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Slovakia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.47CET
Integral to the Czechoslovakia side which won the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany, Slovakia have now qualified for the first time as an independent nation.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.47CET

Slovakia team profile

Integral to the Czechoslovakia side which won the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany, Slovakia have now qualified for the first time as an independent nation.

Best result: never previously qualified
Coach: Ján Kozák
Leading scorer: all-time – Róbert Vittek (23); current – Róbert Vittek (23)
Most appearances: all-time – Miroslav Karhan (107); current – Marek Hamšík (83)
Association formed: 1938
Nickname: None
Where they play: Various

Eight of the 11 Czechoslovakian players who started the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia, but the country took time to find its feet since it began competing as an independent state. Glory did arrive, however, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Vladimír Weiss's team not only topping their qualifying group but also knocking out holders Italy with a momentous 3-2 win at the final tournament in South Africa. Slovakia then broke their UEFA European Championship qualifying duck to reach the 2016 finals in France under coach Ján Kozák thanks largely to seven straight wins at the start of their campaign.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P124 W62 D26 L36 F213 A135
Final tournament: P8 W3 D3 L2 F12 A10
Qualifying: P116 W59 D23 L34 F201 A125

Slovakia: Top five qualifying goals

Slovakia's first three attempts to qualify for a UEFA European Championship each ended in a third-placed finish, their steady progress undermined by home defeats against Romania (twice), Portugal, England and Turkey. That trend of losing on their own turf continued in the UEFA EURO 2008 series when the Czech Republic (0-3), Germany (1-4) and Wales (2-5) inflicted heavy reverses.

Weiss's charges were brimming with confidence in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, though, when they recorded back-to-back 1-0 victories against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Russia. However, failure to score more than once in each of their ten matches, coupled with a 4-0 defeat at home to Armenia, put the brakes on an ultimately disappointing campaign – but success was to follow four years later, the highlight of their campaign a home win against holders Spain.

Memorable EURO matches
09/10/14: Slovakia 2-1 Spain

Goals from Jurak Kucka (17) and Miroslav Stoch (82) ended the holders' 36-match, eight-year unbeaten qualifying run.

07/09/10: Russia 0-1 Slovakia, UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
A Miroslav Stoch goal gave Vladimír Weiss's men a memorable victory against the eventual group winners.

20/06/76: Czechoslovakia 2-2 West Germany, 5-3 on pens, 1976 UEFA European Championship final
Prague-born Antonín Panenka's penalty earned the title for a side dominated by Slovak players.

Did you know?
Jozef Čapkovič − a member of Czechoslovakia's successful 1976 squad − won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1969 alongside his twin, Ján, while at ŠK Slovan Bratislava. The brothers, however, never played together for the national side.

* Last updated on 13/10/2015

Last updated: 04/12/15 15.21CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/01/2016 19:41 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia1-0Malta
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
12/17/2015 16:23:31
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Ukraine0-1Slovakia
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
01/08/2016 08:06:22
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia2-1Spain
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Belarus1-3Slovakia
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL) Stadium: Borisov-Arena, Borisov (BLR)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
12 November 2014 - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia - Malta
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
08/14/2015 14:42:24
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
FYR Macedonia0-2Slovakia
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) Stadium: Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD)
01/08/2016 08:06:42
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia2-1Finland
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
12/17/2015 16:02:02
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia3-0Luxembourg
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia1-0Czech Republic
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
12/17/2015 16:07:20
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia2-1FYR Macedonia
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Spain2-0Slovakia
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Nuevo Carlos Tartiere, Oviedo (ESP)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia0-0Ukraine
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
01/27/2016 20:11:10
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Slovakia0-1Belarus
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) Stadium: Štadión MŠK Žilina, Zilina (SVK)
01/08/2016 08:06:26
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group C)
Luxembourg2-4Slovakia
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT) Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX)
01/08/2016 08:06:25
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia3-2Switzerland
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
12/29/2015 11:22:34
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovakia3-1Iceland
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
12/22/2015 17:56:15
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Republic of Ireland - Slovakia
Referee: TBD
02/04/2016 14:22:02
WalesSlovakia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (FRA)
01/28/2016 16:26:29
RussiaSlovakia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille Métropole (FRA)
01/28/2016 16:31:30
SlovakiaEngland
Referee: TBD Stadium: Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne (FRA)
01/28/2016 16:30:36
SlovakiaEngland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:36:31
SloveniaSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:33:47
SlovakiaScotland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:49:03
SlovakiaLithuania
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:04:18
MaltaSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:49:33
LithuaniaSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:04:19
SlovakiaSlovenia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:00:33
EnglandSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:04:18
ScotlandSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:32:48
SlovakiaMalta
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:15:07

General info

  • Founded : 1938
  • Stadium : Tehelné Pole
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, European Championship 2014/2016

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    13/10/2007, Slovakia 7-0 San Marino, Dubnica nad Vahom
  • Biggest defeat:
    07/06/1995, Poland 5-0 Slovakia, Zabrze
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 26
    Miroslav Karhan (SVK)
  • Top scorers: 9
    Zdeněk Nehoda (TCH)