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FC VSS Košice
Full name Football Club VSS Košice
Nickname(s) žlto-modrí (yellow-blue)
Founded 1952 (as Spartak VSS Košice)
Ground Štadión Lokomotívy v Čermeli,
Ground Capacity 9,000
Chairman Blažej Podolák
Manager Marek Fabuľa
League DOXXbet liga
2014–15 Fortuna Liga, 6th (relegated)
Website Club home page

FC VSS Košice is a professional Slovak football club based in Košice, currently playing in second division.

The club, founded in 1952, has won the Slovak League twice, the Slovak Cup five times and the Czechoslovak Cup once. The most successful era of the club was in the 1970's and 1990's years of the 20th century, which they spent mostly in the top tier of Czechoslovak and Slovak Football. Two of the UEFA Euro 1976 champions, namely Dušan Galis and Jaroslav Pollák, played for Košice.


Early history[edit]

The first club in the city was founded in 1903 as Kassai AC; Slovak: Košický Atletický Klub; Hungarian: Kassai Atlétikai Club. The club's colours were blue and yellow. In 10's years past century the club competed in Championship of Hungarian country. In 1909 Kassai AC won this Championship. Later they played in eastern group in Slovak-Subcarpathian division during four years 1935–38. In 1939–40 the club played Hungarian League I. Most successful Kassai AC players were Szaniszló, Šiňovský, Drotár brothers, Klein, Lebenský, Dráb, Pásztor and others. Many years the club was settled at stadium on Sokoljevova Street with capacity 16,000 spectators. The stadium was often full. After ended World War II three city's clubs Kassai AC, Kassai Törekvés and ČsŠK were fused to one club named Jednota Košice. Jednota began played Czechoslovak League since 1945. In first season they ended league as fourth in Group B. It was nice success at the time.


VSS Košice kit.

Kassai AC and Jednota became VSS in 1952. The team was called Strojári; in English: Engineers, due to their main sponsors VSS (East-Slovakian Engineering). VSS was a stable member of the Czechoslovak First League and their best placing was second in 1970–71. In 1971 and 1973 VSS qualified for the UEFA Cup. In 1971 they won 2–1 against Spartak Moscow in the home leg and they drwe 0–0 in Moscow and as a first team from Slovakia progrssed to the group stage of the Champions League. Two years later VSS qualified for the UEFA Cup. Against Honvéd FC they won 1–0 home and lost 2–5 away. Most successful VSS players were Andrej Kvašňák, Titus Buberník, Jaroslav Pollák, Dušan Galis (Euro 1976 Champions both), Anton Švajlen, Ján Pivarník, Jozef Bomba, Jozef Desiatnik and others. VSS was renamed to ZŤS in 1978.


The twice Slovak football champions (1997, 1998) were relegated from the premier division in 2003 after the proposed sale of the club to Italian owners[1] in 2001 by the former owner and late VSŽ steelmaking tycoon Alexander Rezeš fell through. Although Rezeš's[2] dream to turn 1. FC Košice into a top European club never came true, he managed to lift an average second division team to the first group stage of the UEFA Champions' League in 1997–98. However, the next year's failure to make the same stage of the major European competition, and failure to defend the league title, combined with the change of government which undermined the position of the Rezeš clan (Alexander Rezeš was economy minister of Vladimír Mečiar's government in 1994–97) represented the beginning of the end of the "millionaires". Their home stadium was the Všešportový areál.[3][4]

1997-98 Champions League campaign[edit]

1. FC famously became the first Slovak club to reach the lucrative UEFA Champions League Group Stages when they did so in the 1997–98 season. Also during this Champions League campaign, 1. FC Košice became the first club in the Champions League history to record no points at all in the group stage, losing all their six games.

1. FC Košice are best known outside their homeland for their two clashes with Manchester United in the 1997–98 European Champions League group stages. Manchester United won both legs with the same score, 3–0. During this brief campaign in Europe's most prestigious club competition, Kosice suffered a tragedy when midfielder Milan Čvirik was killed in a car crash at the age of 21.

1. FC Košice kit. Orange and black symbolized of former sponsor VSŽ.

Recent history[edit]

2003–04 season, on the brink of financial collapse and relegation from the second division, the owners of 1. FC, were offered help by the president of Steel Trans Ličartovce Blažej Podolák,[5] one of the favourites to advance to the premier league that season. Steel Trans also paid for the Čermeľ stadium in Košice, where all former 1. FC teams – now under the protective wings of Ličartovce played their matches. In 2004–05 season 1.FC Košice in effect became reserve team of Steel Trans Ličartovce, playing in the third division, group East. Košice, the second largest city in Slovakia, now had no club in the top two divisions (although many can remember two in the Czechoslovak federal league). Another great team from the past, FC Lokomotíva Košice, is in the third division. It was quite difficult to predict the future of football in the city, whose major stadium is in a catastrophic condition and whose football officials turn a deaf ear to cries for help.

Reformed on 17 June 2005, FC Steel Trans Ličartovce was renamed MFK Košice. They ended the season gaining promotion back to the premier league.

Home Stadium[edit]

Main article: Lokomotíva Stadium

The stadium is in the Čermeľ district, a multi-use stadium in Košice, Slovakia. It is currently used mostly for football matches as the home ground of MFK Košice since 1997. The stadium holds 10,787 (8,787 seated) spectators and was built in 1970. Initially was the stadium used by Lokomotíva Košice and 1.FC Košice (now MFK) have played there since 1997. The Slovakia national football team played there a few matches, but the stadium does not meet UEFA criteria for international events today. The club planned construction of the new stadium for 20,000 spectators in neighbourhood of the old not used Všešportový areál stadium.[6][7][8][9] The estimated cost of the stadium is 28 million. However, the construction was not launched and it is not clear when it starts.[10]


MFK Košice's most important rivalry is with FC Lokomotíva Košice. The match between them is called, Košické Derby (Košice Derby). MFK Košice and Lokomotíva Košice include among historically the most successful football teams in the country. The next biggest rivalry is with 1. FC Tatran Prešov. Matches between these two clubs are referred to as the Východniarske derby (Eastern Slovak derby). They also have rivalries with ŠK Slovan Bratislava, FC Spartak Trnava and MŠK Žilina. MFK Košice supporters are called Viva Košice. MFK Košice supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of MFK Zemplín Michalovce and Czech Sparta Prague.

Historical names[edit]

Club name Period
TJ Spartak VSS 1952–56
TJ Spartak 1956–57
TJ Jednota 1957–62
TJ VSS 1962–79
ZŤS 1979–90
ŠK Unimex Jednota VSS 1990–92
1. FC 1992–04
MFK 2005–15
FC VSS 2015-

Note: The club played 2004–05 season as Steel Trans Ličartovce reserve squad.


MFK Košice positions in the Slovak Top Division.
  • Czechoslovak Cup (1961 – 1993)
    • Winners: 1992–93
    • Runners-up: 1963–64, 1972–73, 1979–80

Košice in Europe[edit]


Season Competition Round Opponent Agg. Home leg Away leg
1971–72 UEFA Cup 1st. Round Soviet Union Spartak Moscow 2–3 2–1 0–2
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1st. Round Hungary Budapest Honvéd 3–5 1–0 2–5
1993–94 Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying Lithuania FK Žalgiris 3–1 2–1 1–0
1st. Round Turkey Beşiktaş 2–3 2–1 0–2
1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group Stage England Wimbledon 1–1
Israel Beitar Jerusalem 5–3
Belgium Charleroi 3–2
Turkey Bursaspor 1–1
1995–96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Hungary Újpest 1–3 0–1 1–2
1996–97 UEFA Cup Preliminary Albania KS Teuta 6–2 2–1 4–1
Qualifying Scotland Celtic 0–1 0–0 0–1
1997–98 Champions League 1st. Qualifying Iceland ÍA 4–0 3–0 1–0
2nd. Qualifying Russia Spartak Moscow 2–1 2–1 0–0
Group Stage England Manchester United 0–3 0–3
Italy Juventus 0–1 2–3
Netherlands Feyenoord 0–1 0–2
1998–99 Champions League 1st. Qualifying Northern Ireland Cliftonville 13–1 8–0 5–1
2nd. Qualifying Denmark Brøndby 1–2 0–2 1–0
UEFA Cup 1st. Round England Liverpool 0–8 0–3 0–5
2000–01 UEFA Cup Qualifying Armenia Ararat 4–3 1–1 3–2
1st. Round Austria Grazer AK 2–3 2–3 0–0
2009–10 Europa League 3rd. Qualifying Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Slavija 5–1 3–1 2–0
Play-off Italy Roma 4–10 3–3 1–7
2014–15 Europa League 2nd. Qualifying Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 0–4 0–1 0–3
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
Champions League 14 6 1 7 22 17 +5
Europa League 4 2 1 1 9 11 –2
UEFA Cup 16 5 3 8 18 28 –10
Cup Winners' Cup 4 3 0 1 5 4 +1
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 2 2 0 10 7 +3
Total 42 18 7 17 64 67 –3

Key – Pld: Played, W: Won, D: Drawn, L: Lost, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, GD: Goal Difference.

Not UEFA-administered[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home leg Away leg
1964–65 Intertoto Cup Group B3 Poland Szombierki Bytom 4–2 0–3
East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 0–0 3–0
Austria Wiener Sportclub 3–2 1–1
1965–66 Intertoto Cup Group B2 East Germany Empor Rostock 0–3 0–1
Poland Zagłębie Sosnowiec 4–3 0–3
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radnički Niš 2–7 2–0
1966–67 Intertoto Cup Group B5 East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 1–3 4–0
Sweden Elfsborg 3–0 0–6
Germany Borussia Neunkirchen 2–0 2–2
1967 Intertoto Cup Group B6 East Germany Dynamo Dresden 0–0 2–1
Sweden AIK 4–0 1–1
Denmark AGF 3–1 1–1
1968 Intertoto Cup Group B4 Poland Szombierki Bytom 2–3 2–0
Sweden Djurgårdens 1–0 3–2
Germany Werder Bremen 1–0 3–1
1969 Intertoto Cup Group 8 Poland Wisła Kraków 0–4 4–0
Belgium Lierse 2–1 1–1
Denmark EfB 3–1 4–0
1970 Intertoto Cup Group A5 Sweden Åtvidaberg 0–1 2–0
Germany MSV Duisburg 1–1 3–0
Netherlands Holland Sport Haag 4–1 2–0
1974 Intertoto Cup Group 9 Poland ŁKS Łódź 1–1 1–3
Denmark Randers Freja 6–1 3–1
Austria Sturm Graz 6–0 2–2
1976 Intertoto Cup Group 11 Poland Widzew Łódź 0–1 0–2
Denmark KB 1–2 2–3
Norway Start 2–0 1–0

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Kit manufacturers of MFK Košice since club's reformation in 2005.

Period Kit manufacturer
2005–06 Jako
2006 Umbro
2006–08 Puma
2008 Adidas
2009–11 Umbro
2011–12 Givova
2012–14 Nike
2014– Jako


Current squad[edit]

As of 29 June 2015.[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 Matúš Ružinský
3 Slovakia DF František Vancák
5 Slovakia DF Tomáš Huk
7 Slovakia MF Ladislav Hirjak
8 Slovakia MF Milan Dimun
10 Slovakia MF Peter Šinglár (Captain)
13 Slovakia DF Zoltán Žebík
14 Slovakia MF František Pavúk
15 Slovakia DF Mikuláš Tóth
17 Slovakia MF Boris Gáll
19 Slovakia MF Miroslav Viazanko (Vice-captain)
No. Position Player
21 Serbia GK Nikola Stijaković
22 Slovenia FW Ajdin Redzić
23 Slovakia FW Tomáš Kubík
24 Serbia MF Lazar Đorđević
25 Republic of Macedonia GK Darko Tofiloski
33 Greece GK Ioannis Afouxenidis
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Nermin Haskić
28 Slovakia MF Martin Bukata
29 Slovakia MF Michal Horodník
31 Slovakia DF Michal Jonec
TBA Slovakia MF Kamil Karaš

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 DF Lukáš Džogan (at Košice-Barca)
France FW Karim Coulibaly (at Karviná)
No. Position Player
Slovakia FW Róbert Ujčík (at SFM Senec)

Reserve team[edit]

MFK Košice B are the reserve team of MFK Košice. They currently play in the Slovak 3. Liga (Eastern division). MFK Košice "B" plays home matches at Barca stadium, near Košice.


Head coach: Slovakia Miroslav Guza
Assistant coach: Slovakia Jozef Majoroš

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 Martin Leško
2 Serbia DF Boris Sekulić
3 Slovakia DF Sergej Pilipčuk
4 Serbia DF Ivan Ostojić
11 Slovakia FW Mojmír Trebuňák
12 Slovakia DF Ľubomír Korijkov
16 Slovakia MF Patrik Vansa
16 Slovakia DF Peter Kavka
20 Slovakia FW Róbert Jano
No. Position Player
23 Czech Republic MF Tomáš Benetka
26 Slovakia MF Filip Fejerčák
34 Slovakia DF Peter Veselovský
37 Slovakia FW Ján Novák (on loan from Prešov)
38 Slovakia DF Peter Bašista (Vice-captain)
40 Slovakia Ľubomír Slinčák
–– Slovakia MF Jozef Skvašík
–– Slovakia MF Lukáš Urban
–– Ivory Coast FW Karim Coulibaly Diaby

Notable players[edit]

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

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

Managerial history[edit]


  1. ^ "Nie Taliani vlastnia 1. FC Košice, ale Talian! Je to moja spoločnosť, ja som jej majiteľ!" (in Slovak). cassovia.sk. 10 October 2001. 
  2. ^ "Rezešovci majú Spartu a už aj 1. FC Košice" (in Slovak). sme.sk. 23 June 1997. 
  3. ^ "Ani chrám futbalu, ba ani drevená dedina" (in Slovak). cassovia.sk. 7 March 2005. 
  4. ^ "VŠA-chatrajuci stánok" (in Slovak). fansvss.blog.cz. 7 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "1. FC Košice zmizol z futbalovej mapy" (in Slovak). sme.sk. 2 August 2004. 
  6. ^ "Nový štadión vyrastie na blšáku" (in Slovak). mfkkosice.sk. 22 July 2005. 
  7. ^ "Nový štadión už má svoju štúdiu" (in Slovak). mfkkosice.sk. 21 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Štadión má zelenú – MFK dostal pozemky do prenájmu na 50 rokov!" (in Slovak). mfkkosice.sk. 21 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Nový košický štadión s kapacitou takmer 20 000" (in Slovak). profutbal. 2009-02-26. 
  10. ^ "Štadión sa v dohľadnom čase nezačne stavať" (in Slovak). MFK Košice official website. 2010-07-27. 
  11. ^ First team squad list

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