ŠK Slovan Bratislava

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Slovan Bratislava
Full name Športový klub Slovan Bratislava futbal, a.s.
Nickname(s) Belasí (Sky blues)
Jastrabi z Tehelného poľa (The Hawks from Brickfield)
Králi Bratislavy (Kings of Bratislava)
Founded 3 May 1919; 96 years ago (1919-05-03)
as 1. ČsŠK Bratislava
Ground Pasienky, Bratislava
Ground Capacity 11,591[1]
Owner Ivan Kmotrík
Chairman Ivan Kmotrík
Manager Dušan Tittel
League Fortuna Liga
2014–15 Fortuna Liga, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

ŠK Slovan Bratislava is a football club based in Bratislava, Slovakia, that plays in the Slovak Super Liga. Founded as 1. ČsŠK Bratislava in 1919, the club changed its name to Slovan Bratislava in 1953. Slovan is the most successful team in Slovakia with the most titles in both league and cup in the country.

Slovan Bratislava became the first and so far only club in Slovakia as well as former Czechoslovakia to win one of the European cup competitions, the Cup Winners' Cup when they defeated FC Barcelona in the final in Basel in 1969. The club also supplied seven players to the victorious UEFA Euro 1976 Czechoslovak team.


Early years[edit]

Slovan was founded on 1 April 1919 in the Panonia Café in Bratislava, as I.ČsŠK Bratislava. The first president was Police Captain Richard Brunner, who arranged the club's first temporary training ground at Kuchajda (Pasienky). The club soon moved to Petržalka.

Slovan squad from 1919 season

I.ČsŠK became the champions of Slovakia in 1922. Notable players from the early era were Pavol Šoral, Štefan Čambal and Štefan Priboj. In the spring of 1938 anti-Jewish sentiments penetrated into the club, and the victim was coach József Braun, who was one of the many Bratislava inhabitants who had to involuntarily leave the city. Under the terms of the 1938 Munich agreement Czechoslovakia was dissolved, leading to the emergence of the Slovak Republic. At this point the club name was changed to ŠK Bratislava. On 26 September 1940 ŠK Bratislava played its first game at the new stadium, Tehelné pole.

The first international meeting at the new venue was on 27 October 1940, when ŠK Bratislava and Hertha Berlin played out a 2–2 draw. In the separate Slovakian league, ŠK Bratislava won the title four times in the period from 1939 to 1945. Slovan was the first Czechoslovak team to use the WM formation. The team's first foreign opponent after World War II was Ferencvárosi TC. ŠK Bratislava lost 0–1, but won the Central European Cup 2–1 over Hungary before 20,000 spectators at Tehelnom field. In this period former players of I. ČsŠK Bratislava Ferdinand Daučík and Leopold "Jim" Šťastný served as coaches for ŠK Bratislava.

Czechoslovak league[edit]

The team name changed again in 1948, to Sokol NV Bratislava. The team met with success in 1949, when they became the first champions of the re-formed Czechoslovakia. Outstanding players from this era included Emil Pažický, Gejza Šimanský, Bozhin Laskov, Viktor Tegelhoff, and Teodor Reimann.

Anton Bulla, the coach in 1953, added eight new players to team. In 1961–62 the team defeated Red Star Bratislava in the national league for the title. Under the influence of political and economic pressures and interests, TJ ÚNV Slovan and TJ Dimitrov merged to create CHZJD Slovan Bratislava on 5 August 1961.

1962 was a successful year, as the Czechoslovakia national team were defeated 3–1 in the 1962 FIFA World Cup Final in Chile, obtaining the silver, and repeating the success of the 1934 FIFA World Cup Final in Rome. Slovan players included goalkeeper Viliam Schrojf and defender Ján Popluhár.

Slovan ended the 1967–68 season second in the league, won the cup in Czechoslovakia, and participated in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The team was managed by former Slovan player Michal Vičan, who focused on fast and simple games. Vičan took the team on a winter tour of Argentina in 1969.

Slovan squad from 1963-64.

On 21 May 1969 the team defeated FC Barcelona in the 1969 European Cup Winners' Cup Final by a score of 3–2. Some of the players on the team were Ľudovít Cvetler, Vladimír Hrivnák, Ján Čapkovič, Karol Jokl, Alexander Horváth, Jozef Čapkovič, and Alexander Vencel.

In 1970 the Czechoslovak squad sent to the FIFA World Cup in Mexico included seven players from Slovan: Alexander Vencel, Ján Zlocha, Ivan Hrdlička, Karol Jokl, Ján Čapkovič, Vladimír Hrivnák, and Alexander Horváth. Jozef Vengloš was the coach of the Slovan Bratislava team for part of this era, as well as performing duties coaching at the international level.

In 1976 a Czechoslovakian team including six Slovan players won the European title in the European Championships held in Belgrade. Gold medals were given to coach Vengloš, Alexander Vencel, Jozef Čapkovič, Koloman Gogh, Marián Masný, Anton Ondruš, Ján Pivarník, and Ján Švehlík. From the 1977–78 season Slovan were declining. In the 1984–85 season Slovan, led by coaches Ján Hucko and Jozef Obert, left the highest level of competition and were relegated to the Slovakian National League.

After three seasons spent in the Slovakian National League, Slovan Bratislava were able to return to national competition. In season 1987–88 the team returned to the top leagues under the leadership of coaches Ján Zachar and Jozef Jankech, who later coached the Slovak national team. Dušan Galis was the coach from 1977–81. In 1991–92 Slovan Bratislava won the Czechoslovak title for the last time. Among the stars on the team were Peter Dubovský, Dušan Tittel, Ladislav Pecko, Vladimir Kinder, Miloš Glonek, Tomáš Stúpala, and Alexander Vencel.

Slovak league[edit]

Slovan won titles in the Slovak league in the 1993–94, 1994–95 and 1995–96 seasons. For the next two years, MFK Košice won the title. Slovan returned to the Slovak throne in the 1998–99 season. The stars of the team included coach Stanislav Griga and players Róbert Tomaschek, Miroslav König, Stanislav Varga, Tibor Jančula, and Ladislav Pecko. In the next few years the club's performance was below par and they were in trouble financially. They were forced to sell some of their best players. At the end of the 2003–04 season, the team was relegated to the Slovak Second League, where they spent two seasons. After two years, in the 2010–11 season Slovan won the double with coach Karel Jarolím.


Tehelné pole has a capacity of 30,085 spectators,[2] and is 105 m long and 68 m wide.[3]

Tehelné pole

The stadium was built during the first Slovak Republic, when Nazi Germany occupied Petržalka in 1938 and Bratislava lost almost all of its sporting facilities.[4] The construction lasted from 1939 to 1944 and the stadium became home ground for Slovan Bratislava. The stadium was officially opened in September 1940 with 25,000 places, and the first international match was played on 27 October 1940, with Slovan Bratislava playing against Hertha Berlin, ending in 2–2 tie. The old stadium underwent reconstruction in 1961, which added second tribune, boosting its capacity to 45,000 and modernising by adding score table, artificial light and revamping the field.[5] However, the stadium could hold up even 50,000 spectators, and just before breakup of Czechoslovakia, it was the largest one in use (Strahov Stadium in Prague had a capacity of 220,000 but was disused in the 1990s) and was the home ground for Czechoslovak national team.[6]

Štadión Pasienky

The stadium was reconstructed once more in the 1990s to the "all-seater" stadium, reducing the capacity into 30,000.[6] After this, the Tehelné pole stadium was the second-largest in Slovakia after Všešportový areál in Košice, however, that stadium is now disused. In 2005–06, it was also used as the "home" ground for FC Artmedia Bratislava in that club's Champions League and UEFA Cup campaigns, as Artmedia's own ground did not meet minimum standards for UEFA competition. It is planned that the current stadium will be demolished and a new one with the capacity around 35,000 people will be built, costing around 80 million Euro.[7] The need for a new stadium stems from the UEFA rules, which require to play international matches on stadiums of certain standards from 2008, however, Slovakia lacks these stadiums so far.[7]
In July 2009 Slovak government decided to support the construction of new stadium. The demolition works are planned for March–April 2010 and the new stadium should be opened in May 2012. Its capacity will be 22,000 spectators with possibility of enlargement to 30,000.[8]

Today, Slovan home ground is Pasienky. Štadión Pasienky is a multi-purpose stadium in Bratislava, Slovakia. The stadium holds 11,591 people.

Supporters and rivalries[edit]

Slovan fans are called Belasá šlachta

The fans are well known throughout the country for their passion.[citation needed] The main ultras groups are called Belasá šlachta and Ultras Slovan Pressburg (which is also a hooligan firm). They travel to most away games,[citation needed] and always in large numbers against club rival Spartak Trnava.

Slovan's major rival teams in Bratislava were Inter Bratislava and MFK Petržalka. The battle between Slovan and Inter has a long and rich history: both teams played in the Czechoslovak First League. The rivalry with Petržalka peaked after 2000. The biggest opponent of Slovan Bratislava is Spartak Trnava. Duels between these teams are most prestigious matches in Slovakia.

Historical names[edit]

  • 1. ČsŠK Bratislava (1919–39)
  • ŠK Bratislava (1939–48)
  • Sokol NV Bratislava (1948–53)
  • ÚNV Slovan Bratislava (1953–61)
  • Slovan CHZJD Bratislava (1961–90)
  • ŠK Slovan Bratislava (1990–present)


The first official club logo was, when club played under the named I. ČSŠK Bratislava (1st image in the gallery). Currently, club logo has two versions, classic club logo, which is usually used and commercial logo with three stars.




UEFA Ranking[edit]

Club Team Ranking 2014 (Previous year rank in italics, UEFA Club Coefficients in parentheses)

Full list


League and domestic Cup history[edit]

Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Domestic Cup Europe
1993–94 1st (1. liga) 1/(12) 32 20 10 2 63 28 50 Winners, 2–1 (Tatran Prešov) UC First Round, 1 – 2 (Aston Villa)
1994–95 1st (1. liga) 1/(12) 32 21 9 2 63 25 72 Quarterfinal, 1–1 (2–4 pen) (Inter Bratislava) UC Second Round, 2 – 4 (Borussia Dortmund)
1995–96 1st (1. liga) 1/(12) 32 22 9 1 79 20 75 UC First Round, 2 – 4 (Kaiserslautern)
1996–97 1st (1. liga) 3/(16) 30 15 5 10 49 33 50 Winners, 1–0 (aet) (Tatran Prešov) UC First Round, 3 – 5 (Trabzonspor)
1997–98 1st (Mars Superliga) 5/(16) 30 12 9 9 41 36 45 1st Round, 1–2 (Koba Senec) CWC First Round, 0 – 4 (Chelsea)
1998–99 1st (Mars Superliga) 1/(16) 30 21 7 2 56 11 70 Winners, 3–0 (Dukla Banská Bystrica) Did not qualify
1999–00 1st (Mars Superliga) 3/(16) 30 16 9 5 52 18 57 1st Round, 2–3 (Matador Púchov) CL 2nd Qualifying 2 – 3 (Anorthosis Famagusta)
2000–01 1st (Mars Superliga) 2/(10) 36 21 8 7 84 49 71 2nd Round, 1–1 (2–4 pen) (Koba Senec) UC First Round, 1– 3 (Dinamo Zagreb)
2001–02 1st (Mars Superliga) 6/(10) 36 14 9 13 42 39 51 2nd Round, 0–2 (Inter Bratislava) UC First Round, 1 – 2 (Slovan Liberec)
2002–03 1st (1. liga) 3/(10) 36 19 6 11 60 42 63 Runners-up, 1–2 (Matador Púchov) Did not qualify
2003–04 1st (Corgoň Liga) 10/(10) 36 6 11 19 37 58 29 1st Round, 0–1 (Slovan Duslo Šala) Did not qualify
2004–05 2nd (2. liga) 3/(16) 30 14 8 8 37 24 50 Quarterfinals, 0–4 agg. (Artmedia Bratislava) Did not qualify
2005–06 2nd (2. liga) 2/(16) 30 19 6 5 47 25 63 2nd Round, 0–0 (5–6 pen) (Matador Púchov) Did not qualify
2006–07 1st (Corgoň Liga) 3/(12) 28 11 8 9 35 33 41 2nd Round, 0–2 (ŠK Slovan Bratislava B) Did not qualify
2007–08 1st (Corgoň Liga) 5/(12) 33 15 6 12 46 37 51 Quarterfinal, 1–2 (MFK Košice) IC Round 2, 2 – 3 (Rapid Wien)
2008–09 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(12) 33 21 7 5 69 25 70 Semifinals, 1–2 agg. (MFK Košice) Did not qualify
2009–10 1st (Corgoň Liga) 2/(12) 33 21 7 5 54 24 70 Winners, 6–0 (Spartak Trnava) EL Qualifying play-off, 1 – 7 (Ajax)
2010–11 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(12) 33 20 8 5 63 22 68 Winners, 3–3 (5–4 pen) (MŠK Žilina) EL Qualifying play-off, 2 – 3 (Stuttgart)
2011–12 1st (Corgoň Liga) 3/(12) 33 16 11 6 48 35 59 Quarterfinals, 4–4 agg. (2–4 pen) (FK Senica) EL Group stage, Group F, 4th
2012–13 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(12) 33 16 11 6 56 33 59 Winners, 2–0 (MŠK Žilina) EL 2nd Qualifying round, 1 – 1 (a) (Videoton)
2013–14 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(12) 33 24 3 6 63 32 75 Runners-up, 1–2 (MFK Košice) CL 2nd Qualifying round, 2 – 4 (Ludogorets Razgrad)

European competition history[edit]

This is the list of Slovan Bratislava appearances in European competition for the last 5 years. For the full list of matches, see ŠK Slovan Bratislava in European football

European Cups history[edit]

As of 23 October 2014

Competition Matches W D L
UEFA Champions League 34 13 7 14
UEFA Cup/Europa League 56 21 12 23
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 29 15 4 10
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 3 0 1
Total: 120 52 23 45

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Serbia Crvena Zvezda 1 – 1 2 – 1 3 – 2
Playoff round Germany Stuttgart 0 – 1 2 – 2 2 – 3
2011–12 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Kazakhstan Tobol 2 – 0 1 – 1 3 – 1
Third qualifying round Cyprus APOEL 0 – 2 0 – 0 0 – 2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Playoff round Italy Roma 1 – 0 1 – 1 2 – 1
Group stage (F) Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 – 2 1 – 2 0 pts.
Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2 – 3 0 – 3 0 pts.
France Paris Saint-Germain 0 – 0 0 – 1 1 pt.
2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Hungary Videoton 1 – 1 0 – 0 1 – 1 (a)
2013–14 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 2 – 1 0 – 3 2 – 4
2014–15 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round Wales The New Saints F.C. 1 – 0 2 – 0 3 – 0
Third qualifying round Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol 2 – 1 0 – 0 2 – 1
Playoff round Belarus FC BATE Borisov 1 – 1 0 – 3 1 – 4
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group stage (I) Italy Napoli 0 – 2 0 – 3 0 pts.
Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0 – 3 0 – 4 0 pts.
Switzerland Young Boys 1 – 3 0 – 5 0 pts.
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Gibraltar Europa FC 6 – 0

First team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 June 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Serbia DF Boris Sekulić
4 Slovakia DF Erik Čikoš
5 Slovakia DF Dávid Hudák
6 Slovakia DF Martin Dobrotka
7 Slovakia FW František Kubík
9 Slovakia FW Adam Zreľák
10 Serbia MF Marko Milinković (captain)
11 Slovakia FW Filip Oršula
12 Slovakia FW Karol Mészáros
14 Slovakia DF Timotej Záhumenský
16 Argentina DF Nicolas Gorosito
17 Slovakia MF Samuel Štefánik
18 Slovakia MF Richard Lásik
19 Slovakia DF Kornel Saláta
20 Hungary FW Tamás Priskin
No. Position Player
21 Guinea MF Seydouba Soumah
22 Slovakia GK Dominik Greif
23 Trinidad and Tobago FW Lester Peltier
24 Slovakia MF Viktor Miklós
25 Slovakia DF Michal Sipľak
26 Slovakia FW Filip Ďuriš
27 Serbia MF Slobodan Simović
28 Slovakia DF Juraj Kotula
29 Slovakia MF Matej Jakúbek
30 Slovakia GK Martin Krnáč
33 Slovakia FW Róbert Vittek
39 Czech Republic MF Jakub Podaný
82 Slovakia GK Ján Mucha
TBA Slovakia MF Lukáš Gašparovič
TBA Slovakia GK Martin Polaček

For recent transfers, see List of Slovak football transfers summer 2015.

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Slovakia GK Martin Polaček (at Dunajská Streda)
Slovakia DF Dávid Hudák (at Hungary Újpest FC)
Slovakia DF Kristián Kolčák (at Poland Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała)
Slovakia DF Martin Vrablec (at Zlaté Moravce)
Slovakia MF Patrik Sabo (at Zlaté Moravce)
Slovakia MF Tomáš Bagi (at Armenia FC Banants)
Slovakia FW Michal Peňaška (at Spartak Myjava)
Slovakia FW Róbert Matejka (at Dunajská Streda)

Current technical staff[edit]

See also List of ŠK Slovan Bratislava managers
Position Staff
First coach Slovakia Dušan Tittel
Assistant coach Slovakia Ladislav Pecko
Fitness Coach AngolaPortugal Xavier Simões
Goalkeeping Coach Slovakia Pavol Hrnčiarik
Team chef Slovakia Ján Švehlík
Team doctor Slovakia Ladislav Pavlovič
Team doctor Slovakia Ján Grňa
Team doctor Slovakia Richard Reis
Physiotherapist Slovakia Jiří Jurza
Masseur Slovakia Viliam Kalman
Custodian Slovakia Ján Beniak
  • Last updated: 20 February 2015

Reserve team[edit]

ŠK Slovan Bratislava juniori are the reserve team of ŠK Slovan Bratislava. They currently play in the Slovak second league.

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 August 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovakia GK Milan Valašík
3 Slovakia DF Lukáš Urbanovský
4 Slovakia MF Peter Bačík
6 Slovakia DF Martin Reisel
7 Slovakia DF Filip Molnár
8 Slovakia FW Rajmund Mikuš
10 Slovakia MF Marcel Oravec
15 Slovakia MF Marko Cingel
No. Position Player
16 Slovakia MF Lukáš Čambal
17 Slovakia MF Viktor Miklós
13 Guinea FW Seybou Sidibe
19 Slovakia FW Simon Tichý
28 Slovakia DF Juraj Kotula
30 Slovakia GK Kristián Strelčík
Slovakia DF Branislav Fratrič
England DF Germain Ofori
Manager Slovakia Ladislav Pecko
Assistant coach Slovakia Tibor Jančula
Fitness coach Slovakia Peter Boďo

Club officials[edit]

President Slovakia Ivan Kmotrík
Vice president Slovakia Ivan Kmotrík junior
Vice president Czech Republic Petr Kašpar
Vice president Slovakia Jozef Valovič
General director Slovakia Dušan Tittel
Sport director Slovakia Ján Švehlík
Technical director Slovakia Zdeno Roman
PR director Slovakia Tomáš Straka
Youth director Slovakia Ondrej Krištofík
Media manager Slovakia Tomáš Cho

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for Slovan.

Main Article: List of ŠK Slovan Bratislava players

For a list of all Slovan Bratislava players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:ŠK Slovan Bratislava players.


Czech manager Karel Jarolím led Slovan to a league and cup double in the 2010–11 season, a feat also achieved by Stanislav Griga in 1998–99 and Dušan Galis in 1993–94. Jozef Valovič is the current manager of Slovan Bratislava, having taken over in July 2013.


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