Ján Kozák (footballer, born 1954)

Ján Kozák (born 17 April 1954) is a Slovak football manager and former player. Most recently, he managed Slovak national team. As the manager of Slovakia, his team qualified for the 2016 UEFA Euro, thus becoming Slovakia's first time to appear in the tournament.

Ján Kozák
Personal information
Full name Ján Kozák
Date of birth (1954-04-17) 17 April 1954 (age 69)
Place of birth Matejovce nad Hornádom,
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Spišská Nová Ves
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Spišská Nová Ves
1975–1980 Lokomotíva Košice 149 (34)
1980–1982 Dukla Prague 48 (13)
1982–1986 Lokomotíva Košice 57 (10)
1986–1987 Seraing 10 (1)
1987–1988 Bourges 33 (8)
1988–1990 Lokomotíva Košice
International career
1976–1984 Czechoslovakia 55 (9)
Managerial career
1993–1995 Lokomotíva Košice
1995–1997 1. FC Košice
1998 1. FC Košice
2002–2003 Michalovce
2004–2005 Ličartovce
2005–2009 MFK Košice
2012–2013 MFK Košice
2013–2018 Slovakia
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

In 1981, Kozák became footballer of the year in Czechoslovakia. He played 254 matches in Czechoslovak First League and scored 57 goals. He also participated in UEFA Euro 1980 and the 1982 FIFA World Cup. His son Ján Kozák is also a former footballer, coach and one of the pioneers of footgolf in Slovakia.


Kozák's son, Ján Kozák, is also former national player of Slovakia and currently head coach of Slovan Bratislava; his grandson, Filip Lesniak, is also footballer and plays for Danish club Silkeborg IF.



Dukla Prague

Lokomotíva Košice




1.FC Košice

MFK Košice



Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 13 October 2018
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Slovakia   July 2013 October 2018 56 30 11 15 053.57
Total 56 30 11 15 053.57

Jan Kozak resigned after a loss against the Czech Republic in Trnava (Slovakia). He blamed 7 players in his squad, for his decision to resign.