Marek Mintál

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Marek Mintál
Marek Mintal 2010.jpg
Personal information
Full name Marek Mintál
Date of birth (1977-09-02) 2 September 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Žilina, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Žilina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Žilina 188 (77)
1996 Nové Mesto nad Váhom (loan)
2003–2011 1. FC Nürnberg 180 (66)
2011–2012 Hansa Rostock 24 (6)
2012–2013 1. FC Nürnberg II 29 (11)
Total 421 (160)
National team
2002–2009 Slovakia 45 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marek Mintál (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmarɛk ˈmɪntaːl]; born 2 September 1977) is a retired Slovak footballer.[1]

Career[edit]

Mintál start to play football in Slovak club MŠK Žilina, with whom he won back-to-back Slovak championships in 2001–02 and 2002–03. This was also due to his scoring 20 (2001–02) and 21 (2002–03) goals respectively. With this number of goals he also became the Slovak top scorer in both seasons. Therefore he was capped for the Slovak national team for the first time on 6 February 2002. He has won 33 caps and scored 11 goals for the Slovak national team.

After the 2002–03 season, he was transferred to 1. FC Nürnberg for an alleged transfer fee of €100,000 and an agreement that should Mintál be transferred again, MŠK Žilina would receive a portion of the transfer fee. His new club was playing in the 2. Bundesliga at this time. He continued his scoring run by scoring 18 goals and becoming the German second division's leading scorer and was a crucial part of Nürnberg's immediate promotion. During that season, Mintál, an offensive midfielder, became widely regarded for his inconspicuous style of play, which has led to him being called "stealth bomber", "Sniper" or "Phantom". In the following year, Mintál led the Bundesliga in scoring with 24 goals, and helped Nürnberg stave off relegation.

His continuous success in scoring goals sparked rumours that he might move to a bigger club during the 2005 summer break. He had been linked in transfer speculation with Liverpool, Beşiktaş, Villarreal and VfB Stuttgart. These rumours did not lead to a transfer and Mintal decided to stay at Nürnberg. However the following season turned out to be disastrous for the Slovak striker who broke his foot twice in the span of five months. Thus, the offensive midfielder only played in four games and scored just a single goal.

He celebrated his competitive comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach when coming on as a substitute after 60 minutes. Two weeks later he also played for his country again, scoring two goals against Cyprus. Later the same year he was troubled again by his broken foot and had to undergo surgery for a second time.

Mintál won the DFB-Pokal with 1. FC Nürnberg in the year 2007. In this game, he also scored a goal, during this match, he was injured by Fernando Meira, a Portuguese defender from VfB Stuttgart. 1. FC Nürnberg won the game 3–2 after extra time. He scored a brace in a UEFA Cup Match against AZ Alkmaar to keep their European dreams alive.

His career ended in 2013.[2]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 February 2002 Teheran, Iran  Iran 3–2 Win Friendly
2 14 May 2002 Prešov, Slovakia  Uzbekistan 4–1 Win Friendly
3 31 March 2004 Bratislava, Slovakia  Austria 1–1 Draw Friendly
4 8 September 2004 Bratislava, Slovakia  Liechtenstein 7–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
5 26 March 2005 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–1 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
6 8 June 2005 Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 4–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
7 2 September 2006 Bratislava, Slovakia  Cyprus 6–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
8 2 September 2006 Bratislava, Slovakia  Cyprus 6–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
9 7 October 2006 Cardiff, Wales  Wales 5–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
10 7 October 2006 Cardiff, Wales  Wales 5–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
11 15 November 2006 Žilina, Slovakia  Bulgaria 3–1 Win Friendly
12 12 September 2007 Trnava, Slovakia  Wales 2–5 Loss UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
13 12 September 2007 Trnava, Slovakia  Wales 2–5 Loss UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
14 26 March 2008 Zlaté Moravce, Slovakia  Iceland 1–2 Loss Friendly

Honours[edit]

As of 15 January 2011[3]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mintal, Marek" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold (13 February 2014). "Marek Mintál - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "MINTÁL (Marek Mintál) – Nürnberg and Slovakia". Footballdatabase.com. Retrieved 15 January 2011. [dead link]

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