After Slovakia's national football team lost the match with Paraguay 0-2 in the Group F second round of the FIFA World Cup 2010 held in South Africa, the atmosphere at the meet-and-greet between the press and couch Vladimír Weiss was far from cordial, the TASR newswire wrote.
Although the unexpected tie between Italy and New Zealand 1-1 has unexpectedly left the door open for Slovakia, Weiss answered only two match-related questions from journalists. When asked whether he was conscious of any mistakes Slovak team did in the match-up, he refused to answer, choosing to leave instead.
The 45-year-old coach of the World Cup team – which is last in its group at this point in time – left players Marek Hamšík, Peter Pekárik, Ján Ďurica, Filip Hološko and Vladimír Weiss Jr. to fend for themselves with the media.
TASR wrote that Weiss was surly already at the pre-match press conference prior to the contest against Paraguay, adding that Slovakia's World Cup got off to a terrible start with the team giving up a tying goal to New Zealand in the dying seconds of the match.
There has also been public finger-pointing among the players as to who was to blame for the lost two points. Slovakia will now have to beat past World Cup champion Italy to have any chance of proceeding to the remaining stages of the tournament, TASR wrote.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. Jun 2010 at 10:00