Former PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi is hanging up his boots at the age of 34 after playing his last match with Chinese Super Lig side Hebei.
The Argentine, before moving to France made his name at Napoli together with Slovakia international Marek Hamsik. The duos time coincided with the rise of Napoli from being a perpetual midtable team to once who has grown to qualifying for the UEFA Champions League on a regular basis to challenging Juventus for the Serie A title and affording to fire Carlo Ancelloti.

Slovakia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Summons Tibor Peto


Tibor Peto is the ambassador from Hungary to Slovakia. He was summoned by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Slovakia when incidents of anti-Slovak comments and slogans happened at the qualifier match for Euro 2020 played between the two nations. The match was being played at Budapest when offensive slogans were heard from the spectators and the state symbols where denigrated. Meanwhile, the Ministry condemned the signs of hostility and aggression of the nationals along with the incidents of slogans and comments during the game.

The Ministry said that these kinds of expressions will not be accepted in the stadium as well as in other places. He added that incidents like these are very unsafe and dangerous. They can even upset the relations between Slovakia and Hungary. Tibor Peto has been asked by the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Slovakia to request the governmental authorities of Hungary so that they can give more attention to this incident. They must also use all the ways that are available to them so that they can eliminate it.

Steven Gerrard Closes Transfer with Slovakian Player Martin Skrtel

The thirty-four-year-old has turned into an agent following his contract with Fenerbahce; the Turkish side was over towards the end of the season. Steven Gerrard has talked to the defender, as per the reports. It is believed that the answer is positive. Reports also suggest that Skrtel is arranging for a journey to Glasglow to have a discussion in person in a few days. However, this will not be the first time that Gerrard will bring the Slovakian international onto the team as Liverpudlian identified the defender to be the transfer target prior to his appointment as the manager of the Ranger in the previous season.

Nevertheless, the first approach of the club failed as they were unable to reach the valuation of £5million for Skrtel. In January Gerrard returned hoping that the club is going to allow players to move since he was in the final year of the contract. However, they failed to agree upon the personal terms. Skrtel had a large contract at Fenerbahce as he earned £60,000 every week and according to his agent, he wasn’t ready to take the cut of over 50% to push the deal in January.


Atletico battled to a hard-fought 2-0 victory at home to Celta Vigo which keeps the club in the hunt for the La Liga title with a few games left in the season. Antoine Griezmann scored a fantastic freekick to open the scoring before loan forward Alvaro Morata added a second for the hosts.

Celta Vigo who came to the Wanda Metropolitano seeking a victory to draw out of the relegation battle were unlucky to meet Atletico stopper Jan Oblak in good form.
The Slovakia international put up a man of the match performance making three world-class saves to ensure victory. After the game, Atletico’s manager Diego Simeone was full of praise for the former Benfica ace. The enigmatic Argentine told a packed media that he believes the Slovakia international is the best shot-stopper in the world.


When Marek Hamsik signed for Napoli in 2007 on a €5.5 million deal from Brescia not many knew the spiky-haired youngster. However 12 years later the Slovakian leaves Italy as a bonafide star after giving his all at the Naples outfit.

Hamsik was one of the players Napoli signed after regaining promotion to the Seria A after spending some seasons in the lower league as a result of bankruptcy. He quickly became a fans favourite becoming the top scorer of the club for two consecutive seasons as Napoli sought to consolidate their stay in the league.

Football Scene In Slovakia

There was a pre-tournament game on Friday for the world junior’s category and here Slovakia was up against Canada. Canada was able to get three points ahead of Slovakia. Cody Glass of Canada was particularly successful, getting the three points to get his team ahead of the opponents. The final score was 6-1. Those who played well for Canada team were Glass, Jack Studnicka, Maxime Comtois, Ty Smith, Nick Suzuki, and Shane Bowers.

On the side of Slovakia, Patrik Hrehorcak was the only one to score a goal which he did in the third period. The other active contributor on part of Slovakia was Samuel Hlavaj who made about 39 saves for his team. Both the teams traded goals in the third period when Hrehorcak replied on behalf of Slovakia and Smith made a wrist shot. There were several chances taken by both sides. The Canadians and Slovaks made a score of 45-23. There were several opportunities opened up by both sides. The first period saw Canada dominating Slovakia with a lead of 4-0 which ended with a score of 19-7 for the Slovaks.

Slovakia Relegated From UEFA Nations League After Suffering A Defeat

Slovakia has been relegated from UEFA Nations League after losing to the Czech Republic by 1-0. One point would have been enough for them to ensure their survival in the group which had been won over by Ukraine. Patrik Schick, the Roma striker had fired his side ahead just after the 30 minutes mark to make sure that Czech Republic team in the second tier of Nations League. Norway has managed to secure a place in the second tier with a promotion in Cyprus since the Challengers in Bulgaria had been held to 1-1 draw against Slovenia.

The side of Lars Lagerback came to the game level on points and is close to the record of Bulgaria in group C. The double by Ola Kamara, the Los Angeles Galaxy striker is all set to earn Norway top position just due to a goal difference. However, the equalizer by Miha Zajc for Slovenia had ascertained that the men topped Lagerback by two points.

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.”