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Season review: Slovakia

Published: Tuesday 25 May 2010, 12.04CET
MŠK Žilina took their fifth Slovakian title to draw level with ŠK Slovan Bratislava in the all-time rankings, but the latter gained some consolation with a record margin of victory in the Slovakian Cup final.
by Rastislav Hribik
from Bratislava
Season review: Slovakia
Žilina claimed their fifth Slovakian title ©MŠK Žilina
Published: Tuesday 25 May 2010, 12.04CET

Season review: Slovakia

MŠK Žilina took their fifth Slovakian title to draw level with ŠK Slovan Bratislava in the all-time rankings, but the latter gained some consolation with a record margin of victory in the Slovakian Cup final.

MŠK Žilina took their fifth Slovakian title to draw level with ŠK Slovan Bratislava in the all-time rankings, and while the latter took the Slovakian Cup, Dukla Banská Bystrica and FC Nitra also made great strides, booking returns to Europe. MFK Petržalka, however, were not so fortunate, being relegated after 14 years in the top division.

Champions: MŠK Žilina
The northern side thoroughly deserved their success, though their race with Slovan was a tight one. Just one point clear at the winter break, Žilina lost the lead for a while before bouncing back to claim a decisive three-point advantage thanks to a nine-game unbeaten run. With 59 goals they were Slovakia's highest scorers, and conceded a miserly 17 in 33 league games. Captain Róbert Jež said: "Before the start of the season not so many people believed we would be able to add a fifth title, maybe some of us too, but now we have it and it's a nice feeling."

Cup final: ŠK Slovan Bratislava 6-0 FC Spartak Trnava
Slovan's fourth Slovakian Cup success was the most emphatic victory in the 17 finals since independence, but their first success in the cup since 1999 was scant consolation for losing the title to Žilina. Kornel Saláta, Mario Božič, Jakub Sylvestr, Michal Breznaník, Karim Guédé and Martin Dobrotka scored in Michalovce, with coach Štefan Horný glad to see his side "make amends for a bad finish in the league".

European places*
MŠK Žilina – UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
ŠK Slovan Bratislava – UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
Dukla Banská Bystrica - UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
FC Nitra - UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the Year: Róbert Jež (MŠK Žilina)
The 28-year-old Jež scored only four goals this season, but as a captain and team leader, the playmaker's contribution to Žilina's title success was immense. Having led his side to the title three years ago, he thoroughly deserved another winners' medal.

One to watch: Dušan Uškovič (Dukla Banská Bystrica)
His side finished a relatively distant third to Slovan, but Presov-born forward Uškovič gave Dukla enormous impetus, with his seven goals a major factor in their fine season, especially in the autumn. At 25, he looks to be coming into his prime.

Surprise package: Dukla Banská Bystrica
Having targeted a sixth-placed finish, Dukla ended up with a bronze-medal finish and a return to Europe. They might have been title contenders were it not for a sloppy start to the spring, but their 72-year-old coach Jozef Jankech will not lead them in to Europe, having honoured a promise to his wife that he would quit in the summer.

Leading scorer: Robert Rák, FC Nitra (18)

Number: 13
The winter-break points gap between relegated Petržalka and the team placed eleventh, MFK Košice. As FC Artmedia, Petržalka participated in the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2005/06.

Relegated: MFK Petržalka

Promoted: FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce

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"There were moments, when I didn't believe we would be relegated, but it is a reality now. When we were celebrating victories, nobody thought there was a chance that our team would go down."
MFK Petržalka midfielder Branislav Fodrek responds to relegation

Last updated: 01/06/10 19.08CET

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