Anton Malatinský

Anton Malatinský (15 January 1920 – 1 December 1992) was a Slovak football player and coach. He was a technically adept playmaking midfielder and, as a coach, he was regarded as a good strategist.

Anton Malatinský
Personal information
Full name Anton Malatinský
Date of birth (1920-01-15)15 January 1920
Place of birth Trnava, Czechoslovakia
Date of death 1 December 1992(1992-12-01) (aged 72)
Place of death Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1941–1950 Spartak Trnava
1950–1951 Sokol NV Bratislava
FK Baník Handlová
National team
1942–1943 Slovakia 6 (0)
1948–1951 Czechoslovakia 10 (0)
1948–1949 Czechoslovakia B 2 (1)
Teams managed
1956–1960 Spartak Trnava
1963–1968 Spartak Trnava
1968–1971 Admira Wacker
1971–1976 Spartak Trnava
1976–1978 ADO Den Haag
1978–1981 Slovan Bratislava
1981–1982 SC Eisenstadt
1982–1984 VSE St. Pölten
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Malatinský won two Czechoslovak First League titles as a player and a further three as manager. In his coaching capacity he also led his teams to the Mitropa Cup and two Czechoslovak Cups.

Playing careerEdit

He played in 219 league matches and scored 79 goals, most of them for Spartak Trnava. Today, the club's home ground bears his name. Although his time playing for Trnava did not bring any championships, he won the league twice as a player with Sokol NV Bratislava.[1]

Malatinský represented Czechoslovakia in 10 international matches[2] and was included in his nation's squad at the 1954 World Cup but did not play in the tournament. He became only the second Spartak player in history to be selected for the Slovakia national team after František Bolček in 1939, as well as the second selected for Czechoslovakia after Jozef Marko one month earlier in 1948.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

Malatinský achieved more fame as a coach than as a player. While still playing football at a high level, he began coaching youth sides. In 1948, he led Spartak's junior team to a national championship.[4]

A knee injury in 1956 ended his playing career, after which he devoted himself exclusively to coaching. He was in charge of Spartak Trnava on three occasions, including two spells during their golden era, for a total of 14 years over two decades. With Trnava he won the 1966–67 Mitropa Cup, three league titles and two domestic cups.[1] He also later coached their arch-rival, Slovan Bratislava, and several clubs in Austria[5] and the Netherlands.



Sokol NV Bratislava


Spartak Trnava


  1. ^ a b Truchlik, Ivan (2015). Futbalový atlas sveta (in Slovak). Prague, Czech Republic: Ottovo Nakladatelství. p. 645. ISBN 978-80-7451-455-5.
  2. ^ Anton Malatinský Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, (in Czech)
  3. ^ Football Club Spartak, Trnava, (European international footballers database)
  4. ^ Jeřábek, Luboš (2006). Český a československý fotbal – lexikon osobností a klubů (in Czech). Prague, Czech Republic: Grada Publishing. p. 118. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5.
  5. ^ Trainer von VSE bzw. SKN St. Pölten Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine,, p. 114 (in German)