International and regional football updates

The head and the bottom. Two curious touches helped Slovakia win

The national team made it to the European Championships only the second time in history when they beat Northern Ireland in Belfast on November 12.Pavol Spál16. Nov 2020, at 7:20

Marek Hamšík and Juraj Kucka

How does the football business in Slovakia work?

The football business in Slovakia resembles a black hole.Pavol Spál5. Mar 2020, at 10:59

From left to the right: Ivan Kmotrík Jr. of Slovan Bratislava, Jozef Antošík of MŠK Žilina, and Róbert Rybníček of AS Trenčín.

Top 10 March events around Slovakia

Football time: Slovakia will play Ireland in Bratislava on March 26.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Feb 2020, at 11:27

Slovakia will play against Ireland in the UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifiers in Bratislava on March 26, 2020.

Football officials convicted of sports corruption in Slovakia

The court has fined and sentenced 13 convicts to three years.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Dec 2019, at 11:54

Defendants during a public hearing in the corruption case of SFZ delegates and referees at the Specialised Criminal Court in Pezinok on November 27, 2019

Police charges Slovan Bratislava manager for making a Nazi salute

Ivan Komtrík Jr. could spend three years in prison.Compiled by Spectator staff, 20. Aug 2019, at 13:04

ŠK Slovan Bratislava vice-president Ivan Kmotrík Jr. could serve three years in prison for making a Nazi salute during a football match if convicted.

Jewish prisoners built the Žilina grandstand and it might have saved their lives

Football was organised in death camps: thousands of players, scores, disciplinary boards, referees, uniforms.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 21. May 2019, at 16:20


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