FC Nitra

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.

FC Nitra
Club crest
Full nameFootball Club Nitra
Nickname(s)Trogári
Founded1909; 112 years ago (1909)
as Nyitrai ÖTTSO
GroundŠtadión pod Zoborom,
Nitra
Capacity7,480
OwnerSalangana s.r.o - 58%[1]
ManagerMichal Ščasný
League2. liga
2020–21Fortuna Liga, 12th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Czechoslovak eraEdit

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  2–2  FC Bologna
Bachratý   8'
Hrnčár   76'
Nielsen   42'
Perani   54'
FC Bologna  3–0  Slovan Nitra
Demarco   21'
Pascutti   46'
Nielsen   54'

Slovak eraEdit

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 head coach 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 timelineEdit

  • 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

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

  Czechoslovakia

  Slovakia

Czechoslovak and Slovak Top GoalscorerEdit

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

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

EuropeanEdit

SponsorshipEdit

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
2017–2020 none
2020– Adidas

Current squadEdit

Updated 4 February 2021 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   SVK Dávid Šípoš
4 DF   SVK Erik Šuľa
5 DF   SVK Kristián Kolčák (on loan from Petržalka)
6 MF   BIH Alen Mustafić (on loan from Slovan Bratislava)
7 MF   GER Sinan Kurt
8 FW   SVK Ondrej Vrábel
9 MF   SVK Tomáš Hambálek
11 DF   SVK Lukáš Fabiš
12 MF   SVK Dominik Guláš
13 FW   PHI Oliver Bias
14 MF   GER Ole Käuper (on loan from Werder Bremen)
16 FW   SVK Marián Chobot
17 DF   GER Ekin Çelebi
18 FW   SVK Matej Franko
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   SVK Patrik Danek
20 FW   SVK Ján Ferleťák
21 DF   SEN Tidiane Djiby Ba
22 MF   SVK Peter Chríbik
23 FW   GER Benjamin Kindsvater
24 DF   TUN Ramzi Ferjani
26 FW   SVK Erik Jendrišek (captain)
27 MF   KVX Eroll Zejnullahu
28 FW    SUI Kilian Pagliuca
31 GK   SVK Michal Trnovský (on loan from Dukla Banská Bystrica)
33 GK   SVK Róbert Baláži
39 MF   GER Yanni Regäsel
44 MF   SVK Ádam Mészáros
77 FW   SVK Jakub Tancík

For recent transfers, see List of Slovak football transfers summer 2020 and
List of Slovak football transfers winter 2020-21

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player

Current technical staffEdit

Updated 25 March 2021
Staff Job title
vacant Manager
  Igor Obert Assistant manager
  Henrich Benčík Sport Director
  Miroslav König Goalkeeping coach
  Augustín Antalík Team Leader
  MUDr. Ivan Štefanov Team Doctor
  Jozef Urminský Physiotherapist
  Róbert Gyepes Masseur

ResultsEdit

League and Cup historyEdit

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   Prochászka (13)
1995–96 1st (Mars Superliga) 11/(12) 32 7 5 20 30 59 26 Round 1   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   Peter Hodúr (18)
1998–99 1st (Mars Superliga) 12/(16) 30 7 7 16 28 48 28 Round 2   Marián Klago (8)
1999–00 1st (Mars Superliga) 13/(16) 30 8 4 18 24 44 28 Round 2   Róbert Jež (4)
  Jozef Jelšic (4)
2000–01 2nd (1. Liga) 2/(18) 34 21 3 10 77 27 66 Round 1   Mário Breška (23)
2001–02 2nd (1. Liga) 7/(16) 30 12 7 11 41 34 43 Round 1   Jozef Jelšic (17)
2002–03 2nd (1. Liga) 12/(16) 30 11 5 14 36 29 38 Quarter-finals   Jozef Jelšic (15)
2003–04 2nd (1. Liga) 4/(16) 30 15 3 12 45 32 48 Round 2   Róbert Rák (13)
2004–05 2nd (1. Liga) 1/(16) 36 21 6 3 49 16 69 Round 2   Róbert Rák (27)
2005–06 1st (Corgoň Liga) 5/(10) 36 12 9 15 42 48 45 Semi-finals UI 2.R (  Dnipro)   Róbert Rák (21)
2006–07 1st (Corgoň Liga) 6/(12) 28 9 4 15 21 33 31 Quarter-finals   Andrej Hesek (6)
2007–08 1st (Corgoň Liga) 3/(12) 33 17 6 10 40 26 57 Quarter-finals UI 1.R (  Neftçi Baku)   Andrej Hesek (5)
  Jan Gruber (5)
2008–09 1st (Corgoň Liga) 11/(12) 33 9 8 16 34 53 35 Round 2   Róbert Rák (9)
2009–10 1st (Corgoň Liga) 4/(12) 33 14 6 13 42 40 48 Round 3   Róbert Rák (18)
2010–11 1st (Corgoň Liga) 8/(12) 33 11 7 15 30 51 40 Quarter-finals EL Q1 (  ETO Győr)   Róbert Rák (9)
2011–12 1st (Corgoň Liga) 8/(12) 33 9 12 12 33 39 39 Round 3   Vratislav Gajdoš (5)
2012–13 1st (Corgoň Liga) 10/(12) 33 11 6 16 39 54 36 Round 3   Cléber (11)
2013–14 1st (Corgoň Liga) 12/(12) 33 6 8 19 33 63 26 Round 2   Cléber (7)
2014–15 2nd (DOXXbet Liga) 5/(24) 22 8 7 7 26 25 31 Round 5   Matúš Paukner (21)
2015–16 2nd (DOXXbet Liga) 7/(24) 30 13 7 10 54 36 46 Round 4   Matúš Paukner (17)
2016–17 2nd (DOXXbet liga) 2/(24) 30 18 5 7 57 32 59 Round 5   Filip Balaj (20)
2017-18 1st (Fortuna Liga) 7/(12) 31 10 12 9 28 27 42 Round 5   Filip Balaj (6)
  Tomáš Vestenický (6)
2018-19 1st (Fortuna Liga) 9/(12) 32 8 10 14 42 48 34 Quarter-finals   Tomáš Vestenický (10)
2019-20 1st (Fortuna Liga) 12/(12) 27 7 4 16 23 36 25 Quarter-finals   Milan Ristovski (12)
2020-21 1st (Fortuna Liga) 12/(12) 32 7 6 19 26 55 27 Round 3   Michal Faško (8)

European competition historyEdit

UEFA-administeredEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 Mitropa Cup Group
  Slovnaft Bratislava 4–3
  Torino 5–1
  SV Stickstoff 4–4
Semi-Finals   Udinese 4–3 1–1 5–4
Finals   Bologna 2–2 0–3 2–5
1989–90 UEFA Cup R1   1. FC Köln 0–1 1–4 1–5
2006 Intertoto Cup R1   Grevenmacher 6–2 6–0 12–2
R2   Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–1 0–2 2–3
2008 Intertoto Cup R1   Neftchi Baku 3–1 0–2 3–3 (a)
2010–11 UEFA Europa League QR1   ETO Győr 2–2 1–3 1–5

Not UEFA-administeredEdit

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away
1962–63 Intertoto Cup Group A4   Sarajevo 5–1 2–3
  Servette 0–0 1–2
  Olympique Nîmes 4–1 0–2
1972 Intertoto Cup Group 1   SSV Innsbruck 4–1 1–0
  Örgryte 3–0 6–2
  AB Copenhagen 2–0 3–2
1973 Intertoto Cup Group 9   Amsterdam 4–1 3–2
  Eintracht Braunschweig 1–1 2–1
  Vejle BK 4–1 4–1
1980 Intertoto Cup Group 5   LASK Linz 0–1 2–1
  Esbjerg 2–0 1–0
  Polonia Bytom 4–0 0–1
1982 Intertoto Cup Group 3   Werder Bremen 3–5 3–3
  Aarhus 3–4 0–1
  Sturm Graz 5–3 2–0
1987 Intertoto Cup Group 6   AIK Stockholm 1–0 0–0
  Lyngby 4–1 1–2
  Lech Poznań 2–1 0–3
1989 Intertoto Cup Group 2   Hansa Rostock 3–0 1–1
  Boldklubben 1903 1–3 1–3
  Malmö FF 1–1 0–0
1990 Intertoto Cup Group 7   Tatabánya 4–0 0–0
  Luzern 0–2 1–1
  Örebro 1–0 0–0

Player recordsEdit

Most goalsEdit

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

Notable playersEdit

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 managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit