FC Nitra

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FC Nitra
Club crest
Full nameFootball Club Nitra
Nickname(s)Trogári
Founded1909; 110 years ago (1909)
as Nyitrai ÖTTSO
GroundŠtadión pod Zoborom,
Nitra
Capacity7,480
OwnerNorbert Bödör
ChairmanJozef Petráni
CoachMarián Süttö
LeagueFortuna Liga
2018–19Fortuna Liga, 9th
WebsiteClub website

FC Nitra is a Slovak association football club, playing in the town of Nitra. Established in 1909, FC Nitra is one of the oldest football clubs in Slovakia.

History[edit]

Czechoslovak era[edit]

Nitra were promoted and relegated 4 times from the Czechoslovak First League with their longest stay being 5 years (1979–1984, 1986–1991). Nitra came close to clinching the title in 1962 only to lose out by 3 points to Dukla Prague. This year was most successful in club history because they reached also Mitropa Cup final. Another successful period was end of 80s when Nitra stayed on top positions in Czechoslovak First League (in 1989 they reached 3rd place) with players like Michal Hipp, Ľubomír Moravčík, Ladislav Molnár, Peter Palúch, Jozef Majoroš, Róbert Tomaschek, Miroslav Sovič. FC Nitra was the first football professional club in the former Czechoslovakia.[citation needed]

Slovan Nitra Czechoslovakia2–2Italy FC Bologna
Bachratý Goal 8'
Hrnčár Goal 76'
Nielsen Goal 42'
Perani Goal 54'
FC Bologna Italy3–0Czechoslovakia Slovan Nitra
Demarco Goal 21'
Pascutti Goal 46'
Nielsen Goal 54'

Slovak era[edit]

Nitra was involved in the inaugural Slovakian championship in 1994 but was relegated to the second division after their first season. The following season they were promoted back to the first division, only for the same fate to occur and were again relegated. Roller coaster seasons became somewhat of an FC Nitra speciality during the early 90s, until the promotions stopped in 2001 where fans had to wait five long seasons before seeing their club again return to the top flight where they finished with a respectable fifth place. This was mainly due to the work of headcoach Ivan Galád, who took control of the team in the winter of 2004, guiding the team to a fourth-place finish in the second division.[citation needed]

Róbert Rák became the top goal scorer both in the second division in the 2004/2005 season and (together with Erik Jendrišek) in the first division in the 2005/2006 season. In the beginning of the next season he was transferred to MFK Ružomberok. Galád coached the team very defensively (as according to his words no good striker was in the team). Galád lost his job after not much good results of the team at the end of 2006/2007 season (many losses and draws).[citation needed] The former Czech player Pavel Hapal was named as the head coach of the team for the 2007/2008 season. His way of coaching brought almost immediately very good results and the team finished 3rd (the best in the history of the club). After the season Hapal decided to leave the club to accept an offer from the top Czech club FK Mladá Boleslav. Pavel Malura, another coach from the Czech Republic, has taken the job. In spring 2009 the new manager Petar Kurčubić was appointed.

Events timeline[edit]

  • 1909 – Founded as Nyitrai ÖTTSO
  • 1911 – Renamed Nyitrai TVE
  • 1919 – Renamed Nyitrai SC
  • 1921 – Renamed SK Nitra
  • 1923 – Renamed AC Nitra
  • 1948 – Renamed Sokol Nitra
  • 1949 – Renamed ZSJ Sokol spojene zavody Nitra
  • 1949 – Renamed ZK KP Nitra
  • 1953 – Renamed DSO Slavoj Nitra
  • 1956 – Renamed TJ Slovan Nitra
  • 1966 – Again Renamed AC Nitra
  • 1976 – Renamed TJ Plastika Nitra
  • 1989 – First European qualification, 1990
  • 1990 – Renamed FC Nitra

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Czechoslovakia

Slovakia

Czechoslovak and Slovak Top Goalscorer[edit]

The Czechoslovak League top scorer from 1944–45 until 1992–93. Since the 1993–94 Slovak League Top scorer.

Year Winner G
1959–60 Czechoslovakia Michal Pucher 18
2005–06 Slovakia Róbert Rák 211
2009–10 Slovakia Róbert Rák 18
1Shared award

European[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1998–2001 Erreà Volkswagen
2001–2002 Gems Pozemné Staviteľstvo Nitra
2002–2004 DIADORA
2004–2005 hummel Bonul security
2005–2006 Jako Dynamik
2006–2008 Bonul security
2008–2010 Bonul security
El Comp
2010–13 Bonul security
El Comp
Špeciál Izotex
2013–2016 Mesto Nitra
2017- none

Current squad[edit]

Updated 10 August 2019. 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 Dávid Šípoš
7 Slovakia FW Jakub Tancík
8 Slovakia MF Michal Faško
9 Slovakia FW Marek Fábry
10 Slovakia MF Frederik Bilovský
11 Slovakia DF Lukáš Fabiš
12 Slovakia MF Dominik Guláš
13 Slovakia DF Daniel Magda
14 Slovakia MF Miloš Šimončič (Vice-captain)
15 Slovakia DF Ondrej Elexa
16 Slovakia MF Marián Chobot
17 Slovakia MF Viktor Remeň
18 Slovakia MF Patrik Danek
No. Position Player
19 Slovakia MF Ondrej Vrábel
20 Slovakia DF Oliver Podhorín
21 Slovakia MF Samuel Šefčík
22 Slovakia DF Matúš Kuník
23 Slovakia GK Martin Kuciak
25 Croatia MF Nikola Gatarić
26 Slovakia DF Pavol Farkaš (Captain)
27 Slovakia DF Marek Dubeň
33 Slovakia GK Erik Búš
61 Kazakhstan DF Midat Galbayev
77 North Macedonia FW Milan Ristovski
97 Slovakia DF Patrik Šurnovský
98 Slovakia MF Šimon Štefanec

For recent transfers, see List of Slovak football transfers summer 2019.
and List of Slovak football transfers winter 2018-19.

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

Current technical staff[edit]

Updated 24 January 2017
Staff Job title
Slovakia Ivan Galád Manager
Slovakia Ján Bíreš Assistant manager
Slovakia Marián Süttö Sport Director
Slovakia Miroslav König Goalkeeping coach
Slovakia Igor Demo Team Leader
Slovakia MUDr. Ivan Štefanov Team Doctor
Slovakia Štefan Balla Physiotherapist
Slovakia Róbert Gyepes Masseur

Results[edit]

League and Cup history[edit]

Slovak League only (1993–present)

Season Division (Name) Pos./Teams Pl. W D L GS GA P Slovak Cup Europe Top Scorer (Goals)
1993–94 1st (Mars Superliga) 12/(12) 32 12 3 17 39 46 27 Round 3
1994–95 2nd (1. liga) 1/(16) 30 19 5 6 58 29 62 Round 2 Slovakia Prochászka (13)
1995–96 1st (Mars Superliga) 11/(12) 32 7 5 20 30 59 26 Round 1 Slovakia Norbert Hrnčár (7)
1996–97 1st (Mars Superliga) 16/(16) 30 5 5 20 22 48 20 Round 1
1997–98 2nd (1. liga) 1/(16) 34 20 8 6 73 36 68 Round 2 Slovakia Peter Hodúr (18)
1998–99 1st (Mars Superliga) 12/(16) 30 7 7 16 28 48 28 Round 2 Slovakia Marián Klago (8)
1999–00 1st (Mars Superliga) 13/(16) 30 8 4 18 24 44 28 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Jež (4)
Slovakia Jozef Jelšic (4)
2000–01 2nd (1. Liga) 2/(18) 34 21 3 10 77 27 66 Round 1 Slovakia Mário Breška (23)
2001–02 2nd (1. Liga) 7/(16) 30 12 7 11 41 34 43 Round 1 Slovakia Jozef Jelšic (17)
2002–03 2nd (1. Liga) 12/(16) 30 11 5 14 36 29 38 Quarter-finals Slovakia Jozef Jelšic (15)
2003–04 2nd (1. Liga) 4/(16) 30 15 3 12 45 32 48 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Rák (13)
2004–05 2nd (1. Liga) 1/(16) 36 21 6 3 49 16 69 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Rák (27)
2005–06 1st (Corgoň Liga) 5/(10) 36 12 9 15 42 48 45 Semi-finals UI 2.R (Ukraine Dnipro) Slovakia Róbert Rák (21)
2006–07 1st (Corgoň Liga) 6/(12) 28 9 4 15 21 33 31 Quarter-finals Slovakia Andrej Hesek (6)
2007–08 1st (Corgoň Liga) 3/(12) 33 17 6 10 40 26 57 Quarter-finals UI 1.R (Azerbaijan Neftçi PFK) Slovakia Andrej Hesek (5)
Czech Republic Jan Gruber (5)
2008–09 1st (Corgoň Liga) 11/(12) 33 9 8 16 34 53 35 Round 2 Slovakia Róbert Rák (9)
2009–10 1st (Corgoň Liga) 4/(12) 33 14 6 13 42 40 48 Round 3 Slovakia Róbert Rák (18)
2010–11 1st (Corgoň Liga) 8/(12) 33 11 7 15 30 51 40 Quarter-finals EL Q1 (Hungary ETO Győr) Slovakia Róbert Rák (9)
2011–12 1st (Corgoň Liga) 8/(12) 33 9 12 12 33 39 39 Round 3 Slovakia Vratislav Gajdoš (5)
2012–13 1st (Corgoň Liga) 10/(12) 33 11 6 16 39 54 36 Round 3 Brazil Cléber (11)
2013–14 1st (Corgoň Liga) 12/(12) 33 6 8 19 33 63 26 Round 2 Brazil Cléber (7)
2014–15 2nd (DOXXbet Liga) 5/(24) 22 8 7 7 26 25 31 Round 5 Slovakia Matúš Paukner (21)
2015–16 2nd (DOXXbet Liga) 7/(24) 30 13 7 10 54 36 46 Round 4 Slovakia Matúš Paukner (17)
2016–17 2nd (DOXXbet liga) 2/(24) 30 18 5 7 57 32 59 Round 5 Slovakia Filip Balaj (20)
2017-18 1st (Fortuna Liga) 7/(12) 31 10 12 9 28 27 42 Round 5 Slovakia Filip Balaj (6)
Slovakia Tomáš Vestenický (6)
2018-19 1st (Fortuna Liga) 9/(12) 32 8 10 14 42 48 34 Quarter-finals Slovakia Tomáš Vestenický (10)

European competition history[edit]

UEFA-administered[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 Mitropa Cup Group
Czechoslovakia TJ Slovnaft 4–3
Italy FC Torino 5–1
Austria SV Stickstoff 4–4
Semi-Finals Italy Udinese 4–3 1–1 5–4
Finals Italy FC Bologna 2–2 0–3 2–5
1989–90 UEFA Cup R1 Germany 1. FC Köln 0–1 1–4 1–5
2006 Intertoto Cup R1 Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 6–2 6–0 12–2
R2 Ukraine Dnipro 2–1 0–2 2–3
2008 Intertoto Cup R1 Azerbaijan Neftchi PFK 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
2010–11 UEFA Europa League QR1 Hungary ETO Győr 2–2 1–3 1–5

Not UEFA-administered[edit]

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1962–63 Intertoto Cup Group A4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Sarajevo 5–1 2–3
Switzerland Servette FC 0–0 1–2
France Nîmes 4–1 0–2
1972 Intertoto Cup Group 1 Austria SSV Innsbruck 4–1 1–0
Sweden Örgryte IS 3–0 6–2
Denmark AB Copenhagen 2–0 3–2
1973 Intertoto Cup Group 9 Netherlands FC Amsterdam 4–1 3–2
Germany Eintracht Braunschweig 1–1 2–1
Denmark Vejle BK 4–1 4–1
1980 Intertoto Cup Group 5 Austria LASK Linz 0–1 2–1
Denmark Esbjerg fB 2–0 1–0
Poland Polonia Bytom 4–0 0–1
1982 Intertoto Cup Group 3 Germany Werder Bremen 3–5 3–3
Denmark Aarhus GF 3–4 0–1
Austria SK Sturm Graz 5–3 2–0
1987 Intertoto Cup Group 6 Sweden AIK Fotboll 1–0 0–0
Denmark Lyngby Boldklub 4–1 1–2
Poland Lech Poznań 2–1 0–3
1989 Intertoto Cup Group 2 East Germany Hansa Rostock 3–0 1–1
Denmark Boldklubben 1903 1–3 1–3
Sweden Malmö FF 1–1 0–0
1990 Intertoto Cup Group 7 Hungary FC Tatabánya 4–0 0–0
Switzerland FC Luzern 0–2 1–1
Sweden Örebro SK 1–0 0–0

Player records[edit]

Most goals[edit]

# Nat. Name Goals
1 Slovakia Róbert Rák 100
2 Czechoslovakia Michal Pucher 57
3 Slovakia Matúš Paukner 38
4 Slovakia Filip Balaj 32
5 Czechoslovakia Slovakia Ľubomír Moravčík 30
Czechoslovakia Vladimír Ternény
6 Czechoslovakia Igor Klejch 29
Czechoslovakia Slovakia Milan Lednický

Notable players[edit]

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

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

Former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]