FC Nitra

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FC Nitra
Club crest
Full name Football Club Nitra
Nickname(s) Trogári
Founded 1909
Ground Štadión pod Zoborom,
Ground Capacity 5,050
Owner Norbert Bödör
Chairman Jozef Petráni
Coach Michal Hipp
League DOXXbet liga
2014–15 2. liga Championship round , 5th
Website Club home page

FC Nitra is a Slovak association football club, playing in the town of Nitra. Established in 1909, FC Nitra is one of the oldest football clubs in Slovakia. Nitra were promoted and relegated 4 times from the Czechoslovakian league with their longest stay being 5 years (1979–1984, 1986–1991). Nitra came close to clinching the title in 1962 only to lose out by 3 points to Dukla Prague. FC Nitra was the first football professional club in the former Czechoslovakia.[citation needed]

Nitra was involved in the inaugural Slovakian championship in 1994 but was relegated to the second division after their first season. The following season they were promoted back to the first division, only for the same fate to occur and were again relegated. Roller coaster seasons became somewhat of an FC Nitra speciality during the early 90s, until the promotions stopped in 2001 where fans had to wait five long seasons before seeing their club again return to the top flight where they finished with a respectable fifth place. This was mainly due to the work of headcoach Ivan Galád, who took control of the team in the winter of 2004, guiding the team to a fourth place finish in the second division.[citation needed]

Róbert Rák became the top goal scorer both in the second division in the 2004/2005 season and (together with Erik Jendrišek) in the first division in the 2005/2006 season. In the beginning of the next season he was transferred to MFK Ružomberok. Galád coached the team very defensively (as according to his words no good striker was in the team). Galád lost his job after not much good results of the team at the end of 2006/2007 season (many losses and draws).[citation needed] The former Czech player Pavel Hapal was named as the head coach of the team for the 2007/2008 season. His way of coaching brought almost immediately very good results and the team finished 3rd (the best in the history of the club). After the season Hapal decided to leave the club to accept an offer from the top Czech club FK Mladá Boleslav. Pavel Malura, another coach from the Czech Republic, has taken the job. In spring 2009 the new manager Petar Kurčubić was appointed. FC Nitra have recently signed Slovak international Ivan Hodúr from Ružomberok. from new season from new manager Ivan Galád.

Events timeline[edit]

  • 1909 - Founded as Nyitrai ÖTTSO
  • 1911 - Renamed Nyitrai TVE
  • 1919 - Renamed Nyitrai SC
  • 1921 - Renamed SK Nitra
  • 1923 - Renamed AC Nitra
  • 1948 - Renamed Sokol Nitra
  • 1949 - Renamed ZSJ Sokol spojene zavody Nitra
  • 1949 - Renamed ZK KP Nitra
  • 1953 - Renamed DSO Slavoj Nitra
  • 1956 - Renamed TJ Slovan Nitra
  • 1966 - Again Renamed AC Nitra
  • 1976 - Renamed TJ Plastika Nitra
  • 1989 - First European qualification, 1990
  • 1990 - Renamed FC Nitra



European Cups history[edit]

UEFA Cup/Europa League:

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1989–90 1 Germany 1. FC Köln 0-1 1-4 1-5
2010–11 1 Hungary ETO Győr 2-2 1-3 3-5

Current squad[edit]

Updated 7 March, 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 Slovakia DF Marián Kolmokov
5 Slovakia DF Pavol Grman
6 Slovakia DF Marek Kostoláni (captain)
7 Slovakia FW Matúš Paukner
8 Slovakia MF Peter Petráš
9 Slovakia MF Jozef Urblík
10 Slovakia MF Filip Moravčík
11 Slovakia FW Šimon Šmehýl
12 Slovakia MF Miloš Fábry
13 Slovakia MF René Kotrík
14 Slovakia MF Filip Petráni
No. Position Player
15 Slovakia MF Andrej Ivančík
16 Slovakia FW Matúš Bartošek
17 Czech Republic MF Michal Rakovan
18 Slovakia DF Marek Dubeň
19 Slovakia FW Henrich Benčík
20 Slovakia FW Róbert Valenta
23 Slovakia MF Tomáš Drgoňa
24 Slovakia MF Patrik Kemlage
26 Slovakia DF Igor Kotora
33 Slovakia GK Richard Stránsky
35 Slovakia GK Patrik Hipp
39 Slovakia DF Ján Harbuľák

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 Matej Kopecký (at Gabčíkovo)
No. Position Player
Slovakia FW Tomáš Vestenický (at Italy Roma)

Reserve team[edit]

FC Nitra juniori are the reserve team of FC Nitra. They currently play in the Slovak 3. Liga (Western division).


Head coach: Slovakia Peter Hnilica
Assistant coach: Slovakia Štefan Strečka
Updated 26 February 2013

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 Patrik Hipp
Slovakia GK Richard Stránsky
Slovakia DF Pavol Grman
Slovakia DF Vasiľ Pitra
Slovakia DF Adam Halaji
Slovakia DF David Petráš
Slovakia DF Norbert Lukács
Slovakia DF Filip Kinček
Slovakia DF Michal Poluch
Slovakia DF Igor Kotora
Slovakia DF Michal Grman
No. Position Player
Slovakia DF Filip Kinček
Slovakia MF Miroslav Mládenek
Slovakia MF Adam Bratský
Slovakia MF Erik Penzeš
Slovakia MF Patrik Brath
Slovakia MF Andrej Hnilica
Slovakia MF Adrián Ács
Slovakia MF Matúš Turňa
Slovakia FW Marek Gajdošík
Slovakia FW Patrik Adámek
Slovakia FW Michal Németh

Current technical staff[edit]

Updated 24 June 2014
Staff Job title
Slovakia Michal Hipp Manager
Slovakia TBA Assistant manager
Slovakia TBA Assistant manager
Slovakia TBA Goalkeeping coach
Slovakia Igor Demo Team Leader
Slovakia MUDr. Ivan Štefanov Team Doctor
Slovakia Dagmar Zahustelová Physiotherapist
Slovakia Štefan Balla Masseur

Notable players[edit]

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

Past (and present) players who are the subjects of Wikipedia articles can be found here.

Former coaches[edit]


External links[edit]