Slovakia national football team

The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in men's international football competition and it is governed by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium from 2019 is the reconstructed Tehelné pole in Bratislava. Their head coach is Štefan Tarkovič. Slovakia is one of the newest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major tournaments since.

Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Sokoli (The Falcons)[1]
Repre (The Representatives)[2]
AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachŠtefan Tarkovič
CaptainMarek Hamšík
Most capsMarek Hamšík (126)
Top scorerMarek Hamšík (26)
Home stadiumTehelné pole
Anton Malatinský Stadium
FIFA codeSVK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 36 Decrease 2 (7 April 2021)[3]
Highest14 (August 2015)
Lowest150 (December 1993)
First international
(1939–1945):
 Slovakia 2–0 Germany 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
(1993–present):
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 0–1 Slovakia 
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 14 October 1992)
Official:
 United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia 
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 2 February 1994)
Biggest win
 Slovakia 7–0 Liechtenstein 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
 Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
 Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
Biggest defeat
Official:
 Argentina 6–0 Slovakia 
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
Unofficial:
 Sweden 6–0 Slovakia 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 January 2017)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2010)
Best resultRound of 16 (2010)
European Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2016)
Best resultRound of 16 (2016)

Slovakia qualified for three major international tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, and UEFA Euro 2020. Slovakia qualified to the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after winning their qualifying group, despite two defeats against Slovenia. At the World Cup, Slovakia progressed beyond the group stage after a 3–2 win against Italy, before bowing out of the tournament after a 2–1 defeat in the knockout stage against the eventual runners-up Netherlands. It was the first time the national team ever played in a major football competition, after playing every FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign since 1998 and every UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign since 1996, after a 50-year absence from international football due to representing part of the Czechoslovakia team. The nation did come close to securing a berth at the 2006 finals in Germany, after finishing second in their group ahead of Russia and behind Portugal, before drawing Spain in their qualification play-off, in which the Slovaks lost by a wide margin on aggregate (1–5, 1–1).

The national team have achieved some noteworthy results such as the aforementioned win over the then title holders Italy at the 2010 World Cup, and a 1–0 win against Russia in September 2010. Despite this success however, the team later dropped down the rankings and a considerable drop in form went with this, as the team failed to qualify for Euro 2012 finishing their group in fourth place. They also only scored seven goals in the group, only more than minnows Andorra. Slovakia then failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but secured a spot in France for Euro 2016 under head coach Ján Kozák, which helped the team reach their best ever position of 14th in the FIFA World Rankings.

Slovakia's traditional rival is the Czech Republic which they played twice in the qualification for the 1998 World Cup in 1997, winning 2–1 in Bratislava before losing 3–0 in Prague with both teams already eliminated, before playing each other again in 2008 and 2009 in the qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup. In these two meetings, the teams drew 2–2 in Bratislava with the Slovaks winning 2–1 in Prague. But before that, they also played each other in Euro 2008 qualifying, and they lost 3–1 in Prague and 3–0 in Bratislava.

HistoryEdit

The first official match of the first Slovak Republic (1939–1945) was played in Bratislava against Germany on 27 August 1939, and ended in a 2–0 victory for Slovakia. After the Second World War, the national football team was subsumed into the team of Czechoslovakia, and for over 50 years Slovakia played no matches as an independent country. During this period, they contributed several key players to the Czechoslovak team, including the majority of the team that won the UEFA Euro 1976 (8 of the 11 players who defeated West Germany in the final were Slovak).

 
Former Slovakia national team before 1945

Slovakia's first official international after regaining independence was a 1–0 victory in Dubai over the United Arab Emirates on 2 February 1994. Their match back on Slovak soil was the 4–1 win over Croatia in Bratislava on 20 April 1994. Slovakia suffered their biggest defeat since independence (6–0) on 22 June 1995, in Mendoza, against Argentina. Their biggest wins (7–0) have come against Liechtenstein in 2004 and San Marino (twice) in 2007 and 2009.

Slovakia attempted qualifying for a major championship as an independent team for the first time in Euro 1996 qualifying, but finished in third place in their qualifying group, behind Romania and France, recording wins against Poland, Israel and Azerbaijan, twice. In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Slovakia finished fourth in their six-team group with five wins, one draw and four defeats. Their first four games in this were all wins, with one of these against their Czech neighbors, helping the team reach their highest FIFA World Ranking to date of number 17.

 
Repre before match against Italy at 2010 FIFA World Cup

Slovakia participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time as an independent nation after finishing in first in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3 ahead of Slovenia, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Poland. On 14 October 2009, they clinched qualification with a 1–0 away win against Poland.[5] On 24 June 2010, at the tournament proper, Slovakia finished second in the group stage after defeating reigning champions Italy in a game which ESPN dubbed "epic": the game saw three goals being scored after the 80th minute, two by Italy and one by Slovakia, as well as a disallowed goal by Italy flagged offside by "the tightest of decisions". The result led Slovakia to the knockout stage and eliminated Italy, who finished last in the group.[6] The result of this match meant that for the first time in World Cup history, both finalists from the previous tournament had been eliminated from the first round, champion Italy and runner-up France.[7][8]

In the round of 16, Slovakia played the Netherlands in the round of 16, falling behind 2–0 only to score a late goal from the penalty spot by striker Róbert Vittek, the last kick of the game in a 2–1 defeat.[9] Despite elimination, the goal returned Vittek to the top of the goalscoring charts joint top with David Villa until Villa himself later scored against Portugal in Spain's 1–0 win in the same stage of the tournament.

For Euro 2012 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Russia, the Republic of Ireland, Armenia, Macedonia and Andorra. The good campaign in South Africa boosted team performance ahead of the qualifiers, which started in September with two 1–0 wins against Macedonia in Štadión Pasienky and Russia away. In October, however, they were easily beaten in Armenia (3–1) and drew 1–1 against the Republic of Ireland at home. In February 2011, the team was stunned in a 2–1 friendly defeat against Luxembourg and could only beat group minnows Andorra by one goal. Despite creating better chances, Slovakia earned a goalless draw with Ireland away. Four days later, after creating chances in a goalless first half, Slovakia conceded four goals to Armenia in a match that eliminated the team. In the final two group matches, Slovakia was beaten at home by Russia (1–0) and drew 1–1 in Macedonia, finishing in a mediocre fourth-place position and scoring only seven goals in the entire process. Also, for the first time since the Euro 1996 qualifying process, Slovakia finished a qualifying campaign with a negative goal differential. As a result of this outcome, coach Vladimír Weiss left his job after four full years, being replaced by his assistants Michal Hipp and Stanislav Griga, although both themselves were later replaced due to poor results. By late June, former Czechoslovakia national team footballer Ján Kozák became the head coach and followed-up the unsuccessful qualification campaign with a victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina followed by two defeats to Bosnia and Greece.

 
Celebration of Slovak players after match against Russia at UEFA EURO 2016

For Euro 2016 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. Slovakia began the qualifying campaign with a 1–0 victory against Ukraine in Kyiv. On 9 October 2014, Slovakia beat Spain 2–1 in a shock victory and claimed the first place. Slovakia's 3–1 victory over Belarus confirmed their status as group leaders. Later on, they won 2–0 against Macedonia in the Philip II Arena, beat Luxembourg with a score of 3–0 in Žilina, and beat Macedonia 2–1 on 14 June 2015, also in Žilina. The next matches were a 2–0 defeat against Spain, a goalless draw against Ukraine and a shocking 0–1 home defeat against Belarus. The team finished qualification by defeating Luxembourg 4–2 and got the second place, qualifying to their first European Championship.

Slovakia was drawn in Group B of Euro 2016 alongside England, Russia and Wales. Slovakia began their tournament against Wales where Ondrej Duda scored Slovakia's first goal in the history of the European Championship in an eventual 2–1 defeat. Slovakia then defeated Russia 2–1 with goals from Vladimír Weiss III and Marek Hamšík, then drew 0–0 against England to advance to the round of 16 as one of the tournament's best third-placed teams. They were eliminated at this stage by world champions Germany with a 3–0 defeat.

During the qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Slovakia was drawn in UEFA Group F. They were third in the group after the penultimate match ended in a 1–0 defeat to Scotland, who moved up to second place. Slovakia won their final group match 3–0 against Malta, and overtook Scotland after they failed to beat Slovenia, but missed out on a play-off place as the other second teams' results meant Slovakia finished as the worst group runners-up.

StadiumsEdit

The Slovakia national football team currently plays its home matches at the Tehelné pole in Bratislava and the Štadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava. Štadión pod Dubňom in Žilina was used from 2003 to 2015, but will not be used in the future because of the artificial grass installed in 2016. In the past, home games have occasionally been played at other venues as Všešportový areál and Štadión Lokomotívy in Košice, Štadión pod Zoborom in Nitra, Mestský štadión in Dubnica nad Váhom, and Tatran Stadion in Prešov.

Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:

Slovakia national football team home stadiums
Nr. of
matches
Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
54 Tehelné pole 22,500 Bratislava v.   Germany, 27 August 1939 (2–0) v.   Republic of Ireland, 8 October 2020 (0–0 [4-2 pens])
32 City Arena - Štadión Antona Malatinského 19,200 Trnava v.   Bulgaria, 24 April 1996 (0–0) v.   Russia, 30 March 2021 (2–1)
21 Štadión pod Dubňom 11,258 Žilina v.   Greece, 30 April 2003 (2–2) v.   Iceland, 17 November 2015 (3–1)
9 Pasienky 11,591 Bratislava v.   Israel, 18 August 1999 (1–0) v.   Greece, 16 October 2012 (0–1)
4 Všešportový areál 30,312 Košice v.   Russia, 8 March 1995 (2–1) v.   Romania, 15 November 1995 (0–2)
2 Štadión pod Zoborom 7,480 Nitra v.   Belarus, 27 March 1996 (4–0) v.   Saudi Arabia, 24 May 2000 (1–1)
Štadión Lokomotívy 9,000 Košice v.   Finland, 19 August 1998 (0–0) v.   Azerbaijan, 5 September 1998 (3–0)
Mestský štadión 5,450 Dubnica nad Váhom v.   Liechtenstein, 8 September 1999 (2–0) v.   San Marino, 13 October 2007 (7–0)
1 MOL Aréna 12,700 Dunajská Streda v.   Lithuania, 30 March 1993 (2–2)
Futbalový štadión Prievidza 9,000 Prievidza v.   Slovenia, 16 November 1993 (2–0)
Štadión na Sihoti 4,500 Trenčín v.   Moldova, 5 September 2001 (4–2)
Štadión Tatranu 5,410 Prešov v.   Uzbekistan, 14 May 2002 (4–1)
Štadión FC ViOn 3,787 Zlaté Moravce v.   Iceland, 26 March 2008 (1–2)
NTC Senec 3,264 Senec v.   Montenegro, 23 May 2014 (2–0)

Team imageEdit

NicknameEdit

Traditionally in Slovakia the team is typically referred to as the Repre (short for Reprezentácia – translates into national team). However, in 2016, during the buildup to Slovakia's first appearance at the European Championship, SFZ introduced a new nickname for the team. National team was given the nickname Slovenskí sokoli (Slovak falcons). U15 through to U21 national teams were given the nickname Slovenskí sokolíci (Slovak little falcons). Despite lack of immediate identification with the nickname by the fans, it went into usage during the tournament and the subsequent qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is now often used, especially in the media, along with Repre, which still remains to be preferred in an informal conversation.[10]

KitEdit

 
Slovakia kits from 1939 to 1945 era

Slovakia's home kit since 1993 was blue, but Slovakia changed their home kit from blue to white, which lasted until 2020, when Slovakia changed its home kit to blue once again. The team wears either a set of white jerseys, shorts and socks or a set of blue jerseys, shorts and socks. A combination of a blue jersey and white shorts has also been used in some matches. Until recently, the official shirt supplier was Puma, which had signed a long-term agreement with the Slovak Association until 2026, but in 2016 the Association announced the contract had been terminated and that the national team would be supplied by Nike, which had previously supplied the team from 1995 to 2005.[citation needed]

Supplier Period
  Le Coq Sportif 1993–1995
  Nike 1995–2005
  Adidas 2006–2011
  Puma 2012–2016
  Nike 2016–

Results and scheduleEdit

Below shows the results of all A-level international matches played within the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2020Edit

7 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Israel   1–1   Slovakia Netanya, Israel
20:45 Ilay Elmkies   90+1' Report   14' Michal Ďuriš Stadium: Netanya Stadium
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (Montenegro)
11 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Scotland   1–0   Slovakia Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
20:45 Lyndon Dykes   14' Report Stadium: Hampden Park
Attendance: 0
Referee: Davide Massa, Italy
14 October 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Slovakia   2–3   Israel Trnava, Slovakia
20:45 Marek Hamšík   16'
Róbert Mak   38'
Report   68'76'89' Eran Zahavi Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
Attendance: 0[13]
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)
15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B Slovakia   1–0   Scotland Trnava, Slovakia
15:00 Ján Greguš   31' Report Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
Attendance: 0
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)

2021Edit

24 March 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Cyprus   0–0   Slovakia Nicosia, Cyprus
20:45 Report Stadium: GSP Stadium
Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (North Macedonia)
23 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 Slovakia   v   Spain Seville, Spain
18:00 Report Stadium: Estadio de La Cartuja
14 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Malta   v   Slovakia Malta
20:45 Report

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for three 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification fixtures against   Cyprus (24 March 2021),   Malta (27 March 2021) and   Russia (30 March 2021).[14]

Due to COVID-19 isolation regulation, Hertha BSC had agreed to release Peter Pekarík for an initial match against Cyprus only. Subsequently, there may be changes to the nomination at a later date. Jakub Holúbek was nominated to the national team at a later date due to possible unavailability of Milan Škriniar.[15] The weekend before the fixtures Ivan Schranz was additionally called up as well due to questionable availability of Vladimír Weiss caused by a muscle injury suffered in a Fortuna Liga fixture against MŠK Žilina. It was also determined that Weiss and Stanislav Lobotka were to be unavailable in the first fixture against Cyprus.[16]

Caps and fixtures correct as of 30 March 2021 after a match against Russia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Martin DúbravkaINJ (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 32) 25 0   Newcastle United
1GK Dušan Kuciak (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 35) 13 0   Lechia Gdańsk
1GK Dominik Greif (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 (age 24) 4 0   Slovan Bratislava

2DF Peter Pekarík (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 34) 99 2   Hertha BSC
2DF Tomáš Hubočan (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 35) 69 0   Omonia
2DF Milan Škriniar (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 26) 39 2   Internazionale
2DF Dávid HanckoINJ (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 23) 14 1   Sparta Prague
2DF Ľubomír Šatka (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 25) 11 0   Lech Poznań
2DF Martin Valjent (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 25) 9 0   Mallorca
2DF Jakub Holúbek (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 30) 6 0   Piast Gliwice
2DF Lukáš Pauschek (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 28) 6 0   Slovan Bratislava
2DF Martin Koscelník (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 26) 4 0   Slovan Liberec

3MF Juraj Kucka (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 34) 82 10   Parma
3MF Róbert Mak (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 30) 65 14   Ferencváros
3MF Ondrej Duda (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 26) 44 5   1. FC Köln
3MF Ján Greguš (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 30) 34 4   Minnesota United
3MF Patrik Hrošovský (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 29) 34 0   Genk
3MF Albert Rusnák (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 26) 32 5   Real Salt Lake
3MF Matúš Bero (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 25) 14 0   Vitesse
3MF Lukáš Haraslín (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 24) 13 1   Sassuolo
3MF László Bénes (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 23) 3 0   Augsburg
3MF Tomáš Suslov (2002-06-07) 7 June 2002 (age 18) 2 0   Groningen
3MF Jakub Hromada (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Slavia Prague

4FW Michal Ďuriš (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 32) 54 7   Omonia
4FW Róbert Boženík (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 21) 15 4   Feyenoord
4FW Ivan Schranz (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 27) 7 1   Jablonec
4FW David Strelec (2001-04-04) 4 April 2001 (age 20) 3 1   Slovan Bratislava

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been recognised in national team nominations within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Adam Jakubech (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Kortrijk v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
GK Dominik Holec (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 26) 0 0   Raków Częstochowa v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
GK František Plach (1992-03-08) 8 March 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Piast Gliwice v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
GK Marek RodákINJ (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 24) 5 0   Fulham v.   Czech Republic, 18 November 2020

DF Norbert Gyömbér (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 28) 28 0   Salernitana v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Denis Vavro (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 25) 11 1   Huesca v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Róbert Mazáň (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 27) 11 0   Karviná v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Branislav Niňaj (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 27) 3 0   Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Tomáš Huk (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 26) 2 0   Piast Gliwice v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Boris Sekulić (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 29) 2 0   Chicago Fire v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Kristián Koštrna (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Spartak Trnava v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Michal Sipľak (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Cracovia v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
DF Martin Škrtel INJ (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 36) 104 6 Unattached v.   Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT
DF Lukáš Skovajsa (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Dynamo České Budějovice v.   Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT
DF Dominik Kružliak (1996-07-10) 10 July 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Dunajská Streda v.   Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT
DF Lukáš Štetina INJ (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 29) 4 1   Sparta Prague v.   Israel, 7 September 2020

MF Vladimír WeissINJ (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 31) 67 7   Slovan Bratislava v.   Russia, 30 March 2021
MF Stanislav LobotkaINJ (1994-11-25) 25 November 1994 (age 26) 27 3   Napoli v.   Russia, 30 March 2021
MF Miroslav Stoch (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 31) 60 6   Zagłębie Lubin v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
MF Erik Sabo (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 29) 18 0   Çaykur Rizespor v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
MF Jaroslav Mihalík (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 26) 8 1   Sigma Olomouc v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
MF Martin Chrien (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 (age 25) 1 1   Mezőkövesd v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
MF Erik Jirka (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Mirandés v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
MF Jakub Považanec (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 30) 0 0   Jablonec v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
MF Marek HamšíkINJ (captain) (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 33) 126 26   IFK Göteborg v.   Czech Republic, 18 November 2020
MF Miroslav Káčer (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Viktoria Plzeň v.   Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT
MF Nikolas Špalek (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Brescia v.   Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT

FW Pavol Šafranko (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 (age 26) 10 0   Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
FW Samuel Mráz (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 24) 4 1   Zagłębie Lubin v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
FW David Hrnčár (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 23) 0 0   ViOn Zlaté Moravce v.   Russia, 30 March 2021ALT
FW Adam Zreľák (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 27) 5 2   Warta Poznań v.   Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT
FW Erik Pačinda (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 32) 4 1   Košice v.   Israel, 7 September 2020 ALT
  • INJ Withdrew/Unavailable due to an injury or an illness.
  • ALT Alternate - replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability
  • RET Retired from international football

Player recordsEdit

As of 30 March 2021
Players in bold are still active with Slovakia.

Most capped playersEdit

Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1. Marek Hamšík 126 26 2007–present
2. Miroslav Karhan 107 14 1995–2011
3. Martin Škrtel 104 6 2004–2019
4. Peter Pekarík 99 2 2006–present
5. Ján Ďurica 91 4 2004–2017
6. Róbert Vittek 82 23 2001–2016
7. Juraj Kucka 82 10 2008–present
8. Tomáš Hubočan 69 0 2006–present
9. Stanislav Šesták 66 13 2004–2016
Vladimír Weiss 66 7 2009–present

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1. Marek Hamšík 26 126 0.21 2007–present
2. Róbert Vittek 23 82 0.28 2001–2016
3. Szilárd Németh 22 59 0.37 1996–2006
4. Marek Mintál 14 45 0.31 2002–2009
Róbert Mak 14 65 0.22 2013–present
Miroslav Karhan 14 107 0.13 1995–2011
7. Adam Nemec 13 43 0.3 2006–2019
Stanislav Šesták 13 66 0.2 2004–2016
9. Peter Dubovský 12 33 0.36 1994–2000
10. Juraj Kucka 10 82 0.15 2008–present

Coaching staffEdit

As of 26 October 2020
Position Name
Head coach   Štefan Tarkovič
Assistant Coaches   Marek Mintál
  Samuel Slovák
Technical manager   Róbert Tomaschek
Goalkeeping Coach   Miroslav Seman
Fitness Coach   Martin Rusňák
Doctor   Vladimír Pener
  Ján Baťalík
Masseur   Mário Prelovský
Physiotherapist   Marián Drinka
  Martin Nozdrovický
  Peter Hečko
Videoanalyst   Michal Slyško
Custodians   Ján Beniak
  Marek Košáň

Coaching historyEdit

1939–1944

Name Years Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
  Vojtech Závodský 1939 1 1 0 0 2 0 +1 3.00
  Rudolf Hanák 1939–1940 2 1 0 1 5 4 +1 1.50
  Štefan Priboj 1940–1941 4 0 1 3 5 10 −5 0.08
  Štefan Čambal 1941–1942 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5 0.00
  Ferdinand Daučík 1942–1944 7 1 1 5 10 24 −14 0.19
Totals 16 3 2 11 23 44 −21 0.69

1993–present

Name Dates Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
  Jozef Vengloš 6 Apr 1993 – 15 Jun 1995 16 5 4 7 21 30 −9 1.19
  Jozef Jankech 4 Jul 1995 – 23 Oct 1998 34 18 6 10 51 33 +18 1.76
  Dušan Radolský[17] 10 Nov 1998 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2 0.00
  Dušan Galis 1 Jan 1999 – 23 Feb 1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
  Jozef Adamec 26 Feb 1999 – 30 Nov 2001 34 13 11 10 38 31 +7 1.47
  Anton Dragúň[18] 17 Nov 1999 – 25 Nov 2001 4 1 0 3 2 7 −5 0.25
  Stanislav Griga[19] 21 Jun 2001 – 25 Jun 2001 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 1.00
  Ladislav Jurkemik 1 Feb 2002 – 31 Dec 2003 19 6 5 8 27 26 +1 1.21
  Dušan Galis 1 Jan 2004 – 12 Oct 2006 31 12 12 7 53 36 +17 1.55
  Ján Kocian 2 Nov 2006 – 30 Jun 2008 17 3 5 9 30 28 +2 0.82
  Vladimír Weiss 7 Jul 2008 – 31 Jan 2012 40 16 8 16 56 53 +3 1.40
  Michal Hipp[20] 1 Jan 2012 – 29 Feb 2012 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3.00
  Stanislav Griga
  Michal Hipp
26 Apr 2012 – 13 Jun 2013 12 3 4 5 11 14 −3 0.92
  Ján Kozák 2 Jul 2013 – 14 Oct 2018 56 29 10 17 81 57 +24 1.73
  Štefan Tarkovič[21] 15 Oct 2018 – 21 Oct 2018 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1.00
  Pavel Hapal 22 Oct 2018 – 16 Oct 2020 16 6 4 6 25 20 +5 1.38
  Oto Brunegraf[22] 14 Oct 2020 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0.00
  Štefan Tarkovič 20 Oct 2020 – 6 3 2 1 7 6 +1 1.83
Totals 291 116 72 103 405 351 +54 1.44

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1994 Part of   Czechoslovakia Part of   Czechoslovakia
  1998 Did not qualify 4th 10 5 1 4 18 14
    2002 3rd 10 5 2 3 16 9
  2006 2nd 14 6 6 2 26 14
  2010 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 7 Squad 1st 10 7 1 2 22 10
  2014 Did not qualify 3rd 10 3 4 3 11 10
  2018 2nd 10 6 0 4 17 7
  2022 To be determined TBD 3 1 2 0 4 3
      2026 To be determined
Total Round of 16 1/6 4 1 1 2 5 7 67 33 16 18 114 67

Current editionEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Croatia 3 2 0 1 4 1 +3 6 Qualification to 2022 FIFA World Cup 14 Nov 11 Oct 1–0 7 Sep 3–0
2   Russia 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6 Advance to second round 1 Sep 8 Oct 11 Nov 2–1 7 Sep
3   Slovakia 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 4 Sep 2–1 7 Sep 11 Nov 2–2
4   Cyprus 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4 8 Oct 4 Sep 0–0 1–0 11 Oct
5   Slovenia 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3 1–0 11 Oct 1 Sep 14 Nov 4 Sep
6   Malta 3 0 1 2 3 8 −5 1 11 Nov 1–3 14 Nov 1 Sep 8 Oct
Updated to match(es) played on 30 March 2021. Source: FIFA, UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pos Pld W D L GF GA
  1960 to   1992 Part of   Czechoslovakia Part of   Czechoslovakia
  1996 Did not qualify 3rd 10 4 2 4 14 18
    2000 3rd 10 5 2 3 12 9
  2004 3rd 8 3 1 4 11 9
    2008 4th 12 5 1 6 33 23
    2012 4th 10 4 3 3 7 10
  2016 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 6 Squad 2nd 10 7 1 2 17 8
  2020 Qualified 3rd 10 5 2 3 15 12
  2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Round of 16 2/7 4 1 1 2 3 6 70 33 12 25 109 89

Current editionEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Croatia 8 5 2 1 17 7 +10 17 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–1
2   Wales 8 4 2 2 10 6 +4 14 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–1
3   Slovakia 8 4 1 3 13 11 +2 13 Advance to play-offs via Nations League 0–4 1–1 2–0 2–0
4   Hungary 8 4 0 4 8 11 −3 12 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0
5   Azerbaijan 8 0 1 7 5 18 −13 1 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification   ESP   SWE   POL   SVK
1   Spain (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2   Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase based on ranking
4   Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 June 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK
  2018–19 B 1 4 1 0 3 5 5   21st
  2020–21 B 2 6 1 1 4 5 10   30th
  2022–23 C To be determined
Total 10 2 1 7 10 15 21st

Current editionEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation        
1   Czech Republic (P) 6 4 0 2 9 5 +4 12 Promotion to League A 1–2 1–0 2–0
2   Scotland 6 3 1 2 5 4 +1 10 1–0 1–1 1–0
3   Israel 6 2 2 2 7 7 0 8 1–2 1–0 1–1
4   Slovakia (R) 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 4 Relegation to League C 1–3 1–0 2–3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
Year Result Pld W D L GF GA Squad
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000 Group stage 3 1 0 2 3 6 Squad
  2004 to   2020 Did not qualify
Total 1/7 3 1 0 2 3 6

All-time team recordEdit

The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 30 March 2021 after a match against Russia. At the time of the match against Gibraltar, it was a member of UEFA, but not FIFA.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

  1. ^ Includes matches against   Serbia and Montenegro.

HonoursEdit

Major tournamentsEdit

Minor titlesEdit

RecognitionsEdit

CzechoslovakiaEdit

As a part of Czechoslovakia (1918-1939 and 1945-1993), Slovak footballers achieved multiple major successful campaigns with the Czechoslovakia national team. Notably, for example, 16 of the 22 players on the Czechoslovak squad playing in the final tournament of UEFA Euro 1976 in Yugoslavia were Slovak. In both the semi-final against Netherlands and the final match against West Germany 9 of the 13 fielded players were Slovak.

The following table shows the major international successes of the Czechoslovak national team, with participation of Slovak footballers.

Competition       Total
World Cup 0 2 0 2
European Championship 1 0 2 3
Total 1 2 2 5

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, all matches scheduled for September 2020 are being played behind closed doors.[11][12]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 31 March 2021. Retrieved 31 March 2021.
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  12. ^ "UEFA Super Cup to test partial return of spectators". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  13. ^ a b Behind closed doors due to regulations by the Government of Slovakia.
  14. ^ s, SPORT SK, s r o & Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia a. "Štefan Tarkovič oznámil nomináciu na úvodné kvalifikačné zápasy na MS 2022". Šport.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Tarkovič reagoval na neistú situáciu Škriniara. Má už náhradu". sportnet.sme.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Muži A – Reprezentačný tréner Tarkovič vyrátal straty a nálezy". www.futbalsfz.sk. Retrieved 21 March 2021.
  17. ^ managed the team against Poland at 10 November 1998 on a caretaker basis
  18. ^ As Assistant coach he managed the team during the tour of Central and South America
  19. ^ Led the team during 2001 Merdeka Tournament in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
  20. ^ Managed the team against Turkey on 29 February 2012 on a caretaker basis
  21. ^ Managed the team against Sweden on 16 October 2018 on caretaker basis
  22. ^ Managed the team against Israel on 14 October 2020 on caretaker basis
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  29. ^ "Cyprus International Tournament 2003". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
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