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Mars Superliga action set to begin
Slovaks grab five medals in canoeing championships
MŠK Žilina knocked out of UEFA tournament

Mars Superliga action set to begin

The new football season in the Slovak Mars Superliga will kick off with the first round to be held on July 24. Seven matches will be played in each round and will conclude after the fifteenth round November 13. Slovan Bratislava, the defending league champion, will square off against Prešov.
Other first round matches include Banská Bystrica vs. Trnava, DAC Dunajská Streda vs. Petržalka, Inter Bratislava vs. Ružemberok, Nitra vs. Humenné, Prievidza vs. Trenčín, Žilina vs. Košice and Dubnica vs. Senec. Senec will be competing in Superliga action for the first time in club history.


Slovaks grab five medals in canoeing championships

Slovak athletes turned in an impressive showing at the second annual European Canoeing Championships held in Zagreb, Croatia July 10 and 11 by securing five medals including a gold and four bronze.
Michael Riszdorfer and Juraj Bača won the gold in the K2 class (double kayak) of the 1,000 metre race and added a bronze in the K2 - 500 metre. Rastislav Kuzel, Juraj Kadnar, Andrej Wiebauer and Martin Chorvath won the bronze in the K4 - 1,000 metre while the same team - minus Kadnar and plus Ján Divinec - also took home the bronze in the K4 - 500 metre. Slavomír Kňazovický won Slovakia's only individual medal by placing third in the 200 metre final.


MŠK Žilina knocked out of UEFA tournament

The last representative of Slovakia was knocked out of contention for the 1999 Union of European Football Association Intertoto Cup Championship when MŠK Žilina was defeated by French FC Metz 3 - 0 in France.
MŠK Žilina was unable to defend the 2 - 1 advantage they had secured from the first match with the French squad after penalties forced them to play the last 35 minutes with only nine players. The French squad scored their goals in the 59th, 82nd and 84th minutes.

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