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Miroslav Karhan (born 21 June 1976) is a Slovak football manager and former player. He played as a midfielder.[1] Karhan played club football at the beginning and end of his career for Spartak Trnava; between times he played in Spain, Turkey and Germany, where he spent ten seasons. Karhan was a regular member of the Slovakia national team and with 107 appearances, has played the second most matches of any player to represent them.

Miroslav Karhan
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Personal information
Full name Miroslav Karhan
Date of birth (1976-06-21) 21 June 1976 (age 43)
Place of birth Hlohovec, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1986–1993 Spartak Trnava
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 Spartak Trnava 152 (21)
1999–2000 Betis 33 (2)
2000–2001 Beşiktaş 26 (2)
2001–2007 VfL Wolfsburg 173 (9)
2007–2011 Mainz 05 109 (10)
2011–2013 Spartak Trnava 64 (6)
Total 557 (50)
National team
1995–2011 Slovakia 107 (14)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Spartak Trnava
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Karhan began his career with local club Spartak Trnava. In 1999 he signed a four-year contract with La Liga club Real Betis, becoming the third Slovak player to join a Spanish league club in the 1990s after Peter Dubovský and Samuel Slovák.[2] After a season he moved to Turkish side Beşiktaş, before joining German side VfL Wolfsburg in 2001. In 2002 he was named Slovak Footballer of the Year.[3] Karhan joined Mainz 05 of the 2. Bundesliga on a free transfer from Wolfsburg in July 2007, signing a two-year contract.[4]

He returned to Spartak Trnava in June 2011 having spent four seasons with Mainz.[5] Karhan played for Trnava for two more seasons, taking on the role of club captain.[6] In August 2013, he announced his retirement from playing, and that he would move to a role of sports director of Spartak Trnava.[6]

International careerEdit

Karhan made 107 appearances for Slovakia over a period of 16 years and was the most capped Slovak footballer of all time,[3] until his record was surpassed by Marek Hamšík in October 2018.[7] He captained the national team.[4] He was an ever-present part of the side during the country's qualification for the 2010 World Cup for the first time in its history, but sustained an injury and was unable to feature during the actual tournament.

Career statisticsEdit

International appearancesEdit

Team Year Apps Goals
Slovakia 1995 3 0
1996 6 0
1997 9 0
1998 5 0
1999 9 1
2000 6 0
2001 11 0
2002 5 1
2003 5 0
2004 8 3
2005 10 4
2006 7 3
2008 4 1
2009 7 0
2010 6 0
2011 6 1
Total 107 14

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 1999 Mestský štadión, Dubnica, Slovakia   Liechtenstein 2 – 0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
2. 20 November 2002 Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava, Slovakia   Ukraine 1 – 0 1–1 Friendly match
3. 8 September 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Liechtenstein 3 – 0 7–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
4. 9 October 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Latvia 3 – 1 4–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 9 October 2004 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Latvia 4 – 1 4–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 9 February 2005 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Romania 1 – 2 2–2 Friendly match
7. 30 March 2005 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Portugal 1 – 0 1–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 3 September 2005 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Germany 1 – 0 2–0 Friendly match
9. 3 September 2005 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Germany 2 – 0 2–0 Friendly match
10. 2 September 2006 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia   Cyprus 5 – 0 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
11. 7 October 2006 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales   Wales 1 – 4 1–5 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
12. 15 November 2006 Štadión Pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia   Bulgaria 3 – 0 3–1 Friendly match
13. 11 October 2008 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino   San Marino 1 – 3 1–3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 4 June 2011 Pasienky, Bratislava, Slovakia   Andorra 1 – 0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
Correct as of 13 March 2017[8]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Mainz
Spartak Trnava

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Miroslav Karhan". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ "M. Karhan mal od Trnavy súhlas na prestup do Betisu Sevilla". sme.sk (in Slovak). 23 January 1999. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b Truchlik, Ivan (2015). Futbalový atlas sveta (in Slovak). Prague, Czech Republic: Ottovo Nakladatelství. p. 644. ISBN 978-80-7451-455-5.
  4. ^ a b "Karhan - der neue Chef im Mittelfeld". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). 25 July 2007. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Miro Karhan o Trnave: "Všade dobre, doma najlepšie"". sport.sk (in Slovak). 9 June 2011. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Po trápení prišiel koniec: Miroslav Karhan už na trávnik nevybehne". zoznam.sk (in Slovak). 13 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Kapitánův dres pomůže Čišovskému". idnes.cz (in Czech). 13 October 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Football PLAYER: Miroslav Karhan". Retrieved 13 March 2017.

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