Struggling Slovan fire coaches
Stanislav Griga and Ján Švehlík were ousted as coaches of the defending Superliga Champions, Slovan Bratislava, on August 30 and were replaced by Stanislav Jarábek and Štefan Horný, said the Slovan executive board. Griga and Švehlík had been the head coaches of Slovan since the beginning of the 1997-1998 season.
After six rounds, Slovan is in a disappointing tie for ninth place in this year's Superliga standings. On top of their poor domestic play, Slovan has also faltered in international competition. The team was recently embarrassed and eliminated from UEFA Cup qualifying play with a second round 3-2 aggregate score loss against a Cyprian team, Anorthosis Famagusta, which they had been heavily favoured to beat.
Three Slovak teams draw UEFA opponents
Three Slovak football teams are among the final 96 clubs vying for this year's UEFA Cup championship - Inter Bratislava, Spartak Trnava and Dukla Banská Bystrica. Their first round rivals were decided in Monte Carlo on August 27 when the remaining European teams were divided into 12 separate groups.
Inter Bratislava will open competition against Rapid Vienna, a team which fields two Slovaks of their own - Marek Penský and Oto Szabo. Spartak Trnava open with Graz AK from Austria, said to be the weakest team in Trnava's group. Dukla Banská Bystrica were not so fortunate with the draw - they face off against the international power-house Ajax Amsterdam.