Slovakia national football team
Slovenskí sokoli (falcons)
|Association||Slovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)|
|Head coach||Ján Kozák|
|Most caps||Miroslav Karhan (107)|
|Top scorer||Róbert Vittek (23)|
|Home stadium||Štadión Antona Malatinského|
|Current||25 1 (24 November 2016)|
|Highest||14 (August 2015)|
|Lowest||150 (December 1993)|
|Current||31 (15 November 2016)|
|Highest||25 (June 2015)|
|Lowest||71 (October 2011)|
United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia
(Dubai, UAE; 2 February 1994)
| Slovakia 7–0 Liechtenstein
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
Slovakia 7–0 San Marino
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
Slovakia 7–0 San Marino
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
| Argentina 6–0 Slovakia
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2010)|
|Best result||Round of 16, 2010|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Round of 16, 2016|
The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in association football and is controlled by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium from 2016 is reconstructed Štadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava and their head coach is Ján Kozák. Slovakia is one of the youngest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national football team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major professional tournaments since.
Slovakia qualified for two major national tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016. Slovakia qualified to the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after winning their qualifying group despite two defeats against Slovenia, and progressed beyond the championship group stage after a 3–2 win against Italy, before bowing out of the tournament after a 2–1 defeat in the second round against eventual runners-up the Netherlands. It was the first time the team have ever played in a major football competition, after playing every FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign since 1998 and every UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign since 1996, after a 50-year absence from international football due to representing part of the Czechoslovakia team. They did come close to securing a berth at the 2006 finals in Germany, after finishing second in their group ahead of Russia and behind Portugal, before drawing Spain in their qualification play-off, in which the Slovaks lost by a wide margin on aggregate (1–5, 1–1). The team have achieved some noteworthy results, however, such as the aforementioned win over the then title holders Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a 1–0 win against Russia in September 2010. Despite this success however, the team later dropped down the rankings and a considerable drop in form went with this, as the team failed to qualify for Euro 2012 finishing in their group in 4th place. They also only scored seven goals in the group, only more than minnows Andorra. Slovakia then failed to qualify to Brazil for 2014 FIFA World Cup, but secured a spot in France for UEFA Euro 2016 under Ján Kozák which helped the team reach their best ever position of 14th in the FIFA World Rankings.
Slovakia's traditional rival is the Czech Republic which they played twice in the qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in 1996 and 1997 winning 2–1 in Bratislava, before losing 3–0 in Prague with both teams already eliminated, before playing each other again in 2008 and 2009 in the qualifying round for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In these two meetings the teams drew 2–2 in Bratislava with the Slovaks winning 2–1 in Prague. But before that, they also playing each other in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and they lost 3–1 in Prague and 0–3 in Bratislava.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadiums
- 3 Nickname
- 4 Kit
- 5 Tournament records
- 6 Results and schedule
- 7 2016 UEFA Euro qualifying
- 8 2016 UEFA Euro
- 9 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying
- 10 All-time team record
- 11 Players
- 12 Player statistics
- 13 Managers
- 14 See also
- 15 References
- 16 External links
The first official match of the first Slovak Republic (1939–1945) was played in Bratislava against Germany on 27 August 1939, and ended in a 2–0 victory for Slovakia. After the Second World War, the national football team was subsumed into the team of Czechoslovakia, and for over fifty years Slovakia played no matches as an independent country. During this period they contributed several key players to the Czechoslovak team, including the majority of the team that won the 1976 European Championships (eight of the eleven players who defeated West Germany in the final were Slovak).
Slovakia's first official international after regaining independence was a 1–0 victory in Dubai over the United Arab Emirates on 2 February 1994. Their match back on Slovak soil was the 4–1 win over Croatia in Bratislava on 20 April 1994. Slovakia suffered their biggest defeat since independence (6–0) on 22 June 1995, in Mendoza, against Argentina. Their biggest wins (7–0) have come against Liechtenstein in 2004 and San Marino (twice) in 2007.
Slovakia played in a major championship as an independent team for the first time in Euro '96 qualifying, but finished in third place in their qualifying group, behind Romania and France, having recorded wins against Poland, Israel and Azerbaijan, twice. In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Slovakia finished fourth in their six-team group with five wins, one draw and four defeats. Their first four games in this were all wins, with one of these against their Czech neighbors, helping the team reach their highest FIFA World Ranking to date of No. 17.
Slovakia participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history as an independent nation after finishing in first place in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3 ahead of Slovenia, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, and Poland. On 14 October 2009, they clinched qualification with a 1–0 away win against Poland. On 24 June 2010, Slovakia finished second in the group stage after defeating World Cup titleholders Italy in a game which ESPN called "epic". The game saw three goals being scored after the 80th minute, two by Italy and one by Slovakia, as well as, a disallowed goal by Italy flagged offside by "the tightest of decisions". The result led Slovakia to the knockout stage and eliminated Italy, which finished last in the group. The result of this match meant that for the first time in World Cup history both finalists from the previous tournament have been eliminated from the first round, champion Italy and runner-up France. From here the Slovaks played the Netherlands in the round of 16, Slovakia were complete underdogs going into the game, but for most of the match until conceding their first goal were creating chances. From here Slovakia lost belief they could go back into the match and then fell 2–0 behind only to score a late goal from the penalty spot which turned out to be the last kick of the game. This returned Róbert Vittek to the top of the goalscoring charts joint top with David Villa until Villa himself scored against Portugal in a 1–0 win.
For UEFA Euro 2012 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Russia, Ireland, Armenia, Macedonia and Andorra. The good campaign in South Africa boosted team performance ahead of the qualifiers, which started in September with two 1–0 wins against Macedonia in Stadion Pasienky and Russia away, this one in particular giving Slovakia the perfect start. However, October came and team form slipped steadily, as Repre was easily beaten in Armenia (3–1) and couldn't do better than a 1–1 home draw against Ireland. At that point, Russia topped the group charts with 9 points, with Slovakia, Armenia and Ireland all in 2-point-gap of the leaders.
However, 2011 got terribly worse. In February, the team was stunned in a 2–1 friendly defeat against Luxembourg, before needing to fight hard for two 1–0 wins against group minnows Andorra, who had conceded 11 goals in the previous four matches. Playing in Ireland in a six-point match, Slovakia got a goalless draw, despite having better chances, which kept both teams two points behind Russia, and leading Armenia by three. Four days later, even though, Slovakia had its most disastrous performance in years, as, after creating chances in a goalless first half, went on to concede four goals to an effective and brave Armenian team, what definitely ended team confidence in the tournament spot. In the final two matches, Slovakia was beaten at home by Russia, 1–0, despite playing much better than against Armenia, and drew in Macedonia 1–1, to a mediocre fourth place, and scoring only seven goals in the whole process. For the first time since UEFA Euro 1996, Slovakia finished a qualifying campaign with a negative goal difference. Vladimír Weiss left his job after four full years, being replaced by his assistants Michal Hipp and Stanislav Griga. Both were later replaced due to poor results. By late June, former Czechoslovakia national football team footballer Ján Kozák became the head coach and finished the already lost qualification with one victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina following with two defeats, one against Bosnia and Herzegovina and one against Greece.
For UEFA Euro 2016 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. Slovakia began the qualifying campaign with a 1–0 victory against Ukraine in Kiev. On 9 October 2014, Slovakia beat Spain 2–1 in a shock victory and claimed the first place. Slovakia's 3–1 victory over Belarus confirmed their status as group leaders. Later on, they won 2–0 against Macedonia in the Philip II Arena, Luxembourg with a score of 3–0 in Žilina, and Macedonia again with a score of 2–1 on 14 June 2015, also in Žilina. Till that day, Slovakia had 6 wins in row in qualification. They were followed by expected defeat in Spain 0–2, goalless match against Ukraine and shocking home defeat 0–1 against Belarus. 'Repre' finished qualification by defeating Luxembourg 4–2 and kept 2nd place in qualification group and qualified to their first UEFA European Championship.
Slovakia were drawn in Group B of Euro 2016 alongside England, Russia and Wales. Slovakia began their tournament against Wales where Ondrej Duda scored Slovakia's first goal in the history of the Euros in an eventual 2–1 defeat. Slovakia then beat Russia 2–1 with goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik and drew 0–0 against England to qualify for the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.
The Slovakia national football team only uses one stadium at present: Štadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava. Štadión pod Dubňom in Žilina was used in 2003–2015, but will not be used in the future because of the artificial grass (built in 2016). The national team recently played, last in 2009, at the biggest Slovak stadium, Tehelné pole in Bratislava, but the stadium is currently undergoing major renovation. In the past, home games have occasionally been played at other venues as Všešportový areál and Lokomotíva Stadium in Košice, Štadión pod Zoborom in Nitra, Mestský štadión in Dubnica or Tatran Stadion in Prešov.
Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:
|Stadium||First international||Last international|
|51||Tehelné pole, Bratislava||27 August 1939||14 November 2009|
|21||Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina||30 April 2003||17 November 2015|
|16||Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava||24 April 1996||11 November 2016|
|9||Pasienky, Bratislava||18 August 1999||16 October 2012|
|4||Všešportový areál, Košice||8 March 1995||15 November 1995|
|2||Štadión pod Zoborom, Nitra||27 March 1996||24 May 2000|
|2||Lokomotíva Stadium, Košice||19 August 1998||5 September 1998|
|2||Mestský štadión, Dubnica||8 September 1999||13 October 2007|
|1||Štadión na Sihoti, Trenčín||5 September 2001||5 September 2001|
|1||Štadión 1. FC Tatran Prešov, Prešov||14 May 2002||14 May 2002|
|1||Štadión FC ViOn, Zlaté Moravce||26 March 2008||26 March 2008|
|1||NTC Senec, Senec||23 May 2014||23 May 2014|
In Slovakia, the team is typically referred to as the Repre (Representation) or Slovenskí sokoli (Slovak falcons).
Slovakia's home kit since the 1993 was blue, but currently Slovakia changed their home kit from blue to white. The team wears either a set of white jerseys, shorts and socks or a set of blue jerseys, shorts and socks. A combination of a blue jersey and white shorts has also been used in some matches. The official shirt supplier is Puma which has signed a long-term agreement with the Slovak Association until 2026, but in 2016 announced that Association has been terminated with Puma and returned to Nike which was in the past for 10 years as supplier.
|Le Coq Sportif||1993–1995|
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1998||Did not qualify||4th||10||5||1||4||18||14|
|2010||Round of 16||16||4||1||1||2||5||7||1st||10||7||1||2||22||10|
|2014||Did not qualify||3rd||10||3||4||3||11||10|
|2018||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||1/5||4||1||1||2||5||7||54||26||14||14||93||57|
|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|
European Championship record
|UEFA Euro record||UEFA Euro Qualification record|
|1996||Did not qualify||3rd||10||4||2||4||14||18|
|2016||Round of 16||14th||4||1||1||2||3||6||2nd||10||7||1||2||17||8|
|Total||Round of 16||1/6||4||1||1||2||3||6||60||28||10||22||94||77|
|List of UEFA Euro matches|
|2016||Round 1||Wales 2 – 1 Slovakia||Loss||Duda|
|Round 1||Russia 1 – 2 Slovakia||Win||Weiss, Hamšík|
|Round 1||Slovakia 0 – 0 England||Draw|
|Round of 16||Germany 3 – 0 Slovakia||Loss|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2004||Did not qualify|
Results and schedule
The box below, show the results of all A-level matches played within the last 12 months, and the scheduled matches for the nearest future.
* Slovakia score always listed first
2016 UEFA Euro qualifying
|1||Spain||10||9||0||1||23||3||+20||27||Qualify for final tournament||—||2–0||1–0||3–0||4–0||5–1|
|3||Ukraine||10||6||1||3||14||4||+10||19||Advance to play-offs||0–1||0–1||—||3–1||3–0||1–0|
2016 UEFA Euro
|1||Wales||3||2||0||1||6||3||+3||6||Advance to knockout phase|
Wales v Slovakia
11 June 2016
Russia v Slovakia
15 June 2016
|Glushakov 80'||Report||Weiss 32'
Slovakia v England
20 June 2016
Round of 16
Germany v Slovakia
26 June 2016
2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying
|1||England||4||3||1||0||6||0||+6||10||Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup||—||5 Oct '17||4 Sep '17||26 Mar '17||3–0||2–0|
|2||Slovenia||4||2||2||0||4||2||+2||8||Possible second round[a]||0–0||—||1–0||4 Sep '17||8 Oct '17||10 Jun '17|
|3||Slovakia||4||2||0||2||7||2||+5||6||0–1||1 Sep '17||—||4–0||3–0||8 Oct '17|
|4||Lithuania||4||1||2||1||5||7||−2||5||8 Oct '17||2–2||10 Jun '17||—||1 Sep '17||2–0|
|5||Scotland||4||1||1||2||6||8||−2||4||10 Jun '17||26 Mar '17||5 Oct '17||1–1||—||4 Sep '17|
|6||Malta||4||0||0||4||1||10||−9||0||1 Sep '17||0–1||26 Mar '17||5 Oct '17||1–5||—|
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
- The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.
All-time team record
The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 11 October 2016 after a match against Lithuania. Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro are no longer active. At the time of the match against Gibraltar, it was a member of UEFA, but not FIFA.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||3||1||0||2||4||5||−1|
|Republic of Ireland||5||0||4||1||5||6||−1|
|Serbia and Montenegro||1||0||0||1||0||2||−2|
|United Arab Emirates||2||2||0||0||3||1||+2|
Caps and goals as of 16 November 2016, after the match against Austria.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Matúš Kozáčik||27 December 1983||25||0||Viktoria Plzeň|
|12||GK||Ján Novota||29 November 1983||4||0||Rapid Wien|
|23||GK||Martin Dúbravka||5 January 1989 (aged 27)||2||0||Slovan Liberec|
|3||DF||Martin Škrtel (captain)||15 December 1984 (aged 31)||88||6||Fenerbahçe|
|4||DF||Ján Ďurica||10 December 1981 (aged 34)||87||4||Trabzonspor|
|2||DF||Peter Pekarík||30 October 1986 (aged 29)||73||2||Hertha BSC|
|15||DF||Tomáš Hubočan||17 September 1985 (aged 31)||50||0||Marseille|
|16||DF||Kornel Saláta||24 January 1985 (aged 31)||40||2||Slovan Bratislava|
|5||DF||Erik Sabo||22 November 1991 (aged 24)||12||0||Beitar Jerusalem|
|14||DF||Milan Škriniar||11 February 1995 (aged 21)||7||0||Sampdoria|
|22||DF||Jakub Holúbek||12 January 1991 (aged 25)||3||0||MŠK Žilina|
|17||MF||Marek Hamšík (vice-captain)||27 July 1987 (aged 29)||95||20||Napoli|
|7||MF||Vladimír Weiss||30 November 1989 (aged 26)||58||5||Al-Gharafa|
|19||MF||Juraj Kucka||26 February 1987 (aged 29)||54||6||Milan|
|18||MF||Dušan Švento||1 August 1985 (aged 31)||47||1||Slavia Prague|
|20||MF||Róbert Mak||8 March 1991 (aged 25)||34||9||Zenit|
|13||MF||Patrik Hrošovský||22 April 1992 (aged 24)||16||0||Viktoria Plzeň|
|6||MF||Ján Greguš||29 January 1991 (aged 25)||11||0||Copenhagen|
|8||MF||Filip Kiss||13 October 1990 (aged 25)||11||0||Haugesund|
|9||MF||Matúš Bero||6 September 1995||3||0||Trabzonspor|
|10||MF||Stanislav Lobotka||25 November 1994||1||0||Nordsjælland|
|MF||Albert Rusnák||7 July 1994||1||0||Groningen|
|21||FW||Michal Ďuriš||1 June 1988 (aged 28)||34||4||Viktoria Plzeň|
|11||FW||Adam Nemec||2 September 1985 (aged 31)||27||8||Dinamo București|
The following players have also been called up to the Slovakia squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ján Mucha||5 December 1982 (aged 33)||46||0||Slovan Bratislava||UEFA Euro 2016|
|DF||Lukáš Pauschek||9 December 1992 (aged 23)||5||0||Mladá Boleslav||v. Scotland, 11 October 2016|
|DF||Lukáš Štetina||28 July 1991 (aged 25)||1||0||Dukla Prague||v. Scotland, 11 October 2016|
|DF||Norbert Gyömbér INJ||3 July 1992 (aged 24)||16||0||Pescara||v. England, 4 September 2016|
|DF||Lukáš Tesák||8 March 1985||4||0||Arsenal Tula||v. Germany, 29 May 2016|
|DF||Branislav Niňaj||17 May 1994||1||0||Lokeren||v. Georgia, 27 May 2016 PRE|
|DF||Patrik Mráz||1 February 1987||0||0||Piast Gliwice||v. Georgia, 27 May 2016 PRE|
|MF||Jakub Považanec||31 January 1991 (aged 25)||0||0||Dukla Prague||v. Scotland, 11 October 2016|
|MF||Viktor Pečovský INJ||24 May 1983 (aged 33)||35||1||Žilina||v. England, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Ondrej Duda||5 December 1994 (aged 21)||14||2||Hertha BSC||v. England, 4 September 2016 INJ|
|MF||František Kubík||14 March 1989 (aged 27)||3||0||Slovan Bratislava||v. England, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Róbert Pich||12 November 1988 (aged 27)||0||0||1. FC Kaiserslautern||v. England, 4 September 2016|
|MF||Miroslav Stoch||19 October 1989 (aged 26)||55||6||Fenerbahçe||UEFA Euro 2016|
|MF||Stanislav Šesták RET||16 December 1982 (aged 33)||66||13||Free agent||UEFA Euro 2016|
|MF||Jaroslav Mihalík||27 July 1994||0||0||Slavia Prague||v. Georgia, 27 May 2016 PRE|
|FW||Marek Bakoš||15 April 1983 (aged 33)||14||0||Viktoria Plzeň||v. Scotland, 11 October 2016|
|FW||Jakub Sylvestr||2 February 1989 (aged 27)||6||0||1. FC Nürnberg||v. England, 4 September 2016|
|FW||Adam Zreľák||5 May 1994||2||1||FK Jablonec||v. Germany, 29 May 2016|
|FW||Róbert Vittek||1 April 1982||82||23||Debrecen||v. Georgia 27 May 2016 PRE / INJ|
- INJ Withdrew due to an injury.
- PRE Preliminary squad.
- RET Retired from international football.
Players in bold are still active.
- As of 15 November 2016.
Most capped players