Ján Greguš

Ján Greguš (born 29 January 1991) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for MLS team Minnesota United and the Slovakia national football team.

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 30)
Place of birth Nitra, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) 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 62 (3)
National team
2009–2010 Slovakia U19 7 (0)
2010–2012 Slovakia U21 19 (2)
2015– Slovakia 35 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 June 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2021

Club careerEdit

Greguš began playing football at the hometown club 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 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.[1] After one year at Bolton Wanderers during which he mostly played for the development squad Greguš returned to Baník 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.[2]

On 19 June 2016, the Danish club Copenhagen announced the signing of Greguš on a four-year contract.[2]

On 20 December 2018, Minnesota United announced the signing of Greguš as their third designated player.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 8 December 2020[6]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nitra 2008–09[7] Slovak Super Liga 4 0 0 0 4 0
Baník Ostrava 2009–10 Czech First League 12 0 12 0
2010–11 21 0 3[a] 0 24 0
2011–12 26 1 3 0 29 1
2012–13 6 0 1 0 7 0
2013–14 14 2 14 2
2014–15 15 1 2 0 17 1
Total 94 4 6 0 3 0 0 0 103 4
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2012–13 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jablonec 2014–15 Czech First League 13 3 5 1 18 4
2015–16 25 3 7 1 4[a] 1 36 5
Total 38 6 12 2 4 1 0 0 54 9
Copenhagen 2016–17 Danish Superliga 28 2 4 1 10[b] 1 42 4
2017–18 21 0 1 0 9[c] 1 31 1
2018–19 18 2 1 0 14[a] 0 33 2
Total 67 4 6 1 33 2 0 0 106 7
Minnesota United 2019 MLS 30 1 4 1 1[d] 1 35 3
2020 18 1 3[d] 0 21 1
Total 48 2 4 1 0 0 4 1 56 4
Career total 251 16 28 4 40 3 4 1 323 24
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearance in UEFA Europa League and eight appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Four appearance in UEFA Europa League and five appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in MLS Cup Playoffs

InternationalEdit

{{updated|match played 6 June 2021}[7]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Slovakia 2015 4 0
2016 7 0
2017 4 1
2018 7 1
2019 4 1
2020 6 1
2021 3 0
Total 35 4
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 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia   Jordan 1–1 5–1
4. 15 November 2020 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia   Scotland 1–0 1–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Copenhagen

InternationalEdit

Slovakia

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Under-21s: Man City 3-3 Wanderers". Bolton Wanderers FC. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Slovakia midfielder Jan Gregus moves to Copenhagen". USA Today. 19 June 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Minnesota United adds FC Copenhagen's Jan Gregus as third designated player". Minneapolis Star Tribune. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  4. ^ "VIDEO Slovensko splnilo víťaznú misiu: Krásny gól Weissa a dve červené karty!". 26 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Ťažký zápas poznačili hlúposti a hrubé chyby: Hlasy sokolov po dueli na Malte". 26 March 2017.
  6. ^ Ján Greguš at Soccerway
  7. ^ a b c "Greguš, Ján". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

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