Slovakia

Slovakia
The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenská futbalová reprezentácia) represents Slovakia in men’s international football competition and it is governed by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia’s home stadium from 2019 is the reconstructed Tehelné pole in Bratislava. Their head coach is Štefan Tarkovič. Slovakia is one of the newest national football teams in the world, having split from the Czechoslovakia national team after the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major tournaments since. Slovakia has qualified for three major international tournaments, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, and UEFA Euro 2020. Slovakia qualified to the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after winning their qualifying group, despite two defeats against Slovenia. At the World Cup, Slovakia progressed beyond the group stage after a 3–2 win against Italy, before bowing out of the tournament after a 2–1 defeat in the knockout stage against the eventual runners-up Netherlands. It was the first time the national team ever played in a major football competition, after playing every FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign since 1998 and every UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign since 1996, after a 50-year absence from international football due to representing part of the Czechoslovakia team. The nation did come close to securing a berth at the 2006 finals in Germany, after finishing second in their group ahead of Russia and behind Portugal, before drawing Spain in their qualification play-off, in which the Slovaks lost by a wide margin on aggregate (1–5, 1–1). The national team have achieved some noteworthy results such as the aforementioned win over the then title holders Italy at the 2010 World Cup, and a 1–0 win against Russia in September 2010. Despite this success however, the team later dropped down the rankings and a considerable drop in form went with this, as the team failed to qualify for Euro 2012 finishing their group in fourth place. They also only scored seven goals in the group, only more than minnows Andorra. Slovakia then failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, but secured a spot in France for Euro 2016 under head coach Ján Kozák, which helped the team reach their best ever position of 14th in the FIFA World Rankings. Slovakia’s traditional rival is the Czech Republic which they played twice in the qualification for the 1998 World Cup in 1997, winning 2–1 in Bratislava before losing 3–0 in Prague with both teams already eliminated, before playing each other again in 2008 and 2009 in the qualifying round for the 2010 World Cup. In these two meetings, the teams drew 2–2 in Bratislava with the Slovaks winning 2–1 in Prague. But before that, they also played each other in Euro 2008 qualifying, and they lost 3–1 in Prague and 3–0 in Bratislava.

Slovakia FIFA World Cup 2022 Squad

S.NO. Player Club
Goalkeeper
1 Martin Dubravka Newcastle United F.C.
2 Marek Rodak Fulham F.C.
3  Dusan Kuciak Lechia Gdańsk
Defender
4 Milan Skriniar Inter Milan
5 Martin Valjent RCD Mallorca
6  David Hancko AC Sparta Prague
7 Lubomir Satka Lech Poznań
8  Vernon De Marco ŠK Slovan Bratislava
9  Jakub Holubek Piast Gliwice
10 Peter Pekarik Hertha BSC
11  Martin Koscelnik FC Slovan Liberec
Midfielder
12 Stanislav Lobotka S.S.C. Napoli
13  Patrik Hrosovsky K.R.C. Genk
14  Marek Hamsik Trabzonspor
15 Matus Bero SBV Vitesse
16 Ondrej Duda 1. FC Köln
17  Albert Rusnák Seattle Sounders
18 Tomas Suslov FC Groningen
Forward
19  Lukas Haraslin AC Sparta Prague
20 Robert Mak Ferencváros
21  Erik Jirka Real Oviedo
22  Robert Bozenik Fortuna Düsseldorf
23  David Strelec Spezia Calcio
24 Ladislav Almasi FC Baník Ostrava

Slovakia FIFA World Cup 2022 Coach Štefan Tarkovič

Štefan Tarkovič coach Štefan Tarkovič is a Slovak football manager. He is currently the manager of Slovakia. He previously managed the teams Žilina, Tatran Prešov and Košice.

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