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Jozef Adamec (26 February 1942 – 24 December 2018) was a Slovak football forward and manager.

Jozef Adamec
Jozef Adamec (1969).jpg
Jozef Adamec (1969)
Personal information
Full name Jozef Adamec
Date of birth (1942-02-26)26 February 1942
Place of birth Vrbové, Slovakia
Date of death 24 December 2018(2018-12-24) (aged 76)
Place of death Trnava, Slovakia
Playing position Forward
Youth career
TJ Iskra Vrbové
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1958 TJ Iskra Vrbové
1958–1961 Spartak Trnava
1961–1963 Dukla Prague
1963–1966 Slovan Bratislava
1966–1977 Spartak Trnava
1977–1980 SK Slovan Wien
National team
1960–1974 Czechoslovakia 44 (14)
Teams managed
1976–1977 Spartak Trnava (assistant)
1977–1980 SK Slovan Wien
1980–1981 Slovan Duslo Šaľa
1981–1987 Banská Bystrica
1988–1989 Vorwärts Steyr
1989–1991 Inter Bratislava
1991 Banská Bystrica
1992 Bohemians Prague
1992–1993 Inter Bratislava
1993 Czechoslovakia (assistant)
1994–1995 Zlín
1995 Inter Bratislava
1996–1997 Dunajská Streda
1998–1999 Prešov
1999–2001 Slovakia
2002–2003 Spartak Trnava
2003–2004 Slovan Bratislava
2005–2006 Spartak Trnava
2006 Petržalka
2006 Spartak Trnava
2008 Spartak Trnava
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Adamec won seven Czechoslovak First League titles in his club career, winning two with Dukla Prague during his military service, followed by five more while playing for Spartak Trnava.[1] Other clubs he played for were Slovan Bratislava and lower-division Austrian club Slovan Wien, where he took on a player-manager role.[2]

As a football manager, Adamec took charge of clubs in Czechoslovakia and later Slovakia. Between 1999 and 2001 he led the Slovakia national football team.


In the Czechoslovak First League he played 383 matches and with 170 goals is 10th in the Czechoslovak All-Time Topscorers Table. He was capped 44 times for Czechoslovakia, scoring 14 goals. He was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and 1970 FIFA World Cup.

His most memorable performance was his hat-trick against Brazil in match Czechoslovakia - Brazil 3:2 (1:1) played at 23 June 1968 in Bratislava.[3] He was often incorrectly referred to as the first player ever to score a hat-trick against Brazil (Pole Ernst Wilimowski had scored four goals in the 1938 World Cup match).

After retiring as player, Adamec began with football coaching as an assistant in Spartak Trnava. Later he coached Dukla Banská Bystrica, Tatran Prešov, Spartak Trnava and Slovan Bratislava. Between 1988 and 1991, he was the manager of Inter Bratislava, winning the Slovak Cup with the club in the 1989–90 season.[4] He was assistant to Czechoslovakia coach Václav Ježek in 1993.[2] From 1999 to 2001 Adamec coached the Slovakia national football team. Adamec died in 2018 at the age of 76.[2]



Dukla Prague

Spartak Trnava



Inter Bratislava


  1. ^ Truchlik, Ivan (2015). Futbalový atlas sveta (in Slovak). Prague, Czech Republic: Ottovo Nakladatelství. p. 640. ISBN 978-80-7451-455-5.
  2. ^ a b c "Zemřel Jozef Adamec, vicemistr světa z Chile a legenda slovenského fotbalu". (in Czech). 24 December 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  3. ^ Slovak footballers return triumphant from Azerbajzan, The Slovak Spectator, 18 Oct 1999, Retrieved November 21, 2013
  4. ^ Jeřábek, Luboš (2007). Český a československý fotbal - lexikon osobností a klubů (in Czech). Prague, Czech Republic: Grada Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 978-80-247-1656-5.

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