Slovakia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Sokoli (The Falcons)[1]
Repre (The Representatives)[2]
AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz (SFZ)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachTBA
CaptainMilan Škriniar
Most capsMarek Hamšík (135)
Top scorerMarek Hamšík (26)
Home stadiumTehelné Pole
Štadión Antona Malatinského
FIFA codeSVK
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 51 Decrease 6 (23 June 2022)[3]
Highest14 (August 2015)
Lowest150 (December 1993)
First international
(1939–1945):
 Slovakia 2–0 Germany 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
(1993–present):
Unofficial:
 Lithuania 0–1 Slovakia 
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 14 October 1992)
Official:
 United Arab Emirates 0–1 Slovakia 
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 2 February 1994)
Biggest win
 Slovakia 7–0 Liechtenstein 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
 Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
 Slovakia 7–0 San Marino 
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 6–0 Slovakia 
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
 Sweden 6–0 Slovakia 
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 January 2017)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2010)
Best resultRound of 16 (2010)
European Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2016)
Best resultRound of 16 (2016)

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. 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.

History

Former Slovakia national team before 1945
Former Slovakia national team before 1945
The Slovakia national team before the match against Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
The Slovakia national team before the match against Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The first official match of the first Slovak Republic (1939–1945) was played in Bratislava against Germany on 27 August 1939, and ended in a 2–0 victory for Slovakia. After the Second World War, the national football team was subsumed into the team of Czechoslovakia, and for over 50 years Slovakia played no matches as an independent country. During this period, they contributed several key players to the Czechoslovak team, including the majority of the team that won the UEFA Euro 1976 (8 of the 11 players who defeated West Germany in the final were Slovak).

Slovakia's first official international after regaining independence was a 1–0 victory in Dubai over the United Arab Emirates on 2 February 1994. Their first match on Slovak soil was a 4–1 win over Croatia in Bratislava on 20 April 1994. Slovakia suffered their biggest defeat since independence (6–0) on 22 June 1995, in Mendoza, against Argentina. Their biggest wins (7–0) have come against Liechtenstein in 2004 and San Marino (twice) in 2007 and 2009.

Slovakia attempted qualifying for a major championship as an independent team for the first time in Euro 1996 qualifying, but finished in third place in their qualifying group, behind Romania and France, recording wins against Poland, Israel and Azerbaijan, twice. In the 1998 World Cup qualifiers, Slovakia finished fourth in their six-team group with five wins, one draw and four defeats. Their first four games in this were all wins, one of them against their Czech neighbors, helping the team reach their highest FIFA World Ranking to date, 17th.

Slovakia participated in the FIFA World Cup for the first time as an independent nation after finishing in first in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 3 ahead of Slovenia, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland and Poland. On 14 October 2009, they clinched qualification with a 1–0 away win against Poland.[5] On 24 June 2010, at the tournament proper, Slovakia finished second in the group stage after defeating reigning champions Italy in a game which ESPN dubbed "epic": the game saw three goals being scored after the 80th minute, two by Italy and one by Slovakia, as well as a disallowed goal by Italy flagged offside by "the tightest of decisions". The result led Slovakia to the knockout stage and eliminated Italy, who finished last in the group.[6] The result of this match meant that for the first time in World Cup history, both finalists from the previous tournament had been eliminated from the first round, champion Italy and runner-up France.[7][8]

In the round of 16, Slovakia played the Netherlands in the round of 16, falling behind 2–0 only to score a late goal from the penalty spot by striker Róbert Vittek, the last kick of the game in a 2–1 defeat.[9] Despite elimination, the goal returned Vittek to the top of the goalscoring charts joint top with David Villa until Villa himself later scored against Portugal in Spain's 1–0 win in the same stage of the tournament.

For Euro 2012 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Russia, the Republic of Ireland, Armenia, Macedonia and Andorra. The good campaign in South Africa boosted team performance ahead of the qualifiers, which started in September with two 1–0 wins against Macedonia in Štadión Pasienky and Russia away. In October, however, they were easily beaten in Armenia (3–1) and drew 1–1 against the Republic of Ireland at home. In February 2011, the team was stunned in a 2–1 friendly defeat against Luxembourg and could only beat group minnows Andorra by one goal. Despite creating better chances, Slovakia earned a goalless draw with Ireland away. Four days later, after creating chances in a goalless first half, Slovakia conceded four goals to Armenia in a match that eliminated the team. In the final two group matches, Slovakia was beaten at home by Russia (1–0) and drew 1–1 in Macedonia, finishing in a mediocre fourth-place position and scoring only seven goals in the entire process. Also, for the first time since the Euro 1996 qualifying process, Slovakia finished a qualifying campaign with a negative goal differential. As a result of this outcome, coach Vladimír Weiss left his job after four full years, being replaced by his assistants Michal Hipp and Stanislav Griga, although both themselves were later replaced due to poor results. By late June, former Czechoslovakia national team footballer Ján Kozák became the head coach and followed-up the unsuccessful qualification campaign with a victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina followed by two defeats to Bosnia and Greece.

Celebration of Slovak players after match against Russia at UEFA EURO 2016
Celebration of Slovak players after match against Russia at UEFA EURO 2016

For Euro 2016 qualification, Slovakia was drawn against Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg. Slovakia began the qualifying campaign with a 1–0 victory against Ukraine in Kyiv. On 9 October 2014, Slovakia beat Spain 2–1 in a shock victory and claimed the first place. Slovakia's 3–1 victory over Belarus confirmed their status as group leaders. Later on, they won 2–0 against Macedonia in the Philip II Arena, beat Luxembourg with a score of 3–0 in Žilina, and beat Macedonia 2–1 on 14 June 2015, also in Žilina. The next matches were a 2–0 defeat against Spain, a goalless draw against Ukraine and a shocking 0–1 home defeat against Belarus. The team finished qualification by defeating Luxembourg 4–2 and got the second place, qualifying to their first European Championship.

Slovakia was drawn in Group B of Euro 2016 alongside England, Russia and Wales. Slovakia began their tournament against Wales where Ondrej Duda scored Slovakia's first goal in the history of the European Championship in an eventual 2–1 defeat. Slovakia then defeated Russia 2–1 with goals from Vladimír Weiss III and Marek Hamšík, then drew 0–0 against England to advance to the round of 16 as one of the tournament's best third-placed teams. They were eliminated at this stage by world champions Germany with a 3–0 defeat.

During the qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Slovakia was drawn in UEFA Group F. They were third in the group after the penultimate match ended in a 1–0 defeat to Scotland, who moved up to second place. Slovakia won their final group match 3–0 against Malta, and overtook Scotland after they failed to beat Slovenia, but missed out on a play-off place as the other second teams' results meant Slovakia finished as the worst group runners-up.

Slovakia struggled to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020, only reached the tournament after a difficult away win over Northern Ireland. Being drawn with Spain, Sweden and Poland in group E, it was thought the Slovaks would be the breadbasket for the remaining teams, but they surprised by a victorious opening against Poland 2–1. Subsequently, however, Slovakia would be broken down by Sweden 0–1 before getting totally thrashed by Spain 0–5, thus finished third, but with the worst goal difference due to scoring own goals as a result of their disastrous performance, Slovakia was eliminated from the group stage for the first time ever.

Stadiums

The Slovakia national football team currently plays its home matches at the Tehelné pole in Bratislava and the Štadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava. Štadión pod Dubňom in Žilina was used from 2003 to 2015, but will not be used in the future because of the artificial grass installed in 2016. In the past, home games have occasionally been played at other venues as Všešportový areál and Štadión Lokomotívy in Košice, Štadión pod Zoborom in Nitra, Mestský štadión in Dubnica nad Váhom, and Tatran Stadion in Prešov.

Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:

Slovakia national football team home stadiums
Nr. of
matches
Stadium Capacity Location First match Last match
56 Tehelné pole 22,500 Bratislava v.  Germany (2–0)
27 August 1939
v.  Cyprus (2–0)
7 September 2021
34 City Arena – Štadión Antona Malatinského 19,200 Trnava v.  Bulgaria (0–0)
24 April 1996
v.  Kazakhstan (0–1)
6 June 2022
21 Štadión pod Dubňom 11,258 Žilina v.  Greece (2–2)
30 April 2003
v.  Iceland (3–1)
17 November 2015
9 Pasienky 11,591 Bratislava v.  Israel (1–0)
18 August 1999
v.  Greece (0–1)
16 October 2012
4 Všešportový areál 30,312 Košice v.  Russia (2–1)
8 March 1995
v.  Romania (0–2)
15 November 1995
2 Štadión pod Zoborom 7,480 Nitra v.  Belarus (4–0)
27 March 1996
v.  Saudi Arabia (1–1)
24 May 2000
Štadión Lokomotívy 9,000 Košice v.  Finland (0–0)
19 August 1998
v.  Azerbaijan (3–0)
5 September 1998
Mestský štadión 5,450 Dubnica nad Váhom v.  Liechtenstein (2–0)
8 September 1999
v.  San Marino (7–0)
13 October 2007
1 MOL Aréna 12,700 Dunajská Streda v.  Lithuania (2–2)
30 March 1993
Futbalový štadión Prievidza 9,000 Prievidza v.  Slovenia (2–0)
16 November 1993
Štadión na Sihoti 4,500 Trenčín v.  Moldova (4–2)
5 September 2001
Štadión Tatranu 5,410 Prešov v.  Uzbekistan (4–1)
14 May 2002
ViOn Aréna 3,787 Zlaté Moravce v.  Iceland (1–2)
26 March 2008
NTC Senec 3,264 Senec v.  Montenegro (2–0)
23 May 2014

Team image

Nickname

Traditionally in Slovakia the team is typically referred to as the Repre (short for Reprezentácia – translates into national team). However, in 2016, during the buildup to Slovakia's first appearance at the European Championship, SFZ introduced a new nickname for the team. National team was given the nickname Slovenskí sokoli (Slovak falcons). U15 through to U21 national teams were given the nickname Slovenskí sokolíci (Slovak little falcons). Despite lack of immediate identification with the nickname by the fans, it went into usage during the tournament and the subsequent qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is now often used, especially in the media, along with Repre, which still remains to be preferred in an informal conversation.[10]

Kit

Slovakia kits from 1939 to 1945 era
Slovakia kits from 1939 to 1945 era

Slovakia's home kit since 1993 was blue, but Slovakia changed their home kit from blue to white, which lasted until 2020, when Slovakia changed its home kit to blue once again. The team wears either a set of white jerseys, shorts and socks or a set of blue jerseys, shorts and socks. A combination of a blue jersey and white shorts has also been used in some matches. Until recently, the official shirt supplier was Puma, which had signed a long-term agreement with the Slovak Association until 2026, but in 2016 the Association announced the contract had been terminated and that the national team would be supplied by Nike, which had previously supplied the team from 1995 to 2005.[citation needed]

Supplier Period
France Le Coq Sportif 1993–1995
United States Nike 1995–2005
Germany Adidas 2006–2011
Germany Puma 2012–2016
United States Nike 2016–

Results and schedule

Main articles: Slovakia national football team results (2020–present) and Slovakia national football team results

Below shows the results of all A-level international matches played within the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021

1 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Slovenia  1–1  Slovakia Ljubljana, Slovenia
20:45 Stojanović 42' Report Boženík 32' Stadium: Stožice Stadium
Attendance: 4,034
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
4 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Slovakia  0–1  Croatia Bratislava, Slovakia
20:45 Report Brozović 86' Stadium: Tehelné pole
Attendance: 9,047
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
7 September 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Slovakia  2–0  Cyprus Bratislava, Slovakia
20:45 Schranz 55'
Koscelník 77'
Report Stadium: Tehelné pole
Attendance: 6,762
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (Azerbaijan)
8 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Russia  1–0  Slovakia Kazan, Russia
20:45 Škriniar 24' (o.g.) Report Stadium: Ak Bars Arena
Attendance: 9,588
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
11 October 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Croatia  2–2  Slovakia Osijek, Croatia
20:45 Kramarić 25'
Modrić 71'
Report Schranz 20'
Haraslín 45'
Stadium: Gradski Vrt Stadium
Attendance: 9,926
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
11 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Slovakia  2–2  Slovenia Trnava , Slovakia
20:45 Duda 58' (pen.)
Strelec 74'
Report Zajc 18'
Mevlja 62'
Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
Attendance: 2,726
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
14 November 2021 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Malta  0–6  Slovakia Ta' Qali , Malta
15:00 Report Rusnák 6', 16'
Duda 8', 69', 80'
De Marco 72'
Stadium: National Stadium
Attendance: 3,292
Referee: Fran Jović (Croatia)

2022

25 March 2022 International friendly Norway  2–0  Slovakia Oslo, Norway
18:00 Haaland 74'
Ødegaard 80'
Report Stadium: Ullevaal Stadion
Attendance: 11,048
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (Finland)
29 March 2022 International friendly Finland  0–2  Slovakia Murcia, Spain
18:00 Report Duda 38'
Jirka 72'
Stadium: Estadio Nueva Condomina
Referee: Espen Eskås (Norway)
3 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C Belarus  0–1  Slovakia Novi Sad, Serbia
20:45 Report Suslov 61' Stadium: Karađorđe Stadium
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
6 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C Slovakia  0–1  Kazakhstan Trnava, Slovakia
20:45 Report Darabayev 61' Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
Attendance: 4,146
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
10 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C Azerbaijan  0–1  Slovakia Baku, Azerbaijan
18:00 (20:00 UTC+4) Report Weiss 81' Stadium: Dalga Arena
Attendance: 2,967
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (Latvia)
13 June 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C Kazakhstan  2–1  Slovakia Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
16:00 (20:00 UTC+6) Vorogovsky 18'
Elkhan Astanov 39'
Report Matúš Bero 51' Stadium: Astana Arena
Attendance: 28,745
Referee: Bram Van Driessche (Belgium)
22 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C Slovakia  v  Azerbaijan Trnava, Slovakia
20:45 Report Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského
25 September 2022 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C Slovakia  v  Belarus Trnava, Slovakia
18:00 Report Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského

Coaching staff

As of 7 June 2022
Position Name
Caretaker manager Samuel Slovák
Assistant coach Marek Mintál
Goalkeeping coach Miroslav Seman
Technical manager Róbert Tomaschek
Fitness coach Martin Rusňák
Doctor Vladimír Pener
Ján Baťalík
Masseur Mário Prelovský
Physiotherapist Marián Drinka
Martin Nozdrovický
Peter Hečko
Videoanalyst Michal Slyško
Custodians Ján Beniak
Marek Košáň

Coaching history

1939–1944

1993–present

Players

Current squad

See also: Slovakia international footballers

The following players 26 players were called up for four 2022–23 UEFA Nations League C matches against Belarus, Azerbaijan and two fixtures against Kazakhstan between 3 and 13 June 2022.

Dávid Hancko excused himself from the nomination following birth of a son. As of first match against Belarus, he was not yet replaced by any alternate.[19] Ahead of the match against Kazakhstan on 6 June, David Strelec joined the squad after playing with U21 team during the first fixture against Belarus.[20] Additionally, Milan Škriniar suffered a thigh muscle injury in the second of four matches and was replaced by debuting Ivan Mesík.[21]

Caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2022, after the match against Kazakhstan.[22][23]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Marek Rodák (3rd captain) (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 25) 17 0 England Fulham
1GK František Plach (1992-03-08) 8 March 1992 (age 30) 1 0 Poland Piast Gliwice
1GK Dominik Takáč (1999-01-12) 12 January 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Slovakia Spartak Trnava

2DF Peter Pekarík (vice-captain) (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 35) 112 2 Germany Hertha BSC
2DF Norbert Gyömbér (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 30) 30 0 Italy Salernitana
2DF Ľubomír Šatka (1995-12-02) 2 December 1995 (age 26) 27 0 Poland Lech Poznań
2DF Martin Koscelník (1995-03-02) 2 March 1995 (age 27) 14 1 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
2DF Martin Valjent (1995-12-11) 11 December 1995 (age 26) 13 0 Spain Mallorca
2DF Vernon De Marco (1992-11-18) 18 November 1992 (age 29) 5 1 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
2DF Juraj Chvátal (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 26) 2 0 Czech Republic Sigma Olomouc
2DF Ivan Mesík (2001-06-01) 1 June 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Norway Odd

3MF Juraj Kucka (1987-02-26) 26 February 1987 (age 35) 93 10 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
3MF Ondrej Duda (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 27) 59 10 Germany 1. FC Köln
3MF Patrik Hrošovský (1992-04-22) 22 April 1992 (age 30) 45 0 Belgium Genk
3MF Stanislav Lobotka (1994-11-25) 25 November 1994 (age 27) 39 3 Italy Napoli
3MF Albert Rusnák (1994-07-07) 7 July 1994 (age 28) 38 7 United States Seattle Sounders
3MF Matúš Bero (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 26) 21 1 Netherlands Vitesse
3MF Tomáš Suslov (2002-06-07) 7 June 2002 (age 20) 14 1 Netherlands Groningen
3MF Christián Herc (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 23) 3 0 Switzerland Grasshopper

4FW Vladimír Weiss (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 32) 77 8 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
4FW Lukáš Haraslín (1996-05-26) 26 May 1996 (age 26) 27 2 Czech Republic Sparta Prague
4FW Róbert Boženík (1999-11-18) 18 November 1999 (age 22) 25 5 Portugal Boavista
4FW Ivan Schranz (1993-09-13) 13 September 1993 (age 28) 16 3 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
4FW David Strelec (2001-04-04) 4 April 2001 (age 21) 15 2 Italy Spezia
4FW Ladislav Almási (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 23) 9 0 Czech Republic Baník Ostrava
4FW Martin Regáli (1993-10-12) 12 October 1993 (age 28) 1 0 Slovakia Ružomberok

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been recognised in national team nominations within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ľubomír Belko (2002-02-04) 4 February 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
GK Ivan Krajčírik (2000-06-15) 15 June 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Slovakia Ružomberok v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
GK Dominik Holec (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Finland, 29 March 2022
GK Martin Dúbravka (1989-01-15) 15 January 1989 (age 33) 30 0 England Newcastle United v.  Finland, 29 March 2022
GK Dušan Kuciak (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 37) 14 0 Poland Lechia Gdańsk v.  Malta, 14 November 2021
GK Dominik Greif (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 (age 25) 4 0 Spain Mallorca v.  Malta, 14 November 2021ALT
GK Samuel Petráš (1999-04-10) 10 April 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Slovakia DAC Dunajská Streda v.  Croatia, 11 October 2021ALT
GK Adam Jakubech (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 25) 1 0 France Lille v.  Cyprus, 7 September 2021ALT

DF Milan Škriniar (captain) (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 27) 54 3 Italy Internazionale v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022
DF Dávid Hancko (1997-12-13) 13 December 1997 (age 24) 22 1 Czech Republic Sparta Prague v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022
DF Jakub Holúbek (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 31) 9 0 Poland Piast Gliwice v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
DF Lukáš Pauschek (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 29) 6 0 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
DF Boris Sekulić (1991-10-21) 21 October 1991 (age 30) 4 0 United States Chicago Fire v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
DF Branislav Sluka (1999-01-23) 23 January 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Hungary MTK Budapest v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
DF Alexander Mojžiš (1999-01-02) 2 January 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Slovakia Ružomberok v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
DF Michal Sipľak (1996-02-02) 2 February 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Poland Cracovia v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
DF Kristián Koštrna (1993-12-15) 15 December 1993 (age 28) 0 0 Slovakia Spartak Trnava v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
DF Tomáš Huk (1994-12-22) 22 December 1994 (age 27) 2 0 Poland Piast Gliwice v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
DF Adam Obert (2002-08-23) 23 August 2002 (age 19) 0 0 Italy Cagliari v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
DF Matúš Rusnák (1999-12-19) 19 December 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
DF Adam Kopas (1999-08-16) 16 August 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
DF Kristián Vallo (1998-06-02) 2 June 1998 (age 24) 0 0 Poland Wisła Płock v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
DF Róbert Mazáň (1994-02-09) 9 February 1994 (age 28) 11 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Malta, 14 November 2021ALT
DF Lukáš Štetina (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 30) 4 1 Slovakia Spartak Trnava v.  Malta, 14 November 2021ALT
DF Branislav Niňaj (1994-05-17) 17 May 1994 (age 28) 3 0 Romania Sepsi OSK v.  Malta, 14 November 2021ALT
DF Lukáš Skovajsa (1994-03-27) 27 March 1994 (age 28) 0 0 Czech Republic Dynamo České Budějovice v.  Malta, 14 November 2021ALT
DF Tomáš HubočanRET (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 36) 73 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Croatia, 11 October 2021
DF Denis VavroINJ (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 26) 12 1 Denmark Copenhagen v.  Cyprus, 7 September 2021ALT

MF Ján Greguš (1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 31) 36 4 United States San Jose Earthquakes v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF Erik Sabo (1991-11-22) 22 November 1991 (age 30) 18 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF László Bénes (1997-09-09) 9 September 1997 (age 24) 7 1 Germany Hamburger SV v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF Peter Pokorný (2001-08-08) 8 August 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Hungary MOL Fehérvár v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF Ján Bernát (2001-01-10) 10 January 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Belgium Westerlo v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF Jakub Kadák (2000-12-14) 14 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Slovakia AS Trenčín v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF Jakub Grič (1996-07-05) 5 July 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Slovakia Spartak Trnava v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF Róbert Pich (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 33) 0 0 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
MF Jakub Hromada (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 26) 5 0 Czech Republic Slavia Prague v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
MF Július Szöke (1995-08-01) 1 August 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Israel Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
MF Jakub Považanec (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 31) 0 0 Czech Republic Jablonec v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
MF Marek HamšíkRET (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 34) 135 26 Turkey Trabzonspor v.  Malta, 14 November 2021

FW Róbert Mak (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 31) 73 14 Free agent v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
FW Erik Jirka (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 24) 7 1 Spain Real Oviedo v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
FW Adrián Kaprálik (2002-06-10) 10 June 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
FW David Hrnčár (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
FW Matej Trusa (2000-11-29) 29 November 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Czech Republic Viktoria Plzeň v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
FW Tomáš Bobček (2001-09-08) 8 September 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Slovakia Ružomberok v.  Kazakhstan, 13 June 2022ALT
FW Adam ZreľákINJ (1994-05-05) 5 May 1994 (age 28) 5 2 Poland Warta Poznań v.  Finland, 29 March 2022
FW Samuel Mráz (1997-05-13) 13 May 1997 (age 25) 4 1 Italy Spezia v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
FW Roland Galčík (2001-07-13) 13 July 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Finland, 29 March 2022ALT
FW Dávid Ďuriš (1999-03-22) 22 March 1999 (age 23) 0 0 Slovakia Žilina v.  Malta, 14 November 2021ALT

Notes
  • INJ Withdrew/Unavailable due to an injury or an illness.
  • ALT Alternate – replaces a member of the squad in case of injury/unavailability
  • RET Retired from international football

Player records

As of 13 June 2022
Players in bold are still active in the national team.

Most appearances

Marek Hamšík is Slovakia's top goalscorer and their most capped player.
Marek Hamšík is Slovakia's top goalscorer and their most capped player.
Rank Player Caps Goals Career
1. Marek Hamšík 135 26 2007–2022
2. Peter Pekarík 112 2 2006–present
3. Miroslav Karhan 107 14 1995–2011
4. Martin Škrtel 104 6 2004–2019
5. Juraj Kucka 93 10 2008–present
6. Ján Ďurica 91 4 2004–2017
7. Róbert Vittek 82 23 2001–2016
8. Vladimír Weiss 77 8 2009–present
9. Róbert Mak 73 14 2013–present
Tomáš Hubočan 73 0 2006–2021

Top goalscorers

Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1. Marek Hamšík 26 135 0.19 2007–2022
2. Róbert Vittek 23 82 0.28 2001–2016
3. Szilárd Németh 22 59 0.37 1996–2006
4. Marek Mintál 14 45 0.31 2002–2009
Róbert Mak 14 73 0.19 2013–present
Miroslav Karhan 14 107 0.13 1995–2011
7. Adam Nemec 13 43 0.3 2006–2019
Stanislav Šesták 13 66 0.2 2004–2016
9. Peter Dubovský 12 33 0.36 1994–2000
10. Ondrej Duda 10 59 0.17 2014–present
Juraj Kucka 10 93 0.11 2008–present

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Slovakia at the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to United States 1994 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
France 1998 Did not qualify 4th 10 5 1 4 18 14
South Korea Japan 2002 3rd 10 5 2 3 16 9
Germany 2006 2nd 14 6 6 2 26 14
South Africa 2010 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 5 7 Squad 1st 10 7 1 2 22 10
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 3rd 10 3 4 3 11 10
Russia 2018 2nd 10 6 0 4 17 7
Qatar 2022 3rd 10 3 5 2 17 10
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Round of 16 1/6 4 1 1 2 5 7 74 35 19 20 127 74

UEFA European Championship

Main article: Slovakia at the UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Position Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 to Sweden 1992 Part of  Czechoslovakia Part of  Czechoslovakia
England 1996 Did not qualify 3rd 10 4 2 4 14 18
Belgium Netherlands 2000 3rd 10 5 2 3 12 9
Portugal 2004 3rd 8 3 1 4 11 9
Austria Switzerland 2008 4th 12 5 1 6 33 23
Poland Ukraine 2012 4th 10 4 3 3 7 10
France 2016 Round of 16 14th 4 1 1 2 3 6 Squad 2nd 10 7 1 2 17 8
Europe 2020 Group stage 18th 3 1 0 2 2 7 Squad 3rd 10 5 2 3 15 12
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total Round of 16 2/7 7 2 1 4 5 13 70 33 12 25 109 89

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season Division Group Pld W D L GF GA P/R Rank
Portugal 2018–19 B 1 4 1 0 3 5 5 Steady 21st
Italy 2020–21 B 2 6 1 1 4 5 10 Decrease 30th
2022–23 C 3 4 2 0 2 3 3 To be determined
Total 14 4 1 9 13 18 21st

Head-to-head record

The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 13 June 2022 after a match against Kazakhstan. At the time of the match against Gibraltar, it was a member of UEFA, but not FIFA. Record with defunct teams is marked in italics.

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponents Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Algeria 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Andorra 2 2 0 0 2 0 +2
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 0 6 −6
 Armenia 2 0 0 2 1 7 −6
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Austria 5 1 3 1 3 4 −1
 Azerbaijan 9 8 0 1 20 5 +15
 Bahrain 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
 Belarus 4 3 0 1 8 2 +6
 Belgium 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1
 Bolivia 3 2 0 1 3 2 +1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 1 0 3 4 6 −2
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 5 −5
 Bulgaria 8 4 2 2 11 6 +5
 Cameroon 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Chile 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 China PR 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
 Colombia 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2
 Costa Rica 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1
 Croatia 17 2 4 11 20 43 −23
 Cyprus 6 4 1 1 16 6 +10
 Czech Republic 14 3 2 9 12 29 −17
 Denmark 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4
 Egypt 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
 England 6 0 1 5 3 11 −8
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
 Faroe Islands 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
 Finland 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5
 France 4 1 1 2 2 6 −4
 Georgia 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
 Germany 11 3 0 8 12 25 −13
 Gibraltar* 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Greece 5 1 1 3 4 6 −2
 Guatemala 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Hungary 6 4 2 0 7 2 +5
 Iceland 5 3 1 1 10 6 +4
 Iran 2 1 0 1 6 6 0
 Republic of Ireland 6 0 5 1 5 6 −1
 Israel 6 3 2 1 10 7 +3
 Italy 2 1 0 1 3 5 −2
 Japan 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
 Jordan 1 1 0 0 5 1 +4
 Kazakhstan 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2
 Kuwait 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Latvia 6 3 3 0 12 6 +6
 Lebanon 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
 Liechtenstein 9 7 2 0 26 1 +25
 Lithuania 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6
 Luxembourg 5 4 0 1 15 5 +10
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Malta 10 8 2 0 29 5 +24
 Mexico 1 0 0 1 2 5 −3
 Moldova 3 2 0 1 5 4 +1
 Montenegro 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Morocco 2 0 0 2 2 4 −2
 Netherlands 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
 New Zealand 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Northern Ireland 5 3 1 1 6 3 +3
 North Macedonia 8 6 2 0 16 3 +13
 Norway 4 1 0 3 1 5 −4
 Paraguay 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
 Peru 2 0 0 2 1 3 −2
 Poland 9 5 1 3 14 14 0
 Portugal 4 0 1 3 1 7 −6
 Romania 11 1 5 5 12 20 −8
 Russia 11 4 3 4 10 10 0
 San Marino 4 4 0 0 22 1 +21
 Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Scotland 4 2 0 2 4 2 +2
 Serbia and Montenegro[a] 3 0 1 3 1 5 −4
 Slovenia 9 2 4 3 8 9 −1
 South Korea 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Spain 7 1 1 5 6 20 −14
 Sweden 7 0 3 4 2 12 −10
  Switzerland 3 2 0 1 4 4 0
 Thailand 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
 Turkey 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5
 Uganda 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2
 Ukraine 8 2 3 3 10 9 +1
 United Arab Emirates 3 3 0 0 5 2 +3
 United States 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Uzbekistan 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
 Wales 5 1 1 3 9 10 −1
Total 339 133 78 128 470 441 +29
  1. ^ Includes matches against  FR Yugoslavia.

Honours

Major tournaments

Minor titles

Recognitions

Czechoslovakia

As a part of Czechoslovakia (1918–1939 and 1945–1993), Slovak footballers achieved multiple major successful campaigns with the Czechoslovakia national team. Notably, for example, 16 of the 22 players on the Czechoslovak squad playing in the final tournament of UEFA Euro 1976 in Yugoslavia were Slovak. In both the semi-final against Netherlands and the final match against West Germany 9 of the 13 fielded players were Slovak.

The following table shows the major international successes of the Czechoslovak national team, with participation of Slovak footballers.

Competition 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 0 2 0 2
European Championship 1 0 2 3
Total 1 2 2 5

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Due to the country's involvement in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Belarus are required to play their home matches at neutral venues and behind closed doors until further notice.[11]

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