|Full name||M?K ?ilina a.s.|
|Nickname(s)||?o?oni (The Shoshons) |
?lto-Zelení (The Yellow-Greens)
|Founded||20 June 1908 |
as Zsolnai Testgyakorlók Köre
|Ground||?tadión pod Dub?om|
|2019-20||Fortuna Liga, 2nd|
M?K ?ilina (Slovak pronunciation: ['?m ' 'ka: '?ilina])[wrong stress] is a Slovak football club based in the town of ?ilina, that is playing in the Slovak Superliga. Since the league inception in 1993, the club has won 7 titles and comes second in All-time table that makes them one of the most successful teams in the competition. The club and their supporters alike are nicknamed ?o?oni (after the Shoshone Native American tribe) and play their home games in the ?tadión pod Dub?om. In the 2016-17 season, ?ilina won the Slovak League.
The club was founded towards the end of 1908 under the Hungarian name Zsolnai Testgyakorlók Köre, and was officially registered on 20 June 1909. The club won its first Slovak championship (Zväzové majstrovstvá Slovenska) in 1928 followed by another in 1929.
In total, ?ilina played 30 out of 47 seasons in the Czechoslovak First League spanning from 1945 to 1993 and come 13th in all-time table. The most successful season remains 1946-47 when they clinched 4th place.
Many consider 1961 a milestone in club's history. Firstly, the team reached the final of the National Cup, where they lost to Dukla Prague, the eventual Czechoslovak champion. Despite the defeat, for the first time in its history the club, then known as Dynamo ?ilina, broke into Europe to contest in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Notable 3-2 and 1-0 victories over Olympiacos moved them in quarter-finals, however the ambitious Slovak team was ultimately knocked out by the previous year's winner Fiorentina. Although ?ilina grabbed a promising 3-2 victory at home, Fiorentina went through by winning the second leg 2-0.
Fiorentina won 4-3 on aggregate.
In the late 1960s the club was renamed TJ ZVL ?ilina and participated in the Intertoto Cup for several years, winning the group in 1969 and coming 2nd a year later. In 1973-74 they reached the final of the Mitropa Cup but they were defeated by Tatabányai Bányász 5-2 on aggregate. Between 1972 and 1974, they finished 5th in the First Division of the Czechoslovak League for three years running, followed by relegation to the Second Division in the 1978-79 season. The club bounced back four years later and finished second in the Mitropa Cup.
Following dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, M?K ?ilina has been playing in the Slovak Superliga for the total of 23 seasons with the exception of 1995-96 season after relegation to the Second Division.
In the autumn of 2000, former Czechoslovakian defender Ladislav Jurkemik joined the club as a new manager. After his departure halfway through the 2001-02 season the club appointed Czech coach Leo? Kalvoda. During his short reign at the club he led them to win their first title. In the 2002-03 season, now under the management of Milan Le?ický, the club succeeded in retaining the title.
Ladislav Jurkemik was reappointed as a manager during the 2003-04 season. He led the defending champions to 10 priceless consecutive victories to clinch the third successive title though narrowly on a goal difference. After Slovan Bratislava, M?K ?ilina became only the second club to win three Slovakian titles. The team's performances in next two seasons faded while they lacked the quality they had been famous for during their winning campaigns. In pursuit of silverware numerous players were signed over next two years. In the span of only fourteen months, three managers; the reputable Karol Pecze, his successor Milan Nemec and eventually Marijan Vlak were in charge over the team. Since the results and performances never met the expectations, Vlak ended his reign immediately at the end of 2005-06 season after they failed to reach UEFA Cup spot only to finish fourth.
Former Czechoslovakia and later Czech international Pavel Hapal was appointed new manager before 2009-10 campaign. In his first season, he led the team to win a league title, their fifth in nine years. Arguably the greatest success in their history came by making a debut in 2010-11 UEFA Champions League group stage after eliminating Sparta Prague in play-off round. In the following season they completed their first ever double, while the 2012-13 season saw the team finishing 7th - their worst league position since 2000. However, as a defeated finalists of the Slovak Cup the club secured a place to contest in the 1st qualifying round of 2013-14 UEFA Europa League.
The following clubs are currently affiliated with M?K ?ilina:
M?K ?ilina supporters are called ?ilinskí ?o?oni (?ilina Shoshones), North Brigade and ?ilinskí Fanatici (?ilina Fanatics). ?ilina supporters maintain friendly relations with fans of Polish Góral ?ywiec
?tadión Pod Dub?om is their home stadium. It has a capacity of 11,181.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
Slovak League Top scorer since 1993-94
This is the current 2017-18 UEFA coefficient:
|233||ASA Târgu Mure?||5.870|
|234||FC Rapid Bucure?ti||5.870|
|236||FK ?algiris Vilnius||5.825|
M?K have produced numerous players who have gone on to represent the Slovak national football team. Over the last period there has been a steady increase of young players leaving ?ilina after a few years of first team football and moving on to play football in leagues of a higher standard, with the German Bundesliga (Double best scorer Marek Mintál to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2003, another forwards Stanislav ?esták to VfL Bochum in 2009 and Mário Bre?ka to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2008, also right back Peter Pekarík to VfL Wolfsburg in 2009), Italian Serie A (Milan ?kriniar to Sampdoria in 2016, Dávid Hancko to ACF Fiorentina in 2018), Spanish La Liga (Róbert Mazá? to Celta de Vigo in 2018), Turkish Süper Lig (William to Kayserispor in 2016),, Dutch Eredivisie (Róbert Bo?eník to Feyenoord in 2020), Austrian Football Bundesliga (Admir Vladavi? to Salzburg in 2009 and 2013-14 best goalscorer Matej Jeli? to Rapid Wien in 2015), Polish Ekstraklasa (Ján Mucha to Legia Warsaw in 2005 and Róbert Je? to Górnik Zabrze in 2010).Russian Premier League (Tomá? Hubo?an to Zenit in 2008). The top transfer was agreed in 2016 when 18 years old talented midfielder László Bénes joined German Mönchengladbach for a fee more than EUR5.0 million, which was the highest ever paid to a Slovak club.
|1.||László Bénes||Mönchengladbach||EUR5.5 million*||2016|
|2.||Róbert Bo?eník||Feyenoord||EUR4.6 million*||2020|
|3.||Dávid Hancko||ACF Fiorentina||EUR4.5 million*||2018|
|4.||Tomá? Hubo?an||Zenit||EUR3.8 million||2008|
|5.||Nikolas ?palek||Brescia||EUR1.5 million||2018|
|Denis Vavro||FC Copenhagen||EUR1.5 million*||2017|
|Samuel Mráz||Empoli F.C.||EUR1.5 million||2018|
|8.||Róbert Mazá?||Celta de Vigo||EUR1.2 million*||2018|
|Milan ?kriniar||Sampdoria||EUR1.2 million*||2016|
|10.||Peter Pekarík||VfL Wolfsburg||EUR1.0 million*||2009|
|Peter ?tyvar||Bristol City F.C.||EUR1.0 million*||2009|
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 19 August 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Slovak football transfers winter 2019-20.
|Sports Manager||Karol Belaník|
|Head Coach||Pavol Sta?o|
|Assistant Coach||Mário Auxt|
|Goalkeepers Coach||Miroslav Seman|
|Juniors Coach||Stanislav Griga|
|B team manager||Norbert Gu?a|
|Team Manager||Vladimír Leitner|
|Operational Manager||Marián Varga|
|Strength and Conditioning Coach||Mgr. Milan ?apay, PhD.|
|Conditioning Coach||Jakub Hodúl|
|Doctor||MUDr. Juraj Popluhár|
|Doctor||MUDr. Jozef Hudcovský|
|Doctor||MUDr. Róbert Adamov|
|Physiotherapist||Mgr. Tomá? Lintner Cert. MDT|
|Video Technician||Juraj Jacko|
Source: M?K ?ilina
Slovak League only (1993-present)
|Season||Division (Name)||Pos./Teams||Pl.||W||D||L||GS||GA||P||Slovak Cup||Europe||Top Scorer (Goals)|
|1993-94||1st (Mars Superliga)||5/(12)||32||11||11||10||50||42||33||3.R|| Ivan ?ef?ík (13) |
?ubomír Zuziak (13)
|1995-96||2nd (1.Liga)||2/(16) (P)||30||17||5||8||57||27||56||2.R|
|1996-97||1st (Mars Superliga)||9/(16)||30||11||4||15||30||34||37||2.R|
|1997-98||1st (Mars Superliga)||7/(16)||30||11||9||10||23||25||42||1.R||UI||Group stage (9), 4th||Ladislav Meszáro? (5)|
|1998-99||1st (Mars Superliga)||6/(16)||30||15||3||12||36||42||48||2.R||Marek Mintál (11)|
|1999-00||1st (Mars Superliga)||8/(16)||30||12||5||13||39||37||41||1.R||UI||2.R ( Metz)||Marek Mintál (12)|
|2000-01||1st (Mars Superliga)||5/(10)||36||11||12||13||41||46||45||2.R||?ubomír Reiter (12)|
|2001-02||1st (Mars Superliga)||1/(10)||36||21||6||9||62||39||69||Semi-finals||Marek Mintál (21)|
|2002-03||1st (Slovak Super Liga)||1/(10)||36||21||7||8||69||31||70||Semi-finals||CL||Q2 ( Basel)||Marek Mintál (20)|
|2003-04||1st (Corgo? Liga)||1/(10)||36||17||13||6||62||35||64||Quarter-finals||CL
|Q3 ( Chelsea)
1R ( FC Utrecht)
|Marek Ba?ík (11)|
|2004-05||1st (Corgo? Liga)||2/(10)||36||19||8||9||73||34||65||Semi-finals||CL||Q2 ( D.Bucure?ti)||Ivan Barto? (18)|
|2005-06||1st (Corgo? Liga)||4/(10)||36||18||6||12||69||44||60||2.R||UC||Q2 ( Austria Wien)||Stanislav ?esták (17)|
|2006-07||1st (Corgo? Liga)||1/(12)||28||22||3||3||80||17||69||Quarter-finals||Stanislav ?esták (15)|
|2007-08||1st (Corgo? Liga)||2/(12)||33||22||4||4||75||30||73||Semi-finals||CL||Q2 ( Slavia Prague)||Peter ?tyvar (15)|
|2008-09||1st (Corgo? Liga)||2/(12)||33||18||8||7||56||26||62||Quarter-finals||UC||Group stage (F), 4th||Adauto (11)|
|2009-10||1st (Corgo? Liga)||1/(12)||33||23||4||6||59||17||73||3.R||EL||P-O ( FK Partizan)||Ivan Lietava (13)|
|2010-11||1st (Corgo? Liga)||3/(12)||33||14||12||7||47||28||54||Runners-up||CL||Group stage (F), 4th|| Tomá? Majtán (11) |
Tomá? Oravec (11)
|2011-12||1st (Corgo? Liga)||1/(12)||33||19||10||4||57||27||67||Winner||EL||Q2 ( KR)||Róbert Pich (10)|
|2012-13||1st (Corgo? Liga)||7/(12)||33||9||15||9||37||28||42||Runners-up||CL||Q2 ( I.K.Shmona)||Róbert Pich (11)|
|2013-14||1st (Corgo? Liga)||9/(12)||33||11||7||15||49||50||40||Quarter-finals||EL||Q3 ( HNK Rijeka)||Róbert Pich (7)|
|2014-15||1st (Fortuna Liga)||2/(12)||33||20||9||4||68||25||69||5.R||Matej Jeli? (19)|
|2015-16||1st (Fortuna Liga)||5/(12)||33||14||6||13||58||46||48||Semi-finals||EL||P-O ( Athletic Bilbao)||Nermin Haski? (8)|
|2016-17||1st (Fortuna Liga)||1/(12)||30||23||4||3||82||25||73||Quarter-finals||Filip Hlohovský (20)|
|2017-18||1st (Fortuna Liga)||4/(12)||31||17||2||12||61||48||53||Semi-finals||CL||Q2 ( Copenhagen)||Samuel Mráz (21)|
|2018-19||1st (Fortuna Liga)||4/(12)||32||16||6||10||56||44||54||Runners-up||Róbert Bo?eník (13)|
As of June 2020
|UEFA Champions League||28||9||5||14||27||45||-18|
|Cup Winners' Cup||4||3||0||1||7||6||+1|
|Europa League / UEFA Cup||38||18||8||12||56||47||+9|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||8||4||1||3||9||12||-3|
|1961-62||UEFA Cup Winners' Cup||1. Round||Olympiacos||1-0||3-2||4-2|
|1967||Intertoto Cup||Group B8||Fortuna Düsseldorf||0-2||0-1|
|1969||Intertoto Cup||Group 4||Örebro SK||4-1||0-3|
|1970||Intertoto Cup||Group A4||MVV Maastricht||3-3||3-4|
|1972||Intertoto Cup||Group 6||Eintracht Braunschweig||1-1||0-5|
|1974||Mitropa Cup||Group B||FK Sarajevo||4-0||3-3|
|1983||Mitropa Cup||Group||Hellas Verona||4-0||1-1|
|1997||UEFA Intertoto Cup||Group 9||Austria Wien||3-1||-|
|1999||UEFA Intertoto Cup||1. Round||Herfølge Boldklub||2-0||2-0||4-0|
|2002-03||UEFA Champions League||2. Round||Basel||1-1||0-3||1-4|
|2003-04||UEFA Champions League||2. Round||Maccabi Tel Aviv||1-0||1-1||2-1|
|2003-04||UEFA Cup||1. Round||FC Utrecht||0-4||0-2||0-6|
|2004-05||UEFA Champions League||2. Round||Dinamo Bucharest||0-1||0-1||0-2|
|2005-06||UEFA Cup||1. Round||Baku FC||3-1||0-1||3-2|
|2. Round||Austria Wien||1-2||2-2||3-4|
|2007-08||UEFA Champions League||1. Round||F91 Dudelange||5-4||2-1||7-5|
|2. Round||Slavia Prague||0-0||0-0||0-0 (3-4 p)|
|2008-09||UEFA Cup||1. Round||MTZ-RIPO Minsk||1-0||2-2||3-2|
|2. Round||Slovan Liberec||2-1||2-1||4-2|
|3. Round||Levski Sofia||1-1||1-0||2-1|
|2009-10||UEFA Europa League||2. Round||Dacia Chi?in?u||2-0||1-0||3-0|
|3. Round||Hajduk Split||1-1||1-0||2-1|
|Play-off Round||Partizan Belgrade||0-2||1-1||1-3|
|2010-11||UEFA Champions League||2. Round||Birkirkara||3-0||0-1||3-1|
|3. Round||Litex Lovech||3-1||1-1||4-2|
|Play-off Round||Sparta Prague||1-0||2-0||3-0|
|2011-12||UEFA Europa League||2. Round||KR Reykjavík||2-0||0-3||2-3|
|2012-13||UEFA Champions League||2. Round||Ironi Kiryat Shmona||1-0||0-2||1-2|
|2013-14||UEFA Europa League||1. Round||FC Torpedo Kutaisi||3-3||3-0||6-3|
|2. Round||Olimpija Ljubljana||2-0||1-3||3-3 (a.)|
|2015-16||UEFA Europa League||1. Round||Glentoran||3-0||4-1||7-1|
|3. Round||Vorskla Poltava||2-0||1-3 (a.e.t.)||3-3 (a.)|
|Play-off round||Athletic Bilbao||3-2||0-1||3-3 (a.)|
|2017-18||UEFA Champions League||2. Round||FC Copenhagen||1-3||2-1||3-4|
|2020-21||UEFA Europa League||1. Round|
Players whose name is listed in bold are still active.
Had international caps for their respective countries. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for M?K.