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Slovakia
Róbert Vittek is Slovakia's leading goalscorer ©Getty Images

Slovakia

Best result: never qualified
Coach: Ján Kozák
Leading scorer: all-time – Róbert Vittek (23); current – Róbert Vittek (23)
Most appearances: all-time – Miroslav Karhan (107); current – Róbert Vittek (80)
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 since the country began competing in the tournament as an independent state there has been little for the Slovakian fans to cheer. Five qualifying campaigns have produced three third-place finishes followed by two in fourth. 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.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P114 W55 D25 L34 F196 A127
Final tournament: P8 W3 D3 L2 F12 A10
Qualifying: P106 W52 D22 L32 F184 A117

Those third-place finishes were achieved in the side's first three attempts to qualify for a UEFA European Championship, 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.

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

29/03/95: Slovakia 4-1 Azerbaijan, EURO '96 qualifying
Jaroslav Timko scored twice as the hosts recorded their maiden UEFA European Championship triumph.

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 SK Slovan Bratislava. The brothers, however, never played together for the national side.

* Last updated on 07/01/2014

Last updated: 28/01/14 19.19CET

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Club 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: 6
    Marek Mintál (SVK)
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