UEFA EURO - 2019/21 SeasonMatch press kits
|Slovakia||San Mamés Stadium - BilbaoWednesday 23 June 2021|
18.00CET (18.00 local time) Group E - Matchday 3
Slovakia travel to Bilbao to take on Spain in the final round of UEFA EURO 2020 Group E games.
• Both sides' UEFA EURO 2016 campaigns ended in the round of 16, Slovakia bowing out at the hands of Germany and Spain – who have reached every final tournament since EURO '96 and last missed out on the knockout stages in 2004 – being eliminated by Italy.
• All six of Slovakia's games against Spain have been competitive fixtures. They last met in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2016, Spain running out 2-0 winners in Oviedo on 5 September 2015 thanks to first-half goals from Jordi Alba (5) and Andrés Iniesta (30 pen).
• Goals from Juraj Kucka (17) and Miroslav Stoch (87) had given Slovakia a famous 2-1 success against Spain in Žilina on 9 October 2014, their sole victory against Spain and a result that ended Spain's sequence of 37 UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches without defeat, a run stretching back to 2006.
• The teams were first paired together in qualifying for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Spain winning 4-1 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and 2-1 in Bratislava on their way to reaching the final tournament in France.
• It was a similar story in the play-offs for the 2006 World Cup, a Luis García hat-trick helping Spain to a 5-1 first-leg win at the Vicente Calderón in Madrid before a 1-1 draw in Bratislava.
• Spain and Czechoslovakia met in four EURO qualifying matches, the home side prevailing on each occasion. Holders Spain lost 1-0 in Prague on 1 October 1967 but a 2-1 victory in Madrid three weeks later ensured their qualification for the 1968 tournament; in the 1992 preliminaries, Czechoslovakia prevailed 3-2 in Prague before a 2-1 Spanish success in Seville, but neither side reached the finals after finishing behind France.
• An 80th-minute Jozef Štibrányi goal gave eventual runners-up Czechoslovakia a 1-0 win against Spain at the 1962 World Cup in Chile, the sides' only meeting at a final tournament.
EURO facts: Slovakia
• Slovakia are making their second successive EURO appearance after their debut at UEFA EURO 2016, where a side coached by Ján Kozák finished third in Group B behind Wales and England on four points before losing 3-0 to Germany in the round of 16.
• Slovakia's record in EURO finals is therefore W1 D1 L2 – the sole victory a 2-1 defeat of Russia on Matchday 2 in 2016, Marek Hamšík scoring the decisive goal.
• Slovakia's UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying campaign began under coach Pavel Hapal, who oversaw their third-placed finish in Group E on 13 points from eight games (W4 D1 L3), behind Croatia (17 points) and Wales (14) but ahead of Hungary (12) – all three of their rivals also qualifying for the final tournament – and Azerbaijan (1).
• Third in their UEFA Nations League group in 2018/19 behind Ukraine and the Czech Republic, Slovakia therefore qualified for the UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs, Hapal overseeing a 4-2 win on penalties against the Republic of Ireland after their semi-final in Bratislava had finished goalless.
• Hapal left his post before the play-off final, Štefan Tarkovič overseeing a 2-1 extra-time win away to Northern Ireland in which Michal Ďuriš scored the goal that secured a place at UEFA EURO 2020.
• Before Matchday 1, Slovakia were unbeaten in three EURO matches (W2 D1); a 3-1 loss in Croatia on 16 November 2019 was their only reverse in six games (W3 D2).
• While Slovakia had never competed at a UEFA European Championship as an independent nation before 2016, as part of Czechoslovakia they figured in two four-team final tournaments plus, in 1980, the first eight-team event.
• Czechoslovakia finished third in 1960 and 1980 and lifted the trophy in 1976. Eight of the 11 players who started the '76 final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia.
• Slovakia have lost all three away games against Spain although they did draw their only other game in the country, a February 2007 friendly against Poland in Jerez finishing 2-2 with first-half goals from Martin Jakubko and Martin Škrtel having given them a two-goal lead.
• This is Slovakia's first game in Bilbao.
EURO facts: Spain
• This is Spain's seventh consecutive EURO. Champions in 1964, they were also victorious in 2008 and 2012 to become the first side to retain the Henri Delaunay trophy.
• Spain's defence of the trophy was ended by Italy in the round of 16 at UEFA EURO 2016, the Azzurri running out 2-0 winners.
• A 2-1 loss to Croatia on Matchday 3 at UEFA EURO 2016 – a result that meant Vicente del Bosque's side finished second behind their opponents in Group D – ended Spain's sequence of 14 EURO finals matches without defeat (W11 D3), stretching back to a 1-0 reversal against Portugal at UEFA EURO 2004; prior to Croatia, they had not conceded in seven EURO finals fixtures, since a 1-1 draw with Italy in 2012.
• Spain and Germany/West Germany are the most successful EURO teams having won three editions each.
• Spain qualified for UEFA EURO 2020 by winning eight and drawing two of their ten qualifiers to finish on 26 points in Group F, five above second-placed Sweden – who are also in Group E at the final tournament.
• The three-time champions are one of five sides who did not lose a game in the UEFA EURO 2020 preliminaries, along with Belgium, Italy – who both won all their fixtures – Denmark and Ukraine.
• Spain had more shots (227), possession (70%) and completed a greater percentage of their passes (91%) than any other team in qualifying.
• Before Matchday 1 Spain had never lost in Bilbao, although that fixture against Sweden was their first game there since a 2-0 UEFA European Championship qualifying defeat of Turkey in May 1967. Their overall record at the old San Mamés was W3 D3.
Links and trivia
• Have played in Spain:
Martin Valjent (Mallorca 2018–)
Stanislav Lobotka (Celta Vigo 2017–20)
Róbert Mazáň (Celta Vigo 2018, Tenerife 2019/20 loan)
Erik Jirka (Mirandés 2020– loan)
Vladimír Weiss (Espanyol (2011/12 loan)
• Have played together:
Stanislav Lobotka & Fabián Ruiz (Napoli 2020–)
Marek Hamšik & Fabián Ruiz (Napoli 2018/19)
• Ansu Fati became the UEFA Champions League's youngest goalscorer when, on 10 December 2019, he got the winner for Barcelona in Milan against an Internazionale side featuring Milan Škriniar in defence.
UEFA European Championship records: Slovakia
2016 – round of 16
2012 – did not qualify
2008 – did not qualify
2004 – did not qualify
2000 – did not qualify
1996 – did not qualify
1992 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1988 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1984 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1980 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)
1976 – winners (as Czechoslovakia)
1972 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1968 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1964 – did not qualify (as Czechoslovakia)
1960 – third place (as Czechoslovakia)
Final tournament defeat
3-0 twice, most recently Germany v Slovakia, 26/06/16
7-0: Slovakia v San Marino, 13/10/07
5-0: Poland v Slovakia, 07/06/95
Final tournament appearances
6: Koloman Gögh (for Czechoslovakia)
6: Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)
6: Anton Ondruš (for Czechoslovakia)
6: Ladislav Jurkemik (for Czechoslovakia)
4: Ján Ďurica
4: Marek Hamšík
4: Juraj Kucka
4: Matúš Kozáčik
4: Peter Pekarík
4: Martin Škrtel
4: Vladimír Weiss
Final tournament goals
1: Karol Dobiaš (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Anton Ondruš (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Ladislav Pavlovič (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Ján Švehlík (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Ladislav Jurkemik (for Czechoslovakia)
1: Ondrej Duda
1: Marek Hamšík
1: Vladimír Weiss
40: Marek Hamšík
31: Juraj Kucka
27: Peter Pekarík
27: Martin Škrtel
26: Miroslav Karhan
24: Ján Ďurica
22: Filip Hološko
21: Róbert Mak
20: Lubomír Moravčík (7 for Czechoslovakia)
20: Anton Ondruš (for Czechoslovakia)
19: Tomáš Hubočan
19: Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)
19: Vladimír Weiss
11: Marek Hamšík
7: Marián Masný (for Czechoslovakia)
6: Marek Mintál
5: Titus Buberník (for Czechoslovakia)
5: Peter Dubovský
5: Juraj Kucka
5: Szilárd Németh
UEFA European Championship records: Spain
2016 – round of 16
2012 – winners
2008 – winners
2004 – group stage
2000 – quarter-finals
1996 – quarter-finals
1992 – did not qualify
1988 – group stage
1984 – runners-up
1980 – group stage
1976 – quarter-finals
1972 – did not qualify
1968 – quarter-finals
1964 – winners
1960 – quarter-finals
Final tournament win
4-0 twice, most recently v Italy, 01/07/12
Final tournament defeat
2-0 three times, most recently v Italy, 27/06/16
12-1: Spain v Malta, 21/12/83
1-3 three times, most recently France v Spain, 20/02/91
0-2 three times, most recently Sweden v Spain, 07/10/06
Spain's quarter-final against the Soviet Union on 22/05/60 was awarded 3-0 to the Soviet Union after Spain withdrew
Final tournament appearances
16: Cesc Fàbregas
16: Andrés Iniesta
15: Sergio Ramos
15: David Silva
14: Iker Casillas
13: Fernando Torres
12: Xabi Alonso
Final tournament goals
5: Fernando Torres
4: David Villa
3: Álvaro Morata
3: Alfonso Pérez
3: Cesc Fàbregas
3: David Silva
49: Sergio Ramos
48: Iker Casillas
37: Andrés Iniesta
36: David Silva
32: Sergio Busquets
32: Cesc Fàbregas
32: Xavi Hernández
30: Andoni Zubizarreta
28: Xabi Alonso
27: Raúl González
19: Raúl González
18: David Villa
13: Carlos Santillana
10: Fernando Hierro
10: David Silva
9: Fernando Torres
8: Paco Alcácer
8: Álvaro Morata
8: Sergio Ramos
:: Previous meetings
Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw
:: Squad list
Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)
:: Team facts
EURO finals: The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).
From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.
Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.