Slovakia at the FIFA World Cup
This is a record of Slovakia's results at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the first tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.
The tournament consists of two parts, the qualification phase and the final phase (officially called the World Cup Finals). The qualification phase, which currently take place over the three years preceding the Finals, is used to determine which teams qualify for the Finals. The current format of the Finals involves 32 teams competing for the title, at venues within the host nation (or nations) over a period of about a month. The World Cup Finals is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world, with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the 2006 tournament final.
Slovakia have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on one occasion in 2010 where they reached the second round.
FIFA World Cup record
|1998||Did not qualify|
|2010||Round of 16||16||4||1||1||2||5||7|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|List of FIFA World Cup matches|
|2010||Round 1||New Zealand 1 – 1 Slovakia||Draw||Vittek|
|Round 1||Slovakia 0 – 2 Paraguay||Loss|
|Round 1||Slovakia 3 – 2 Italy||Win||Vittek (2), Kopúnek|
|Round of 16||Netherlands 2 – 1 Slovakia||Loss||Vittek|
Slovakia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Slovakia were drawn in group F of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
|1||Paraguay||3||1||2||0||3||1||+2||5||Advance to knockout stage|
Coach: Vladimír Weiss
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club|
|1||GK||Ján Mucha||5 December 1982 (aged 27)||14||Legia Warszawa|
|2||DF||Peter Pekarík||30 October 1986 (aged 23)||21||VfL Wolfsburg|
|3||DF||Martin Škrtel||15 December 1984 (aged 25)||37||Liverpool|
|4||DF||Marek Čech||26 January 1983 (aged 27)||38||West Bromwich Albion|
|5||DF||Radoslav Zabavník||16 September 1980 (aged 29)||42||Mainz 05|
|6||MF||Zdeno Štrba||9 June 1976 (aged 34)||20||Skoda Xanthi|
|7||MF||Vladimír Weiss||30 November 1989 (aged 20)||7||Bolton Wanderers|
|8||MF||Ján Kozák||22 April 1980 (aged 30)||22||Timişoara|
|9||MF||Stanislav Šesták||16 December 1982 (aged 27)||29||VfL Bochum|
|10||MF||Marek Sapara||31 July 1982 (aged 27)||24||Ankaragücü|
|11||FW||Róbert Vittek||1 April 1982 (aged 28)||69||Ankaragücü|
|12||GK||Dušan Perniš||28 November 1984 (aged 25)||1||Dundee United|
|13||FW||Filip Hološko||17 January 1984 (aged 26)||37||Beşiktaş|
|14||FW||Martin Jakubko||26 February 1980 (aged 30)||21||Saturn Moscow Oblast|
|15||MF||Miroslav Stoch||19 October 1989 (aged 20)||10||Twente|
|16||DF||Ján Ďurica||10 December 1981 (aged 28)||35||Hannover 96|
|17||MF||Marek Hamšík (c)||27 July 1987 (aged 22)||30||Napoli|
|18||FW||Erik Jendrišek||26 October 1986 (aged 23)||13||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|19||MF||Juraj Kucka||26 February 1987 (aged 23)||5||Sparta Prague|
|20||MF||Kamil Kopúnek||18 May 1984 (aged 26)||7||Spartak Trnava|
|21||DF||Kornel Saláta||4 January 1985 (aged 25)||3||Slovan Bratislava|
|22||DF||Martin Petráš||2 November 1979 (aged 30)||38||Cesena|
|23||GK||Dušan Kuciak||21 May 1985 (aged 25)||2||FC Vaslui|
New Zealand vs Slovakia
|Reid 90+3'||Report||Vittek 50'|
Man of the Match:
Slovakia vs Paraguay
Man of the Match:
Slovakia vs Italy
|Vittek 25', 73'
|Report||Di Natale 81'
Second Round - Netherlands vs Slovakia
The Netherlands and Slovakia played on 28 June 2010 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. The Netherlands won 2–1. The Netherlands' first goal was an excellent individual effort from Arjen Robben in the 18th minute, taking on the Slovakian defence with the ball before scoring from 25 yards. The Dutch had chances to extend their lead in the second half; Arjen Robben cut inside on his left foot just like he did when he scored the first goal, but this time the slovak goalkeeper Jan Mucha saved the shot going to his far post. The Slovaks also had 2 big opportunities to equalize but forced 2 great saves from Maarten Stekelenburg. The Dutch however in the 84th minute sealed their win, with Wesley Sneijder scoring off an assist from Dirk Kuyt into an unguarded net after Kuyt got the ball past the Slovak keeper. Róbert Vittek slotted a penalty kick late in stoppage time, but it was no more than a consolation goal for Slovakia. The penalty had been awarded for a trip on Vittek by the Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The Netherlands' win threatened to be overshadowed by Robin van Persie responding angrily to being substituted by coach Bert van Marwijk. Van Marwijk called a team meeting over the incident, and insisted later that there was no residual unrest in the squad.
|Report||Vittek 90' (pen.)|
Man of the Match:
Six players were fielded in all four of Slovakia's World Cup matches in 2010, making them record players for their country.
- 2006 FIFA World Cup TV Coverage (PDF), FIFA.com. Retrieved on June 6, 2007.
- Cite error: The named reference referees was invoked but never defined
- "Tactical Line-up – Group F – New Zealand-Slovakia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
- "Tactical Line-up – Group F – Slovakia-Paraguay" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 20 June 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
- "Tactical Line-up – Group F – Slovakia-Italy" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
- Dawkes, Phil (28 June 2010). "Netherlands 2–1 Slovakia". BBC News. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- Corder, Mike (30 June 2010). "Van Marwijk calls team meeting over Van Persie". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- "Sneijder denies Van Persie rift". ESPNsoccernet. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
- "Tactical Line-up – Last 16 – Netherlands-Slovakia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.