Vladimír Weiss (footballer, born 1989)

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Vladimír Weiss
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Personal information
Full name Vladimír Weiss
Date of birth (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Number 79
Youth career
Inter Bratislava
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Manchester City 1 (0)
2010Bolton Wanderers (loan) 13 (0)
2010–2011Rangers (loan) 23 (5)
2011–2012Espanyol (loan) 28 (3)
2012–2013 Pescara 22 (4)
2013–2014 Olympiacos 17 (4)
2014–2016 Lekhwiya SC 43 (20)
2016– Al-Gharafa 38 (17)
National team
2007 Slovakia U19 3 (0)
2008–2009 Slovakia U21 8 (1)
2009– Slovakia 66 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 October 2018

Vladimír Weiss (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈʋlaɟimiːr ˈʋai̯s]; born 30 November 1989) is a Slovak footballer who plays as a midfielder for Al-Gharafa.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

On 16 April 2008, Weiss scored in the second leg of the 2008 FA Youth Cup Final against Chelsea, in a 3–1 (4–2 on aggregate) win.[2] He made his first team debut on 24 May 2009, replacing Stephen Ireland from the substitutes bench after seventy minutes in the final game of the 2008–09 season, a 1–0 win against Bolton Wanderers.[3]

On 28 October 2009, he came on as a substitute against Scunthorpe United in the League Cup. He scored his first senior goal, as a substitute, on 2 December 2009, in a 3–0 League Cup win over Arsenal.[4] He signed a new contract on 17 December 2009, to tie him to the club until 2012.[5]

Bolton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

On 25 January 2010, Weiss joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season,[6] and made his debut as a last minute substitute a day later in the home game against Burnley.[7] For the most part of his time at the Reebok Stadium, Weiss was a substitute.

Rangers (loan)[edit]

On 19 August 2010, Weiss joined Scottish side Rangers on loan until the end of the 2010–11 season. Prior to signing for Rangers, Weiss rejected a move to their city rivals Celtic.[8] He made his Rangers debut against Hibernian at Easter Road on 22 August coming on as a substitute for James Beattie, setting up the second goal with Rangers going on to win 3–0.[9] He scored his first goal for Rangers in a 4–1 home win against Motherwell[10] and five days later made his Champions League debut against Valencia, providing the assist from a corner for Maurice Edu's opener.[11]

On 26 December 2010, Weiss gave a 'Man of the Match' performance,[12] and scored the third goal in a 4–1 SPL victory over Motherwell at Fir Park.[12] On 15 January 2011, Weiss scored twice in a 4–0 home victory over Hamilton Academical.[13] On 20 March 2011, Weiss came off the bench in the League Cup Final against Celtic and made the assist for Nikica Jelavić to score the winning goal, he lifted his first senior trophy as a Rangers player.[14][15] Weiss claimed a 2010–11 SPL winners medal,[16] Rangers having won the title over rivals Celtic by a single point.[17]

Espanyol (loan)[edit]

On 20 December 2011, Weiss scored his first goal for Espanyol in a Copa del Rey match which ended in a 4–2 victory against Celta Vigo.[citation needed] In February 2012 he scored a goal from outside the penalty area in a 3–3 draw away at Athletic Bilbao.[citation needed]


On 2 August 2012 newly promoted Serie A side Pescara announced the signing of Weiss from Manchester City with the player signing a one-year contract with the option for a further year.[18] He made his debut in a 3–0 home loss to Inter Milan.[citation needed] Weiss scored his first goal in Pescara's 1–0 victory over Palermo on 26 September.[19]


After turning down a number of offers from clubs in Italy, Spain, England and Russia, on 28 June 2013, Weiss came to Greece to sign with current league champions, Olympiacos. Some hours later, he announced (through his Twitter account) that he was joining Olympiacos in a three-year deal.[20] Commenting on his reason he chose to sign with Olympiacos, he stated; "I chose Olympiacos because it's a great club with great history, their playing in the Champions League and I know they have Crazy fans! Fanatics with the team. I like to play in front of crazy fans because I'm a little crazy too. I also know that Olympiacos has lofty goals, and if I stay many years with the club, I want to win titles."

He scored his first goal for the club on 1 September 2013 in a league match against Levadiakos FC.[citation needed] On 17 September 2013, Weiss scored his first Champions League goal in a 4-1 home defeat against Paris Saint-Germain. The goal was voted by ESPN as UEFA Champions League best goal of Matchday 1: he "broke down the right and skipped past four challenges – including a sumptuous nutmeg on 19-year-old PSG debutant Marquinhos – before beating Salvatore Sirigu with the aid of a deflection."[21] He netted his next goal in a 2-0 league away win against Panionios. He next scored in a 4-1 away league win over Platanias. Weiss ended his half-season stint at Olympiacos with six goals (four in the Superleague, one in the Greek Cup and one in the UEFA Champions League).


On 26 January 2014, Weiss joined Qatari football club, Lekhwiya SC based in the nation's capital city of Doha for a fee of 3 million euros.[22] Commenting on departing Olympiacos and his move to Qatar, he commented; "I felt great in Greece. I am very grateful to the club for the chance I was given as I was playing in the UEFA Champions League with the best Greek club and I met lots of good people there. I expect another football adventure and I believe that I will not only feel good in Qatar, but also I will grow in terms of football." His transfer and departure to Qatar lead to great disappointment amongst Olympiacos supporters which led them to give him the nickname "Wei$$".[citation needed] He made his debut on 31 January 2014 against Muaither SC when he substituted in 46th minute for Ismaeel Mohammad. Later that match, Weiss made his first assist for Lekhwiya in the 84th minute, when after solo run from the half of the pitched his pass found Youssef Msakni who scored.[23] In his second game for Lekhwiya, against Al Gharafa, on 4 February 2014, Weiss scored his first goal for the club. On 26 February 2014, he scored the only goal in Lekhwiya's 2-1 away defeat in the United Arab Emirates against one of their giants Al Ain in the first group game of the AFC Champions League.

Al Gharafa[edit]

Weiss signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with another Qatar Stars League club, Al Gharafa, in January 2016.[24]

International career[edit]

Weiss made his debut for Slovakia on 12 August 2009 in a 1–1 friendly draw with Iceland.[25][26] He was included in Slovakia's 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.[27]

Weiss played in three out of four of his country's games in South Africa, playing a total of 270 minutes. He impressed in the first match against New Zealand where he thrilled the crowd in a 1–1 draw.[28] Weiss featured in the second group game against Paraguay which they lost 2–0[29] and played a full 90 minutes in the 2–1 defeat to Netherlands in the last 16.[30] Weiss scored the opening goal in a Euro 2016 win against Russia,[31] and thus became the first player to score at the Euros whilst playing for a non-European club.[32]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 15 April 2017[33]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008–09 Manchester City Premier League 1 0 1 0
2009–10 1 0 3 1 4 1
2009–10 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 13 0 13 0
2010–11 Rangers (loan) Scottish Premier League 23 5 2 0 4 0 6 0 35 5
2011–12 Espanyol (loan) La Liga 28 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 31 4
2012–13 Pescara Serie A 22 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 23 5
2013–14 Olympiacos Superleague Greece 17 4 3 1 0 0 5 1 25 6
2013–14 Lekhwiya SC Qatar Stars League 7 4 0 0 0 0 7 1 14 5
2014–15 22 8 - - - - 9 2 31 10
2015–16 14 8 - - - - 0 0 14 8
Al-Gharafa 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
2016–17 21 10 - - - - 0 0 21 10
Career total 178 48 10 3 7 1 27 4 222 56


Score and result lists Slovakia's goals first
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2010 Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia
UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
2. 29 February 2012 Bursa Atatürk Stadium, Bursa, Turkey  Turkey
International Friendly
3. 23 May 2014 NTC Senec, Senec, Slovakia  Montenegro
4. 27 March 2015 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Luxembourg
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
5. 15 June 2016 Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille, France  Russia
UEFA Euro 2016
6. 26 March 2017 Ta'Qali National Stadium, Ta'Qali, Malta  Malta
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 10 June 2017 LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania  Lithuania

Personal life[edit]

Weiss is a third generation international footballer. His father, also called Vladimír Weiss, won 12 caps for the national team, whom he later coached.[34] His grandfather, named Vladimír Weiss too, also represented Czechoslovakia.[35]


Night club visit

On September 2012, after a return from a qualifying game in Vilnius against Lithuania (1-1), Weiss, Marek Hamšík, Miroslav Stoch and Karim Guédé, were fined and cautioned after visiting a night club. Coaches Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp however kept the incident on a low profile[36].

Fast food incident

On 2 January 2015, Vladimír Weiss, together with former Slovak national team player Filip Šebo and several other people, had a conflict in a fast food restaurant. They were noisy and aggressive, according to the restaurant owner, after he warned someone from their group that threw a chair at the head of another restaurant visitor.[37]

Damaged hotel

Weiss was also present, when SFZ had to pay a Hilton Hotel compensation for damaged property in October 2015, after most of the Slovak team, celebrating a qualification for Euro 2016, damaged the property and required police cautioning at 4AM.[38]

Alcohol night drive

On 2 October 2016, 6:45AM (6 days before an important qualification match against Slovenia) police on patrol in Bratislava stopped a Mercedes G owned by Vladimir Weiss with 11 people on board. Vladimir Weiss refused an alcohol test and spent 32 hours at a police station. Slovak national team coach Ján Kozák subsequently banned him for 2 matches.[39] Although he had criminal charges presented by the police against him, the public prosecutor had found that Weiss did not commit the acts of which he was accused and hence he was not prosecuted or tried.[40]

Ján Kozák's resignation incident

Weiss was nominated for a double fixture against Czech Republic and Sweden on 13 October and 16 October 2018, respectively.[41] Weiss played throughout each entire game, but was involved in the controversy, that had led to resignation of Ján Kozák, then Slovakia's longest-serving and most successful coach.

Weiss violated the code of conduct of national team player, along with Martin Dúbravka, Michal Šulla, Milan Škriniar, Norbert Gyömbér, Ľubomír Šatka and Stanislav Lobotka. On the night of 13 October 2018, after a loss in Slovakia's second UEFA Nations League fixture and a derby match against Czech Republic (1–2), they left the hotel and went out, missed the bedtime and violated the wellness policy, regarding regeneration and rehabilitation. They were allegedly noticed by Ján Kozák at about midnight, admitting to the incident and apologising the next day. Ján Kozák resigned from the national team in the afternoon of 14 October, revealing the details of his decision in a press conference on 18 October, to avoid distractions during the preparation for the fixture against Sweden, that was managed by his former assistant Štefan Tarkovič on a caretaker basis. Kozák cited his inability to work with the squad under such conditions as the primary reason, as about a third of the squad was involved, including players Kozák described as crucial for the future of Slovak football, with Weiss among them. The President of SFZ, Ján Kováčik, said that the players will be punished by not receiving any financial rewards for any future nominations and performances in the national team during the upcoming qualification cycle. Kozák also revealed, that upon inquirying the reasons for such conduct, Weiss simply said, that he "doesn't know" why.[42]

On 19 October, SFZ published series of statements made by the concerned players, in which they apologised and accepted their guilt.[43] Weiss however did not provide a statement until the following day, expressing his sincere apologies, for damaging the reputation of Slovak football, that he too contributed to, acknowledging the negative perception of the incident, accepting the consequences and committing himself to improving the damaged trust. He also stressed his apologies to Kozák and thanked him for his contributions.[44]




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