Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskSlovak racer Svitko finished at DakarAfter a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:05:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740005/slovak-racer-svitko-finished-at-dakar.htmlSagan starts the season off well, winning the People’s Choice ClassicThe Slovak cyclist is the first foreign racer to win this event since 2015.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:46:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738098/sagan-starts-the-season-off-well-winning-the-peoples-choice-classic.htmlSagan’s son may be baptised by the PopeThe Slovak cyclist is expected to meet with Pope Francis in a private audience. He will gift a bicycle.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:41:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735180/sagans-son-may-be-baptised-by-the-pope.htmlUEFA included two Slovaks among biggest talents for 2018The international football association put two Slovaks on the list of most promising talents for 2018, which is a huge honour.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:55:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733875/uefa-included-two-slovaks-among-biggest-talents-for-2018.htmlSlovak biathlete ranks first with a big leadAnastasiya Kuzmina has great form prior to the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:03:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731293/slovak-biathlete-ranks-first-with-a-big-lead.htmlSlovak footballer Škriniar named one of the best players of the seasonHe is described as “a strong tackler who is quick to make clearances”.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:10:13 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730591/slovak-footballer-skriniar-named-one-of-the-best-players-of-the-season.htmlSlovak Olympic medal winner is innocentRace walker Matej Tóth wants more rights for athletesWed, 27 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20726830/slovak-olympic-medal-winner-is-innocent.htmlKuzmina has no competitors on the track, living out a fantasyAnastasia Kuzmina is currently the leader of the female Biathlon World Cup.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:04:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20722499/kuzmina-has-no-competitors-on-the-track-living-out-a-fantasy.htmlHamšík matches Maradona recordThe goal by the Slovak star helped his SSC Napoli team to win over Inter Milan.Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20721517/hamsik-matches-maradona-record.htmlSagan shows impressive core exercisesThe three-time world champion will start the new season in a month's time in Australia.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:40:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719303/sagan-shows-impressive-core-exercises.htmlSlovak floorball team was a positive surprise at World ChampionshipThe host team only lost once.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:56:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716256/slovak-floorball-team-finishes-fifth-at-world-championship.htmlSlovak floorball players lose to FinlandThey are now in a contest for the 5th-8th places.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:23:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713806/slovak-floorball-players-lose-to-finland.htmlSlovak floorball players continue to ride their wave of successThey defeated the Germans and advanced to the quarterfinals.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:15:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712042/slovak-floorball-players-continue-to-ride-their-wave-of-success.htmlSagan’s crash with Cavendish during Tour de France was unintentionalNew evidence, including video-recordings, supports Slovak cyclist’s version.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:26:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711471/sagans-crash-with-cavendish-during-the-tour-was-unintentional-cycling-association-acknowledgesd.htmlFemale Slovak floorball team crushes rivals with two-digit victoriesAt the first floorball world championship, Slovak female players are doing even better than expected, beating all other teams in their preliminary group.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:36:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710632/female-slovak-floorball-team-crushes-rivals-with-two-digit-victories.htmlOur asset: the coachSlovakia hosts women’s world floorball championships, for the first time.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:53:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707809/slovakia-hosts-womens-world-floorball-championships.htmlNational Football stadium has a blind spotPart of the grandstand next to the VIP lounges will have permanently vacant seatsTue, 28 Nov 2017 22:16:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706228/national-football-stadium-has-a-blind-spot.htmlThe Slovak Davis Cup team has a new captainDominik Hrbatý, who is replacing Miloslav Mečíř (due to his health problems), smoothly beat Karol Kučera.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:57:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705769/hrbaty-is-the-new-captain-of-the-slovak-davis-cup-team.htmlVlhová contested a hat-trick but stayed behind ShiffrinSlovak skier: To beat Shiffrin, I needed two good rounds but I failed to do so.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:52:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705029/vlhova-contested-a-hat-trick-but-stayed-behind-shiffrin.htmlSlovak hockey league will not rest during OlympicsUnlike the Slovak premiere hockey league, Swiss, German and Russian leagues will take a break during the 2018 Winter Olympics.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:28:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702031/slovak-hockey-league-will-not-rest-during-olympics.htmlFifty Shades of Grey: Slovakia's Olympic outfits will not stray from traditionThe official outfit for Slovak athletes at the PyeongChang Olympic Games has been presented; the Slovak Olympic Committee (SOV) is not satisfied.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:43:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700798/fifty-shades-of-grey-slovakias-olympic-outfits-will-not-stray-from-tradition.htmlSlovaks ended the year with a victoryThe Tuesday friendly match in Trnava meant a farewell to Slovak centre-back, Ján Ďurica, who ended his national team career with his 91st match.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:50:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696409/slovaks-ended-the-year-with-a-victory.htmlIce-hockey stadium revamp requires €5 millionAdjustments are required by the International Ice Hockey Federation who changed the criteria for holding world championship matchesMon, 13 Nov 2017 22:11:27 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20694363/ice-hockey-stadium-revamp-requires-5-million.htmlSlovak Vlhová wins slalom opener at LeviThe Slovak skier who surprised everyone last season opens this season with a victory.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:50:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695051/slovak-vlhova-wins-slalom-opener-at-levi.htmlSlovak tennis player will attend the WTA Elite TrophyMagdaléna Rybáriková leaves for the tournament on October 26.Tue, 24 Oct 2017 23:04:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20680249/slovak-tennis-player-will-attend-the-wta-elite-trophy.htmlDo you want a Sagan for your Lego collection?The post is very popular on Facebook.Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20676215/sagan-becomes-a-lego-figure.htmlQuidditch becomes reality in Slovakia as first teams emergeThe wizard sport, fighting for its status in the real sports world, has won the hearts of some Slovaks.Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:10:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20675008/quidditch-becomes-reality-in-slovakia-as-first-teams-emerge.htmlSlovak tennis player knocks out SharapovaMagdaléna Rybáriková improves her position in the WTA ranking.Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:51:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20674748/slovak-tennis-player-knocks-out-sharapova.htmlSlovakia will be absent from the World CupThe development in other groups was not positive for Slovakia.Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:20:16 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20669929/coach-poor-start-but-also-a-referees-decisions-behind-slovakias-absence-in-the-world-cup.htmlConstruction of the national football stadium continuesThe stadium with a price tag of €75 million should be complete in 2018Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:56:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20668562/construction-of-the-national-football-stadium-continues.htmlSlovaks may proceed to the World Cup in football but not necessarilyThe Slovak national team defeated their rivals from Malta, but they need to wait for the results in other groups to advance to another round.Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20667450/slovakia-wins-its-last-qualifying-match.htmlSlovakia’s path to the world cup gets complicatedThe football players lost an important match against Scotland.Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:23:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665497/slovakia-prepares-for-a-crucial-match-against-scotland.htmlOlympic medal winner did not dopeMatej Tóth wins the first battle, but his fight is not over yet.Wed, 04 Oct 2017 22:48:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20665006/olympic-medal-winner-did-not-dope.htmlNitra named European City of Sport for 2018Already two Slovak cities have held this title – Košice in 2016 and Banská Bystrica in 2017Mon, 02 Oct 2017 21:48:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20663002/nitra-named-european-capital-of-sport-for-2018.htmlSlovak wild-water athletes garner medals once moreThe winners are older than the average canoe champions.Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:33:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20662988/slovak-wild-water-athletes-garner-medals-once-more.htmlKošice marathon was won by KenyansApart from the winners and the participant, there was another prominent guest in the city: Tegla Loroupe who won the world champion title in half-marathon 20 years ago.Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:23:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20662931/kosice-marathon-was-won-by-kenyans-kerio-and-jerotich.htmlSlovak water slalom racers start championship with a victoryThe single canoe slalom team can boast with several records.Tue, 26 Sep 2017 14:02:26 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20658124/slovak-water-slalom-racers-start-championship-with-a-victory.htmlSagan rewrites historyCyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships. He allegedly did not expect it and was easy with the idea he would not win.Mon, 25 Sep 2017 07:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20656514/sagan-rewrites-history.htmlSlovakia beats Poland in Davis Cup, remaining in the 1st groupSlovak tennis players helped their Davis Cup team proceed to the next round. But the weekend duel was far from smooth.Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:29:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20651861/slovakia-beats-poland-in-davis-cup-remaining-in-the-1st-group.htmlVelez-Zuzulová may skip the seasonThis year was to be her last representing Slovakia.Tue, 12 Sep 2017 14:16:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20647562/velez-zuzulova-may-skip-the-season.html