Mário Pečalka

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Mário Pečalka
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Personal information
Full name Mário Pečalka
Date of birth (1980-12-28) 28 December 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Rudina, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
OFK Rudina
Kysucké Nové Mesto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 FK Mutěnice
2003–2004 Slovan Rudinská
2004 Slovan Bratislava (loan) 6 (0)
2004–2011 Žilina 103 (4)
2005 Lučenec (loan)
2006 Inter Bratislava (loan) 31 (1)
2011–2012 Hapoel Tel Aviv 19 (1)
2012 Slovan Bratislava (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2009–2011 Slovakia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 February 2011

Mário Pečalka (born 28 December 1980) is a former Slovak football defender.

Career[edit]

Pečalka began playing football in his hometown club OFK Rudina. Later he moved to Kysucké Nové Mesto and then he played for the Czech Fourth Division team FK Mutěnice. In 2003, he came back to his home region to play for the Slovak Fourth League team TJ Slovan Rudinská. In 2004, he was on loan in Slovan Bratislava which was playing in the Slovak Second League in this time. After end of loan he signed for the Corgoň Liga club MŠK Žilina. He played for Žilina in 103 matches overall, scoring 4 goals. He twice won the Slovak title in Žilina. He became one of the best Corgoň Liga defenders and was selected to the national team in 2009. He played 5 group matches in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. In February 2011, he signed for Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv. He made his debut for Hapoel in a 2–0 win against Maccabi Petah Tikva on 14 February 2011. In January 2012, he signed on loan at Slovan Bratislava for half a year.[1] In May 2013, he announced the end of his professional career due persistent back problems.[2]

International career[edit]

Pečalka made his national team debut in a 2–3 defeat against Ukraine on 10 February 2009. He was called up to the Slovakia preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup but manager Vladimír Weiss did not select him for the final tournament squad.

Honours[edit]

Žilina
Hapoel Tel Aviv

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pečalka na polročné hosťovanie do Slovana" (in Slovak). profutbal. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  2. ^ Pečalka uprednostnil zdravie a ukončil kariéru 14.05.2013, profutbal.sk

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