MŠK Žilina

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MŠK Žilina
MSK Zilina logo.png
Full name Mestský Športový Klub Žilina a.s.
Nickname(s) Šošoni (The Shoshons)
Žlto-Zelení (The Yellow-Greens)
Founded 20 June 1908; 107 years ago (1908-06-20)
as Zsolnai Testgyakorlók Köre
Ground Štadión pod Dubňom
Ground Capacity 11,313
Owner Jozef Antošík
Chairman Jozef Antošík
Manager Adrián Guľa
League Fortuna Liga
2014–15 Fortuna Liga, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Mestský Športový Klub Žilina, or MŠK Žilina is a Slovak football club based in the town of Žilina, that currently plays is the Slovak Superliga. Since the league inception in 1993, the club has won 6 titles and comes second in All-time table that makes them one of the most successful teams in the competition. The club and their supporters alike are nicknamed Šošoni (after the Shoshone Native American tribe) and play their home games in the Štadión pod Dubňom.


Early years[edit]

The club was founded towards the end of 1908 under the Hungarian name Zsolnai Testgyakorlók Köre. Group of football and tennis pioneers residing in the town along with local merchants, workers from drapery factories and students played important roles in the foundation of the club. After lengthy preparations, the club was officially registered on 20 June 1909. The club won its first Slovak championship in 1928 followed by the success in 1929 and was among the most notable teams in Slovakia for almost two decades.

Czechoslovak League[edit]

In total, Žilina played 30 out of 47 seasons[1] in the Czechoslovak First League spanning from 1945 to 1993 and come 13th in all-time table.[2] The most successful season remains 1946–47 when they clinched 4th place adrift of the likes of Sparta Prague, Slavia Prague (historically, the two most successful clubs in Czechoslovakia) and SK Kladno. As a mark of honour to the best Slovak team in this competition, Žilina was named "Unofficial Slovak Champion".

Many consider 1961 a milestone in club's history. Firstly, the team reached the final of the National Cup, where they lost to Dukla Prague, the eventual Czechoslovak champion. Despite the defeat, for the first time in its history the club, then known as Dynamo Žilina, broke into Europe to contest in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Notable 3–2 and 1–0 victories over Olympiacos moved them in quarter-finals, however the ambitious Slovak team was ultimately knocked out by the previous year's winner Fiorentina. Although Žilina grabbed a promising 3–2 victory at home, Fiorentina went through by winning the second leg 2–0.

In the late 1960s the club was renamed TJ ZVL Žilina and participated in the Intertoto Cup for several more years, winning the group in 1969 and coming 2nd a year later. A notable 1973–74 season, saw them reach the final of the Mitropa Cup but they suffered defeat from Tatabányai Bányász 5–2 on aggregate. Between 1972 and 1974, they finished 5th in the First Division of the Czechoslovak League for three years running, followed by relegation to the Second Division in the 1978–79 season. The club bounced back four years later and finished second in the Mitropa Cup in that same season, which turned out to be the last notable achievement before winning the title two decades later.

New era – Slovak League[edit]

Following dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, MŠK Žilina has been playing in the Slovak Superliga for the total of 23 seasons with the exception of 1995–96 season after relegation to the Second Division.

After lengthy two decades since the last European contest the club qualified for the Intertoto Cup in 1997 and 1999, however with no success on either occasion.

Significantly, in the autumn of 2000, former Czechoslovakian defender Ladislav Jurkemik joined the club as a new manager and under his guidance the team became renowned for its winning mentality. After his departure halfway through the 2001–02 season to become a manager of the Slovak national team the club appointed Czech coach Leoš Kalvoda. During his short reign at the club he led them to win the first title with four rounds into the end of the season. In the 2002–03 season, now under the management of Milan Lešický, the club succeeded in retaining the title. With two games to play, prolific striker and team captain Marek Mintal scored a cracking winner in an eagerly anticipated away clash against their only contender in a title race Slovan Bratislava. This turned out to be his last goal for the recrowned Slovak champion before his move to 1. FC Nuremberg.

Ladislav Jurkemik was reappointed as a manager during the 2003–04 season. He led the defending champions to 10 priceless consecutive victories to clinch the third successive title though narrowly on a goal difference. After Slovan Bratislava, MŠK Žilina became only the second club to win three Slovakian titles. The team's performances in next two seasons faded while they lacked the quality they had been famous for during their winning campaigns. In pursuit of silverware numerous players were signed over next two years. In the span of only fourteen months, three managers; the reputable Karol Pecze, his successor Milan Nemec and eventually Marijan Vlak were in charge over the team. Since the results and performances never met the expectations, Vlak ended his reign immediately at the end of 2005–06 season after they failed to reach UEFA Cup spot only to finish fourth.

Unforgettable 2006–07 season was another proof of dominance when MŠK Žilina won the fourth title in six years. Well deserved credit to a new appointed manager Pavel Vrba whose renowned tactics complemented with several new signings brought a desired recipe for success. The team dominated throughout the entire season performing an enjoyable attacking football that was applauded all across the country.

An arch rivalry between Slovak and Czech teams since the split up escalated when MŠK Žilina were tied with Slavia Prague in the second qualifying round of Champions League 2007-08. Disappointingly, they were knocked out by Czech champions on penalties after two goalless draws.

MŠK Žilina take on ŠK Slovan Bratislava in May 2009

Ironically, despite two victorious qualifying rounds of UEFA Cup 2008–09, the board made a controversial decision to part a company with Pavel Vrba. It is believed such action was taken owing to team's inconsistent performances and transparent tactics in domestic league, leaving most supporters in dismay. However, seemingly gambling step to appoint Dusan Radolsky prior to the crucial second leg in Sofia came to fruition immediately. In a triumphant night, the Slovak side made it through when they managed to beat Levski Sofia 1–0 away and historically earned a spot in UEFA Cup 2008–09 group stage. The club was drawn to play in Group F alongside Hamburg, Ajax, Slavia Prague and Aston Villa. They were the lowest ranked side of all 40 clubs in this stage of competition. Although they famously beat Aston Villa 2–1 at Villa Park in their last group game, the club finished fourth and did not advance to the knockout stages of the competition.

Former Czechoslovakia and later Czech international Pavel Hapal was appointed new manager before 2009–10 campaign. In his first season he led the team to win a league title, their fifth in nine years. Arguably the greatest success in their history came by making a debut in 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage after eliminating Sparta Prague in play-off round. In the following season they completed their first ever double, while the 2012–13 season saw the team finishing 7th - their worst league position since 2000. However, as a defeated finalists of the Slovak Cup the club secured a place to contest in the 1st qualifying round of 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.

One of the club's most notable players of the modern time is Marek Mintál, the captain and the league top scorer in club's two consecutive winning seasons 2001–02 and 2002–03 netting 21 and 20 goals respectively.

League finishing positions[edit]

Slovak Superliga Slovak Second Division Slovak Superliga

Events timeline[edit]

  • 1909 – Founded as Zsolnai Testgyakorlók Köre
  • 1910 – Renamed ZsTS Zsolna
  • 1919 – Renamed SK Žilina
  • 1948 – Renamed Sokol Slovena Žilina
  • 1953 – Renamed Jiskra Slovena Žilina
  • 1956 – Renamed DSO Dynamo Žilina
  • 1961 – First European qualification, 1961/62
  • 1963 – Renamed Jednota Žilina
  • 1967 – Renamed TJ ZVL Žilina
  • 1990 – Renamed ŠK Žilina
  • 1995 – Renamed MŠK Žilina

Affiliated clubs[edit]

The following clubs are currently affiliated with MŠK Žilina:


Štadión Pod Dubňom
Main article: Štadión Pod Dubňom

Štadión Pod Dubňom is an all-seater football stadium situated in Žilina, Slovakia, which has been the home of MŠK Žilina. It is named after the hill Dubeň adjacent to which is located and literally means "Stadium under the Duben Hill".

The original stadium was built in 1941 although the ground had been in use since club's foundation in 1909 . As of 2002, predominantly due to UEFA requirements, the club proposed an extensive renovation of the stadium.

Currently the stadium consists of four separate stands. The West and East Stands run alongside the pitch, with West Stand considered to be the main stand equipped with VIP seats, hospitality boxes, press room, TV commentators seats as well as area for wheelchair users. Changing rooms are also situated in the West Stand. The East Stand was the last to be rebuilt and was reopened before 2009-10 season.

A current capacity is 11,313 seats with the prospect of future expansion to hold a crowd of up to 15,000 spectators.


Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1998–99 Joma none
1999-2001 NIKE
2001–04 Tento
2004–07 Adidas

Club partners[edit]


  • PRETO Ryba Žilina
  • Villa Nečas
  • ELZA





Slovak League Top Goalscorer[edit]

Slovak League Top scorer since 1993-94

Year Winner G
2001-02 Slovakia Marek Mintál 21
2002-03 Slovakia Marek Mintál 201
2002-03 Slovakia Martin Fabuš 201
2014-15 Croatia Matej Jelić 191
1Shared award


UEFA Ranking[edit]

This is the current 2014–15 UEFA coefficient:

Rank Team Coefficient
185 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 8.825
186 Poland Śląsk Wrocław 8.800
187 Slovakia MŠK Žilina 8.750
188 Netherlands FC Groningen 8.695
189 Kazakhstan FC Aktobe 8.575


MŠK have produced numerous players who have gone on to represent the Slovak national football team. Over the last period there has been a steady increase of young players leaving Žilina after a few years of first team football and moving on to play football in leagues of a higher standard, with the German Bundesliga (Double best scorer Marek Mintál to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2003, another forwards Stanislav Šesták to VfL Bochum in 2009 and Mário Breška to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2008, also right back Peter Pekarík to VfL Wolfsburg in 2009), Italian Serie A (Milan Škriniar to U.C. Sampdoria in 2016), Turkish Süper Lig (William to Kayserispor in 2016), Austrian Football Bundesliga (Admir Vladavić to Salzburg in 2009 and 2013-14 best goalscorer Matej Jelić to Rapid Wien in 2015), Polish Ekstraklasa (Ján Mucha to Legia Warsaw in 2005 and Róbert Jež to Górnik Zabrze in 2010). Other interesting transfers were Dušan Perniš (Dundee Utd.), Zdeno Štrba (Xanthi) or Martin Dúbravka (Esbjerg). The top transfer was agreed in 2008 when Tomáš Hubočan joined Russian FC Zenit for a fee of 3.8 million,[7] which was the highest ever paid to a Slovak club.

Record transfers[edit]

Rank Player To Fee Year
1. Slovakia Tomáš Hubočan Russia FC Zenit €3.8 million 2008[8]
2. Slovakia Milan Škriniar Italy U.C. Sampdoria €1.0 million* 2016[9]
3. Slovakia Peter Pekarík Germany VfL Wolfsburg €1.0 million* 2009[10]

*-unofficial fee


Current squad[edit]

As of 30 January 2016[11]
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 Miloš Volešák
2 Slovakia DF Tomáš Hučko
4 Nigeria MF Chigozie Emmanuel Mbah
5 Slovakia MF Jakub Michlík
6 Slovakia MF Miroslav Káčer
7 Slovakia MF Jakub Paur
8 Slovakia MF Lukáš Jánošík
11 Slovakia MF Nikolas Špalek
12 Slovakia MF Viktor Pečovský (Captain)
13 Slovakia MF Filip Hlohovský
14 Slovakia DF Róbert Mazáň
No. Position Player
18 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Nermin Haskić
19 Slovakia DF Denis Vavro
20 Slovakia MF Michal Škvarka
21 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Bojan Letić
22 Slovakia MF László Bénes
24 Slovakia DF Martin Králik
30 Czech Republic GK Aleš Mandous
45 Cameroon DF Ernest Mabouka
89 Slovakia GK Patrik Le Giang
–– Serbia FW Nemanja Stanković

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

Out on loan 2015-16[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 MF Michal Klec (at FK Senica)
Slovakia MF Peter Lupčo (at Czech Republic MFK Karviná)
Slovakia GK František Plach (at Svätý Jur)
Slovakia DF Dušan Kucharčík (at Liptovský Mikuláš)
Slovakia DF Lukáš Mravec (at FK Terchová)
Slovakia DF Ján Lončík (at OFK Teplička nad Váhom)
No. Position Player
Slovakia DF Martin Kubena (at Liptovský Mikuláš)
Slovakia MF Peter Štalmach (at TJ Jednota Bánová)
Slovakia MF Peter Ďungel (at Martin)
Slovakia FW Marek Zuziak (at FK Pohronie)
Slovakia GK Dominik Holec (at FK Pohronie)
Slovakia FW Lukáš Čmelík (at Switzerland FC Sion)

Reserve team[edit]

MŠK Žilina B are the reserve team of MŠK Žilina. They currently play in the second-level football league in Slovakia 2. Liga (West).


Head coach: Slovakia Jaroslav Kentoš
Assistant coach: Slovakia Vladimír Labant
Assistant coach: Slovakia Tibor Goljan

As of January 28, 2016

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

No. Position Player
35 Slovakia GK Filip Bajza
Slovakia GK Dávid Bernát
Slovakia GK Filip Kňazovič
Slovakia DF Peter Chríbik
Slovakia DF Matej Moško
Slovakia DF Branislav Šušolík
Slovakia DF Ján Minárik
Slovakia DF Boris Beniač
Slovakia DF Libor Ďuratný
Slovakia DF Jakub Vígľaš
Slovakia DF Dominik Košťál
Slovakia DF Michal Pobijak
Slovakia MF Jakub Kudlička
No. Position Player
Slovakia MF Dávid Hancko
Slovakia MF Dávid Kuric
Slovakia MF Petet Tlacháč
Slovakia MF Rastislav Václavík
Slovakia MF Jakub Krela
Slovakia MF Dávid Fujak
Slovakia FW Filip Moďoroši
Slovakia FW Adam Sokol
Slovakia FW Kristián Vallo
Slovakia FW Andrej Majštiník
Slovakia FW Róbert Boženík
Slovakia FW Peter Puček
Slovakia FW Ľubomír Gorelčík
Slovakia FW Marko Drbúl
Slovakia FW Juraj Martinček


Position Staff
Sports Manager Slovakia Karol Belaník
Head Coach Slovakia Adrián Guľa
Assistant Coach Slovakia Marián Zimen
Assistant Coach Slovakia Ladislav Kubalík
Goalkeepers Coach Slovakia Miroslav Seman
Operational Manager Slovakia Marián Varga
Team Manager Slovakia Vladimír Leitner
Strength and Conditioning Coach Slovakia Mgr. Milan Ťapay, PhD.
Doctor Slovakia MUDr. Juraj Popluhár
Doctor Slovakia MUDr. Jozef Hudcovský
Physiotherapist Slovakia Tomáš Lintner
Masseur Slovakia Peter Vojt
Masseur Slovakia Jozef Hromka

Source:[citation needed]


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)
1993–1994 1st (Mars Superliga) 5/(12) 32 11 11 10 50 42 33 Slovakia Ivan Šefčík (13)
Slovakia Ľubomír Zuziak (13)
1994–1995 1st (Mars Superliga) 12/(12) 32 9 3 20 37 53 30
1995–1996 2st (1.Liga) 2/(16) (P) 30 17 5 8 57 27 56
1996–1997 1st (Mars Superliga) 9/(16) 30 11 4 15 30 34 37
1997–1998 1st (Mars Superliga) 7/(16) 30 11 9 10 23 25 42 1.R UI Group stage (9), 4th Slovakia Ladislav Meszároš (5)
1998–1999 1st (Mars Superliga) 6/(16) 30 15 3 12 36 42 48 2.R Slovakia Marek Mintál (11)
1999–2000 1st (Mars Superliga) 8/(16) 30 12 5 13 39 37 41 1.R UI 2.R (FC Metz) Slovakia Marek Mintál (12)
2000–2001 1st (Mars Superliga) 5/(10) 36 11 12 13 41 46 45 2.R Slovakia Ľubomír Reiter (12)
2001–2002 1st (Mars Superliga) 1/(10) 36 21 6 9 62 39 69 Semi-finals Slovakia Marek Mintál (21)
2002–2003 1st (Slovak Super Liga) 1/(10) 36 21 7 8 69 31 70 Semi-finals CL Q2 (FC Basel) Slovakia Marek Mintál (20)
2003–2004 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(10) 36 17 13 6 62 35 64 Quarter-finals CL Q3 (FC Chelsea) Slovakia Marek Bažík (11)
2004–2005 1st (Corgoň Liga) 2/(10) 36 19 8 9 73 34 65 Semi-finals CL Q2 (D.București) Slovakia Ivan Bartoš (18)
2005–2006 1st (Corgoň Liga) 4/(10) 36 18 6 12 69 44 60 2.R UC Q2 (Austria Wien) Slovakia Stanislav Šesták (17)
2006–2007 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(12) 28 22 3 3 80 17 69 Quarter-finals Slovakia Stanislav Šesták (15)
2007–2008 1st (Corgoň Liga) 2/(12) 33 22 4 4 75 30 73 Semi-finals CL Q2 (Slavia Prague) Slovakia Peter Štyvar (15)
2008–2009 1st (Corgoň Liga) 2/(12) 33 18 8 7 56 26 62 Quarter-finals UC Group stage (F), 4th Brazil Adauto (11)
2009–2010 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(12) 33 23 4 6 59 17 73 3.R EL P-O (FK Partizan) Slovakia Ivan Lietava (13)
2010–2011 1st (Corgoň Liga) 3/(12) 33 14 12 7 47 28 54 Runners-Up CL Group stage (F), 4th Slovakia Tomáš Majtán (11)
Slovakia Tomáš Oravec (11)
2011–2012 1st (Corgoň Liga) 1/(12) 33 19 10 4 57 27 67 Winner EL Q2 (KR) Slovakia Róbert Pich (10)
2012–2013 1st (Corgoň Liga) 7/(12) 33 9 15 9 37 28 42 Runners-Up CL Q2 (Ironi Kiryat Shmona) Slovakia Róbert Pich (11)
2013–2014 1st (Corgoň Liga) 9/(12) 33 11 7 15 49 50 40 Quarter-finals EL Q3 (HNK Rijeka) Slovakia Róbert Pich (7)
2014–2015 1st (Fortuna Liga) 2/(12) 33 20 9 4 68 25 69 5.R Croatia Matej Jelić (19)

European competition[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Greece Olympiacos 1–0 3–2 4–2
Quarter-finals Italy Fiorentina 3–2 0–2 3–4
1967 Intertoto Cup Group B8 Germany Fortuna Düsseldorf 0–2 0–1
Austria LASK Linz 0–0 1–1
Denmark Vejle BK 1–1 1–2
1969 Intertoto Cup Group 4 Sweden Örebro SK 4–1 0–3
Netherlands NEC 2–1 1–1
Switzerland AC Bellinzona 3–0 2–1
1970 Intertoto Cup Group A4 Netherlands MVV Maastricht 3–3 3–4
Sweden Örebro SK 4–0 0–1
Belgium KSV Waregem 3–1 3–0
1972 Intertoto Cup Group 6 Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 1–1 0–5
Sweden Landskrona BoIS 1–0 2–2
Denmark Vejle BK 3–1 4–2
1974 Mitropa Cup Group B Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Sarajevo 4–0 3–3
Hungary Videoton 5–1 1–3
Final Hungary Tatabányai Bányász 2–3 0–2 2–5
1983 Mitropa Cup Group Italy Hellas Verona 4–0 1–1
Hungary Vasas 3–1 0–2
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Galenika Zemun 2–0 0–2
1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 9 Austria Austria Wien 3–1
Romania Rapid Bucharest 0–2
France Lyon 0–5
Poland Odra Wodzisław 0–0
1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round Denmark Herfølge Boldklub 2–0 2–0 4–0
2. Round France Metz 2–1 0–3 2–4
2002–03 UEFA Champions League 2. Round Switzerland Basel 1–1 0–3 1–4
2003–04 UEFA Champions League 2. Round Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–0 1–1 2–1
3. Round England Chelsea 0–2 0–3 0–5
2003–04 UEFA Cup 1. Round Netherlands FC Utrecht 0–4 0–2 0–6
2004–05 UEFA Champions League 2. Round Romania Dinamo Bucharest 0–1 0–1 0–2
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1. Round Azerbaijan Baku FC 3–1 0–1 3–2
2. Round Austria Austria Wien 1–2 2–2 3–4
2007–08 UEFA Champions League 1. Round Luxembourg F91 Dudelange 5–4 2–1 7–5
2. Round Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0–0 0–0 0–0 (3–4 p)
2008–09 UEFA Cup 1. Round Belarus MTZ-RIPO Minsk 1–0 2–2 3–2
2. Round Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 2–1 2–1 4–2
3. Round Bulgaria Levski Sofia 1–1 1–0 2–1
Group F Germany Hamburg 1–2
Netherlands Ajax 0–1
Czech Republic Slavia Prague 0–0
England Aston Villa 2–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 2. Round Moldova Dacia Chişinău 2–0 1–0 3–0
3. Round Croatia Hajduk Split 1–1 1–0 2–1
Play-off Round Serbia Partizan Belgrade 0–2 1–1 1–3
2010–11 UEFA Champions League 2. Round Malta Birkirkara 3–0 0–1 3–1
3. Round Bulgaria Litex Lovech 3–1 1–1 4–2
Play-off Round Czech Republic Sparta Prague 1–0 2–0 3–0
Group F England Chelsea 1–4 1–2
France Marseille 0–7 0–1
Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 0–3
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2. Round Iceland KR Reykjavík 2–0 0–3 2–3
2012–13 UEFA Champions League 2. Round Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona 1–0 0–2 1–2
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1. Round Georgia (country) FC Torpedo Kutaisi 3–3 3–0 6–3
2. Round Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a.)
3. Round Croatia Rijeka 1–1 1–2 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1. Round Northern Ireland Glentoran 3–0 4–1 7–1
2. Round Moldova Dacia 4–2 2–1 6–3
3. Round Ukraine Vorskla Poltava 2–0 1–3 (a.e.t.) 3–3 (a.)
Play-off round Spain Athletic Bilbao 3–2 0–1 3–3 (a.)

Notable players[edit]

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

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

List of MŠK Žilina Managers[edit]


External links[edit]