Marek Mintál

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Marek Mintál
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Personal information
Full name Marek Mintál
Date of birth (1977-09-02) 2 September 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Žilina, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
Žilina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Žilina 188 (77)
1996 Nové Mesto nad Váhom (loan)
2003–2011 1. FC Nürnberg 180 (66)
2011–2012 Hansa Rostock 24 (6)
2012–2013 1. FC Nürnberg II 29 (11)
Total 421 (160)
National team
2002–2009 Slovakia 45 (14)
Teams managed
2013–2014 1. FC Nürnberg (assistant coach)
2015– 1. FC Nürnberg (assistant coach)
2015– 1. FC Nürnberg U19 (assistant coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 April 2016.

Marek Mintál (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmarɛk ˈmɪntaːl]; born 2 September 1977) is a retired Slovak footballer[1] and current assistant coach of 1. FC Nürnberg.

Career[edit]

Player career[edit]

Mintál started to play football in Slovak club MŠK Žilina, with whom he won back-to-back Slovak championships in 2001–02 and 2002–03. This was also due to his scoring 20 (2001–02) and 21 (2002–03) goals respectively. With this number of goals he also became the Slovak top scorer in both seasons. Therefore, he was capped for the Slovak national team for the first time on 6 February 2002. He has won 33 caps and scored 11 goals for the Slovak national team.

After the 2002–03 season, he was transferred to 1. FC Nürnberg for an alleged transfer fee of €100,000 and an agreement that should Mintál be transferred again, MŠK Žilina would receive a portion of the transfer fee. His new club was playing in the 2. Bundesliga at this time. He continued his scoring run by scoring 18 goals and becoming the German second division's leading scorer and was a crucial part of Nürnberg's immediate promotion. During that season, Mintál, an offensive midfielder, became widely regarded for his inconspicuous style of play, which has led to him being called "stealth bomber", "Sniper" or "Phantom". In the following year, Mintál led the Bundesliga in scoring with 24 goals, and helped Nürnberg stave off relegation.

His continuous success in scoring goals sparked rumours that he might move to a bigger club during the 2005 summer break. He had been linked in transfer speculation with Liverpool, Beşiktaş, Villarreal and VfB Stuttgart. These rumours did not lead to a transfer and Mintal decided to stay at Nürnberg. However the following season turned out to be disastrous for the Slovak striker who broke his foot twice in the span of five months. Thus, the offensive midfielder only played in four games and scored just a single goal.

He celebrated his competitive comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach when coming on as a substitute after 60 minutes. Two weeks later, he also played for his country again, scoring two goals against Cyprus. Later the same year, he was troubled again by his broken foot and had to undergo surgery for a second time.

Mintál won the DFB-Pokal with 1. FC Nürnberg in the year 2007. In this game, he also scored a goal, during this match, he was injured by Fernando Meira, a Portuguese defender from VfB Stuttgart. 1. FC Nürnberg won the game 3–2 after extra time. He scored a brace in a UEFA Cup match against AZ to keep their European dreams alive.

His player career ended in 2013.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

For the 2013–14 season until October 2014, he assisted his former team 1. FC Nürnberg in coaching before transferring to Slovakia to complete his coaching license.[3] Mintál returned to Nürnberg as assistant coach for the 2015–16 season and is currently also assistant coach of its U19 team.[4]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 February 2002 Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran  Iran 3–2 Win Friendly
2 14 May 2002 Tatran Stadium, Prešov, Slovakia  Uzbekistan 4–1 Win Friendly
3 31 March 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Austria 1–1 Draw Friendly
4 8 September 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Liechtenstein 7–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
5 26 March 2005 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–1 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
6 8 June 2005 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 4–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
7 2 September 2006 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Cyprus 6–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
8 2 September 2006 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  Cyprus 6–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
9 7 October 2006 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales 5–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
10 7 October 2006 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales 5–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
11 15 November 2006 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Bulgaria 3–1 Win Friendly
12 12 September 2007 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia  Wales 2–5 Loss UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
13 12 September 2007 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia  Wales 2–5 Loss UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
14 26 March 2008 Štadión Zlaté Moravce, Zlaté Moravce, Slovakia  Iceland 1–2 Loss Friendly
Correct as of 13 March 2017[5]

Honours[edit]

As of 15 January 2011[6]

Club[edit]

MŠK Žilina
1. FC Nürnberg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mintal, Marek" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Matthias Arnhold (13 February 2014). "Marek Mintál - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Marek Mintal beendet Trainerschein in der Slowakei" (in German). fcn.de. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Marek Mintal sucht das neue Phantom" (in German). fcn.de. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Football PLAYER: Marek Mintál". Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "MINTÁL (Marek Mintál) – Nürnberg and Slovakia". Footballdatabase.com. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 

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