Slovakia national football team

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Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Sokoli (The Falcons)[1]
Repre (The Representatives)[2]
AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachŠtefan Tarkovič (caretaker)
CaptainMarek Hamšík
Most capsMarek Hamšík (123)
Top scorerMarek Hamšík (26)
Home stadiumTehelné pole
Štadión Antona Malatinského
FIFA codeSVK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 37 Decrease 1 (22 October 2020)[3]
Highest14 (August 2015)
Lowest150 (December 1993)
Elo ranking
Current 49 Decrease 16 (26 October 2020)[4]
Highest14 (August 1939)
Lowest67 (October 2011)
First international
First Slovak Republic (1939–1945):
 Slovakia 2–0 Germany 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
Second Slovak Republic (1993–present):
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 0–1 Slovakia 
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 14 October 1992)
Official:
 United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia 
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 2 February 1994)
Biggest win
 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)
Biggest defeat
Official:
 Argentina 6–0 Slovakia 
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
Unofficial:
 Sweden 6–0 Slovakia 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 January 2017)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2010)
Best resultRound of 16 (2010)
European Championship
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultRound of 16 (2016)

The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in men's international football competition and it is governed by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium from 2019 is the reconstructed Tehelné pole in Bratislava. Their head coach is Pavel Hapal. Slovakia is one of the newest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major tournaments since.

Slovakia qualified for two major international 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. At the World Cup, Slovakia progressed beyond the group stage after a 3–2 win against Italy, before bowing out of the tournament after a 2–1 defeat in the knockout stage against the eventual runners-up Netherlands. It was the first time the national team 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. The nation 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 national team have achieved some noteworthy results such as the aforementioned win over the then title holders Italy at the 2010 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 their group in fourth place. They also only scored seven goals in the group, only more than minnows Andorra. Slovakia then failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but secured a spot in France for Euro 2016 under head coach 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 World Cup in 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 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 played each other in Euro 2008 qualifying, and they lost 3–1 in Prague and 0–3 in Bratislava.

History[edit]

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 50 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 UEFA Euro 1976 (8 of the 11 players who defeated West Germany in the final were Slovak).

Former Slovakia national team before 1945

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 1996 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 number 17.

Repre before match against Italy at 2010 FIFA World Cup

Slovakia participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time as an independent nation after finishing in first 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.[5] On 24 June 2010, at the tournament proper, Slovakia finished second in the group stage after defeating reigning champions Italy in a game which ESPN dubbed "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, who finished last in the group.[6] The result of this match meant that for the first time in World Cup history, both finalists from the previous tournament had been eliminated from the first round, champion Italy and runner-up France.[7][8]

In the round of 16, Slovakia played the Netherlands in the round of 16, falling behind 2–0 only to score a late goal from the penalty spot by striker Róbert Vittek, the last kick of the game in a 2–1 defeat.[9] Despite elimination, the goal returned Vittek to the top of the goalscoring charts joint top with David Villa until Villa himself later scored against Portugal in Spain's 1–0 win in the same stage of the tournament.

For Euro 2012 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Russia, the Republic of 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 Štadión Pasienky and Russia away. In October, however, they were easily beaten in Armenia (3–1) and drew 1–1 against the Republic of Ireland at home. In February 2011, the team was stunned in a 2–1 friendly defeat against Luxembourg and could only beat group minnows Andorra by one goal. Despite creating better chances, Slovakia earned a goalless draw with Ireland away. Four days later, after creating chances in a goalless first half, Slovakia conceded four goals to Armenia in a match that eliminated the team. In the final two group matches, Slovakia was beaten at home by Russia (1–0) and drew 1–1 in Macedonia, finishing in a mediocre fourth-place position and scoring only seven goals in the entire process. Also, for the first time since the Euro 1996 qualifying process, Slovakia finished a qualifying campaign with a negative goal differential. As a result of this outcome, coach Vladimír Weiss left his job after four full years, being replaced by his assistants Michal Hipp and Stanislav Griga, although both themselves were later replaced due to poor results. By late June, former Czechoslovakia national team footballer Ján Kozák became the head coach and followed-up the unsuccessful qualification campaign with a victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina followed by two defeats to Bosnia and Greece.

Celebration of Slovak players after match against Russia at UEFA EURO 2016

For 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 Kyiv. 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, beat Luxembourg with a score of 3–0 in Žilina, and beat Macedonia 2–1 on 14 June 2015, also in Žilina. The next matches were a 2–0 defeat against Spain, a goalless draw against Ukraine and a shocking 0–1 home defeat against Belarus. The team finished qualification by defeating Luxembourg 4–2 and got the second place, qualifying to their first European Championship.

Slovakia was 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 European Championship in an eventual 2–1 defeat. Slovakia then defeated Russia 2–1 with goals from Vladimír Weiss III and Marek Hamšík, then drew 0–0 against England to advance to the round of 16 as one of the tournament's best third-placed teams. They were eliminated at this stage by world champions Germany with a 3–0 defeat.

During the qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Slovakia was drawn in UEFA Group F. They were third in the group after the penultimate match ended in a 1–0 defeat to Scotland, who moved up to second place. Slovakia won their final group match 3–0 against Malta, and overtook Scotland after they failed to beat Slovenia, but missed out on a play-off place as the other second teams' results meant Slovakia finished as the worst group runners-up.

Stadiums[edit]

The Slovakia national football team currently plays its home matches at the Tehelné pole in Bratislava and the Štadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava. Štadión pod Dubňom in Žilina was used from 2003 to 2015, but will not be used in the future because of the artificial grass installed in 2016. In the past, home games have occasionally been played at other venues as Všešportový areál and Štadión Lokomotívy in Košice, Štadión pod Zoborom in Nitra, Mestský štadión in Dubnica, and Tatran Stadion in Prešov.

Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:

Slovakia national football team home stadiums
Nr. of
matches
Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
54 Tehelné pole 22,500 Bratislava v.  Germany, 27 August 1939 (2–0) v.  Republic of Ireland, 8 October 2020 (0–0 [4-2 pens])
29 City Arena 19,200 Trnava v.  Bulgaria, 24 April 1996 (0–0) v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 (2–3) )
21 Štadión pod Dubňom 11,258 Žilina v.  Greece, 30 April 2003 (2–2) v.  Iceland, 17 November 2015 (3–1)
9 Pasienky 11,591 Bratislava v.  Israel, 18 August 1999 (1–0) v.  Greece, 16 October 2012 (0–1)
4 Všešportový areál 30,312 Košice v.  Russia, 8 March 1995 (2–1) v.  Romania, 15 November 1995 (0–2)
2 Štadión pod Zoborom 7,480 Nitra v.  Belarus, 27 March 1996 (4–0) v.  Saudi Arabia, 24 May 2000 (1–1)
Štadión Lokomotívy 9,000 Košice v.  Finland, 19 August 1998 (0–0) v.  Azerbaijan, 5 September 1998 (3–0)
Mestský štadión 5,450 Dubnica nad Váhom v.  Liechtenstein, 8 September 1999 (2–0) v.  San Marino, 13 October 2007 (7–0)
1 MOL Aréna 12,700 Dunajská Streda v.  Lithuania, 30 March 1993 (2–2)
Futbalový štadión Prievidza 9,000 Prievidza v.  Slovenia, 16 November 1993 (2–0)
Štadión na Sihoti 4,500 Trenčín v.  Moldova, 5 September 2001 (4–2)
Štadión Tatranu 5,410 Prešov v.  Uzbekistan, 14 May 2002 (4–1)
Štadión FC ViOn 3,787 Zlaté Moravce v.  Iceland, 26 March 2008 (1–2)
NTC Senec 3,264 Senec v.  Montenegro, 23 May 2014 (2–0)


Nickname[edit]

Traditionally in Slovakia the team is typically referred to as the Repre (short for Reprezentácia – translates into national team). However, in 2016, during the buildup to Slovakia's first appearance at the European Championship, SFZ introduced a new nickname for the team. National team was given the nickname Slovenskí sokoli (Slovak falcons). U15 through to U21 national teams were given the nickname Slovenskí sokolíci (Slovak little falcons). Despite lack of immediate identification with the nickname by the fans, it went into usage during the tournament and the subsequent qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is now often used, especially in the media, along with Repre, which still remains to be preferred in an informal conversation.[10]

Kit[edit]

Slovakia kits from 1939 to 1945 era

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. Until recently, the official shirt supplier was Puma, which had signed a long-term agreement with the Slovak Association until 2026, but in 2016 the Association announced the contract had been terminated and that the national team would be supplied by Nike, which had previously supplied the team from 1995 to 2005.[citation needed]

Name Duration
France Le Coq Sportif 1993–1995
United States Nike 1995–2005
Germany Adidas 2006–2011
Germany Puma 2012–2016
United States Nike 2016–

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Results Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to United States 1994 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
France 1998 Did not qualify 4th 10 5 1 4 18 14
South Korea Japan 2002 3rd 10 5 2 3 16 9
Germany 2006 2nd 14 6 6 2 26 14
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 7 1st 10 7 1 2 22 10
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 3rd 10 3 4 3 11 10
Russia 2018 2nd 10 6 0 4 17 7
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Round of 16 1/6 4 1 1 2 5 7 64 32 14 18 110 64

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Results Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
England 1996 Did not qualify 3rd 10 4 2 4 14 18
Belgium Netherlands 2000 3rd 10 5 2 3 12 9
Portugal 2004 3rd 8 3 1 4 11 9
Austria Switzerland 2008 4th 12 5 1 6 33 23
Poland Ukraine 2012 4th 10 4 3 3 7 10
France 2016 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 6 2nd 10 7 1 2 17 8
Europe 2020 To be determined 3rd 9 4 2 3 13 11
Germany 2024 To be determined
Total Round of 16 1/6 4 1 1 2 3 6 69 32 12 25 107 88

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 B 1 3rd 4 1 0 3 5 5
2020–21 B 2 TBD 4 0 1 3 4 8
Total 8 1 1 6 9 13

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Results Pld W D L GF GA
United States 1996 Did not qualify
Australia 2000 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 6
Greece 2004 Did not qualify
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020
Total 1/7 3 1 0 2 3 6

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 14 October 2020 after a match against Israel.
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.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponents Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Algeria 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Andorra 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
 Armenia 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Austria 4 1 2 1 3 4 −1
 Azerbaijan 8 7 0 1 19 5 +14
 Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Belarus 3 2 0 1 7 2 +5
 Belgium 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1
 Bolivia 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 1 0 3 4 6 −2
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5
 Bulgaria 7 4 1 2 10 5 +5
 Cameroon 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Chile 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 China PR 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
 Colombia 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2
 Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1
 Croatia 15 2 3 10 18 40 -22
 Cyprus 4 3 0 1 14 6 +8
 Czech Republic 13 3 2 8 12 27 −15
 Denmark 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
 Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 England 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
 Finland 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3
 France 4 1 1 2 2 6 −4
 Georgia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Germany 11 3 0 8 12 25 −13
 Gibraltar* 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Greece 5 1 1 3 4 6 −2
 Guatemala 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Hungary 6 4 2 0 7 2 +5
 Iceland 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4
 Iran 2 1 0 1 6 6 0
 Republic of Ireland 6 0 5 1 5 6 −1
 Israel 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3
 Italy 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
 Japan 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
 Jordan 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
 Kuwait 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Latvia 6 3 3 0 12 6 +6
 Lebanon 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1
 Liechtenstein 9 7 2 0 26 1 +25
 Lithuania 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6
 Luxembourg 5 4 0 1 15 5 +10
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Malta 8 7 1 0 21 3 +18
 Mexico 1 0 0 1 2 5 −3
 Moldova 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
 Montenegro 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Morocco 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
 Netherlands 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
 New Zealand 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Northern Ireland 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2
 North Macedonia 8 6 2 0 16 3 +13
 Norway 3 1 0 2 1 3 −2
 Paraguay 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
 Peru 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2
 Poland 8 4 1 3 12 13 −1
 Portugal 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6
 Romania 11 1 5 5 12 20 −8
 Russia 9 3 3 3 8 8 0
 San Marino 4 4 0 0 22 1 +21
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Scotland 3 1 0 2 3 2 +1
 Serbia and Montenegro 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Slovenia 7 2 2 3 5 6 −1
 South Korea 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Spain 6 1 1 4 6 15 −9
 Sweden 6 0 3 3 2 11 −9
  Switzerland 3 2 0 1 4 4 0
 Thailand 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
 Turkey 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5
 Uganda 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2
 Ukraine 8 2 3 3 10 9 +1
 United Arab Emirates 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3
 United States 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
 Wales 5 1 1 3 9 10 -1
 FR Yugoslavia 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
Totals 315 124 71 120 442 415 +27

Results and schedule[edit]

The box below, show the results of all A-level matches played within the last 12 months, and the scheduled matches for the upcoming 12 months.

Performance in recent major competitions[edit]

2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 10 8 2 0 18 3 +15 26 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–0
2  Slovakia 10 6 0 4 17 7 +10 18 0–1 3–0 1–0 4–0 3–0
3  Scotland 10 5 3 2 17 12 +5 18 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
4  Slovenia 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15 0–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 2–0
5  Lithuania 10 1 3 6 7 20 −13 6 0–1 1–2 0–3 2–2 2–0
6  Malta 10 0 1 9 3 25 −22 1 0–4 1–3 1–5 0–1 1–1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

2020 UEFA Euro qualifying[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Croatia Wales Slovakia Hungary Azerbaijan
1  Croatia 8 5 2 1 17 7 +10 17 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–1
2  Wales 8 4 2 2 10 6 +4 14 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1
3  Slovakia 8 4 1 3 13 11 +2 13 Advance to play-offs via Nations League 0–4 1–1 2–0 2–0
4  Hungary 8 4 0 4 8 11 −3 12 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0
5  Azerbaijan 8 0 1 7 5 18 −13 1 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–3
Source: UEFA

2020–21 UEFA Nations League B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation Scotland Czech Republic Israel Slovakia
1  Scotland (X) 4 3 1 0 5 2 +3 10 Promotion to League A 1–0 1–1 1–0
2  Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 6 5 +1 6 1–2 15 Nov 18 Nov
3  Israel 4 1 2 1 6 6 0 5 18 Nov 1–2 1–1
4  Slovakia (Y) 4 0 1 3 4 8 −4 1 Relegation to League C 15 Nov 1–3 2–3
Updated to match(es) played on 14 October 2020. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(X) Cannot be relegated; (Y) Cannot be promoted.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-off fixture against  Republic of Ireland (8 October 2020) and two 2020-21 UEFA Nations League matches against  Scotland (11 October 2020) and  Israel (14 October 2020).[17]

Due to a coronavirus quarantine of Napoli, which included Stanislav Lobotka, Erik Sabo was called up additionally in case of Lobotka being unable to join the squad in the pre-match camp in Senec. Despite the initial nomination, Michal Ďuriš had to withdraw due to a concussion suffered in the previous club fixture. He was replaced by Pavol Šafranko.[18] Similarly, Ľubomír Šatka had to be replaced by Jakub Holúbek, following an injury suffered in his last club fixture prior to the camp.[19] During the preparatory camp, Milan Škriniar tested positive for COVID-19. He was placed into isolation per UEFA and national regulations and was replaced in the squad by Branislav Niňaj, who was listed as an atlernate.[20]

Caps and fixtures correct as of 14 October 2020, after a match against Israel.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Dušan Kuciak (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 35) 11 0 Poland Lechia Gdańsk
1GK Dominik Greif (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 (age 23) 4 0 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
1GK Marek Rodák (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 23) 2 0 England Fulham

2DF Peter Pekarík (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 33) 94 2 Germany Hertha Berlin
2DF Norbert Gyömbér (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 28) 26 0 Italy Salernitana
2DF Denis Vavro (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 24) 11 1 Italy Lazio
2DF Róbert Mazáň (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 26) 10 0 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav
2DF Martin Valjent (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 24) 8 0 Spain Mallorca
2DF Lukáš Pauschek (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 27) 5 0 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
2DF Jakub Holúbek (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 29) 5 0 Poland Piast Gliwice
2DF Branislav Niňaj (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 26) 3 0 Netherlands Fortuna Sittard
2DF Martin Koscelník (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 25) 2 0 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec

3MF Marek Hamšík (captain) (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 33) 123 26 China Dalian Professional
3MF Juraj Kucka (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 33) 76 9 Italy Parma
3MF Róbert Mak (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 29) 61 13 Hungary Ferencváros
3MF Ondrej Duda (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 25) 40 5 Germany 1. FC Köln
3MF Ján Greguš (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 29) 29 3 United States Minnesota United
3MF Patrik Hrošovský (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 28) 28 0 Belgium Genk
3MF Albert Rusnák (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 26) 27 5 United States Real Salt Lake
3MF Erik Sabo (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 28) 18 0 Turkey Fatih Karagümrük
3MF Matúš BeroINJ (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 25) 13 0 Netherlands Vitesse
3MF Lukáš Haraslín (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 24) 13 1 Italy Sassuolo
3MF Jaroslav Mihalík (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 26) 8 1 Poland Lechia Gdańsk

4FW Róbert BoženíkINJ (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 20) 13 4 Netherlands Feyenoord
4FW Pavol Šafranko (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 25) 8 0 Romania Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe
4FW Ivan Schranz (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 27) 3 1 Czech Republic Jablonec

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Slovakia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Adam Jakubech (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Belgium Kortrijk v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
GK Dominik Holec (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
GK Martin Dúbravka INJ (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 31) 24 0 England Newcastle United v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019
GK Matúš Putnocký (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 (age 35) 0 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT

DF Milan ŠkriniarINJ (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 25) 33 0 Italy Internazionale v.  Israel, 14 October 2020
DF Ľubomír ŠatkaINJ (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 24) 9 0 Poland Lech Poznań v.  Israel, 14 October 2020
DF Dominik Kružliak (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 24) 1 0 Slovakia Dunajská Streda v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
DF Dávid Hancko INJ (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 22) 12 1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Israel, 7 September 2020
DF Lukáš Štetina INJ (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 29) 4 1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Israel, 7 September 2020
DF Michal Sipľak (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Poland Cracovia v.  Israel, 7 September 2020 ALT
DF Boris Sekulić (1991-11-21) 21 November 1991 (age 28) 2 0 United States Chicago Fire v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT

MF Stanislav Lobotka (1994-11-25) 25 November 1994 (age 25) 24 3 Italy Napoli v.  Israel, 14 October 2020
MF Miroslav Káčer (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
MF Jakub Hromada (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 24) 0 0 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
MF Erik Jirka (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Spain Mirandés v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
MF Jakub Považanec (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 29) 0 0 Czech Republic Jablonec v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
MF Nikolas Špalek (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Brescia v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
MF László Bénes INJ (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019
MF Miroslav Stoch (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 31) 60 6 Unattached v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
MF Roman Procházka (1989-03-14) 14 March 1989 (age 31) 3 0 Poland Górnik Zabrze v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT

FW Michal Ďuriš (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 32) 48 6 Cyprus Omonia Nicosia v.  Israel, 14 October 2020
FW Adam Zreľák (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 26) 5 2 Germany Nürnberg v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
FW Samuel Mráz (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 23) 3 1 Poland Zagłębie Lubin v.  Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
FW Erik Pačinda (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 31) 4 1 Slovakia Spartak Trnava v.  Israel, 7 September 2020 ALT
  • INJ Withdrew/Unavailable due to an injury or an illness.
  • ALT Alternate - replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability
  • RET Retired from international football

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 20 October 2020
Caretaker Head coach Štefan Tarkovič
Caretaker Assistant Coaches Marek Mintál, Samuel Slovák
Goalkeeping Coach Miroslav König, Miroslav Seman
Fitness Coach Peter Boďo
Doctor Zsolt Fegyveres, Ivan Štefanov
Masseur Juraj Ludik
Physiotherapist Marián Drinka, Martin Nozdrovický
Videoanalyst Michal Slyško
Custodians Marek Košáň, Patrik Fedor
Technical manager Jakub Kojnok

Records[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

As of 14 October 2020

Players[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

# Player Career Caps Goals
1. Marek Hamšík 2007– 123 26
2. Miroslav Karhan 1995–2011 107 14
3. Martin Škrtel 2004–2019 104 6
4. Peter Pekarík 2006– 94 2
5. Ján Ďurica 2004–2017 91 4
6. Róbert Vittek 2001–2016 82 23
7. Juraj Kucka 2008– 76 9
8. Stanislav Šesták 2004–2016 66 13
Vladimír Weiss 2009–2018 66 7
9. Filip Hološko 2005–2015 65 8
Tomáš Hubočan 2006–2019 65 0
10. Róbert Mak 2013– 61 13

Top goalscorers[edit]

Managers[edit]

1939–1944[edit]

Name Years Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Vojtech Závodský 1939 1 1 0 0 2 0 +1 3.00
Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Rudolf Hanák 1939–1940 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 1.50
Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Štefan Priboj 1940–1941 4 0 1 3 5 10 −5 0.08
Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Štefan Čambal 1941–1942 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.00
Slovak Republic (1939–1945) Ferdinand Daučík 1942–1944 7 1 1 5 10 24 −14 0.19
Totals 16 3 2 11 23 44 −21 0.69

1993–present[edit]

Name Dates Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
Slovakia Jozef Vengloš 6 Apr 1993 – 15 Jun 1995 16 5 4 7 21 30 −9 1.19
Slovakia Jozef Jankech 4 Jul 1995 – 23 Oct 1998 34 18 6 10 51 33 +18 1.76
Slovakia Dušan Radolský[21] 10 Nov 1998 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0.00
Slovakia Dušan Galis 1. 1. 1999 – 23. 2. 1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Slovakia Jozef Adamec 26 Feb 1999 – 30 Nov 2001 34 13 11 10 38 31 +7 1.47
Slovakia Anton Dragúň[22] 17 Nov 1999 – 25 Nov 2001 4 1 0 3 2 7 −5 0.25
Slovakia Stanislav Griga[23] 21 Jun 2001 – 25 Jun 2001 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 1.00
Slovakia Ladislav Jurkemik 1 Feb 2002 – 31 Dec 2003 19 6 5 8 27 26 +1 1.21
Slovakia Dušan Galis 1 Jan 2004 – 12 Oct 2006 31 12 12 7 53 36 +17 1.55
Slovakia Ján Kocian 2 Nov 2006 – 30 Jun 2008 17 3 5 9 30 28 +2 0.82
Slovakia Vladimír Weiss 7 Jul 2008 – 31 Jan 2012 40 16 8 16 56 53 +3 1.40
Slovakia Michal Hipp[24] 1 Jan 2012 – 29 Feb 2012 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3.00
Slovakia Stanislav Griga
Slovakia Michal Hipp
26 Apr 2012 – 13 Jun 2013 12 3 4 5 11 14 −3 0.92
Slovakia Ján Kozák 2 Jul 2013 – 14 Oct 2018 56 29 10 17 81 57 +24 1.73
Slovakia Štefan Tarkovič[25] 15 Oct 2018 – 21 Oct 2018 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1.00
Czech Republic Pavel Hapal 22 Oct 2018 – 16 Oct 2020 16 6 4 6 25 20 +5 1.38
Slovakia Oto Brunegraf[26] 14 Oct 2020 1 0 0 1 2 3 0 0.00
Slovakia Štefan Tarkovič 20 Oct 2020 – 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Totals 285 113 70 102 398 345 +53 1.44

Honours[edit]

Major tournaments[edit]

Minor titles[edit]

Recognitions[edit]

Czechoslovakia[edit]

As a part of Czechoslovakia (1918-1939 and 1945-1993), Slovak footballers achieved multiple major successful campaigns with the Czechoslovakia national team. Notably, for example, 16 of the 22 players on the Czechoslovak squad playing in the final tournament of UEFA Euro 1976 in Yugoslavia were Slovak. In both the semi-final against Netherlands and the final match against West Germany 9 of the 13 fielded players were Slovak.

The following table shows the major international successes of the Czechoslovak national team, with participation of Slovak footballers.

Competition 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 0 2 0 2
European Championship 1 0 2 3
Total 1 2 2 5

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 are being played behind closed doors.[11][12] Cite error: The named reference "September behind closed doors" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).

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  16. ^ Behind closed doors due to regulations by the Government of Slovakia.
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  22. ^ As Assistant coach he managed the team during the tour of Central and South America
  23. ^ Led the team during 2001 Merdeka Tournament in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
  24. ^ Managed the team against Turkey on 29 February 2012 on a caretaker basis
  25. ^ Managed the team against Sweden on 16 October 2018 on a caretaker basis
  26. ^ Managed the team against Israel on 14 October 2020 on a caretaker basis
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