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Vladimír Weiss

Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 19.52CET
Slovakia
Vladimír Weiss
Slovakia coach Vladimír Weiss ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 31 May 2010, 19.52CET

Vladimír Weiss

Slovakia

Date of birth: 22 September 1964
Nationality: Slovakian
Playing career: VTJ Agro Hurbanovo, AŠK Inter Bratislava, AC Sparta Praha, FK Drnovice, DAC Dunajská Streda, 1. FC Košice, FC Artmedia Petržalka
Coaching career: FC Artmedia Petržalka (twice), FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast, Slovakia

• Bratislava-born, Weiss spent six and a half years developing his talent as a defensive midfielder with local club Inter. Became a Czechoslovakian international in 1988 and won three of his 19 caps at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.

• Had brief spell at Sparta Praha, winning final Czechoslovakian championship in 1993. Won a further dozen caps for Slovakia, scoring the independent country's first-ever goal, against United Arab Emirates in February 1994.

• Ended playing days with Artmedia, where he served as an assistant coach until 2000 when he took the top job.

• Led Artmedia to Slovakian Cup in 2005 and league title a year later before knocking out Celtic FC and FK Partizan to reach UEFA Champions League group stage, where team registered famous 3-2 win at FC Porto. Left for Russian club Saturn in early 2006 but returned to Artmedia 18 months later and masterminded domestic double.

• Appointed national team coach in June 2008 in place of Ján Kocian and steered Slovakia to first appearance at a FIFA World Cup finals as qualifying group winners, including historic 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic. Better followed in South Africa, Slovakia reaching the last 16 by eliminating holders Italy and only losing to the Netherlands.

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