Slovakia is currently ranked at number 31 on the FIFA Rankings. The Slovak Football Association was founded in 1993, and has been affiliated to both FIFA and UEFA since the same year (after Czechoslovakia split up into the Czech Republic and Slovakia). Slovakia will be playing in their first FIFA World Cup tournament this year in South Africa.
Former Slovakian football player Vladimír Weiss, who played for Slovakia from 1993 to 1995, is the current coach of the Slovakian national football team. He took over from Ján Kocian in 2008. Szilárd Németh is the top scoring Slovakian footballer in history. He’s scored 22 goals for his country and is still an active player in the Slovakian football team. He plays his club soccer for Alemannia Aachen in Germany. He also played for the English football club Middlesborough between 2001 and 2005. Miroslav Karhan is the most capped Slovakian footballer in history. He’s still an active footballer. So far he’s played in 96 matches for Slovakia (since 1995). He’s scored 13 goals for his country in the process. The Slovakian national football team are nicknamed “The Fighting Jondas”. Slovakia will be playing in Group F in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The following group matches have been scheduled for Slovakia in the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- 15 June 2010 – Slovakia vs New Zealand @ Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg – Kickoff at 13:30
- 20 June 2010 – Slovakia vs Paraguay @ Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein – Kickoff at 13:30
- 24 June 2010 – Slovakia vs Italy @ Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg – Kickoff at 16:00