016

For Euro 2016 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. Slovakia began the qualifying campaign with a 1–0 victory against Ukraine in Kyiv. On 9 October 2014, Slovakia beat Spain 2–1 in a shock victory and claimed the first place. Slovakia's 3–1 victory over Belarus confirmed their status as group leaders. Later on, they won 2–0 against Macedonia in the Philip II Arena, beat Luxembourg with a score of 3–0 in Žilina, and beat Macedonia 2–1 on 14 June 2015, also in Žilina. The next matches were a 2–0 defeat against Spain, a goalless draw against Ukraine and a shocking 0–1 home defeat against Belarus. The team finished qualification by defeating Luxembourg 4–2 and got the second place, qualifying to their first European Championship.

Slovakia was drawn in Group B of Euro 2016 alongside England, Russia and Wales. Slovakia began their tournament against Wales where Ondrej Duda scored Slovakia's first goal in the history of the European Championship in an eventual 2–1 defeat. Slovakia then defeated Russia 2–1 with goals from Vladimír Weiss III and Marek Hamšík, then drew 0–0 against England to advance to the round of 16 as one of the tournament's best third-placed teams. They were eliminated at this stage by world champions Germany with a 3–0 defeat.

During the qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Slovakia was drawn in UEFA Group F. They were third in the group after the penultimate match ended in a 1–0 defeat to Scotland, who moved up to second place. Slovakia won their final group match 3–0 against Malta, and overtook Scotland after they failed to beat Slovenia, but missed out on a play-off place as the other second teams' results meant Slovakia finished as the worst group runners-up.

Stadiums

The Slovakia national football team currently plays its home matches at the Tehelné pole in Bratislava and the Štadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava. Štadión pod Dubňom in Žilina was used from 2003 to 2015, but will not be used in the future because of the artificial grass installed in 2016. In the past, home games have occasionally been played at other venues as Všešportový areál and Štadión Lokomotívy in Košice, Štadión pod Zoborom in Nitra, Mestský štadión in Dubnica nad Váhom, and Tatran Stadion in Prešov.

Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:

Slovakia national football team home stadiums
Nr. of
matches
StadiumCapacityLocationFirst matchLast match
54 Tehelné pole 22,500 Bratislava v. Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg  Germany , 27 August 1939 (2–0)v. Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland , 8 October 2020 (0–0 [4-2 pens])
32 City Arena - Štadión Antona Malatinského 19,200 Trnava v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 24 April 1996 (0–0)v. Flag of Russia.svg  Russia , 30 March 2021 (2–1)
21 Štadión pod Dubňom 11,258 Žilina v. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece , 30 April 2003 (2–2)v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland , 17 November 2015 (3–1)
9 Pasienky 11,591 Bratislava v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 18 August 1999 (1–0)v. Flag of Greece.svg  Greece , 16 October 2012 (0–1)
4 Všešportový areál 30,312 Košice v. Flag of Russia.svg  Russia , 8 March 1995 (2–1)v. Flag of Romania.svg  Romania , 15 November 1995 (0–2)
2 Štadión pod Zoborom 7,480 Nitra v. Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus , 27 March 1996 (4–0)v. Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia , 24 May 2000 (1–1)
Štadión Lokomotívy 9,000 Košice v. Flag of Finland.svg  Finland , 19 August 1998 (0–0)v. Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan , 5 September 1998 (3–0)
Mestský štadión 5,450 Dubnica nad Váhom v. Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein , 8 September 1999 (2–0)v. Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino , 13 October 2007 (7–0)
1 MOL Aréna 12,700 Dunajská Streda v. Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania , 30 March 1993 (2–2)
Futbalový štadión Prievidza 9,000 Prievidza v. Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia , 16 November 1993 (2–0)
Štadión na Sihoti 4,500 Trenčín v. Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova , 5 September 2001 (4–2)
Štadión Tatranu 5,410 Prešov v. Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan , 14 May 2002 (4–1)
Štadión FC ViOn 3,787 Zlaté Moravce v. Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland , 26 March 2008 (1–2)
NTC Senec 3,264 Senec v. Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro , 23 May 2014 (2–0)

Team image

Nickname

Traditionally in Slovakia the team is typically referred to as the Repre (short for Reprezentácia – translates into national team). However, in 2016, during the buildup to Slovakia's first appearance at the European Championship, SFZ introduced a new nickname for the team. National team was given the nickname Slovenskí sokoli (Slovak falcons). U15 through to U21 national teams were given the nickname Slovenskí sokolíci (Slovak little falcons). Despite lack of immediate identification with the nickname by the fans, it went into usage during the tournament and the subsequent qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is now often used, especially in the media, along with Repre, which still remains to be preferred in an informal conversation. [9]

Kit

Slovakia kits from 1939 to 1945 era Slovakia former kits.jpg
Slovakia kits from 1939 to 1945 era

Slovakia's home kit since 1993 was blue, but Slovakia changed their home kit from blue to white, which lasted until 2020, when Slovakia changed its home kit to blue once again. The team wears either a set of white jerseys, shorts and socks or a set of blue jerseys, shorts and socks. A combination of a blue jersey and white shorts has also been used in some matches. Until recently, the official shirt supplier was Puma, which had signed a long-term agreement with the Slovak Association until 2026, but in 2016 the Association announced the contract had been terminated and that the national team would be supplied by Nike, which had previously supplied the team from 1995 to 2005.[ citation needed ]

SupplierPeriod
Flag of France.svg Le Coq Sportif 1993–1995
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 1995–2005
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 2006–2011
Flag of Germany.svg Puma 2012–2016
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 2016–

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPosPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 to Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia Part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of France.svg 1998 Did not qualify 4th 105141814
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 3rd 10523169
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 2nd 146622614
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Round of 1616th411257 Squad 1st 107122210
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Did not qualify 3rd 103431110
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 2nd 10604177
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 To be determined TBD 312043
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determined
TotalRound of 161/64112576733161811467

Current edition

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification Flag of Croatia.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Slovakia.svg Flag of Cyprus.svg Flag of Slovenia.svg Flag of Malta.svg
1Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 320141+36Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 14 Nov 11 Oct 1–0 7 Sep 3–0
2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 320164+26Advance to second round 1 Sep 8 Oct 11 Nov 2–1 7 Sep
3Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 312043+15 4 Sep 2–1 7 Sep 11 Nov 2–2
4Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 31111104 8 Oct 4 Sep 0–0 1–0 11 Oct
5Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 31022313 1–0 11 Oct 1 Sep 14 Nov 4 Sep
6Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 30123851 11 Nov 1–3 14 Nov 1 Sep 8 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 30 March 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGASquadPosPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1960 to Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 Part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia Part of Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of England.svg 1996 Did not qualify 3rd 104241418
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 3rd 10523129
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 3rd 8314119
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 4th 125163323
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 4th 10433710
Flag of France.svg 2016 Round of 1614th411236 Squad 2nd 10712178
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 TBC110021 Squad 3rd 105231512
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalRound of 162/75212577033122510989

Current edition

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualificationFlag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Flag of Poland.svg  POL
1Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 110021+13Advance to knockout phase
2Flag of Spain.svg  Spain (H)10100001 [lower-alpha 1]
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 10100001 [lower-alpha 1] Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 10011210
Updated to match(es) played on 14 June 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Disciplinary points: Spain 0, Sweden −1.

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
SeasonDivisionGroupPldWDLGFGAP/RRK
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 B 1 410355Steady2.svg21st
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 B 2 6114510Decrease2.svg30th
Flag of None.svg 2022–23 C To be determined
Total10217101521st

Current edition

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPromotion or relegation Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Slovakia.svg
1Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic (P)640295+412Promotion to League A 1–2 1–0 2–0
2Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 631254+110 1–0 1–1 1–0
3Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 62227708 1–2 1–0 1–1
4Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia (R)611451054Relegation to League C 1–3 1–0 2–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

All-time team record

The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 14 June 2021 after a match against Poland. At the time of the match against Gibraltar, it was a member of UEFA, but not FIFA.

  Positive Record  Neutral Record  Negative Record

  1. Includes matches against Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro .

Results and schedule

Below shows the results of all A-level international matches played within the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win  Draw  Loss

2020

7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Israel  Flag of Israel.svg1–1Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Netanya, Israel
20:45 Ilay Elmkies Soccerball shade.svg 90+1' Report Soccerball shade.svg 14' Michal Ďuriš Stadium: Netanya Stadium
Attendance: 0 [note 1]
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg1–0Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
20:45 Lyndon Dykes Soccerball shade.svg 14' Report Stadium: Hampden Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Davide Massa, Italy

2021

24 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Cyprus  Flag of Cyprus.svg0–0Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Nicosia, Cyprus
20:45 Report Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
6 June 2021 International Friendly Austria  Flag of Austria.svg0–0Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Vienna, Austria
20:45 Report Stadium: Ernst Happel Stadion
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Urs Schnyder (Switzerland)
23 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 Slovakia  Flag of Slovakia.svgvFlag of Spain.svg  Spain Seville, Spain
18:00 Report Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja

Players

Current squad

The following 26 players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 final tournament (11 June to 11 July 2021), as well as the pre-tournament friendly fixture against Flag of Austria.svg  Austria on 6 June 2021. [13]

Caps and fixtures correct as of 14 June 2021, after the match against Poland.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11 GK Martin Dúbravka (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 32)270 Flag of England.svg Newcastle United
121 GK Dušan Kuciak (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 36)140 Flag of Poland.svg Lechia Gdańsk
231 GK Marek Rodák (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 24)60 Flag of England.svg Fulham

22 DF Peter Pekarík (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 34)1022 Flag of Germany.svg Hertha BSC
32 DF Denis Vavro (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 25)121 Flag of Spain.svg Huesca
42 DF Martin Valjent (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 25)90 Flag of Spain.svg Mallorca
52 DF Ľubomír Šatka (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 25)150 Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań
142 DF Milan Škriniar (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 26)413 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
152 DF Tomáš Hubočan (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 35)710 Flag of Cyprus.svg Omonia
162 DF Dávid Hancko (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 23)141 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague
242 DF Martin Koscelník (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 26)60 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slovan Liberec

63 MF Ján Greguš (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 30)364 Flag of the United States.svg Minnesota United FC
73 MF Vladimír Weiss (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 31)697 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava
83 MF Ondrej Duda (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 26)465 Flag of Germany.svg 1. FC Köln
103 MF Tomáš Suslov (2002-06-07) 7 June 2002 (age 19)40 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Groningen
113 MF László Bénes (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 23)51 Flag of Germany.svg FC Augsburg
133 MF Patrik Hrošovský (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 29)370 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Genk
173 MF Marek Hamšík (captain) (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 33)12726 Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Göteborg
183 MF Lukáš Haraslín (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 25)161 Flag of Italy.svg Sassuolo
193 MF Juraj Kucka (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 34)8410 Flag of Italy.svg Parma
203 MF Róbert Mak (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 30)6714 Flag of Hungary.svg Ferencváros
223 MF Stanislav Lobotka (1994-11-25) 25 November 1994 (age 26)283 Flag of Italy.svg Napoli
253 MF Jakub Hromada (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 25)30 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slavia Prague

94 FW Róbert Boženík (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 21)164 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
214 FW Michal Ďuriš (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 33)567 Flag of Cyprus.svg Omonia
264 FW Ivan Schranz (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 27)81 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jablonec

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been recognised in national team nominations within the last twelve months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Dominik Greif (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 (age 24)40 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
GK Adam Jakubech (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 24)10 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Kortrijk v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
GK Dominik Holec (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of Poland.svg Raków Częstochowa v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
GK František Plach (1992-03-08) 8 March 1992 (age 29)00 Flag of Poland.svg Piast Gliwice v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT

DF Jakub Holúbek (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 30)60 Flag of Poland.svg Piast Gliwice v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021
DF Norbert Gyömbér (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 28)280 Flag of Italy.svg Salernitana v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Róbert Mazáň (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 27)110 Flag of Cyprus.svg AEL Limassol v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Lukáš Pauschek (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 28)60 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Branislav Niňaj (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 27)30 Flag of Romania.svg Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Boris Sekulić (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 29)20 Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Fire v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Tomáš Huk (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 26)20 Flag of Poland.svg Piast Gliwice v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Kristián Koštrna (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 27)00 Flag of Slovakia.svg Spartak Trnava v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Michal Sipľak (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Poland.svg Cracovia v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
DF Martin Škrtel INJ (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 36)1046 Unattached v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 18 November 2020 ALT
DF Lukáš Skovajsa (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 (age 27)00 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Dynamo České Budějovice v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 18 November 2020 ALT
DF Dominik Kružliak (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 24)10 Flag of Slovakia.svg Dunajská Streda v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 14 October 2020 ALT
DF Lukáš Štetina INJ (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 29)41 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sparta Prague v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 7 September 2020

MF Matúš Bero (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 25)150 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vitesse v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021
MF Erik Jirka (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 23)10 Flag of Spain.svg Mirandés v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021
MF Albert Rusnák (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 26)325 Flag of the United States.svg Real Salt Lake v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
MF Erik Sabo (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 29)180 Flag of Turkey.svg Çaykur Rizespor v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
MF Martin Chrien (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 25)11 Flag of Hungary.svg Mezőkövesd v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
MF Nikolas Špalek (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 24)00 Flag of Italy.svg Brescia v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
MF Jakub Považanec (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 30)00 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Jablonec v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
MF Michal Faško (1994-08-24) 24 August 1994 (age 26)00 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slovan Liberec v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
MF Miroslav Stoch (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 31)606 Flag of Poland.svg Zagłębie Lubin v. Flag of Russia.svg  Russia , 30 March 2021ALT
MF Jaroslav Mihalík (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 26)81 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Sigma Olomouc v. Flag of Russia.svg  Russia , 30 March 2021ALT
MF Miroslav Káčer (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 25)20 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Viktoria Plzeň v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 18 November 2020 ALT

FW David Strelec INJ (2001-04-04) 4 April 2001 (age 20)41 Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021
FW Pavol Šafranko (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 26)100 Flag of Romania.svg Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
FW Samuel Mráz (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 24)41 Flag of Poland.svg Zagłębie Lubin v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
FW David Hrnčár (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of Slovakia.svg ViOn Zlaté Moravce v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
FW Ladislav Almási (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of Russia.svg Akhmat Grozny v. Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria , 1 June 2021ALT
FW Adam Zreľák (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 27)52 Flag of Poland.svg Warta Poznań v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic , 18 November 2020 ALT
FW Erik Pačinda (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 32)41 Flag of Slovakia.svg Košice v. Flag of Israel.svg  Israel , 7 September 2020 ALT

Player records

As of 14 June 2021
Players in bold are still active with Slovakia.

Most appearances

Marek Hamsik Marek Hamsik.jpg
Marek Hamšík
RankPlayerCapsGoalsCareer
1. Marek Hamšík 127262007–present
2. Miroslav Karhan 107141995–2011
3. Martin Škrtel 10462004–2019
4. Peter Pekarík 10222006–present
5. Ján Ďurica 9142004–2017
6. Juraj Kucka 84102008–present
7. Róbert Vittek 82232001–2016
8. Tomáš Hubočan 7102006–present
9. Vladimír Weiss 6972009–present
10. Róbert Mak 67142013–present

Top goalscorers

RankPlayerGoalsCapsRatioCareer
1. Marek Hamšík 261270.22007–present
2. Róbert Vittek 23820.282001–2016
3. Szilárd Németh 22590.371996–2006
4. Marek Mintál 14450.312002–2009
Róbert Mak 14670.212013–present
Miroslav Karhan 141070.131995–2011
7. Adam Nemec 13430.32006–2019
Stanislav Šesták 13660.22004–2016
9. Peter Dubovský 12330.361994–2000
10. Juraj Kucka 10840.142008–present

Coaching staff

As of June 2020
PositionName
Head coachFlag of Slovakia.svg Štefan Tarkovič
Assistant coachesFlag of Slovakia.svg Marek Mintál
Flag of Slovakia.svg Samuel Slovák
Goalkeeping coachFlag of Slovakia.svg Miroslav Seman
Technical managerFlag of Slovakia.svg Róbert Tomaschek
Fitness coachFlag of Slovakia.svg Martin Rusňák
DoctorFlag of Slovakia.svg Vladimír Pener
Flag of Slovakia.svg Ján Baťalík
MasseurFlag of Slovakia.svg Mário Prelovský
PhysiotherapistFlag of Slovakia.svg Marián Drinka
Flag of Slovakia.svg Martin Nozdrovický
Flag of Slovakia.svg Peter Hečko
VideoanalystFlag of Slovakia.svg Michal Slyško
CustodiansFlag of Slovakia.svg Ján Beniak
Flag of Slovakia.svg Marek Košáň

Coaching history

1939–1944

1993–present

Honours

Major tournaments

Minor titles

Recognitions

Czechoslovakia

As a part of Czechoslovakia (1918-1939 and 1945-1993), Slovak footballers achieved multiple major successful campaigns with the Czechoslovakia national team. Notably, for example, 16 of the 22 players on the Czechoslovak squad playing in the final tournament of UEFA Euro 1976 in Yugoslavia were Slovak. In both the semi-final against Netherlands and the final match against West Germany 9 of the 13 fielded players were Slovak.

The following table shows the major international successes of the Czechoslovak national team, with participation of Slovak footballers.

CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
World Cup 0202
European Championship 1023
Total1225

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 are being played behind closed doors. [10] [11]

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