|Nickname(s)||Sokoli (The Falcons)|
Repre (The Representatives)
|Head coach||?tefan Tarkovi?|
|Most caps||Marek Ham?ík (126)|
|Top scorer||Marek Ham?ík (26)|
|Home stadium||Tehelné pole|
?tadión Antona Malatinského
|Current||37 1 (22 October 2020)|
|Highest||14 (August 2015)|
|Lowest||150 (December 1993)|
|Current||44 9 (19 November 2020)|
|Highest||14 (August 1939)|
|Lowest||67 (October 2011)|
|First Slovak Republic (1939-1945): |
Slovakia 2-0 Germany
(Bratislava, Slovakia; 27 August 1939)
Second Slovak Republic (1993-present):
Lithuania 0-1 Slovakia
(Vilnius, Lithuania; 14 October 1992)
United Arab Emirates 0-1 Slovakia
(Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 2 February 1994)
| 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)
Argentina 6-0 Slovakia
(Mendoza, Argentina; 22 June 1995)
Sweden 6-0 Slovakia
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 12 January 2017)
|Appearances||1 (first in 2010)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2010)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (2016)|
The Slovakia national football team (Slovak: Slovenské národné futbalové mu?stvo) 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 Pavel Hapal. 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 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 Football 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 0-3 in Bratislava.
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 match back on Slovak soil was the 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 played in 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, having recorded 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, with one of these against their Czech neighbors, helping the team reach their highest FIFA World Ranking to date of number 17.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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 ?tadión 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.
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 ?ilina, and beat Macedonia 2-1 on 14 June 2015, also in ?ilina. 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 Ham?ík, 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.
The Slovakia national football team currently plays its home matches at the Tehelné pole in Bratislava and the ?tadión Antona Malatinského in Trnava. ?tadión pod Dub?om in ?ilina 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 V?e?portový areál and ?tadión Lokomotívy in Ko?ice, ?tadión pod Zoborom in Nitra, Mestský ?tadión in Dubnica nad Váhom, and Tatran Stadion in Pre?ov.
Stadiums which have hosted Slovakia international football matches:
|Slovakia national football team home stadiums|
|Stadium||Capacity||Location||First match||Last match|
|54||Tehelné pole||22,500||Bratislava||v. Germany, 27 August 1939 (2-0)||v. Republic of Ireland, 8 October 2020 (0-0 [4-2 pens])|
|30||City Arena||19,200||Trnava||v. Bulgaria, 24 April 1996 (0-0)||v. Scotland, 15 November 2020 (1-0)|
|21||?tadión pod Dub?om||11,258||?ilina||v. Greece, 30 April 2003 (2-2)||v. Iceland, 17 November 2015 (3-1)|
|9||Pasienky||11,591||Bratislava||v. Israel, 18 August 1999 (1-0)||v. Greece, 16 October 2012 (0-1)|
|4||V?e?portový areál||30,312||Ko?ice||v. Russia, 8 March 1995 (2-1)||v. Romania, 15 November 1995 (0-2)|
|2||?tadión pod Zoborom||7,480||Nitra||v. Belarus, 27 March 1996 (4-0)||v. Saudi Arabia, 24 May 2000 (1-1)|
|?tadión Lokomotívy||9,000||Ko?ice||v. Finland, 19 August 1998 (0-0)||v. Azerbaijan, 5 September 1998 (3-0)|
|Mestský ?tadión||5,450||Dubnica nad Váhom||v. Liechtenstein, 8 September 1999 (2-0)||v. San Marino, 13 October 2007 (7-0)|
|1||MOL Aréna||12,700||Dunajská Streda||v. Lithuania, 30 March 1993 (2-2)|
|Futbalový ?tadión Prievidza||9,000||Prievidza||v. Slovenia, 16 November 1993 (2-0)|
|?tadión na Sihoti||4,500||Tren?ín||v. Moldova, 5 September 2001 (4-2)|
|?tadión Tatranu||5,410||Pre?ov||v. Uzbekistan, 14 May 2002 (4-1)|
|?tadión FC ViOn||3,787||Zlaté Moravce||v. Iceland, 26 March 2008 (1-2)|
|NTC Senec||3,264||Senec||v. Montenegro, 23 May 2014 (2-0)|
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.
Slovakia's home kit since the 1993 was blue, but currently Slovakia changed their home kit from blue to white. 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.
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup qualification record|
|1930 to 1994||Part of Czechoslovakia||Part of Czechoslovakia|
|1998||Did not qualify||4th||10||5||1||4||18||14|
|2010||Round of 16||16th||4||1||1||2||5||7||1st||10||7||1||2||22||10|
|2014||Did not qualify||3rd||10||3||4||3||11||10|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||1/6||4||1||1||2||5||7||-||64||32||14||18||110||64|
|List of FIFA World Cup matches|
|2010||Group stage||New Zealand||1-1||Vittek|
|Italy||3-2||Vittek (2), Kopúnek|
|Round of 16||Netherlands||1-2||Vittek|
|UEFA European Championship record||UEFA European Championship qualifying record|
|Part of Czechoslovakia||Part of Czechoslovakia|
|1996||Did not qualify||3rd||10||4||2||4||14||18|
|2024||To be determined||To be determined|
|List of UEFA Euro matches|
|Round of 16||Germany||0-3||-|
|UEFA Nations League record|
|2022-23||C||To Be Determined|
|Olympic Games record|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2004 to 2020||Did not qualify|
The following table shows Slovakia's all-time international record, correct as of 18 November 2020 after a match against Czech Republic.
Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro are no longer active. At the time of the match against Gibraltar, it was a member of UEFA, but not FIFA.
Positive Record Neutral Record Negative Record
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||4||1||0||3||4||6||-2|
|Republic of Ireland||6||0||5||1||5||6||-1|
|Serbia and Montenegro||1||0||0||1||0||2||-2|
|United Arab Emirates||3||3||0||0||5||2||+3|
Boxes below show the results and fixtures of all A-level international matches played within the last 12 months and the scheduled matches for the upcoming 12 months.
|8 October 2020 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying||Slovakia||0-0|
|Republic of Ireland||Bratislava, Slovakia|
|20:45||Report||Stadium: Tehelné pole|
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
The following players were called up for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-off fixture against Northern Ireland (12 November 2020) and two UEFA Nations League matches against Scotland (15 November 2020) and Czech Republic (18 November 2020). In his first nomination as the manager, on 3 November 2020, ?tefan Tarkovi? had confirmed the nomination of 19 players with further 6 to be confirmed during the upcoming days, from a list of 28 alternates.
Caps and fixtures correct as of 18 November 2020, after a match against Czech Republic.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Marek Rodák||13 December 1996||5||0||Fulham|
|GK||Dominik Greif||6 April 1997||4||0||Slovan Bratislava|
|GK||Adam Jakubech||2 January 1997||1||0||Kortrijk|
|DF||Peter Pekarík||30 October 1986||97||2||Hertha BSC|
|DF||Tomá? Hubo?an||17 September 1985||67||0||Omonia Nicosia|
|DF||Milan ?kriniar||11 February 1995||36||0||Internazionale|
|DF||Norbert Gyömbér||3 July 1992||28||0||Salernitana|
|DF||Róbert Mazá?||9 February 1994||11||0||Mladá Boleslav|
|DF||?ubomír ?atka||2 December 1995||10||0||Lech Pozna?|
|DF||Martin Valjent||11 December 1995||8||0||Mallorca|
|DF||Luká? Pauschek||9 December 1992||5||0||Slovan Bratislava|
|MF||Marek Ham?ík (captain)||27 July 1987||126||26||Dalian Professional|
|MF||Juraj Kucka||26 February 1987||79||10||Parma|
|MF||Róbert Mak||8 March 1991||63||13||Ferencváros|
|MF||Ondrej Duda||5 December 1994||42||5||1. FC Köln|
|MF||Ján Gregu?||29 January 1991||32||4||Minnesota United|
|MF||Patrik Hro?ovský||22 April 1992||31||0||Genk|
|MF||Albert Rusnák||7 July 1994||30||5||Real Salt Lake|
|MF||Stanislav Lobotka||25 November 1994||27||3||Napoli|
|MF||Tomá? Suslov||7 June 2002||1||0||Groningen|
|FW||Michal ?uri?||1 June 1988||51||7||Omonia Nicosia|
|FW||Pavol ?afranko||16 November 1994||10||0||Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe|
|FW||Samuel Mráz||13 May 1997||4||1||Zagbie Lubin|
|FW||Ivan Schranz||13 September 1993||4||1||Jablonec|
The following players have also been recognised in national team nominations within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Du?an Kuciak||21 May 1985||11||0||Lechia Gda?sk||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|GK||Dominik Holec||28 July 1994||0||0||Sparta Prague||v. Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT|
|GK||Franti?ek Plach||8 March 1992||0||0||Piast Gliwice||v. Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT|
|DF||Dávid Hancko INJ||13 December 1997||12||1||Sparta Prague||v. Northern Ireland, 12 November 2020|
|DF||Martin ?krtel INJ||15 December 1984||104||6||?stanbul Ba?ak?ehir||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|DF||Denis Vavro||10 April 1996||11||1||Lazio||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|DF||Jakub Holúbek||12 January 1991||5||0||Piast Gliwice||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|DF||Branislav Ni?aj||17 May 1994||3||0||Fortuna Sittard||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|DF||Martin Koscelník INJ||2 March 1995||2||0||Slovan Liberec||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|DF||Boris Sekuli?||21 October 1991||2||0||Chicago Fire||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|DF||Luká? Skovajsa||27 March 1994||0||0||Dynamo ?eské Bud?jovice||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|DF||Dominik Kru?liak||10 July 1996||1||0||Dunajská Streda||v. Israel, 14 October 2020 ALT|
|DF||Luká? ?tetina INJ||28 July 1991||4||1||Sparta Prague||v. Israel, 7 September 2020|
|DF||Michal Sip?ak||2 February 1996||0||0||Cracovia||v. Israel, 7 September 2020 ALT|
|MF||Vladimír Weiss INJ||30 November 1989||67||7||Slovan Bratislava||v. Northern Ireland, 12 November 2020|
|MF||Erik Sabo||22 November 1991||18||0||Fatih Karagümrük||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Luká? Haraslín||26 May 1996||13||1||Sassuolo||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Jaroslav Mihalík||2 July 1994||8||1||Lechia Gda?sk||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||László Bénes||9 September 1997||3||0||Borussia Mönchengladbach||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Miroslav Ká?er||2 February 1996||2||0||Viktoria Plze?||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Jakub Hromada||25 May 1996||0||0||Slovan Liberec||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Erik Jirka||19 September 1997||0||0||Mirandés||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Jakub Pova?anec||31 January 1991||0||0||Jablonec||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Nikolas ?palek||12 February 1997||0||0||Brescia||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|MF||Matú? Bero INJ||6 September 1995||13||0||Vitesse||v. Israel, 14 October 2020|
|FW||Adam Zre?ák||5 May 1994||5||2||Nürnberg||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|FW||Dávid Strelec||4 April 2001||0||0||Slovan Bratislava||v. Czech Republic, 18 November 2020 ALT|
|FW||Róbert Bo?eník INJ||18 November 1999||13||4||Feyenoord||v. Israel, 14 October 2020|
|FW||Erik Pa?inda||9 May 1989||4||1||Spartak Trnava||v. Israel, 7 September 2020 ALT|
|Caretaker Head coach||?tefan Tarkovi?|
|Caretaker Assistant Coaches||Marek Mintál, Samuel Slovák|
|Technical manager||Róbert Tomaschek|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Miroslav Seman|
|Fitness Coach||Martin Rus?ák|
|Doctor||Vladimír Pener, Ján Ba?alík|
|Physiotherapist||Marián Drinka, Martin Nozdrovický, Peter He?ko|
|Custodians||Ján Beniak, Marek Ko?á?|
Players in bold are still active.
|Jozef Venglo?||6 Apr 1993 - 15 Jun 1995||16||5||4||7||21||30||-9||1.19|
|Jozef Jankech||4 Jul 1995 - 23 Oct 1998||34||18||6||10||51||33||+18||1.76|
|Du?an Radolský||10 Nov 1998||1||0||0||1||1||3||-2||0.00|
|Du?an Galis||1. 1. 1999 - 23. 2. 1999||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Jozef Adamec||26 Feb 1999 - 30 Nov 2001||34||13||11||10||38||31||+7||1.47|
|Anton Dragú?||17 Nov 1999 - 25 Nov 2001||4||1||0||3||2||7||-5||0.25|
|Stanislav Griga||21 Jun 2001 - 25 Jun 2001||3||1||0||2||2||3||-1||1.00|
|Ladislav Jurkemik||1 Feb 2002 - 31 Dec 2003||19||6||5||8||27||26||+1||1.21|
|Du?an Galis||1 Jan 2004 - 12 Oct 2006||31||12||12||7||53||36||+17||1.55|
|Ján Kocian||2 Nov 2006 - 30 Jun 2008||17||3||5||9||30||28||+2||0.82|
|Vladimír Weiss||7 Jul 2008 - 31 Jan 2012||40||16||8||16||56||53||+3||1.40|
|Michal Hipp||1 Jan 2012 - 29 Feb 2012||1||1||0||0||2||1||+1||3.00|
| Stanislav Griga
|26 Apr 2012 - 13 Jun 2013||12||3||4||5||11||14||-3||0.92|
|Ján Kozák||2 Jul 2013 - 14 Oct 2018||56||29||10||17||81||57||+24||1.73|
|?tefan Tarkovi?||15 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018||1||0||1||0||1||1||0||1.00|
|Pavel Hapal||22 Oct 2018 - 16 Oct 2020||16||6||4||6||25||20||+5||1.38|
|Oto Brunegraf||14 Oct 2020||1||0||0||1||2||3||-1||0.00|
|?tefan Tarkovi?||20 Oct 2020 -||3||2||0||1||3||3||0||2.00|
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.