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Czechoslovakia had two runner-up finishes in World Cups, in 1934 and 1962, and won the European Championship in the 1976 tournament before breaking into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Found in 1993, Slovakia qualified for the World Cup Finals in 2010 and the European Championship in 2016. They reached the round of 16 on both occasions. In South Africa 2014, they knocked out Italy in a famous win.
This is the all-time team for Slovakia. If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament.
GK: Viliam Schrojf
He went to three consecutive World Cup Finals: 1954, 1958 and 1962. His performance helped his country to reach the final in 1962. However, Schrojf's two mistakes led to two Brazilian goals resulting from his mistakes. On club level, Schrojf played mostly for Slovan Bratislava and then for Lokomotiva Košice.
GK: Imrich Stacho
Stacho played mostly for Spartak Trnava. During his military service in Prague, he played for ATK Praha. H had 23 caps and went to the WC Finals in 1954 and 1958.
GK: Alexander Vencel
Vencel played mostly for Slovan Bratislava. He was considered as one of Czechoslovakia's greatest goalkeepers. He only had 25 caps, largely because of playing in the same era as Ivo Viktor. He went to the 1970 World Cup and the 1976 European Championship, where Czechoslovakia won the gold medal.
RB: Karol Dobias
He was capped 67 times for Czechoslovakia, scored 6 goals. He was a participant at the 1970 FIFA World Cup. and a member of Czechoslovak winning team at 1976 European Championship. In the 1976 final game Dobiaš scored a goal that gave Czechoslovakia a 2-0 lead against West Germany. . In 1970 and 1971, he was named Czechoslovak Footballer of the Year.
He played mostly for Slovan Bratislava. For Czechoslovakia, he was a part of the team that won the European Championship in 1976. He was capped 39 times.
CB: Anton Ondrus
He was considered one of the greatest defender from Czechoslovakia. He played 58 matches for Czechoslovakia and scored 9 goals. As the captain, he led the national team in the 1976 UEFA European Championship, winning against West Germany in the Final. He also led them to 3rd place in 1980. For club football, he played mainly for Slovan Bratislava.
He was probably most famous Slovak defender after the breakup of Czechoslovakia. He was named Slovak Footballer of the Year four times. He played for Trenčín and Zenit Saint Petersburg, before joining Liverpool in 2008 where he spent 8 and half years. He joined Fenerbahçe in 2016. Capped over 90 times. He went to both WC Finals in 2010 and Euro 2016.
CB: Ladislav Jurkemik
He was a part of the team that won the 1976 European Championship. He also went to ERuro 1980 in Italy, where Czechoslovakia won the bronze medal, and at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He played for FK Inter Bratislava at home and St Gallen in Switzerland.
CB: Jan Popluhar
He was one of the greatest defender from the Warsaw Pact countries. He was best remembered for taking Czechoslovakia to the Final of the World Cup in 1962. He earned 62 caps. He played 15 seasons for ŠK Slovan Bratislava.
|Jan Popluhar |
He played Dukla Holešov during his military service. After military service, Gögh joined Š.K. Slovan Bratislava. He was capped 55 times. He was a part that generation that won the 1976 European Championship and finished 3rd at the 1980 European Championship.
LB: Marek Čech
Čech has previously played for Inter Bratislava, Sparta Prague and Porto, West Bromwich Albion, Trabzonspor and Bologna. He has 52 caps for Slovakia. He went to South Africa 2010.
DM: Miroslav Karhan
Karhan made 107 appearances for Slovakia and is the most capped Slovak footballer of all time. He was a key player side during the country's qualification for the 2010 World Cup for the first time in its history, but missed the Finals through an injury. He began his career with local club Spartak Trnava. Via Betis and Beşiktaş he moved to VfL Wolfsburg in 2001. He joined relegated Mainz 05 on a free transfer from VfL Wolfsburg in the middle of 2007. He returned to Spartak Trnava in the middle of 2011 from Mainz 05.
CM: Ladislav Kuna
In 1969, he was named Czechoslovak Footballer of the Year. He went to the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico. He had 47 caps. For club football, he played for FC Spartak Trnava and Admira Wacker in Austria.
CM: Ján Kozák
He had 55 caps for Czechoslovakia. He participated at Euro 1980 and the WC Finals in 1982. He was the footballer of the year in Czechoslovakia in 1981. He played 254 matches in Czechoslovak First League and scored 57 goals, mainly for Lokomotíva Košice.
RW: Marian Masny
He won the 1976 UEFA European Championship with Czechoslovakia. He also played at the 1980 UEFA European Championship where they came third and at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. He played most of his career for Slovan Bratislava from 1968 to 1989.
AM: Ľubomír Moravčík
He played for Nitra at home before playing for Saint-Étienne, Bastia and MSV Duisburg. In 1998, he moved to Celtic. He was known for his partnership with Henrik Larsson. Later, he played for JEF United in Japan. He had 42 caps for Czechoslovakia and another 38 for Slovakia. He played in Italia 1990.
AM: Marek Hamšík
He is probably Slovakia's most famous player after the break-up of Czechoslovakia. He made a name at the World Cup in 2010, where Slovakia qualified for their first ever Finals and beat Italy in the First Round. He played for Slovan Bratislava and Brescia before joining Napoli in 2007. At Napoli, he established as one of the best midfielders in Serie A.
|Marek Hamšík |
Jokl was best remembered with his career at ŠK Slovan Bratislava. He won the Cup Winners' Cup in 1969, which was a big achievement for club football in Czechoslovakia. He had 27 caps and went to Mexico 1970.
AM/FW: Andrej Kvašňák
He played mostly for Sparta Prague. In1969, he moved to play in Belgium with Racing Mechelen. He had 47 caps. He was known for his partnership with Josef Masopust. He helped Czechoslovakia to finish 2nd the 1962 World cup Final.
FW: Jozef Adamec
He played mostly for Spartak Trnava (1959–61, 1963–64, 1966–76). During his military service, he was member of Dukla Prague (1961–63), he spent one year with Slovan Bratislava (1964–65) and at the end of career played for lower-division Austrian club Slovan Wien (1977–80). He was capped 44 times for Czechoslovakia, scoring 14 goals. He was a participant at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and 1970 FIFA World Cup. He was remembered for his hat trick against Brazil in 1968.
FW: Laszlo Kubala
Born in Hungary of a multi-cultural background. He was known as one of the greatest Barcelona players ever. He still managed to win 4 Li Liga titles in the 1950's in an era dominated by Real Madrid. He also played for Ferencvárosi, Slovan Bratislava, Barcelona, and Espanyol. Internationally, he has played for Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Spain.
Scherer represented Czechoslovakia at the 1960 European Nations' Cup and 1958 FIFA World Cup, where he did not play any match. In the 1962 FIFA World Cup Scherer scored 3 goals, Czechoslovakia finished second. In 1973 Scherer defected from communist Czechoslovakia to France, where he finished his club career.
ST: Peter Dubovský
He started his career with Slovan Bratislava. He was named Slovak Footballer of the Year: 1993 after leading the league in scoring. In 1993, he moved to Real Madrid, but stayed for 2 seasons. His second season was limited by the emerge of Raul. Then, he played for Real Oviedo from 1995 to 2000. He died of an accident in 2000. He was capped 14 times for Czechoslovakia and then, another 33 times for Slovakia.
Theodor Reimann, Marek Mintál, Ladislav Pavlovič, Ladislav Petráš, Titus Buberník, Szilárd Németh, Róbert Vittek, Jozef Barmoš, Vladimír Kinder.
-- The players who played for Czechoslovakia are based on ethnicity.
-- I almost took Theodor Reimann as the third keeper.
-- Koloman Gögh was born in modern day Czech Republic. According to various source, he was identified as a Hungarian minority in Slovakia or a Slovakian.
-- Both of László Kubala's parents had Slovakian blood and he himself played for Czechoslovakia. He fit the criteria of this all-time team.
-- Slovakia has many similar players. I do not have space for Marek Mintál.
-- Miroslav Karhan would have been a key player at the WC Finals in 2010. I rewarded him with a spot on the squad, despite missing the WC Finals through an injury. The WC Finals in 2010 is Slovakia's greatest achievement since the breakup of Czechoslovakia.
-- Marek Hamšík is underrated. If he played for a bigger club, he would have been a household name.