After 5 years at the helm, Jan Kozak stepped down from Slovakia

The Slovakian national football team has always struggled trying make an impact in the international scene as they have consistently failed to qualify in the FIFA World Cup as well as the Olympic Games and in the Euro’s.

However, since the introduction of Jan Kozak as the head coach of the Slovakian national football team back on 2013, the Slovakian side was able to compete in the European Championship’s for the first time ever in 2016.

Marek Hamsik not thinking about Juventus

Slovakia international Marek Hamsik has stressed that Napoli are not focusing on Juventus ahead of the new Serie A campaign. The Naples outfit managed to secure 91 points during their previous season under Maurizio Sarri but they were still unable to stop Juventus from winning the title with a six-point advantage.

In an interview with Premium Sport, Hamsik indicated that the club are not looking into the progress made by the Bianconeri and their sole focus lies on the season opener versus Lazio, he said:“We’re not thinking about them. The first game [Lazio] will already be difficult, the most important game is always the closest one.”

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.”

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.
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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.
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