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Slovakia national football team

Slovakia national football team
National Football Team
AssociationSlovenský futbalový zväz
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachVladimír Weiss
Asst coachMichal Hipp
CaptainMarek Hamšík
Most capsMiroslav Karhan (106)
Top scorerRóbert Vittek (23)
FIFA ranking39|1st ranking date=November 1993
Highest FIFA ranking16 (September 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking150 (December 1993)
Elo ranking65
Highest Elo ranking28 (May 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking65 (September 2011)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalSlovakia Slovakia 2 0 Germany Germany
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
Second Slovak Republic:
United Arab Emirates UAE 0 1 Slovakia Slovakia
(Dubai, UAE; 2 February 1994)
Biggest winSlovakia Slovakia 7 0 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 8 September 2004)
Slovakia Slovakia 7 0 San Marino San Marino
(Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia; 13 October 2007)
Slovakia Slovakia 7 0 San Marino San Marino
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 6 June 2009)
Biggest defeatCroatia Croatia 6 1 Slovakia Slovakia
(Zagreb, Croatia; 8 September 1942)
First World Cup2010
Best resultRound of 16, 2010

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The Slovakia national football team ( ) represents Slovakia in association football and is controlled by the Slovak Football Association (SFZ), the governing body for football in Slovakia. Slovakia's home stadium is Štadión Pasienky and their head coach is Vladimír Weiss. Slovakia are one of the newest national football teams in the world, alongside their neighbours the Czech Republic, whom they originally both formed the Czechoslovakia national football team, until the dissolution of the unified state in 1993. Slovakia maintains its own national side that competes in all major professional tournaments.

Slovakia qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 after winning their qualifying group despite two defeats against Slovenia, and 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 second round against eventual runners-up the Netherlands. It was the first time the team have ever played in a major football competition, after playing every FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign since 1998 and every UEFA European Football Championship qualifying campaign since 1996, after a 50 year absence from international football due to representing part of the Czechoslovakia team. They 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. The team have achieved some noteworthy results, however, such as the aforementioned win over the then title holders Italy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a 1 0 win against Russia in September 2010 which helped the team reach their best ever position of 16th in the FIFA World Rankings.

Slovakia's team are collectively known as the Repre. Repre is an abbreviation for Representation, while the origins of The Fighting Jondas is currently heavily disputed. Slovakia's traditional rival is the Czech Republic which they played twice in the qualification for the 1998 World Cup in 1996 and 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.

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