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Albert Rusnák (footballer, born 1994)

Albert Rusnák (born 7 July 1994) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club Real Salt Lake as an attacking midfielder and for Slovakia as a right-wing.

Albert Rusnák
Personal information
Full name Albert Rusnák[1]
Date of birth (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Vyškov, Czech Republic[2]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Salt Lake
Number 11
Youth career
KAC Košice[2]
1997–2010 Košice
2010–2013 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Manchester City 0 (0)
2013Oldham Athletic (loan) 3 (0)
2014Birmingham City (loan) 4 (0)
2014Cambuur (loan) 17 (4)
2015–2017 Groningen 71 (10)
2017– Real Salt Lake 83 (26)
National team
2011 Slovakia U17 6 (2)
2011–2013 Slovakia U19 6 (2)
2013–2017 Slovakia U21 12 (3)
2016– Slovakia 20 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2019

Contents

CareerEdit

Manchester CityEdit

Rusnák played youth football in Slovakia for MFK Košice from a very young age, before signing for Manchester City in July 2010,[3] where he joined the club's academy side.

Loan to Oldham AthleticEdit

After three years of youth and reserve-team football, he signed for Football League One side Oldham Athletic on loan.[4] Rusnák made his first senior appearance as a 63rd-minute substitute for Jonson Clarke-Harris in a league game against Tranmere Rovers on 31 August 2013, in a match that they lost 0–1 at Boundary Park.[5] His first start came three days later, in a 4–1 away Football League Trophy win over Shrewsbury Town.[6] On 17 September, Rusnák's loan was cut short and he returned to City.[7]

Loan to Birmingham CityEdit

On 21 January 2014, Rusnák joined Football League Championship (second-tier) club Birmingham City on a month's youth loan.[8] He went straight into the starting eleven for the FA Cup fourth round defeat to Swansea City the following Saturday.[9] On 18 February 2014, Rusnák extended his loan spell until the conclusion of the 2013–14 season.[10]

Loan to SC CambuurEdit

On 25 July 2014, Rusnák moved to Dutch Eredivisie club SC Cambuur on loan until January.[11] He became a key part of the team, scoring in a 3–0 win over local rivals FC Groningen and having his loan extended until the end of the season.[12] Earlier in the season, in another local derby at sc Heerenveen, he gave the ball away from kick-off, resulting in a penalty being awarded after nine seconds, but Cambuur fought back for a 2–2 draw.[12]

FC GroningenEdit

With his Manchester City contract due to expire in the summer of 2015,[12] Rusnák moved on a three-year contract to Groningen on 18 December 2014.[13] On 3 May 2015, he scored both goals in the KNVB Cup final as they defeated reigning champions PEC Zwolle to win their first major trophy and qualify for the UEFA Europa League.[14]

Real Salt LakeEdit

On 6 January 2017, Rusnák joined Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer in time for the 2017 season. The terms of the move were undisclosed. He will wear the number 11 shirt last worn by Javier Morales.[15] He finished his debut MLS season with the joint highest number of assists in the league, 11, tied with Michael Barrios of FC Dallas. This accounted for 25% of Real Salt Lake’s team goals in the whole competition.[16]

International careerEdit

Rusnák made his debut in the senior national team on 15 November 2016, in the last friendly fixture for the year, against Austria, in a goal-less tie in Vienna, coming on as a substitute in the 46th minute for Jakub Holúbek.

In 2017, he kept received invitations to all fixtures, except for matches against Uganda and Sweden in Abu Dhabi, where league players were selected. In that year he made appearances in five of six qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, even earning a spot in the starting 11 in the last match in the group stage against Malta, where he also assisted Ondrej Duda's goal.

Rusnák scored his first international goal in his ninth cap, with a right-foot shot, in the 42nd minute of the first international match of 2018, a semi-final fixture against UAE, at the 2018 King's Cup. He was assisted by a pass from Patrik Hrošovský.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Rusnák's father, also called Albert Rusnák, is himself a former professional footballer and manager who became a scout at Manchester City in 2010, taking his son to the club.[12]

Style of playEdit

Rusnák struggled while playing in the Football League, due to the style of play rewarding taller and physically stronger players.[12] His manager at Cambuur, Henk de Jong, noted how his style of play being better suited for a playmaker role rather than his position on the wing in England.[12]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

FC Groningen

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 4 September 2017 [18]
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester City 2013–14[9] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manchester City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2013–14[9] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
Oldham Athletic 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Birmingham City (loan) 2013–14[9] Championship 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Birmingham City 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
SC Cambuur (loan) 2014–15 Eredivisie 17 4 0 0 17 4
SC Cambuur 17 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 4
FC Groningen 2014–15 [19] Eredivisie 16 3 3 3 19 6
2015–16 [20] 28 3 2 0 6[b] 0 1[c] 0 37 3
2016–17 13 1 2 0 15 1
FC Groningen 57 7 7 3 6 0 1 0 71 10
Real Salt Lake 2017 Major League Soccer 30 7 0 0 30 7
2018 31 10 2 1 33 11
2019 3 2 0 0 3 2
Real Salt Lake 64 19 2 1 0 0 0 0 66 20
Career total 143 30 10 4 6 0 2 0 161 34
  1. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in the Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in the Johan Cruyff Shield

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Slovakia's goal tally first.[21]
No Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 March 2018 Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand 9   United Arab Emirates 1–0 2–1 2018 King's Cup
2. 5 September 2018 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia 13   Denmark 2–0 3–0 Friendly
3. 16 October 2018 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden 15   Sweden 1–1 1–1
4. 16 November 2018 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia 16   Ukraine 1–0 4–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B
5. 21 March 2019 18   Hungary 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/02/2014 and 28/02/2014" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 13. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  2. ^ a b Predstavujeme Alberta Rusnáka, ifotbal.eu, retrieved 22. 1. 2014 (in Slovak)
  3. ^ "City seal Slovak deal". Sky Sports. 7 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Manchester City: Albert Rusnak joins Oldham Athletic on loan". BBC Sport. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Oldham 0–1 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Shrewsbury 1–4 Oldham". BBC Sport. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Transfer news: Albert Rusnak returns to Manchester City after Oldham loan cut short". Sky Sports. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Albert Rusnak wings in to Blues". Birmingham City F.C. 21 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-25. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d "Games played by Albert Rusnak in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Loan extensions for Huws and Rusnak". Birmingham City FC. 18 February 2014.
  11. ^ Bajkowski, Simon (25 July 2014). "Rusnak moves on loan to SC Cambuur". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d e f Yokhin, Michael (4 November 2014). "Man City loanee Albert Rusnak takes Netherlands by storm at Cambuur". ESPN. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  13. ^ "FC Groningen contracteert Albert Rusnak" [FC Groningen sign Albert Rusnák] (in Dutch). FC Groningen. 18 December 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Groningen claim first trophy with KNVB Cup triumph". Goal.com. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  15. ^ Montgomery, Matt (6 January 2017). "Official: Real Salt Lake signs Albert Rusnák". www.rslsoapbox.com. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  16. ^ https://www.statbunker.com/competitions/MostAssists?comp_id=577
  17. ^ a.s., Petit Press. "Rusnák pohľadom oklamal brankára, ale Slováci v závere spanikárili". sport.sme.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  18. ^ Albert Rusnák at Soccerway. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Games played by Albert Rusnak for FC Groningen in 2014/2015". FCG Stats. FCG Stats. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Games played by Albert Rusnak in 2015/2016". FCG Stats. FCG Stats. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Rusnák, Albert". National Football Teams. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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