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Ján Greguš (born 29 January 1991) is a Slovak football midfielder who plays for Minnesota United and Slovakia.

Ján Greguš
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Greguš with Copenhagen in 2018
Personal information
Full name Ján Greguš
Date of birth (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Nitra, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Minnesota United
Number 8
Youth career
1997–2009 Nitra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009 Nitra 4 (0)
2009–2015 Baník Ostrava 95 (4)
2013–2014Bolton Wanderers (loan) 0 (0)
2015–2016 Jablonec 32 (6)
2016–2018 Copenhagen 67 (4)
2019– Minnesota United 24 (1)
National team
2009–2010 Slovakia U19 7 (0)
2010–2012 Slovakia U21 19 (2)
2015– Slovakia 23 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019

Club careerEdit

Greguš began playing football at the hometown club FC Nitra. On 20 May 2009, he made his senior debut in Corgoň Liga against Spartak Trnava at the age of 18.

After four games for FC Nitra Greguš signed for Baník Ostrava in July 2009. He scored his first goal in a 1–0 away win against Hradec Králové on 8 April 2012.

In January 2013 Greguš joined English Championship club Bolton Wanderers on loan with Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman stating he would initially be part of the club's development squad. He scored on his development squad debut against Manchester City in a 3–3 draw.[2] After one year at Bolton Wanderers during which he mostly played for the development squad Greguš returned to Banik Ostrava.

Greguš moved to Jablonec mid-season during the 2014–15 campaign. He went on to make 36 appearances scoring 6 goals before leaving the club.[3]

On 19 June 2016, the Danish club Copenhagen announced the signing of Greguš on a four-year contract.[3]

On 20 December 2018, Minnesota United announced the signing of Greguš as their third designated player.[4]

International careerEdit

Greguš debuted in Slovakia senior team on 31 March 2015 against Czech Republic. In the 49th minute of the game he assisted Ondrej Duda for the winning goal of the match. By the end of the year, he was also fielded for matches against Spain, Switzerland and Iceland.

Two years later, in his 12th cap for the national team, Greguš scored his first goal in the senior squad. This was in the 42nd minute of a qualifying match for a 2018 FIFA World Cup against Malta in Ta'Qali, when Greguš's right-foot shot slipped under Andrew Hogg. At that time, the score was tied 1–1, after an early goal by Vladimír Weiss (2nd minute), followed by 14th-minute equalizer by Jean Paul Farrugia.[5] Slovakia went on to win the game 3–1 and moved to the second position of the Group F table, after 5 of the 10 matches played. After the match, Greguš said that this goal was "so far, the most important" goal in his career.[6]

In 2018, he was fielded for the 90 minutes of the final match of the 2018 King's Cup against Thailand (3–2 victory), winning his first trophy with Slovakia, after being benched in the semi-finals against UAE. Later in the year, he scored his second international goal in a friendly fixture against Morocco, as a part of their preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup. He scored with a right-foot shot from the outside of the penalty box, after calling the ball ahead Albert Rusnák, who got the assist. Greguš only played the second half of the game, replacing the captain Marek Hamšík. Slovakia lost the game 1–2.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Slovakia's goal tally first.[7]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 March 2017 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Mdina, Malta   Malta 2–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 4 June 2018 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland   Morocco 1–0 1–2 Friendly
3. 7 June 2019 Anton Malatinský Stadium, Trnava, Slovakia   Jordan 1–1 5–1

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ján Greguš". FK Jablonec. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Under-21s: Man City 3-3 Wanderers". Bolton Wanderers FC. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Slovakia midfielder Jan Gregus moves to Copenhagen". USA Today. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Minnesota United adds FC Copenhagen's Jan Gregus as third designated player". Minnesota Star Tribune. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. ^ http://sportky.zoznam.sk/c/160068/video-slovensko-splnilo-vitaznu-misiu-krasny-gol-weissa-a-dve-cervene-karty
  6. ^ http://sportky.zoznam.sk/c/160078/tazky-zapas-poznacili-hluposti-a-hrube-chyby-hlasy-sokolov-po-dueli-na-malte
  7. ^ "Greguš, Ján". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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