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UEFA Nations League: Slovakia - Czech Republic Match press kits

UEFA Nations League - 2018/19 SeasonMatch press kits

SlovakiaSlovakiaŠtadión Antona Malatinského - TrnavaSaturday 13 October 2018
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Group B1 - Matchday 3
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
05/09/2009QR (GS)Slovakia - Czech Republic2-2BratislavaŠesták 59, Hamšík 73 (P); Pudil 68, Baroš 84
01/04/2009QR (GS)Czech Republic - Slovakia1-2
PragueGrygera 30; Šesták 23, Jendrišek 83
UEFA EURO 2008
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
17/11/2007QR (GS)Czech Republic - Slovakia3-1
PragueGrygera 13, Kulič 76, Rosický 83; Kadlec 79 (og)
06/09/2006QR (GS)Slovakia - Czech Republic0-3
BratislavaSionko 10, 21, Koller 57
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/1997QR (GS)Czech Republic - Slovakia3-0
PragueŠmicer 54, Siegl 71, Novotný 73
26/08/1997QR (GS)Slovakia - Czech Republic2-1
BratislavaJancula 45, Majoros 55; Šmicer 14
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Slovakia31113102----103251021
Czech Republic32013111----105232110

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Squad list Only this chapter

Slovakia - Squad list
League phase
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGls
Goalkeepers
1Martin Dúbravka15/01/198929Newcastle - 10
12Michal Šulla15/07/199127Slovan Bratislava - 00
23Adam Jakubech02/01/199721LOSC - 00
Defenders
2Peter Pekarík30/10/198631Hertha - 00
3Martin Škrtel15/12/198433Fenerbahçe - 10
4Ľubomír Šatka02/12/199522Dunajská Streda - 10
5Norbert Gyömber03/07/199226Perugia - 00
14Milan Škriniar11/02/199523Internazionale - 10
15Tomáš Hubočan17/09/198533Marseille*10
16David Hancko13/12/199720Fiorentina - 00
Midfielders
6Ján Greguš29/01/199127København - 10
7Vladimír Weiss30/11/198928Al-Gharafa - 10
8Ondrej Duda05/12/199423Hertha*10
9Matúš Bero06/09/199523Vitesse - 00
10Albert Rusnák07/07/199424Real Salt Lake - 10
13Patrik Hrošovský22/04/199226Plzeň - 00
17Marek Hamšík27/07/198731Napoli - 10
18Erik Sabo22/11/199126Beitar Jerusalem - 00
19Juraj Kucka26/02/198731Trabzonspor - 10
20Róbert Mak08/03/199127Zenit - 10
21Samuel Mráz13/05/199721Empoli - 00
22Stanislav Lobotka25/11/199423Celta - 10
Forwards
11Adam Nemec02/09/198533Dinamo Bucureşti - 10
Coach
-Ján Kozák17/04/195464 - 10
Czech Republic - Squad list
League phase
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGls
Goalkeepers
1Tomáš Vaclík29/03/198929Sevilla - 10
7Jiří Pavlenka14/04/199226Bremen - 00
11Tomáš Koubek26/08/199226Rennes - 00
Defenders
2Pavel Kadeřábek25/04/199226Hoffenheim - 10
3Ondřej Čelůstka18/06/198929Antalyaspor - 00
4Theodor Gebre Selassie24/12/198631Bremen - 10
5Jakub Brabec06/08/199226Rizespor - 10
6Ondřej Kúdela26/03/198731Slavia Praha - 00
12Patrizio Stronati17/11/199423Baník - 00
17Vladimír Coufal22/08/199226Slavia Praha - 00
19Filip Novák26/06/199028Trabzonspor - 00
Midfielders
7Antonín Barák03/12/199423Udinese - 00
8Jaromír Zmrhal02/08/199325Slavia Praha - 10
9Bořek Dočkal30/09/198830Henan Jianye - 00
10Michal Trávník17/05/199424Jablonec - 00
10Jakub Jankto19/01/199622Sampdoria - 00
13Lukáš Masopust12/02/199325Jablonec - 00
15Tomáš Souček27/02/199523Slavia Praha*10
21David Pavelka18/05/199127Kasımpaşa - 00
Forwards
11Michael Krmenčík15/03/199325Plzeň - 10
18Josef Šural30/05/199028Sparta Praha - 00
19Patrik Schick24/01/199622Roma - 11
20Matěj Vydra01/05/199226Burnley - 00
Coach
-Jaroslav Šilhavý03/11/196156 - 00

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Head coach Only this chapter

Ján Kozák

Date of birth: 17 April 1954
Nationality: Slovak
Playing career: Spišská Nová Ves, Lokomotíva Košice (three times), Dukla Praha, Seraing, Bourges
Coaching career: Lokomotíva Košice, 1. FC Košice, Michalovce, Ličartovce, MFK Košice (twice), Slovakia

• A creative midfielder, Kozák spent much of his playing career with local team Lokomotíva Košice, where he had three spells. He returned for the first time in 1982 at the conclusion of his military service in Prague, where he turned out for Dukla.

• A member of the Czechoslovakia squad that finished third at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, beating Italy 9-8 on penalties in the bronze-medal match, he scored nine goals in 55 international appearances. Kozák also travelled to the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but did not feature due to injury.

• Won the Czechoslovak Cup three times and the 1982 league championship with Dukla before retiring in 1990. Moved into coaching several years later and proved an instant success, steering 1. FC Košice to successive titles (1997, 1998) and into the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where, as Slovakia's first ever group stage representative, they lost all six games in a section containing Feyenoord, Juventus and Manchester United.

• Left Košice in 1998 but came back for two further stints at the club now renamed MFK Košice, winning the Slovak Cup in 2009. He stood down in summer 2013, succeeding Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as coach of Slovakia, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C runners-up behind holders Spain. Kozák's side went on to reach the last 16 at the finals in France, although they missed out on the 2018 World Cup despite finishing second to England in their qualifying group.

• His son Ján Kozák Jr played in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage for Artmedia Petržalka, equalising and then creating the winner in a famous 3-2 comeback victory over Porto; grandson Filip Lesniak was at Tottenham between 2012 and 2017, when he joined Denmark's AaB.

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/news/newsid=2041065.html#jan+kozak

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Jaroslav Šilhavý

Date of birth: 3 November 1961
Nationality: Czech
Playing career: Škoda Plzeň (now Viktoria Plzeň), RH Cheb, Slavia Praha, Drnovice, Viktoria Žižkov
Coaching career: Kladno, Viktoria Plzeň, České Budějovice, Slovan Liberec, Jablonec, Dukla Praha, Slavia Praha, Czech Republic

• An uncompromising centre-back who led by example, Šilhavý made a record 465 appearances in the Czechoslovakian and Czech league, scoring 26 goals. Spent almost a decade with RH Cheb before joining Sparta Praha in 1990.

• Part of the Sparta side that finished runners-up in the Czechoslovak First League in 1992/93, Šilhavý also helped Drnovice to the Czech Cup final in 1996; he was voted personality of the league in 1998, a year before hanging up his boots after two seasons as Viktoria Žižkov captain.

• Also won four caps for Czechoslovakia between 1990 and 1991, while his son Tomáš went on to be a professional – also as a defender – at Slavia.

• Šilhavý snr started his coaching career with Kladno in 2007 and, after spells with Viktoria Plzeň and České Budějovice, guided Slovan Liberec to the Czech title in 2011/12 – when he was also named coach of the year. Took the club into the UEFA Europa League round of 32 in 2013/14.

• After short spells at Jablonec and Dukla Praha, took over at Slavia in September 2016, masterminding a 26-match unbeaten run in the league to win the title at the end of that season. Succeeded former Slavia team-mate Karel Jarolím as coach of the Czech Republic in September 2018.

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/news/newsid=2575882.html#jaroslav+silhavy

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeSlavko Vinčić (SVN)
  • Assistant refereesTomaž Klančnik (SVN) , Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
  • Additional assistant refereesNejc Kajtazovic (SVN) , Roberto Ponis (SVN)
  • Fourth officialMatej Žunič (SVN)
  • UEFA DelegateDavid Findlay (SCO)
  • UEFA Referee observerMurat Ilgaz (TUR)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Slavko Vinčić25/11/1979051

UEFA Nations League matches between the two teams

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
25/04/2011RCUPIRZlín RegionDalmacija4-1Spytihněv
11/05/2013U17GS-FTSwedenSlovakia0-0Zilina
18/02/2016UELR32AC Sparta PrahaFC Krasnodar1-0Prague

Last updated 11/10/2018 11:43CET

Competition facts Only this chapter

What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?

The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

What is the basic format?

  • The format of the UEFA Nations League features promotion and relegation. The 55 European national teams have been divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
  • League A includes the top-ranked sides and League D includes the lowest:

League A

Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B

Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

  • Teams have been split into four groups of three.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

League C

Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

  • Teams have been split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
  • Due to winter venue restrictions, a group could contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
  • The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League D

Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar

  • Teams have been split into four groups of four.
  • Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could not contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
  • The four group winners are promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

  • Leagues A and B consist of four groups of three teams
  • League C comprises one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
  • League D is formed by four groups of four teams
  • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League took place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
  • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020.
  • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers.
  • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).

When will the UEFA Nations League take place?

The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

  • See the full fixture list.
  • The UEFA Nations League group games are being held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
  • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be formally appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from one of the nations competing in the final four. Italy, Poland and Portugal (all in Group A3) have expressed interest.
  • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).

Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?

The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

  • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
  • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.  
  • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.

How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?

Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.

What are the advantages for national associations and teams?

National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.

What are the advantages for supporters?

Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.

Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?

No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.

Is this just about generating more revenue?

No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.

Will there be no more friendly internationals?

There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/news/newsid=2569366.html#competition+facts

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Slovakia

  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Group B1 - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Ukraine2200316
    Czech Republic1001120
    Slovakia1001010
    Matchday 2 (09/09/2018)
    Ukraine 1-0 Slovakia
    1-0 Yarmolenko 80 (P)
    Dúbravka, Škrtel, Šatka, Weiss (70 Rusnák), Nemec (65 Duda), Škriniar, Hubočan, Hamšík, Kucka (78 Greguš), Mak, Lobotka
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    Slovakia-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 5 (16/11/2018)
    Slovakia-Ukraine
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)
    Czech Republic-Slovakia

Czech Republic

  • UEFA Nations League - Group stage – final tournament
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2018)
    Czech Republic 1-2 Ukraine
    1-0 Schick 4, 1-1 Konoplyanka 45+1, 1-2 Zinchenko 90+3
    Vaclík, Kadeřábek, Kalas, Gebre Selassie, Brabec, Sýkora (92 Hořava), Hušbauer, Krmenčík (46 Zmrhal), Souček, Bořil, Schick (83 Tecl)
  • Matchday 3 (13/10/2018)
    Slovakia-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 4 (16/10/2018)
    Ukraine-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 6 (19/11/2018)
    Czech Republic-Slovakia

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Legend

Competitions

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