Slovakia national football team

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Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Sokoli (The Falcons)[1]
Repre (The Representatives)[2]
AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPavel Hapal
CaptainMarek Hamšík
Most capsMarek Hamšík (117)
Top scorerMarek Hamšík (24)
Home stadiumTehelné pole
Štadión Antona Malatinského
FIFA codeSVK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 31 Decrease 2 (24 October 2019)[3][A]
Highest14 (August 2015)
Lowest150 (December 1993)
Elo ranking
Current 33 Steady (18 October 2019)[4] [B]
Highest14 (August 1939)
Lowest67 (October 2011)
First international
First Slovak Republic (1939–1945):
 Slovakia 2–0 Germany 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
Second Slovak Republic (1993–present):
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 0–1 Slovakia 
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 14 October 1992)
Official:
 United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia 
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 2 February 1994)
Biggest win
 Slovakia 7–0 Liechtenstein 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
 Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
 Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
Biggest defeat
Official:
 Argentina 6–0 Slovakia 
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
Unofficial:
 Sweden 6–0 Slovakia 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 January 2017)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2010)
Best resultRound of 16 (2010)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultRound of 16 (2016)
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  • The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in international football competition and is controlled 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 Pavel Hapal. 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.

    Slovakia qualified for two major international tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016. 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 1996 and 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 0–3 in Bratislava.

    History[edit]

    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'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.

    Slovakia played in 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, having recorded 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 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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7][8]

    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.[9] 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 Stadion 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 following by two defeats to Bosnia and Greece.

    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 Kiev. 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[edit]

    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, and Tatran Stadion in Prešov.

    Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:

    Slovakia national football team home stadiums
    Nr. of
    matches
    Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
    52 Tehelné pole 22,500 Bratislava v.  Germany, 27 August 1939 (2–0) v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019 (1–1)
    27 City Arena 19,200 Trnava v.  Bulgaria, 24 April 1996 (0–0) v.  Wales, 10 October 2019 (1–1)
    21 Štadión pod Dubňom 11,258 Žilina v.  Greece, 30 April 2003 (2–2) v.  Iceland, 17 November 2015 (3–1)
    9 Pasienky 11,591 Bratislava v.  Israel, 18 August 1999 (1–0) v.  Greece, 16 October 2012 (0–1)
    4 Všešportový areál 30,312 Košice v.  Russia, 8 March 1995 (2–1) v.  Romania, 15 November 1995 (0–2)
    2 Štadión pod Zoborom 7,480 Nitra v.  Belarus, 27 March 1996 (4–0) v.  Saudi Arabia, 24 May 2000 (1–1)
    Štadión Lokomotívy 9,000 Košice v.  Finland, 19 August 1998 (0–0) v.  Azerbaijan, 5 September 1998 (3–0)
    Mestský štadión 5,450 Dubnica nad Váhom v.  Liechtenstein, 8 September 1999 (2–0) v.  San Marino, 13 October 2007 (7–0)
    1 Tehelné pole 22,500 Bratislava v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019 (?–?)
    MOL Aréna 12,700 Dunajská Streda v.  Lithuania, 30 March 1993 (2–2)
    Futbalový štadión Prievidza 9,000 Prievidza v.  Slovenia, 16 November 1993 (2–0)
    Štadión na Sihoti 4,500 Trenčín v.  Moldova, 5 September 2001 (4–2)
    Štadión Tatranu 5,410 Prešov v.  Uzbekistan, 14 May 2002 (4–1)
    Štadión FC ViOn 3,787 Zlaté Moravce v.  Iceland, 26 March 2008 (1–2)
    NTC Senec 3,264 Senec v.  Montenegro, 23 May 2014 (2–0)

    Nickname[edit]

    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.[10]

    Kit[edit]

    Slovakia kits from 1939 to 1945 era

    Slovakia's home kit since the 1993 was blue, but currently Slovakia changed their home kit from blue to white. 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]

    Name Duration
    France Le Coq Sportif 1993–1995
    United States Nike 1995–2005
    Germany Adidas 2006–2011
    Germany Puma 2012–2016
    United States Nike 2016–

    Tournament records[edit]

    FIFA World Cup[edit]

    FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
    Year Results Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
    Uruguay 1930 to United States 1994 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
    France 1998 Did not qualify 4th 10 5 1 4 18 14
    South Korea Japan 2002 3rd 10 5 2 3 16 9
    Germany 2006 2nd 14 6 6 2 26 14
    South Africa 2010 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 7 1st 10 7 1 2 22 10
    Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 3rd 10 3 4 3 11 10
    Russia 2018 2nd 10 6 0 4 17 7
    Qatar 2022 To be determined
    Canada Mexico United States 2026
    Total Round of 16 1/6 4 1 1 2 5 7 - 64 32 14 18 110 64

    UEFA European Championship[edit]

    UEFA Euro record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
    Year Results Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
    France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
    England 1996 Did not qualify 3rd 10 4 2 4 14 18
    Belgium Netherlands 2000 3rd 10 5 2 3 12 9
    Portugal 2004 3rd 8 3 1 4 11 9
    Austria Switzerland 2008 4th 12 5 1 6 33 23
    Poland Ukraine 2012 4th 10 4 3 3 7 10
    France 2016 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 6 2nd 10 7 1 2 17 8
    Europe 2020 To be determined TBD 6 3 1 2 10 8
    Germany 2024
    Total Round of 16 1/6 4 1 1 2 3 6 - 66 31 11 24 104 85

    UEFA Nations League[edit]

    UEFA Nations League record
    Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA
    2018–19 B 1 3rd
    Relegated
    4 1 0 3 5 5
    2020–21 C To be confirmed
    Total 4 1 0 3 5 5

    Olympic Games[edit]

    Host nation(s) / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
    United States 1996 Did not qualify
    Australia 2000 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 6
    Greece 2004 Did not qualify
    China 2008
    United Kingdom 2012
    Brazil 2016
    Japan 2020
    Total 1/4 3 1 0 2 3 6

    Results and schedule[edit]

    The box below, show the results of all A-level matches played within the last 12 months, and the scheduled matches for the upcoming 12 months.

    2018[edit]

    2019[edit]

    Performance in recent major competitions[edit]

    2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying[edit]

    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
    1  England 10 8 2 0 18 3 +15 26 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
    2  Slovakia 10 6 0 4 17 7 +10 18 0–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 3–0
    3  Scotland 10 5 3 2 17 12 +5 18 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
    4  Slovenia 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 2–0
    5  Lithuania 10 1 3 6 7 20 −13 6 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–2 2–0
    6  Malta 10 0 1 9 3 25 −22 1 0–4 1–3 1–5 0–1 1–1
    Source: FIFA
    Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

    2018–19 UEFA Nations League B[edit]

    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a] Ukraine Czech Republic Slovakia
    1  Ukraine 4 3 0 1 5 5 0 9 Promotion to League A 1–0 1–0
    2  Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6 1–2 1–0
    3  Slovakia 4 1 0 3 5 5 0 3 4–1 1–2
    Source: UEFA
    Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
    Notes:
    1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.

    2020 UEFA Euro qualifying[edit]

    Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Croatia Hungary Slovakia Wales Azerbaijan
    1  Croatia 7 4 2 1 14 6 +8 14 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 16 Nov 2–1 2–1
    2  Hungary 7 4 0 3 8 9 −1 12 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0
    3  Slovakia 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10 0–4 2–0 1–1 19 Nov
    4  Wales 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 8 1–1 19 Nov 1–0 2–1
    5  Azerbaijan (Y) 6 0 1 5 5 14 −9 1 1–1 1–3 1–5 16 Nov
    Updated to match(es) played on 13 October 2019. Source: UEFA
    (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still advance to play-offs.

    All-time team record[edit]

    The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 13 October 2019 after a match against Paraguay.
    Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro are no longer active. At the time of the match against Gibraltar, it was a member of UEFA, but not FIFA.

    Opponents Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
     Algeria 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
     Andorra 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
     Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
     Armenia 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6
     Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
     Austria 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1
     Azerbaijan 7 6 0 1 17 5 +12
     Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
     Belarus 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5
     Belgium 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1
     Bolivia 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
     Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 1 0 3 4 6 −2
     Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5
     Bulgaria 7 4 1 2 10 5 +5
     Cameroon 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
     Chile 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
     China PR 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
     Colombia 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2
     Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1
     Croatia 14 2 3 9 17 37 -20
     Cyprus 4 3 0 1 14 6 +8
     Czech Republic 12 3 2 7 11 24 −13
     Denmark 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
     Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
     England 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8
     Estonia 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
     Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
     Finland 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
     France 4 1 1 2 2 6 −4
     Georgia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
     Germany 11 3 0 8 12 25 −13
     Gibraltar* 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
     Greece 5 1 1 3 4 6 −2
     Guatemala 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
     Hungary 6 4 2 0 7 2 +5
     Iceland 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4
     Iran 2 1 0 1 6 6 0
     Republic of Ireland 5 0 4 1 5 6 −1
     Israel 4 3 1 0 7 3 +4
     Italy 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
     Japan 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
     Jordan 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
     Kuwait 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
     Latvia 6 3 3 0 12 6 +6
     Lebanon 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1
     Liechtenstein 9 7 2 0 26 1 +25
     Lithuania 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6
     Luxembourg 5 4 0 1 15 5 +10
     Malaysia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
     Malta 8 7 1 0 21 3 +18
     Mexico 1 0 0 1 2 5 −3
     Moldova 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
     Montenegro 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
     Morocco 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
     Netherlands 2 0 1 2 2 5 −3
     New Zealand 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
     Northern Ireland 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2
     North Macedonia 8 6 2 0 16 3 +13
     Norway 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2
     Paraguay 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
     Peru 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2
     Poland 8 4 1 3 12 13 −1
     Portugal 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6
     Romania 11 1 5 5 12 20 −8
     Russia 9 3 3 3 8 8 0
     San Marino 4 4 0 0 22 1 +21
     Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
     Scotland 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
     Serbia and Montenegro 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
     Slovenia 7 2 2 3 5 6 −1
     South Korea 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
     Spain 6 1 1 4 6 15 −9
     Sweden 6 0 3 3 2 11 −9
      Switzerland 3 2 0 1 4 4 0
     Thailand 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
     Turkey 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5
     Uganda 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2
     Ukraine 8 2 3 3 10 9 +1
     United Arab Emirates 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3
     United States 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
     Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
     Wales 5 1 1 3 9 10 -1
     Yugoslavia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
    Totals 308 123 69 116 435 404 +31

    Players[edit]

    Current squad[edit]

    The following 24 players were called up for a double qualifying fixture against  Croatia (16 November 2019) and  Azerbaijan (19 November 2019).[11]

    Although László Bénes was initially called-up, he did not travel to the pre-match camp, due to an injury and was replaced by Nikolas Špalek, who got the chance to achieve his premier cap.[12]

    Caps and fixtures correct as of 13 October 2019, after a match against Paraguay.

    No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
    1GK Martin Dúbravka (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 30) 22 0 England Newcastle United
    1GK Dominik Greif (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
    1GK Marek Rodák (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 22) 0 0 England Fulham

    2DF Peter Pekarík (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 33) 89 2 Germany Hertha Berlin
    2DF Milan Škriniar (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 24) 29 0 Italy Internazionale
    2DF Norbert Gyömbér (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 27) 22 0 Italy Perugia
    2DF Dávid Hancko (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 21) 10 1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
    2DF Ľubomír Šatka (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 23) 9 0 Poland Lech Poznań
    2DF Denis Vavro (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 23) 8 1 Italy Lazio
    2DF Martin Valjent (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 23) 3 0 Spain Mallorca

    3MF Marek Hamšík (captain) (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 32) 118 24 China Dalian Yifang
    3MF Juraj Kucka (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 32) 70 9 Italy Parma
    3MF Róbert Mak (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28) 57 12 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
    3MF Ondrej Duda (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 24) 34 5 Germany Hertha Berlin
    3MF Ján Greguš (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 28) 26 3 United States Minnesota United
    3MF Patrik Hrošovský (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 27) 24 0 Belgium Genk
    3MF Albert Rusnák (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 25) 23 5 United States Real Salt Lake
    3MF Stanislav Lobotka (1994-11-25) 25 November 1994 (age 24) 20 3 Spain Celta Vigo
    3MF Matúš Bero (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 24) 10 0 Netherlands Vitesse
    3MF Lukáš Haraslín (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 23) 6 1 Poland Lechia Gdańsk
    3MF Nikolas Špalek (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Italy Brescia

    4FW Michal Ďuriš (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 31) 45 5 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta
    4FW Róbert Boženík (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 19) 6 2 Slovakia Žilina
    4FW Samuel Mráz (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 22) 2 1 Denmark Brøndby

    Recent call-ups[edit]

    The following players have also been called up to the Slovakia squad within the last 12 months.

    Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
    GK Dušan Kuciak (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 34) 10 0 Poland Lechia Gdańsk v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    GK Matúš Putnocký (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 35) 0 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    GK Dominik Holec (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    GK Matúš KozáčikINJ (1983-12-27)27 December 1983 (aged 34) 29 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
    GK Adam Jakubech (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Kortrijk v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT

    DF Róbert Mazáň (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 25) 8 0 Spain Tenerife v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    DF Branislav Niňaj (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 25) 2 0 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    DF Boris Sekulić (1991-11-21) 21 November 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Poland Górnik Zabrze v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    DF Michal Sipľak (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Poland Cracovia v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    DF Martin ŠkrtelRET (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 34) 104 6 Turkey Başakşehir Istanbul v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
    DF Tomáš HubočanRET (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 34) 65 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
    DF Lukáš Štetina (1991-07-28)28 July 1991 (aged 26) 3 1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019 ALT
    DF Kristián Koštrna INJ (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019 ALT
    DF Tomáš Huk (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Poland Piast Gliwice v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT
    DF Branislav Sluka (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT

    MF László BénesINJ (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 22) 3 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019
    MF Miroslav Stoch (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 30) 59 6 Greece PAOK v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    MF Roman Procházka (1989-03-14) 14 March 1989 (age 30) 3 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    MF Jakub Považanec (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Czech Republic Jablonec v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    MF Jaroslav Mihalík (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 25) 6 1 Poland Lechia Gdańsk v.  Hungary, 9 September 2019 ALT
    MF Róbert Pich (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 30) 0 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław v.  Hungary, 9 September 2019 ALT
    MF Martin Chrien (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 24) 1 1 Portugal Benfica B v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019
    MF Erik Sabo (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 27) 17 0 Turkey Fatih Karagümrük v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT
    MF Vladimír Weiss RET (1989-11-30)30 November 1989 (aged 28) 66 7 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Czech Republic, 19 November 2018
    MF Filip Kiss (1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 29) 13 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Czech Republic, 19 November 2018 ALT

    FW Pavol Šafranko (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 24) 6 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    FW Erik Pačinda (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 30) 4 1 Poland Korona Kielce v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
    FW Adam NemecRET (1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 (age 34) 43 13 Cyprus Pafos v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
    FW Erik Jendrišek (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 33) 37 4 Greece Volos v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT
    FW Ľubomír Tupta (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Hellas Verona v.  Wales, 24 March 2019 ALT
    FW Adam Zreľák INJ (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 25) 4 2 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg v.  Czech Republic, 19 November 2018
    • INJ Withdrew/Unavailable due to an injury or illness.
    • ALT Alternate - replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability
    • RET Retired from international football

    Coaching staff[edit]

    As of 6 November 2018
    Coach Pavel Hapal
    Assistant Coach Oto Brunegraf
    Goalkeeping Coach Miroslav König, Miroslav Seman
    Fitness Coach Peter Boďo
    Doctor Zsolt Fegyveres, Ivan Štefanov
    Masseur Juraj Ludik
    Physiotherapist Marián Drinka, Martin Nozdrovický
    Videoanalyst Michal Slyško
    Custodians Marek Košáň, Patrik Fedor
    Technical manager Jakub Kojnok

    Player statistics[edit]

    Players in bold are still active.

    As of 13 October 2019.

    Most capped players[edit]

    # Player Career Caps Goals
    1. Marek Hamšík 2007– 118 24
    2. Miroslav Karhan 1995–2011 107 14
    3. Martin Škrtel 2004–2019 104 6
    4. Ján Ďurica 2004–2017 91 4
    5. Peter Pekarík 2006– 89 2
    6. Róbert Vittek 2001–2016 82 23
    7. Juraj Kucka 2008– 69 9
    8. Stanislav Šesták 2004–2016 66 13
    Vladimír Weiss 2009–2018 66 7
    9. Filip Hološko 2005–2015 65 8
    Tomáš Hubočan 2006–2019 65 0
    10. Miroslav Stoch 2005– 59 6
    Radoslav Zabavník 2003–2012 59 1

    Top goalscorers[edit]

    Managers[edit]

    1939–1944[edit]

    Name Years Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
    Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Vojtech Závodský 1939 1 1 0 0 2 0 +1 3.00
    Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Rudolf Hanák 1939–1940 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 1.50
    Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Štefan Priboj 1940–1941 4 0 1 3 5 10 −5 0.08
    Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Štefan Čambal 1941–1942 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.00
    Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Ferdinand Daučík 1942–1944 7 1 1 5 10 24 −14 0.19
    Totals 16 3 2 11 23 44 −21 0.69

    1993–present[edit]

    As of 13 October 2019
    Name Dates Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
    Slovakia Jozef Vengloš 6 Apr 1993 – 15 Jun 1995 16 5 4 7 21 30 −9 1.19
    Slovakia Jozef Jankech 4 Jul 1995 – 23 Oct 1998 34 18 6 10 51 33 +18 1.76
    Slovakia Dušan Radolský[13] 10 Nov 1998 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0.00
    Slovakia Dušan Galis 1. 1. 1999 – 23. 2. 1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
    Slovakia Jozef Adamec 26 Feb 1999 – 30 Nov 2001 34 13 11 10 38 31 +7 1.47
    Slovakia Anton Dragúň[14] 17 Nov 1999 – 25 Nov 2001 4 1 0 3 2 7 −5 0.25
    Slovakia Stanislav Griga[15] 21 Jun 2001 – 25 Jun 2001 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 1.00
    Slovakia Ladislav Jurkemik 1 Feb 2002 – 31 Dec 2003 19 6 5 8 27 26 +1 1.21
    Slovakia Dušan Galis 1 Jan 2004 – 12 Oct 2006 31 12 12 7 53 36 +17 1.55
    Slovakia Ján Kocian 2 Nov 2006 – 30 Jun 2008 17 3 5 9 30 28 +2 0.82
    Slovakia Vladimír Weiss 7 Jul 2008 – 31 Jan 2012 40 16 8 16 56 53 +3 1.40
    Slovakia Michal Hipp[16] 1 Jan 2012 – 29 Feb 2012 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3.00
    Slovakia Stanislav Griga
    Slovakia Michal Hipp
    26 Apr 2012 – 13 Jun 2013 12 3 4 5 11 14 −3 0.92
    Slovakia Ján Kozák 2 Jul 2013 – 14 Oct 2018 56 29 10 17 81 57 +24 1.73
    Slovakia Štefan Tarkovič[17] 15 Oct 2018 – 21 Oct 2018 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1.00
    Czech Republic Pavel Hapal 22 Oct 2018 – 9 4 2 3 14 12 +2 1.56
    Totals 278 112 68 98 391 334 +57 1.45

    Honours[edit]

    Major tournaments[edit]

    Minor titles[edit]

    Recognitions[edit]

    Czechoslovakia[edit]

    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.

    Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
    World Cup 0 2 0 2
    European Championship 1 0 2 3
    Total 1 2 2 5

    See also[edit]

    References[edit]

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    13. ^ managed the team against Poland at 10 November 1998 on a caretaker basis
    14. ^ As Assistant coach he managed the team during the tour of Central and South America
    15. ^ Led the team during 2001 Merdeka Tournament in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
    16. ^ managed the team against Turkey on 29 February 2012 on a caretaker basis
    17. ^ managed the team against Sweden on 16 October 2018 on a caretaker basis
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