FC Nitra

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FC Nitra
Club crest
Full name Football Club Nitra
Nickname(s) Trogári
Founded 1909
Ground Štadión pod Zoborom,
Nitra
Ground Capacity 5,050
Owner Norbert Bödör
Chairman Jozef Petráni
Coach Róbert Barborík
League DOXXbet liga
2015–16 2. liga Championship round , 7th
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.

History[edit]

Czechoslovak era[edit]

Nitra were promoted and relegated 4 times from the Czechoslovak First 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. This year was most succesfull in club history because they reached also Mitropa Cup final. Another succesfull period was end of 80s when Nitra stayed on top positions in Czechoslovak First League (in 1989 they reached 3rd place) wiht players like Michal Hipp, Ľubomír Moravčík, Ladislav Molnár, Peter Palúch, Jozef Majoroš, Róbert Tomaschek, Miroslav Sovič. FC Nitra was the first football professional club in the former Czechoslovakia.[citation needed]

Main article: it:Coppa Mitropa 1961

14 March 1962
Slovan Nitra Czechoslovakia 2–2 Italy FC Bologna
Bachratý Goal 8'
Hrnčár Goal 76'
Nielsen Goal 42'
Perani Goal 54'

4 April 1962
FC Bologna Italy 3–0 Czechoslovakia Slovan Nitra
Demarco Goal 21'
Pascutti Goal 46'
Nielsen Goal 54'

Slovak era[edit]

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.

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

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Czechoslovakia

Slovakia

Czechoslovak and Slovak Top Goalscorer[edit]

The Czechoslovak League top scorer from 1944–45 until 1992–93. Since the 1993–94 Slovak League Top scorer.

Year Winner G
1959–60 Slovakia Michal Pucher 18
2005–06 Slovakia Róbert Rák 211
2009–10 Slovakia Róbert Rák 18
1Shared award

European[edit]

Results[edit]

League and Cup history[edit]

Slovak League only (1993–present)

Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Slovak Cup Europe Top Scorer (Goals)
1993–94 1st (Mars Superliga) 12/(12) 32 12 3 17 39 46 27
1994–95 2nd (1. liga) 1/(16) 30 19 5 6 58 29 62 Slovakia Prochászka (13)
1995–96 1st (Mars Superliga) 11/(12) 32 7 5 20 30 59 26 Slovakia Norbert Hrnčár (7)
1996–97 1st (Mars Superliga) 16/(16) 30 5 5 20 22 48 20
1997–98 2nd (1. liga) 1/(16) 34 20 8 6 73 36 68 Round 2 Slovakia Peter Hodúr (18)
1998–99 1st (Mars Superliga) 12/(16) 30 7 7 16 28 48 28 Round 2 Slovakia Marián Klago (8)
1999–00 1st (Mars Superliga) 13/(16) 30 8 4 18 24 44 28 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Jež (4)
Slovakia Jozef Jelšic (4)
2000–01 2nd (1. Liga) 2/(18) 34 21 3 10 77 27 66 Round 1 Slovakia Mário Breška (23)
2001–02 2nd (1. Liga) 7/(16) 30 12 7 11 41 34 43 Round 1 Slovakia Jozef Jelšic (17)
2002–03 2nd (1. Liga) 12/(16) 30 11 5 14 36 29 38 Quarter-finals Slovakia Jozef Jelšic (15)
2003–04 2nd (1. Liga) 4/(16) 30 15 3 12 45 32 48 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Rák (13)
2004–05 2nd (1. Liga) 1/(16) 36 21 6 3 49 16 69 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Rák (27)
2005–06 1st (Corgoň Liga) 5/(10) 36 12 9 15 42 48 45 Semi-finals UI 2.R (Ukraine Dnipro) Slovakia Róbert Rák (21)
2006–07 1st (Corgoň Liga) 6/(12) 28 9 4 15 21 33 31 Quarter-finals Slovakia Andrej Hesek (6)
2007–08 1st (Corgoň Liga) 3/(12) 33 17 6 10 40 26 57 Quarter-finals UI 1.R (Azerbaijan Neftçi PFK) Slovakia Andrej Hesek (5)
Czech Republic Jan Gruber (5)
2008–09 1st (Corgoň Liga) 11/(12) 33 9 8 16 34 53 35 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Rák (9)
2009–10 1st (Corgoň Liga) 4/(12) 33 14 6 13 42 40 48 Round 3 Slovakia Róbert Rák (18)
2010–11 1st (Corgoň Liga) 8/(12) 33 11 7 15 30 51 40 Quarter-finals EL Q1 (Hungary ETO Győr) Slovakia Róbert Rák (9)
2011–12 1st (Corgoň Liga) 8/(12) 33 9 12 12 33 39 39 Round 3 Slovakia Vratislav Gajdoš (5)
2012–13 1st (Corgoň Liga) 10/(12) 33 11 6 16 39 54 36 Round 3 Brazil Cléber (11)
2013–14 1st (Corgoň Liga) 12/(12) 33 6 8 19 33 63 26 Round 2 Brazil Cléber (7)
2014–15 2nd (DOXXbet Liga) 5/(24) 22 8 7 7 26 25 31 Round 5 Slovakia Matúš Paukner (21)
2015–16 2nd (DOXXbet Liga) 7/(24) 30 13 7 10 54 36 46 Round 4 Slovakia Matúš Paukner (17)

European competition history[edit]

UEFA-administered[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 Mitropa Cup Group
Czechoslovakia TJ Slovnaft 4–3
Italy FC Torino 5–1
Austria SV Stickstoff 4–4
Semi-Final Italy Udinese 4–3 1–1 5–4
Final Italy FC Bologna 2–2 0–3 2–5
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1. Round Germany 1. FC Köln 0–1 1–4 1–5
2006 Intertoto Cup 1. Round Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 6–2 6–0 12–2
2. Round Ukraine Dnipro 2–1 0–2 2–3
2008 Intertoto Cup 1. Round Azerbaijan Neftchi PFK 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
2010–11 UEFA Europa League 1. Round Hungary ETO Győr 2–2 1–3 1–5

Not UEFA-administered[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1962–63 Intertoto Cup Group A4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Sarajevo 5–1 2–3
Switzerland Servette FC 0–0 1–2
France Nîmes 4–1 0–2
1972 Intertoto Cup Group 1 Austria SSV Innsbruck 4–1 1–0
Sweden Örgryte IS 3–0 6–2
Denmark AB Copenhagen 2–0 3–2
1973 Intertoto Cup Group 9 Netherlands FC Amsterdam 4–1 3–2
Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 1–1 2–1
Denmark Vejle BK 4–1 4–1
1980 Intertoto Cup Group 5 Austria LASK Linz 0–1 2–1
Denmark Esbjerg fB 2–0 1–0
Poland Polonia Bytom 4–0 0–1
1982 Intertoto Cup Group 3 Germany Werder Bremen 3–5 3–3
Denmark Aarhus GF 3–4 0–1
Austria SK Sturm Graz 5–3 2–0
1987 Intertoto Cup Group 6 Sweden AIK Fotboll 1–0 0–0
Denmark Lyngby Boldklub 4–1 1–2
Poland Lech Poznań 2–1 0–3
1989 Intertoto Cup Group 2 East Germany Hansa Rostock 3–0 1–1
Denmark Boldklubben 1903 1–3 1–3
Sweden Malmö FF 1–1 0–0
1990 Intertoto Cup Group 7 Hungary FC Tatabánya 4–0 0–0
Switzerland FC Luzern 0–2 1–1
Sweden Örebro SK 1–0 0–0

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1998–2001 Erreà Volkswagen
2001–2002 Gems Pozemné Staviteľstvo Nitra
2002–2004 DIADORA
2004–2005 hummel Bonul security
2005–2006 Jako Dynamik
2006–2008 Bonul security
2008–2010 Bonul security
El Comp
2010–13 Bonul security
El Comp
Špeciál Izotex
2013–present Mesto Nitra

Current squad[edit]

Updated 16 February 2016. 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
3 Slovakia MF Tomáš Galko
4 Slovakia DF Samuel Ďurek
9 Slovakia MF Jozef Urblík
12 Slovakia MF Miloš Fábry
13 Slovakia MF René Kotrík
15 Slovakia MF Andrej Ivančík
16 Slovakia FW Filip Balaj
20 Slovakia FW Róbert Valenta
23 Slovakia MF Tomáš Drgoňa
No. Position Player
25 Slovakia DF Adam Dunda
27 Slovakia MF Márius Charizopulos
31 Slovakia GK Matej Dovičovič
33 Slovakia GK Richard Stránsky
35 Slovakia GK Patrik Hipp
TBA Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Aurélien Ngeyitala
TBA Slovakia DF Juraj Križko
TBA Slovakia DF Patrik Pavlenda
TBA Czech Republic DF Petr Trapp

For recent transfers, see List of Slovak football transfers winter 2015–16.

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).

Squad[edit]

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 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 Róbert Barborík Manager
Slovakia Martin Babinec 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]

References[edit]

External links[edit]