Slovakia national football team

The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in international football competition and is controlled 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 Pavel Hapal. 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
Nickname(s)Sokoli (The Falcons)[1]
Repre (The Representatives)[2]
AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPavel Hapal
CaptainMarek Hamšík
Most capsMarek Hamšík (120)
Top scorerMarek Hamšík (25)
Home stadiumTehelné pole
Štadión Antona Malatinského
FIFA codeSVK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 32 1 (28 November 2019)[3]
Highest14 (August 2015)
Lowest150 (December 1993)
Elo ranking
Current 35 2 (25 November 2019)[4]
Highest14 (August 1939)
Lowest67 (October 2011)
First international
First Slovak Republic (1939–1945):
 Slovakia 2–0 Germany 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
Second Slovak Republic (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
Appearances1 (first in 2016)
Best resultRound of 16 (2016)

Slovakia qualified for two major international tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016. 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 1996 and 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 0–3 in Bratislava.

History

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).

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.

Slovakia played in 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, having recorded 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.

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 Stadion 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 following by two defeats to Bosnia and Greece.

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 Kiev. 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.

Stadiums

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, 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
52 Tehelné pole 22,500 Bratislava v.  Germany, 27 August 1939 (2–0) v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019 (1–1)
28 City Arena 19,200 Trnava v.  Bulgaria, 24 April 1996 (0–0) v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 (2–0)
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)

Nickname

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]

Kit

Slovakia's home kit since the 1993 was blue, but currently Slovakia changed their home kit from blue to white. 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.

Name Duration
Le Coq Sportif 1993–1995
Nike 1995–2005
Adidas 2006–2011
Puma 2012–2016
Nike 2016–

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Results Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to 1994 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
1998Did not qualify 4th105141814
2002 3rd10523169
2006 2nd146622614
2010Round of 1616th411257 1st107122210
2014Did not qualify 3rd103431110
2018 2nd10604177
2022 To be determined To be determined
2026
TotalRound of 161/6411257 -6432141811064

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record UEFA European Championship qualifying record
Year Results Position Pld W D L GF GA Pos Pld W D L GF GA
1960 to 1992 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
1996Did not qualify 3rd104241418
2000 3rd10523129
2004 3rd8314119
2008 4th125163323
2012 4th10433710
2016Round of 1614th411236 2nd10712178
2020To be determined 3rd84131311
2024 To be determined
TotalRound of 161/6411236 -6832112510788

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Group Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 B 1 3rd410355
2020–21 B To be determined
Total410355

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Year Results Pld W D L GF GA
1996Did not qualify
2000Group stage310236
2004Did not qualify
2008
2012
2016
2020
Total1/7310236

Results and schedule

The box below, show the results of all A-level matches played within the last 12 months, and the scheduled matches for the upcoming 12 months.

2019

2020

Performance in recent major competitions

2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying

{{2018 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group F table|show_matches=yes}}

2018–19 UEFA Nations League B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[lower-alpha 1]
1  Ukraine 4 3 0 1 5 5 0 9 Promotion to League A 1–0 1–0
2  Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6 1–2 1–0
3  Slovakia 4 1 0 3 5 5 0 3 4–1 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.

2020 UEFA Euro qualifying

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 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

All-time team record

The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 19 November 2019 after a match against Azerbaijan.
Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro are no longer active. At the time of the match against Gibraltar, it was a member of UEFA, but not FIFA.

Opponents Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA GD
 Algeria1010110
 Andorra220020+2
 Argentina100106−6
 Armenia200217−6
 Australia1010000
 Austria412134−1
 Azerbaijan8701195+14
 Bahrain100102−2
 Belarus320172+5
 Belgium302134−1
 Bolivia320132+1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina410346−2
 Brazil100105−5
 Bulgaria7412105+5
 Cameroon1010110
 Chile210132+1
 China PR110032+1
 Colombia301202−2
 Costa Rica311156−1
 Croatia1523101840-22
 Cyprus4301146+8
 Czech Republic123271124−13
 Denmark320173+4
 Egypt100101−1
 England6015311−8
 Estonia220031+2
 Faroe Islands220051+4
 Finland321041+3
 France411226−4
 Georgia2101330
 Germany113081225−13
 Gibraltar*1010000
 Greece511346−2
 Guatemala110010+1
 Hungary642072+5
 Iceland5311106+4
 Iran2101660
 Republic of Ireland504156−1
 Israel431073+4
 Italy210135−2
 Japan301225−3
 Jordan110051+4
 Kuwait110020+2
 Latvia6330126+6
 Lebanon100112-1
 Liechtenstein9720261+25
 Lithuania6330115+6
 Luxembourg5401155+10
 Malaysia110020+2
 Malta8710213+18
 Mexico100125−3
 Moldova320154+1
 Montenegro110020+2
 Morocco200224−2
 Netherlands201225−3
 New Zealand1010110
 Northern Ireland421142+2
 North Macedonia8620163+13
 Norway310213−2
 Paraguay201113−2
 Peru200213−2
 Poland84131213−1
 Portugal401317−6
 Romania111551220−8
 Russia9333880
 San Marino4400221+21
 Saudi Arabia1010110
 Scotland210131+2
 Serbia and Montenegro100102−2
 Slovenia722356−1
 South Korea1010000
 Spain6114615−9
 Sweden6033211−9
  Switzerland3201440
 Thailand211043+1
 Turkey611438−5
 Uganda100113−2
 Ukraine8233109+1
 United Arab Emirates330052+3
 United States110010+1
 Uzbekistan110041+3
 Wales5113910-1
 Yugoslavia201113−2
Totals31012469117438407+31

Players

Current squad

The following 24 players were called up for a double qualifying fixture against  Croatia (16 November 2019) and  Azerbaijan (19 November 2019).[11]

Although László Bénes was initially called-up, he did not travel to the pre-match camp, due to an injury and was replaced by Nikolas Špalek, who got the chance to achieve his premier cap.[12] After a match against Croatia, Dominik Holec was called up to join the squad, as Dominik Greif was not in ideal health condition, preventing him from partaking in full-on training sessions.[13]

Caps and fixtures correct as of 19 November 2019, after a match against Azerbaijan.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Martin Dúbravka (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 24 0 Newcastle United
1GK Dominik Greif (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 2 0 Slovan Bratislava
1GK Dominik Holec (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 0 0 Žilina
1GK Marek Rodák (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 0 0 Fulham

2DF Peter Pekarík (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 91 2 Hertha Berlin
2DF Milan Škriniar (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 31 0 Internazionale
2DF Norbert Gyömbér (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 23 0 Perugia
2DF Dávid Hancko (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 12 1 Sparta Prague
2DF Denis Vavro (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 9 1 Lazio
2DF Ľubomír Šatka (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 9 0 Lech Poznań
2DF Martin Valjent (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 3 0 Mallorca

3MF Marek Hamšík (captain) (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 120 25 Dalian Yifang
3MF Juraj Kucka (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 72 9 Parma
3MF Róbert Mak (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 58 12 Zenit Saint Petersburg
3MF Ondrej Duda (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 35 5 Hertha Berlin
3MF Ján Greguš (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 26 3 Minnesota United
3MF Patrik Hrošovský (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 25 0 Genk
3MF Albert Rusnák (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 24 5 Real Salt Lake
3MF Stanislav Lobotka (1994-11-25) 25 November 1994 22 3 Celta Vigo
3MF Matúš Bero (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 11 0 Vitesse
3MF Lukáš Haraslín (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 8 1 Lechia Gdańsk
3MF Nikolas Špalek (1997-02-12) 12 February 1997 0 0 Brescia

4FW Michal Ďuriš (1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 47 5 Anorthosis Famagusta
4FW Róbert Boženík (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 8 4 Žilina
4FW Samuel Mráz (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 3 1 Brøndby

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Slovakia squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Dušan Kuciak (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 10 0 Lechia Gdańsk v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
GK Matúš Putnocký (1984-11-01) 1 November 1984 0 0 Śląsk Wrocław v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
GK Matúš KozáčikINJ (1983-12-27)27 December 1983 (aged 34) 29 0 Viktoria Plzeň v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
GK Adam Jakubech (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 1 0 Kortrijk v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT

DF Róbert Mazáň (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 8 0 Tenerife v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
DF Branislav Niňaj (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 2 0 Fortuna Sittard v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
DF Boris Sekulić (1991-11-21) 21 November 1991 2 0 Górnik Zabrze v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
DF Michal Sipľak (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 0 0 Cracovia v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
DF Martin Škrtel RET (1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 104 6 Başakşehir Istanbul v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
DF Tomáš Hubočan RET (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 65 0 Omonia v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
DF Lukáš Štetina (1991-07-28)28 July 1991 (aged 26) 3 1 Sparta Prague v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019 ALT
DF Kristián Koštrna INJ (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 0 0 Dunajská Streda v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019 ALT
DF Tomáš Huk (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 0 0 Piast Gliwice v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT
DF Branislav Sluka (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 0 0 Žilina v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT

MF László Bénes INJ (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 3 0 Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019
MF Miroslav Stoch (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 59 6 PAOK v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
MF Roman Procházka (1989-03-14) 14 March 1989 3 0 Viktoria Plzeň v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
MF Jakub Považanec (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 0 0 Jablonec v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
MF Jaroslav Mihalík (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 6 1 Lechia Gdańsk v.  Hungary, 9 September 2019 ALT
MF Róbert Pich (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 0 0 Śląsk Wrocław v.  Hungary, 9 September 2019 ALT
MF Martin Chrien (1995-09-08) 8 September 1995 1 1 Benfica B v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019
MF Erik Sabo (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 17 0 Fatih Karagümrük v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT

FW Pavol Šafranko (1994-11-16) 16 November 1994 6 0 Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
FW Erik Pačinda (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 4 1 Korona Kielce v.  Azerbaijan, 19 November 2019 ALT
FW Adam Nemec RET (1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 43 13 Pafos v.  Paraguay, 13 October 2019
FW Erik Jendrišek (1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 37 4 Volos v.  Azerbaijan, 11 June 2019 ALT
FW Ľubomír Tupta (1998-03-27) 27 March 1998 0 0 Hellas Verona v.  Wales, 24 March 2019 ALT
  • INJ Withdrew/Unavailable due to an injury or illness.
  • ALT Alternate - replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability
  • RET Retired from international football

Coaching staff

As of 6 November 2018
Coach Pavel Hapal
Assistant Coach Oto Brunegraf
Goalkeeping Coach Miroslav König, Miroslav Seman
Fitness Coach Peter Boďo
Doctor Zsolt Fegyveres, Ivan Štefanov
Masseur Juraj Ludik
Physiotherapist Marián Drinka, Martin Nozdrovický
Videoanalyst Michal Slyško
Custodians Marek Košáň, Patrik Fedor
Technical manager Jakub Kojnok

Player statistics

Players in bold are still active.

As of 19 November 2019

Most capped players

# Player Career Caps Goals
1. Marek Hamšík 2007– 120 25
2. Miroslav Karhan 1995–2011 107 14
3. Martin Škrtel 2004–2019 104 6
4. Ján Ďurica 2004–2017 91 4
5. Peter Pekarík 2006– 91 2
6. Róbert Vittek 2001–2016 82 23
7. Juraj Kucka 2008– 72 9
8. Stanislav Šesták 2004–2016 66 13
Vladimír Weiss 2009–2018 66 7
9. Filip Hološko 2005–2015 65 8
Tomáš Hubočan 2006–2019 65 0
10. Miroslav Stoch 2005– 60 6
Radoslav Zabavník 2003–2012 59 1

Top goalscorers

Managers

1939–1944

Name Years Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
Vojtech Závodský1939 110020+13.00
Rudolf Hanák1939–1940 210154+11.50
Štefan Priboj1940–1941 4013510−50.08
Štefan Čambal1941–1942 200216−50.00
Ferdinand Daučík1942–1944 71151024−140.19
Totals1632112344−210.69

1993–present

As of 19 November 2019
Name Dates Pld W D L GF GA GD PG
Jozef Vengloš6 Apr 1993 – 15 Jun 1995 165472130−91.19
Jozef Jankech4 Jul 1995 – 23 Oct 1998 34186105133+181.76
Dušan Radolský[14]10 Nov 1998 100113−20.00
Dušan Galis1. 1. 1999 – 23. 2. 1999 00000000.00
Jozef Adamec26 Feb 1999 – 30 Nov 2001 341311103831+71.47
Anton Dragúň[15]17 Nov 1999 – 25 Nov 2001 410327−50.25
Stanislav Griga[16]21 Jun 2001 – 25 Jun 2001 310223−11.00
Ladislav Jurkemik1 Feb 2002 – 31 Dec 2003 196582726+11.21
Dušan Galis1 Jan 2004 – 12 Oct 2006 31121275336+171.55
Ján Kocian2 Nov 2006 – 30 Jun 2008 173593028+20.82
Vladimír Weiss7 Jul 2008 – 31 Jan 2012 40168165653+31.40
Michal Hipp[17]1 Jan 2012 – 29 Feb 2012110021+13.00
Stanislav Griga
Michal Hipp
26 Apr 2012 – 13 Jun 2013 123451114−30.92
Ján Kozák2 Jul 2013 – 14 Oct 2018 562910178157+241.73
Štefan Tarkovič[18]15 Oct 2018 – 21 Oct 2018 10101101.00
Pavel Hapal22 Oct 2018 – 126242315+81.67
Totals2801136899394337+571.45

Honours

Major tournaments

Minor titles

Recognitions

Czechoslovakia

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.

CompetitionTotal
World Cup 0202
European Championship 1023
Total1225

See also

References

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  14. managed the team against Poland at 10 November 1998 on a caretaker basis
  15. As Assistant coach he managed the team during the tour of Central and South America
  16. Led the team during 2001 Merdeka Tournament in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
  17. managed the team against Turkey on 29 February 2012 on a caretaker basis
  18. managed the team against Sweden on 16 October 2018 on a caretaker basis
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