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_emailskFight with traffickers thwarted online sale of hockey ticketsThe algorithm not only prevented traffickers but also ordinary fans from buying tickets.Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:25:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20918127/fight-with-traffickers-thwarted-online-sale-of-hockey-tickets.htmlA goalkeeper helped young Slovaks win the matchThanks to the victory over Iceland, the Slovak Under-21 team secured second place in the European Championship qualifier group.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:13:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20912218/slovak-under-21-team-won-in-european-championship-qualification.html2019 World Hockey Championship tickets go on sale next weekThe IIHF World Championship in Bratislava and Košice will take place between May 10 - 26, 2019.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 23:16:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20911893/2019-world-hockey-championship-tickets-go-on-sale-next-week.htmlIce Hockey championship gets a mascot, a bear named MacejkoThe 2019 Ice Hockey World Championship in Slovakia has already announced its official mascot – eight months in advance.Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:09:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20901804/ice-hockey-championship-gets-a-mascot-a-bear-named-macejko.htmlSlovak shooter wins women’s skeet at European ChampionshipsDanka Barteková won the skeet competition, while two other Slovak shooters triumphed in the double trap mixed teams’ competition in Leobersdorf.Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:15:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20890978/slovak-shooter-wins-womens-skeet-at-european-championships.htmlMikita: A migrant child who became an ice-hockey starThe legendary ice-hockey player passed away on August 7 at the age of 78.Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:58:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20890187/mikita-a-migrant-child-who-became-an-ice-hockey-star.htmlSlovak race walker Tóth: "Silver has the worth of gold for me"Matej Tóth wins medal by displaying remarkable effort in the final few kilometres.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:18:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20887444/slovak-race-walker-toth-wins-silver-at-european-championship.htmlLacrosse: the underdog sport of SlovakiaLacrosse is gaining popularity in Slovakia and neighboring states but support for the North American sport remains low.Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20882022/lacrosse-the-underdog-sport-of-slovakia.htmlSagan: Happy to have survived this year's TdFThis year’s Tour was a combination of contrasts for the current world champion.Mon, 30 Jul 2018 22:40:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20881468/unexpected-tour-de-france-champion-has-always-been-a-team-player.htmlPeter Sagan announces split with his wife KatarínaThe Slovak cycling star who has a young son said “It will be much better this way”.Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:41:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20874431/peter-sagan-announces-split-with-his-wife-katarina.htmlSagan won the fifth Tour de France stageThe record-breaking Slovak cyclist, along with rival Fernando Gaviria, is making Tour de France a two-man show.Wed, 11 Jul 2018 23:19:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868696/sagan-won-the-fifth-tour-de-france-stage.htmlSagan wins second stage of the Tour de France, profiting from a mass crashThe reigning world champion Peter Sagan has won the yellow jersey and takes the lead in the green-jersey points’ classification competition.Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:41:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866563/sagan-wins-second-stage-of-the-tour-de-france-profiting-from-a-mass-crash.htmlWill you watch the quidditch world cup? Slovaks will be playingThe team wants to show that despite the small number of players, Slovakia can play a great game.Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:56:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859330/slovaks-will-fight-for-the-quidditch-world-cup.htmlSlovak coach Kretovič on Icelanders: They always think positively and consider obstacles as opportunitiesThe Slovak who once coached members of the Icelandic football team comments on the national habit of always thinking positively.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:20:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20858911/slovak-coach-kretovic-on-icelanders-they-always-think-positively-and-consider-obstacles-as-opportunities.htmlPunishments issued for match-rigging in Slovak footballThe recent case results in 6 people charged and 12 suspended.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:09:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20858592/match-rigging-in-slovak-football-causes-6-people-charged-and-12-suspended.htmlLong breakaway gives Slovak championship to Sagan, surprising everyoneEven former cycling legend and sports commentator Jan Svorada was shocked by the breakaway which secured Sagan's sixth victory in the Slovak championship.Mon, 25 Jun 2018 14:29:56 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20857033/long-breakaway-gives-slovak-championship-to-sagan-surprising-everyone.htmlInter Milan will teach young footballersThe aim is to train young talents in their home environment using the Italian team’s know-how.Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:46:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20844497/inter-milan-opens-an-academy-in-slovakia.htmlThe Nordic walker with the best technique in the world is SlovakFor Lucia Okoličányová, Nordic walking has become her love of life and philosophyFri, 25 May 2018 09:17:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20834279/the-nordic-walker-with-the-best-technique-in-the-world-is-slovak.htmlSlovak ice-hockey team will play in KošiceThe Slovak team is slated to play in Košice, and not Bratislava, at next year’s Ice-hockey World Championship.Tue, 22 May 2018 22:58:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20832421/slovak-ice-hockey-team-is-heading-to-kosice.html“I will not be playing ice-hockey anymore,” says HossaHealth issues have caused the NHL player to withdraw from matches and consider moving back to Slovakia.Mon, 21 May 2018 14:13:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20830897/i-will-not-be-playing-ice-hockey-anymore-says-hossa.htmlSlovak volunteer: It is a memorable experience to watch the Slovak children waiting for hockey playersIn Denmark, even student temp jobs pay the minimum hourly wage of ten euros.Wed, 16 May 2018 17:52:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827295/slovak-volunteer-it-is-a-memorable-experience-to-watch-the-slovak-children-waiting-for-hockey-players.htmlSlovakia’s Gaelic Football team offers a family away from homeThe Slovak Shamrocks, established in 2011 under the Gaelic Athletic Association, recruits locals and expats of all ages and abilities to play the unusual game.Wed, 16 May 2018 12:47:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20827027/slovak-gaelic-football-club.htmlSlovakia bids farewell to the championship with a victoryDespite defeating Belarus, Slovakia did not earn enough points to advance to the quarter-finals.Tue, 15 May 2018 18:32:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20826562/slovakia-bids-farewell-to-the-championship-with-a-victory.htmlSlovaks end another championship match with a lossThe national ice hockey team did not defeat its rivals from Russia.Mon, 14 May 2018 18:27:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20825617/slovaks-end-another-championship-match-with-a-loss.htmlSlovakia lost its fifth match at the world championshipBut it still managed to win 1 point in the match against Sweden.Sat, 12 May 2018 14:39:02 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20824112/slovakia-lost-its-fifth-match-at-the-world-championship.htmlSlovakia defeats another rivalThe team from France did not steal any points from Slovaks.Thu, 10 May 2018 18:35:13 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20822952/slovakia-defeats-another-rival.htmlSlovakia wins its first match at the world championshipThe national hockey team defeated its rivals from Austria.Tue, 08 May 2018 18:31:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20821363/slovakia-wins-its-first-match-at-the-world-championship.htmlSlovakia lost another world championship matchThe team lost all three points in the game against Switzerland.Sun, 06 May 2018 22:28:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20820091/slovakia-failed-to-win-another-world-championship-match.htmlSlovakia kicks off the world championship with a lossThe country suffered another loss against the CzechsSat, 05 May 2018 22:56:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818991/slovakia-kicks-off-the-world-championship-with-a-loss.htmlSlovakia has a “young and fighting” ice hockey teamThe country will kick off the 2018 IIHF World Championship with a match against the Czech Republic.Thu, 03 May 2018 23:22:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20818162/slovakia-has-a-young-and-fighting-ice-hockey-team.htmlSlovak tennis sensation Kližan beat Djokovic in BarcelonaAnother Slovak tennis player, Jozef Kovalík, also made it among the best 16.Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:45:04 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20812577/slovak-tennis-sensation-klizan-beat-djokovic-in-barcelona.htmlA Keynan competing at the Rio Olympics won Devín – Bratislava runNelson Cherutich won with a time of 35:05 minutes, the fastest woman was Hungarian Zita Kácser.Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:38:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20804783/devin-bratislava-run-won-by-kenyan-who-competed-at-the-rio-olympics.htmlClear, unanimous, and indisputable: Sagan is the bestThe renowned cycling magazine Velonews lists Slovak Peter Sagan as the most valuable cyclist.Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:29:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20799475/clear-unanimous-and-indisputable-sagan-is-the-best.htmlSagan: Attack is the best defenceSagan wins the Hell of the North race after a strong attack, receiving his second-ever Monument title.Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:41:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20799398/sagan-attack-is-the-best-defence.htmlUS Embassy kicks off International Roma Day with a football tournamentInternational diplomats, Slovak politicians, and Roma teams from eastern and western Slovakia played in the friendly tournament.Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:59:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20797577/us-embassy-kicks-off-international-roma-day-with-a-football-tournament.htmlThe best female basketball team in Slovakia comes to an endThe team is currently fighting for its 15th national championship title.Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:07:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20796461/the-best-female-basketball-team-in-slovakia-comes-to-an-end.htmlNational football stadium in Bratislava closer to completionThe stadium will also serve as a cultural and congress venue.Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:51:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20792577/national-football-stadium-in-bratislava-closer-to-completion.htmlSagan's victory made his main rival crySlovak cyclist Peter Sagan wins the Gent - Wevelgem for the third time in his career.Mon, 26 Mar 2018 13:45:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20789717/sagan-wins-the-gent-wevelgem-for-the-third-time-in-his-career.htmlSlovakia has its historically most successful ParalympicsThe athlete who won most medals is visually impaired skier Henrieta Farkašová – who was unhappy, though, after coming second in the slalom on March 17.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:43:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20784316/slovakia-has-its-historically-most-successful-paralympics.htmlSlovakia has a total of five Paralympic gold medalsAfter two days, Slovak Paralympic athletes won five gold medals, one silver and one bronze at the Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, with the successful ones being Alpine skiers.Tue, 13 Mar 2018 13:51:02 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20779951/slovakia-has-a-total-of-five-paralympic-gold-medals.html