Slovakia national football team

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AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJán Kozák
Asst coachŠtefan Tarkovič
CaptainMarek Hamšík
Most capsMiroslav Karhan (107)
Top scorerRóbert Vittek (23)
FIFA ranking46 Increase 3 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking16 (September 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking150 (December 1993)
Elo ranking52
Highest Elo ranking28 (May 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking71 (October 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Slovakia Slovakia 2–0 Germany 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
Second Slovak Republic:
 United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia Slovakia
(Dubai, UAE; 2 February 1994)
Biggest win
Slovakia Slovakia 7–0 Liechtenstein 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
Slovakia Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
Slovakia Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 6–0 SlovakiaSlovakia
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
World Cup
Appearances1 (First in 2010)
Best resultRound of 16, 2010
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This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Slovakia women's national football team.
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachJán Kozák
Asst coachŠtefan Tarkovič
CaptainMarek Hamšík
Most capsMiroslav Karhan (107)
Top scorerRóbert Vittek (23)
FIFA ranking46 Increase 3 (17 July 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking16 (September 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking150 (December 1993)
Elo ranking52
Highest Elo ranking28 (May 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking71 (October 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Slovakia Slovakia 2–0 Germany 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
Second Slovak Republic:
 United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia Slovakia
(Dubai, UAE; 2 February 1994)
Biggest win
Slovakia Slovakia 7–0 Liechtenstein 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
Slovakia Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
Slovakia Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 6–0 SlovakiaSlovakia
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
World Cup
Appearances1 (First in 2010)
Best resultRound of 16, 2010

The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mužstvo) represents Slovakia in association football and is controlled by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium is Štadión Pasienky and their head coach is Ján Kozák. Slovakia are one of the newest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national football team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993, with the Czech Republic national football team continuing as the successor of the Czechoslovak team. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major professional tournaments.

Slovakia qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after winning their qualifying group despite two defeats against Slovenia, and 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 second round against eventual runners-up the Netherlands. It was the first time the team have 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. They 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. The team have achieved some noteworthy results, however, such as the aforementioned win over the then title holders Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a 1–0 win against Russia in September 2010 which helped the team reach their best ever position of 16th in the FIFA World Rankings. 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 in their group in 4th place. They also only scored seven goals in the group, only more than minnows Andorra.

Slovakia's traditional rival is the Czech Republic which they played twice in the qualification for the 1998 FIFA 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 FIFA 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 playing each other in UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, and they lost 3–1 in Prague and 0–3 in Bratislava.


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 fifty 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 1976 European Championships (eight of the eleven 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 defeat against 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 '96 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 #17.

Repre before match against Italy at 2010 FIFA World Cup

Slovakia participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history as an independent nation after finishing in first place 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.[1] On 24 June 2010, Slovakia finished second in the group stage after defeating World Cup titleholders Italy in a game which ESPN called "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, which finished last in the group.[2] The result of this match meant that for the first time in World Cup history both finalists from the previous tournament have been eliminated from the first round, champion Italy and runner-up France.[3][4] From here the Slovaks played the Netherlands in the round of 16, Slovakia were complete underdogs going into the game, but for most of the match until conceding their first goal were creating chances. From here Slovakia lost belief they could go back into the match and then fell 2–0 behind only to score a late goal from the penalty spot which turned out to be the last kick of the game.[5] This returned Róbert Vittek to the top of the goalscoring charts joint top with David Villa until Villa himself scored against Portugal in a 1–0 win.

For UEFA Euro 2012 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Russia, 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, this one in particular giving Slovakia the perfect start. However, October came and team form slipped steadily, as Repre was easily beaten in Armenia (3-1) and couldn't do better than a 1-1 home draw against Ireland. At that point, Russia topped the group charts with 9 points, with Slovakia, Armenia and Ireland all in 2 point-gap of the leaders.

However, 2011 got terribly worse. In February, the team was stunned in a 2-1 friendly defeat against Luxembourg, before needing to fight hard for two 1-0 wins against group minnows Andorra, who had conceded 11 goals in the previous four matches. Playing in Ireland in a six-point match, Slovakia got a goalless draw, despite having better chances, which kept both teams two points behind Russia, and leading Armenia by three. Four days later, even though, Slovakia had its most disastrous performance in years, as, after creating chances in a goalless first half, went on to concede four goals to an effective and brave Armenian team, what definitely ended team confidence in the tournament spot. In the final two matches, Slovakia was beaten at home by Russia, 1-0, despite playing much better than against Armenia, and drew in Macedonia 1-1, to a mediocre fourth place, and scoring only seven goals in the whole process. For the first time since UEFA Euro 1996, Slovakia finished a qualifying campaign with a negative goal difference. Vladimír Weiss left his job after four full years, being replaced by his assistants Michal Hipp and Stanislav Griga. Both were later replaced due to poor results. By late June, former Czechoslovakia national football team footballer Ján Kozák became the head coach. Matters did not improve with a dreadful 0-0 draw against UEFA newcomers (and its lowest ranked team) Gibraltar in November 2013.


The Slovakia national football team is using three stadiums on the present: Štadión pod Dubňom in Žilina, Štadión Pasienky in Bratislava and Štadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava. The national team recently played, last in 2009, at the biggest Slovak stadium Tehelné pole in Bratislava but the stadium does not meet UEFA criteria for international games today. In the past, home games have occasionally been played at other venues as Všešportový areál and Lokomotíva Stadium in Košice, Štadión pod Zoborom in Nitra, Mestský štadión in Dubnica or Tatran Stadion in Prešov.

Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:

Number of
StadiumFirst internationalLast international
44Tehelné pole, Bratislava20 April 199414 November 2009
12Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina30 April 200410 September 2013
10Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava24 April 199629 March 2011
9Pasienky, Bratislava18 August 199916 October 2012
4Všešportový areál, Košice8 March 199515 November 1995
2Štadión pod Zoborom, Nitra27 March 199624 May 2000
2Lokomotíva Stadium, Košice19 August 19985 September 1998
2Mestský štadión, Dubnica8 September 199913 October 2007
1Štadión na Sihoti, Trenčín5 September 20015 September 2001
1Štadión 1. FC Tatran Prešov, Prešov14 May 200214 May 2002
1Štadión FC ViOn, Zlaté Moravce26 March 200826 March 2008
1NTC Senec, Senec23 May 201423 May 2014


In Slovakia, the team is typically referred to as the Repre (Representation) or Národný tím (National team).


Slovakia kits from 1939–45 era

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. The official shirt supplier is Puma which has signed a long-term agreement with the Slovak Association until 2026.

France Le Coq Sportif1993 - 1995
Italy Lotto1995 - 1999
United States Nike2000 - 2005
Germany Adidas2006 - 2011
Germany Puma2012 - at least 2026

Tournament records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup recordFIFA World Cup Qualification record
1930–1994Part of  Czechoslovakia
France 1998Did not qualify4th105141814
South KoreaJapan 20023rd10523169
Germany 20062nd146622614
South Africa 2010Round of 16164112571st107122210
Brazil 2014Did not qualify3rd103431110
TotalRound of 161/20411257542614149357

European Championship record[edit]

1960–1992Part of  Czechoslovakia
England 1996Did not qualify
Belgium Netherlands 2000
Portugal 2004
Austria Switzerland 2008
Poland Ukraine 2012
France 2016To be decided

Olympic Games[edit]

Host nation(s) / YearResultGPWD*LGSGA
United States 1996Did not Qualify
Australia 2000Group stage310236
Greece 2004Did not Qualify
China 2008
United Kingdom 2012

Results and schedule[edit]

Main article: Slovakia national football team results

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

June 7, 2013Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein Liechtenstein2014 World Cup qualification1-1 DĎurica Goal1,623
August 14, 2013Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania RomaniaInternational Friendly1-1 DŠesták Goal6,738
September 6, 2013Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina2014 World Cup qualification1-0 WPečovský Goal12,500
September 10, 2013Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia Bosnia-Herzegovina2014 World Cup qualification1-2 LHamšík Goal9,438
October 11, 2013Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece Greece2014 World Cup qualification0–1 L21,067
October 15, 2013Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia Latvia2014 World Cup qualification2–2 DJakubko Goal Saláta Goal3,813
November 15, 2013Stadion Miejski, Wrocław, Poland PolandInternational Friendly2-0 WKucka Goal Mak Goal40,605
November 19, 2013Estádio Algarve, Algarve, Portugal GibraltarInternational Friendly0–0 D500
March 5, 2014Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel IsraelInternational Friendly3–1 WJakubko Goal Ďurica Goal Mak Goal7,200
May 23, 2014NTC Senec, Senec, Slovakia MontenegroInternational Friendly2–0 WWeiss Goal Jendrišek Goal2,587
May 26, 2014Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia RussiaInternational Friendly0–1 L12,000
Sep 4, 2014Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia MaltaInternational Friendly
Sep 8, 2014Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine UkraineUEFA Euro 2016 qualification

* Slovakia score always listed first

2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying[edit]

 Bosnia and HerzegovinaGreeceLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaSlovakia
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3–14–14–13–00–1
Greece 0–01–02–02–01–0
Latvia 0–51–22–02–12–2
Liechtenstein 1–80–11–10–21–1
Lithuania 0–10–12–02–01–1
Slovakia 1–20–12–12–01–1

2016 UEFA Euro qualifying[edit]

 BelarusLuxembourgRepublic of MacedoniaSlovakiaSpainUkraine
Belarus 8 Sep '1512 Oct '1512 Oct '1414 Jun '159 Oct '14
Luxembourg 8 Sep '145 Sep '1512 Oct '1512 Oct '1415 Nov '14
Macedonia 27 Mar '159 Oct '1415 Nov '148 Sep '159 Oct '15
Slovakia 9 Oct '1527 Mar '1514 Jun '159 Oct '148 Sep '15
Spain 15 Nov '149 Oct '158 Sep '145 Sep '1527 Mar '15
Ukraine 5 Sep '1514 Jun '1512 Oct '148 Sep '1412 Oct '15

All-time team record[edit]

The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of May 26, 2014.

 Costa Rica311156−1
 Czech Republic9225921−12
 Faroe Islands220051+4
 Republic of Ireland403134−1
 New Zealand1010110
 Northern Ireland320143+2
 San Marino4400221+21
 Saudi Arabia1010110
 Serbia and Montenegro100102−2
 South Korea1010000
 United Arab Emirates220031+2
 United States3111550


Current squad[edit]

The following players were named in the squad for the friendly matches against Montenegro on 23 May and Russia on 26 May 2014.

Caps and goals as of 26 May 2014.
0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1GKJán Mucha(1982-12-05) 5 December 1982 (age 31)410Russia Krylia Sovetov Samara
1GKMartin Dúbravka(1989-01-05) 5 January 1989 (age 25)10Denmark Esbjerg
1GKJán Novota(1983-11-29) 29 November 1983 (age 30)10Austria Rapid Wien
2DFJán Ďurica(1981-12-10) 10 December 1981 (age 32)664Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
2DFPeter Pekarík(1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 27)531Germany Hertha Berlin
2DFTomáš Hubočan(1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 28)300Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
2DFKornel Saláta(1985-01-24) 24 January 1985 (age 29)291Russia Tom Tomsk
2DFNorbert Gyömbér(1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 22)30Italy Catania
2DFErik Čikoš(1988-07-31) 31 July 1988 (age 26)20Scotland Ross County
2DFPavol Farkaš(1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 29)20Italy Ternana
3MFMarek Hamšík (captain)(1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 27)6911Italy Napoli
3MFMiroslav Stoch(1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 24)424United Arab Emirates Al-Ain
3MFVladimír Weiss(1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 24)343Qatar Lekhwiya
3MFViktor Pečovský(1983-05-24) 24 May 1983 (age 31)161Slovakia Žilina
3MFKarim Guédé(1985-01-07) 7 January 1985 (age 29)130Germany Freiburg
3MFRóbert Mak(1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 23)102Germany Nürnberg
3MFFilip Kiss(1990-10-13) 13 October 1990 (age 23)20Scotland Ross County
3MFErik Sabo(1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 22)20Slovakia Spartak Trnava
4FWRóbert Vittek(1982-04-01) 1 April 1982 (age 32)8023Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
4FWStanislav Šesták(1982-12-16) 16 December 1982 (age 31)5512Germany Bochum
4FWErik Jendrišek(1986-10-26) 26 October 1986 (age 27)374Germany Energie Cottbus
4FWAdam Nemec(1985-09-02) 2 September 1985 (age 28)100Germany Union Berlin
4FWJakub Sylvestr(1989-02-02) 2 February 1989 (age 25)50Germany Nürnberg

Recent call-ups[edit]

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKMatúš Kozáčik(1983-12-27) 27 December 1983 (age 30)30Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeňv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
GKTomáš Košický(1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 28)10Italy Novarav.  Israel, 5 March 2014
GKPavol Bajza(1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 22)00Italy Parmav.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
GKDušan Kuciak(1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 29)100Poland Legia Warsawv.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 10 September 2013
DFMartin Škrtel(1984-12-15) 15 December 1984 (age 29)665England Liverpoolv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
DFDušan Švento(1985-08-01) 1 August 1985 (age 29)291Germany Kölnv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
DFMarián Čišovský(1979-11-02) 2 November 1979 (age 34)150Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeňv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
DFMartin Dobrotka(1985-01-22) 22 January 1985 (age 29)10Czech Republic Slavia Praguev.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
DFBranislav Niňaj(1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 20)10Slovakia Slovan Bratislavav.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
DFLukáš Štetina(1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 23)10Czech Republic Dukla Praguev.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
DFJozef Piaček(1983-06-20) 20 June 1983 (age 31)00Slovakia Žilinav.  Latvia, 15 October 2013
DFMichal Breznaník(1985-12-16) 16 December 1985 (age 28)90Czech Republic Sparta Praguev.  Bosnia-Herzegovina, 10 September 2013
MFSamuel Štefánik(1991-11-16) 16 November 1991 (age 22)20Netherlands NECv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
MFTomáš Kóňa(1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 30)50Slovakia Senicav.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
MFTomáš Ďubek(1987-22-01) 1 October 1987 (age 26)10Slovakia Ružomberokv.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
MFMartin Juhar(1988-03-09) 9 March 1988 (age 26)10Czech Republic Slavia Praguev.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
MFJuraj Kucka(1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 27)352Italy Genoav.  Poland, 15 November 2013
FWDávid Škutka(1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 26)00Czech Republic Baník Ostravav.  Russia, 26 May 2014
FWFilip Hološko(1984-01-17) 17 January 1984 (age 30)637Turkey Beşiktaşv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FWMartin Jakubko(1980-02-26) 26 February 1980 (age 34)369Russia Amkar Permv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FWMichal Ďuriš(1988-06-01) 1 June 1988 (age 26)110Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeňv.  Israel, 5 March 2014
FWDavid Depetris(1988-11-11) 11 November 1988 (age 25)20Mexico Moreliav.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
FWFrantišek Kubík(1989-03-14) 14 March 1989 (age 25)20Slovakia Trenčínv.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
FWAdam Zreľák(1994-04-04) 4 April 1994 (age 20)10Slovakia Ružomberokv.  Gibraltar, 19 November 2013
FWMarek Bakoš(1983-04-15) 15 April 1983 (age 31)130Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeňv.  Poland, 15 November 2013

Player statistics[edit]

Players in bold are still active.

As of 26 May 2014.