International and regional football updates

Opening match at new stadium spoiled by racism

Coaches of both teams condemned such behaviour. Punishment awaits Slovan.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. Mar 2019, at 14:09

Myenty Abena and Andraž Šporar during the match.

New National Football Stadium hosts its first match

The opening ceremony was accompanied by a laser show and a football match between Bratislava and Trnava.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Mar 2019, at 13:40

National Football Stadium at Tehelné Pole

Hamšík leaves Napoli for Chinese team

He played football for the Napoli team for 12 years.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Feb 2019, at 23:24

Marek Hamšík

Hamšík to leave Napoli for China

The price of the transfer might climb to €25 million, Italian media reported.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Feb 2019, at 13:24

Marek Hamšík in blue jersey

Football coach Kozák resigns from his position

The most successful and longest-working Slovak coach announced he was leaving the national team of his own free will.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Oct 2018, at 14:16

Ján Kozák

A goalkeeper helped young Slovaks win the match

Thanks to the victory over Iceland, the Slovak Under-21 team secured second place in the European Championship qualifier group.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Sep 2018, at 15:13

Marek Rodák, illustrative photo from a training session.

Slovakia to pay more for its ultra-modern national stadium

Bratislava will have one of most modern football stadiums in Europe and the state is ready to pay more, says PM Peter Pellegrini.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Sep 2018, at 22:10

The construction of National Football Stadium in Bratislava, September 4, 2018.

Slovak coach Kretovič on Icelanders: They always think positively and consider obstacles as opportunities

The Slovak who once coached members of the Icelandic football team comments on the national habit of always thinking positively.Pavol Spál27. Jun 2018, at 18:20

Pavol Kretovič has worked in Iceland as a player and coach since the 1990s.

Punishments issued for match-rigging in Slovak football

The recent case results in 6 people charged and 12 suspended.Compiled by Spectator staff, 27. Jun 2018, at 14:09

Illustrative stock photo

How to keep politics and sports separate

FIFA, may not be a government, but they and the events they put on are undeniably political and embody all the worst things about globalisation.Benjamin Cunningham, 15. Jun 2018, at 16:20

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian President Vladimir Putin (left to right) stand for the anthem prior to the match between Russia and Saudi Arabia which opened the 2018 soccer World Cup in Russia.

Inter Milan will teach young footballers

The aim is to train young talents in their home environment using the Italian team’s know-how.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Jun 2018, at 13:46

US Embassy kicks off International Roma Day with a football tournament

International diplomats, Slovak politicians, and Roma teams from eastern and western Slovakia played in the friendly tournament.Anna Fay, 6. Apr 2018, at 17:59

US Ambassador Adam Sterling poses with the victorious Roma players from Humenne and Moldava nad Bodvou.

UEFA included two Slovaks among biggest talents for 2018

The international football association put two Slovaks on the list of most promising talents for 2018, which is a huge honour.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Jan 2018, at 13:55

Hancko (L) in the U21 Slovak team.

Slovak footballer Škriniar named one of the best players of the season

He is described as “a strong tackler who is quick to make clearances”.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jan 2018, at 22:10

Milan Škriniar

Hamšík matches Maradona record

The goal by the Slovak star helped his SSC Napoli team to win over Inter Milan.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Dec 2017, at 17:30

Napoli's Marek Hamšík kicks the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Torino and Napoli in Turin on December 16.

National Football stadium has a blind spot

Part of the grandstand next to the VIP lounges will have permanently vacant seatsCompiled by Spectator staff, 28. Nov 2017, at 22:16

The grandstand, part which has no view of the pitch

Slovaks ended the year with a victory

The Tuesday friendly match in Trnava meant a farewell to Slovak centre-back, Ján Ďurica, who ended his national team career with his 91st match.Compiled by Spectator staff, 14. Nov 2017, at 23:50

Ján Ďurica leaving the national football team in the November 14, 2017 match.

Slovakia will be absent from the World Cup

The development in other groups was not positive for Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Oct 2017, at 14:20

L-R: Slovak Coach Ján Kozák and team member Marek Hamšík at a press conference on WC 2018.

Construction of the national football stadium continues

The stadium with a price tag of €75 million should be complete in 2018Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Oct 2017, at 5:56

Prime Minister Robert Fico, left and tycoon Ivan Kmotrík

Slovaks may proceed to the World Cup in football but not necessarily

The Slovak national team defeated their rivals from Malta, but they need to wait for the results in other groups to advance to another round.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Oct 2017, at 15:50