Team analysis



1Martin Junas09/03/1996Goalkeeper80808080 FK Senica (SVK)
2Andrej Kadlec02/02/1996Defender808080 MŠK Žilina (SVK)
3Denis Vavro10/04/1996Defender808080 MŠK Žilina (SVK)
4Martin Slaninka26/03/1996Defender18+26+29+27+2 MŠK Žilina (SVK)
5Michal Vodecký22/08/1996Defender 1+8080 FK Dukla Banská Bystrica (SVK)
6Martin Vlček05/02/1996Forward 6+ AS Trenčín (SVK)
7Miroslav Káčer02/02/1996Midfield8041*19+69* MŠK Žilina (SVK)
8Jakub Grič05/07/1996Midfield80808080 MFK Zemplín Michalovce (SVK)
9Tomáš Vestenický06/04/1996Forward62*80*61*80 FC Nitra (SVK)
10Nikolas Špalek12/02/1997Forward54*54*51*53* FC Nitra (SVK)
11Filip Lesniak14/05/1996Midfield80808080 Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
12Juraj Semanko02/01/1996Goalkeeper 1. FC Slovácko (CZE)
13Lukáš Čmelík13/04/1996Forward26+39+74*39+ MŠK Žilina (SVK)
14Erik Otrísal28/06/1996Defender 41* FK Senica (SVK)
15Šimon Kupec11/02/1996Defender808080 FK Dukla Banská Bystrica (SVK)
16Tomáš Zázrivec16/06/1996Midfield 11+ Aston Villa FC (ENG)
17Lukáš Haraslín26/05/1996Midfield80808080 ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
18Atila Varga11/04/1996Defender808080801 Juventus (ITA)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute

Ladislav Pecko
It was a very difficult tournament for us because we hadn't played so many competitive matches at this level in such a short space of time and in conditions of such intensity with regard to the result. We are not used to playing at such a high tempo because youth football is not like that in Slovakia. But we almost reached the final and almost created a miracle for Slovakian football. We made some mistakes and we cried a bit when it ended. But  the players and the fans who supported us deserve a lot of credit.

Slovakia team analysis

Slovakia team analysis

• 4-2-3-1 with clear 6-4 defence/attack split

• Preferred direct passing to striker; winning second ball

• Ready to try creative combinations in final third

• Use of width often based on diagonals from centre-backs to wingers

• Complementary screening midfielders; Jakub Grič (No8) working hard over wide area

• Strong, athletic defence backed by competent keeper (good in 1 v 1s)

• Great mental strength, resilience, never-say-die attitude