Stanislav Cherchesov: Russia’s victories are not an accident

Russia manager Stanislav Cherchesov has said that his team have deserved the victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the group stage of the World Cup. The Russians had come into the global tournament without a win in 2018 but they have managed to turn things around with six points acquired from their opening two group stage games.

Speaking after the 3-1 win over Egypt, Cherchesov said: “It is not an accident that we have two wins under our belt, we have a group of solidarity. We will win because we want to.” Meanwhile, striker Aytem Dzyuba stressed that the team should not look into future and they should savour the moment of having qualified for the round of 16 stage, he said: “Let us not talk about the next stage now and simply rejoice and celebrate this moment and this victory. We pressed them across the whole pitch, did not let them pass the ball. It was a very good and a strong match.”

Marek Hamsik praises Napoli's 'patience' after Atalanta win

Napoli captain Marek Hamsik praised the patience shown by his Napoli teammates as they clinched a 1-0 victory over Atalanta on Sunday. The Naples outfit have not had a fond time with Atalanta in previous seasons, but they made sure of another three points which maintains their lead at the top of the standings.

Atalanta had done the double over Napoli during the previous campaign, and they continued to emerge as a bogey team for the league leaders this season after beating them 2-1 in the Coppa Italia quarter-final earlier in January. As a result, the Slovakia international was pleased to have got the win over the line versus Atalanta, and he is anticipating a similar commitment for the rest of the season, he told the club's official website: "I had a fever a few days ago and only joined up with the team on Saturday.

Marek Hamsik promises brave celebration if Napoli win Scudetto

Slovakia international Marek Hamsik has revealed that it would be a great moment for the City of Naples, should Napoli secure the Serie A crown during the current campaign. The midfielder has dreamt of winning the Scudetto since his arrival at Napoli, and 10 years on, he sees them leading the league standings whilst becoming the club-captain.

The Azzurri currently hold a slender two-point lead over Inter Milan, who are a further two points ahead of reigning champions Juventus. As a result, Hamsik's dream of winning the title is slowing coming into fusion, although he is not taking anything for granted with plenty of games left in the season.

Slovakia Manager Wary of Scotland Threat with Leigh Griffiths

Slovakia managerJan Kozak says that he is concerned about the threat of Scotland in the latter stages of the World Cup 2018 qualification group, as the team appears to be better than ever due to the presence of a strong Celtic factor.

Scotland are back in the race for World Cup 2018 qualification after moving within a point behind Slovakia after the latest round of results. Slovakia appeared to be in a comfortable position heading into the last three matches, but a 2-1 loss against England in the latest qualifier led to the team dropping perilously close. Scotland were able to get an uninspiring 2-0 victory over strugglers Malta even at home.

Albert Rusnak Joins up with Slovakia Squad from Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake will be without Albert Rusnak next week, as the Slovakian has been called up for the World Cup qualifying games.

The Slovakian team will be up against Slovenia and England in back-to-back World Cup qualification matches. Victory in these games is extremely important for Slovakia, who sit second in the table with a one-point advantage over Slovenia after six matches. Jan Kozák’steam even has the possibility of catching with England, who are only two points ahead. As a result, Slovakia may need the help of a very best player on their books and Albert Rusnak is certainly one of those names.


The Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico wants the continental soccer governing body UEFA to investigate the exit of his country from the group stage of the Under-21 Championship, according to reports by the BBC.

Italy and Germany progressed as the Slovaks and Polish side crashed out of the group stage of the tournament. But Fico wants more answers. He sent a letter to the body, describing happenings as a “farce performed by players from countries advanced in football.”

Slovakian Forward Leaves Sydney FC

Australian A-league club Sydney FC have ended their association with Filip Holosko, who had been their marquee player for the past two years.

The Slovakia international has returned to Europe upon the expiry of his contract last month. The 33-year-old was on an annual $1.15 million deal, which was not renewed after the Sky Blues opted to recruit Bobo and Milos Ninkovic as their two marquee players for the new season