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Slovan Bratislava
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Full name ŠK Slovan Bratislava futbal a.s.
Nickname(s) Belasí (Sky blues)
Founded May 3, 1919
Ground Pasienky (since November 2009 till end of Tehelné Pole reconstruction), Bratislava
(Capacity: 13,295)
Chairman Slovakia Ivan Kmotrík
Manager Slovakia Dušan Tittel
League Corgoň Liga
2008-09 Corgoň Liga, 1st
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

ŠK Slovan Bratislava is a football based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Slovan has won more Slovak championships than any other club with 5 having also won the Czechoslovak First League on 8 occasions, more than any other club from Slovakia. In 1969 The club became the third Central European team to win a major European trophy, winning the Cup Winners' Cup by beating Spanish giants FC Barcelona in the final. In addition, Slovan provided seven players to the Czechoslovakia side that won the 1976 European Championships in Yugoslavia.

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History

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Early years

Slovan's roots date back to the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire where it was founded as I.ČsŠK Bratislava in the Panonia café in Bratislava on 1 April 1919. The first President was police captain Richard Brunner who arranged the club's first (temporary) training ground at Kuchajda (Pasiensky) although as soon as the Hungarian troops had left this moved to Petržalka.

Slovan squad from 1919 season

I.ČsŠK became the champions of Slovakia in 1922. In the finals of the Czech master counties won 4 October 1925 I. ČsŠK on the field in the Petrzalka Slavia Lučenec 6:1, but the Prime Minister in the Association Championship already dopadla worse. Belasí dropped out at the expense of vice-champions Center-Czech region Košíře, but everything you make at the third attempt. Despite the fact that Slovakia could have if only one representative in the amateur championship of Czechoslovakia, in 1927 the dočkal I. ČsŠk total triumph. In the finals of the 20 November 1927 I won ČsŠK the master German team SK České Budějovice 4:2. Title amateur champion from Czechoslovakia I. ČsŠK again in 1930, but on the very first to deserve this team. Among the best were when Martin Uher, Pavol Šoral, Štefan Čambal a Štefan Priboj. In the spring of 1938 penetrated anti-jude mood into Bratislava club and the victim became coach József Braun, who as one of the many Bratislavčanov had to involuntarily leave the city on the Danube. After Munich dictate occurred in the year 1939 to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia and also the emergence of independent Slovakia. This historical fact had a great influence to change the name of Bratislava football club and so is I. ČsŠK Bratislava became ŠK Bratislava. 26. 9. 1940 ŠK Bratislava played its first game at the new stadium Tehelné pole.

The first international meeting to Tehelné pole of 27 October 1940 and ŠK Bratislava in the draw with Hertha Berlin 2:2. In a separate Slovakian league footballers get ŠK Bratislava in the period from 1939 to 1945 the title four times. Slovan was the first Czech team, which started to use WM-system. The first foreign Slovan opponent after World War II was Ferencvárosi TC. ŠK Bratislava lost out 0:1, but retaliate over multiple master Hungary and regular participants in the Central European Cup, won before 20,000 spectators at Tehelnom field 2:1. In this period delivered the advanced work on the role of coaches ŠK Bratislava former players I. ČsŠK Bratislava Ferdinand Daučík a Leopold "Jim" Šťastný.

Czechoslovakian league

Slovan was the first Slovak club, which is the highest power in the Czechoslovak competition. Belasí met with success in 1949, which became the first master of Czechoslovakia, but no longer under the new name NV Sokol Bratislava. The first postwar title is deserved particular Emil Pažický, Gejza Šimanský, Bozhin Laskov, Viktor Tegelhoff and Teodor Reimann.

In 1953 the Bratislava for the first time in the highest national competition three clubs except Red Star Beograd and glory and ÚNV Slovan. To prevent breakage most successful and most famous club on Tehelné pole - Sokol NV Bratislava. Belasí however, at that time, could boast of high quality work with talentovanou youth through quality and strengthening kádra Slovan remained in the game at the highest walls in the former socialist Czechoslovakia. Slovana coach at the time was Anton Bulla, who, in the summer break in 1953 comforted the arrival of eight new players to team. After long years as a quality born Bratislava derby while fighting Slovan and Red Star (in season 1961-1962 won Red Star Bratislava in a national league of the title - 1958-1959, Czechoslovak vicechampion title three times and was on the 3rd place) can peacefully in this time compared to derby Prague "S". Under the influence of the then political and economic pressures and interests were 5 August 1961, the merger TJ ÚNV Slovan and TJ Dimitrov and generate CHZJD Slovan Bratislava. During twenty eight-years existence Slovana CHZJD under this name to bring footballers Tehelné pole historical achievements, but also a previously unknown najsmutnejšie period without belasých participation in the highest state competition. In addition to the three master degrees in the former Czechoslovak league (1970, 1974, 1975) found better team or five seasons in the Czechoslovak Cup. Slovana CHZJD footballers, who in 1969 triumfovali after 3:2 victory over FC Barcelona in the finals in Basel Cup winners cup, is the biggest club deserved success in the history of Czechoslovakian football.

Year 1962, however, bore the signs of success Czechoslovak representatives, who reiterated to the World Cup in Chile silverware success of the World Cup 1934 in Rome. A significant proportion of that in the final world championship Czechoslovak footballers you can compare the quality of the famous Brazil 1:3, they also Slovan player - goalkeeper Viliam Schrojf and defender Ján Popluhár. With international experience missing blue healthy self-esteem or in the next season 1969 - 1970, which led Michal Vičan broke the hegemony of three master degrees Spartak Trnava. English football is experiencing a golden times that in 1970 slightly defraudovali results Czechoslovak representation for World cup in Mexico. In the team for this World cup was seven players from Slovan. Alexander Vencel, Ján Zlocha, Ivan Hrdlička, Karol Jokl, Ján Čapkovič, Vladimír Hrivnák and Alexander Horváth. In this period, the era managers celebrities appeared on stage later Slovakian recognized expert and pioneer Jozef Vengloš.

Crowning success of Slovak football is confined to the year 1976, when Czechoslovakia team consists of vast parts of players Slovan, won the European title in the European Championships in Belgrade. Gold medals were given in addition to coach Vengloš, Alexander Vencel, Jozef Čapkovič, Koloman Gogh, Marián Masný, Anton Ondruš, Ján Pivarník, Ján Švehlík. Moreover, cadres Czechoslovakia feature Dušan Galis, but then as a player VSS Košice. From the 1977/78 season Slovan still declining below. Black cloudls definitely overshadowed Tehelné pole in the 1984/85 season when belast led by coaches Ján Hucko and Jozef Obert left after the 50th between the highest competition. Then she fell down the last bastion of Czechoslovak football because Slovan was established from I. ČsŠK until 1985 the only club who never leave the highest nationwide competition.

After three seasons spent in the Slovakian National League Slovan Bratislava be able to return to the national competition. In season 1987/88 belasí have fought to return to the top leagues under the leadership of coach Ján Zachar, which is to take two seasons Jozef Jankech. Later coach of Slovak national team prepared fertile ground for success coach Dušan Galis. In 1992, Slovan Bratislava won his last Czechoslovak title. Among the star team included Peter Dubovský, Dušan Tittel, Ladislav Pecko, Vladimir Kinder, Miloš Glonek, Tomáš Stúpala and Alexander Vencel. In the last federal season 1992/93, which took place in the Slovakian league qualitative decline, Sparta Praha won the title before Slavia Praha and Slovan. Belasí not help to the title Peter Dubovský 24 scorers, who became the second time the king of shooters.

The most famous victory

1969 European Cup Winners' Cup Final starting lineup.

Year 1969 is the most famous in the history of Slovan Bratislava. Belasí as the first and so far the only team from former Czechoslovakia won one of the European trophies. In the 1967/68 season ended Slovan second in the league and won the cup in Czechoslovakia and fought the participation in Cup Winners Cup. The team was a former player of Slovan and an excellent football player Michal Vičan, who came to the progressive concept of fast and simple games. Pioneer and strategist Vičan benefited from winter training in 1969, touring Argentina, where belast played better on the terrain and the CWC quarterfinal against AC Torino already been rozohratí. After hard matches of Turin and AC victories 1:0 and 2:1 followed by an equally painful obstacle in the form of the Scottish team Dunfermline AFC. Slovan forward after two semi goals Ján Čapkovič and results of 1:1 and 1:0.

The famous Swiss finals 21stMay also about the presence of thousands of fans shocked belasí favorite goal already in the initial minutes Cvetler. In 17th Although cope Zaldua minute, but circumvention Spaniards during the entire match only doťahovali because in half scored belasí twice. First Hrivnák in 31st minute ended accurate missile just behind sixteen meters demonstration, which successfully made up of post sweeper. In conclusion, half readily rozohral bully the best player on the field to Ján Čapkovič Karol Jokl, who after a short ball sprint sent to the network. Slovan players maintain a valuable victory after returning to the road from the airport in Bratislava their welcome big crowd. Fifty of his generation to celebrate yet belast greatest successes in the history of Slovan Bratislava. Among Vičan frame were particularly Alexander Horváth, Ľudovít Cvetler, Ján Čapkovič, Jozef Čapkovič, Alexander Vencel or Karol Jokl.

Slovak league

In a separate Slovakian competition sought Slovan difficult competition. Belas won the first three titles in the Czech seasons 1993/94, 1994/95 and 1995/96. Next two years won 1. FC Košice. Slovan returned to the Slovak throne in the season 1998/99. The stars team coach Stanislav Griga were Róbert Tomaschek, Miroslav Konig, Stanislav Varga, Tibor Jančula whether Ladislav Pecko. The joy of the title, however, not be long. In 1999 the club was assassinated President Ján Ducký. With Slovan's performance was below water and financially. Belas sell their best players. Major problems Slovan in the 2003/04 season ended go down to the other leagues, where the Slav spent two seasons. Among the most famous Czech elite Slovak club back in 2006. The prime minister occupied 3rd season place a year later ended in the 5th place. There is coach former Slovan Bratislava star Ladislav Pecko. Belasí again have the highest ambitions and want to promote in Europe. In season 2008/2009 has Slovan won again Slovak Corgoň liga.

Historical names

  • 1919 - 1939 : 1. ČsŠK Bratislava
  • 1939 - 1948 : ŠK Bratislava
  • 1948 - 1953 : Sokol NV Bratislava
  • 1953 - 1961 : ÚNV Slovan Bratislava
  • 1961 - 1990 : Slovan CHZJD Bratislava
  • 1990 -  : ŠK Slovan Bratislava

Honours

Domestic

  • Slovak League (1993 - Present)
    • Winners (5): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2009
  • Slovak League (1939 - 1944)
    • Winners (4): 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944
  • Slovenský Pohár
    • Winners (10): 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1994, 1997, 1999
  • Czechoslovak League (1945 - 1992)
    • Winners (8): 1949, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1992
  • Československý Pohár (Czechoslovak Cup)
    • Winners (5): 1962, 1963, 1968, 1974, 1982
  • Czechoslovak Amateur League
    • Winners (2): 1927, 1930

European

  • Intertoto Cup
    • Winners (10): 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994

Fans

Slovan fans called Belasá šlachta

The fans are well-known throughout the country for their passion. The main ultras groups are called Belasá šlachta and Ultras Slovan. Slovan fans are the most active supporters but also among the most troublesome in Slovakia. They are known for their choreographies and tifos during the matches.

Rival teams

Slovan's major rival teams in Bratislava are Inter and Petržalka. The battle between Slovan and Inter have a long and rich history. Both teams fought in the Czechoslovak league. Rivalry with Artmedia peaked after 2000. The biggest opponents Slovan Bratislava, however, is Spartak Trnava. Duels between these teams are most prestigious matches in Slovakia. Slovan and Trnava are the two most successful and most popular club in Slovakia. The first derby match was played in 1926. Peak rivalry occurred at the beginning of the 70th years, when both teams dominated in Czechoslovakia. These matches are always having a great atmosphere and great prestige.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovakia GK Peter Rusina
2 Slovakia DF Kornel Saláta
4 Czech Republic FW Jan Králík
5 Argentina MF Julio Cesar Serrano
6 Slovakia DF Martin Dobrotka
7 Slovakia FW Marek Kuzma
9 Slovakia FW Juraj Halenár
10 Slovakia MF Samuel Slovák (captain)
11 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Mario Božić
12 Slovakia MF Branislav Obžera
13 Slovakia FW Milan Ivana
14 Slovakia DF Michal Breznaník
16 Slovakia MF Erik Grendel
No. Position Player
17 Slovakia FW Jakub Sylvestr
18 Côte d'Ivoire DF Mamadou Bagayoko
19 Togo MF Karim Guédé
20 Slovakia FW Pavol Masaryk
21 Slovakia FW Peter Štepanovský
23 Slovakia MF Kristián Kolčák
24 Slovakia DF Peter Jánošík
25 Brazil FW Gaúcho
26 Slovakia FW Tomáš Bagi
28 Slovakia DF Marián Had
29 Czech Republic DF Radek Dosoudil
30 Slovakia GK Matúš Putnocký
35 Czech Republic GK David Bičík

Staff

Position Staff
Head Coach Slovakia Dušan Tittel
Assistant Coach Slovakia Štefan Horný
Assistant Coach Slovakia Jozef Kontír
Goalkeepers Coach Slovakia Alexander Vencel
Goalkeepers Coach Slovakia Miroslav König
Doctor Slovakia MuDr. Vladimír Pener
Doctor Slovakia MuDr. Vladimír Kayser
Masseur Slovakia Štefan Szilagyi
Custodian Slovakia Ján Beniak

Source:[citation needed]

Club officials

Chairman

  • Ivan Kmotrík

Members of Directorate

  • Vojtech Miklós
  • Gabriel Herbrík

General Director

Sport Director

Director for Communication

  • Martin Urmanič

Marketing Manager

  • Tomáš Cho

B-team coach

Slovan in European competition

UEFA Champions League

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1956-57 European Cup Preliminary Round Poland Legia Warszawa 4-0 0-2 4-2
1. Round Switzerland Grasshopper-Club Zürich 1-0 0-2 1-2
1970-71 European Cup 1. Round Denmark Boldklubben 1903 2-1 2-2 4-3
2. Round Greece Panathinaikos 2-1 0-3 2-4
1974-75 European Cup 1. Round Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht 4-2 1-3 5-5(a)
1975-76 European Cup 1. Round England Derby County 1-0 0-3 1-3
1992-93 UEFA Champions League 1. Round Hungary Ferencvárosi TC 4-1 0-0 4-1
2. Round Italy A.C. Milan 0-1 0-4 0-5
1999-00 UEFA Champions League 2. Qualyfying Round Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta 1-1 1-2 2-3
2009-10 UEFA Champions League 2. Qualyfying Round Bosnia and Herzegovina HŠK Zrinjski Mostar 4-0 0-1 5-1
3. Qualyfying Round Greece Olympiacos F.C. 0-2 0-2 0-4

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1962-63 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Switzerland Lausanne Sports 1-0 1-1 2-1
Quarter-finals England Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 0-6 2-6
1963-64 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Preliminary Round Finland Helsingin Palloseura 8-1 4-1 12-2
1. Round Wales Borough United 3-0 1-0 4-0
Quarter-finals Scotland Celtic F.C. 0-1 0-1 0-2
1968-69 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Serbia FK Bor 3-0 0-2 3-2
2. Round Portugal FC Porto 4-0 0-1 4-1
Quarter-finals Italy Torino Calcio 2-1 1-0 3-1
Semi-finals Scotland Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 1-1 2-1
Final Spain FC Barcelona 3-2 Winner
1969-70 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 0-3 0-3
1982-83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Italy Internazionale 2-1 0-2 2-3
1989-90 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1. Round Switzerland Grasshopper-Club Zürich 3-0 0-4 3-4(aet)
1997-98 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Qualyfying Round Bulgaria PFC Levski Sofia 2-1 1-1 3-2
1. Round England Chelsea FC 0-2 0-2 0-4

UEFA Europa League

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1972-73 UEFA Cup 1. Round Serbia FK Vojvodina 6-0 2-1 8-1
2. Round Spain UD Las Palmas 0-1 2-2 2-3
1976-77 UEFA Cup 1. Round Iceland Fram 5-0 3-0 8-0
2. Round England Queens Park Rangers F.C. 3-3 2-5 5-8
1991-92 UEFA Cup 1. Round Spain Real Madrid C.F. 1-2 1-1 2-3
1993-94 UEFA Cup 1. Round England Aston Villa F.C. 0-0 1-2 1-2
1994-95 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Northern Ireland Portadown F.C. 3-0 2-0 5-0
1. Round Denmark FC Copenhagen 1-0 1-1 2-1
2. Round Germany Borussia Dortmund 2-1 0-3 2-4
1995-96 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Croatia NK Osijek 4-0 2-0 6-0
1. Round Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern 2-1 0-3 2-4
1996-97 UEFA Cup Preliminary Round Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic F.C. 1-0 4-3 5-3
1. Round Turkey Trabzonspor 2-1 1-4 3-5
2000-01 UEFA Cup Qualyfying Round Georgia (country) FC Lokomotivi Tbilisi 2-0 2-0 4-0
1. Round Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 0-3 1-1 1-3
2001-02 UEFA Cup Qualyfying Round Wales Cwmbran Town 1-0 4-0 5-0
1. Round Czech Republic FC Slovan Liberec 1-0 0-2 1-2
2009-10 UEFA Europa League Play-off Netherlands AFC Ajax 1-2 0-5 1-7

UEFA Intertoto Cup

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup 1. Round Luxembourg FC Differdange 03 3-0 2-0 5-0
2. Round Austria SK Rapid Wien 1-0 1-3 2-3

Not UEFA-administered competition

Intertoto Cup

Season Competition Round Opponent Home leg Away leg
1968 Intertoto Cup Group B3 Sweden Malmö FF 0-1 2-1
Austria Wiener Sport-Club 3-1 4-0
Germany Hamburger SV 1-0 5-4
1970 Intertoto Cup Group A Germany Borussia Dortmund 2-1 2-0
Belgium Standard Liège 3-1 2-2
Sweden Malmö FF 2-2 1-4
1972 Intertoto Cup Group 5 Austria First Vienna FC 5-0 1-0
Switzerland FC Zürich 0-3 3-1
Sweden Djurgårdens IF 4-1 2-3
1973 Intertoto Cup Group 3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 1-0 1-0
Sweden AIK Fotboll 0-0 1-1
Germany MSV Duisburg 1-0 2-0
1974 Intertoto Cup Group 5 Switzerland Grasshopper-Club Zürich 4-0 1-0
Germany 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1-0 0-1
Sweden Åtvidabergs FF 1-0 2-0
1977 Intertoto Cup Group 8 Germany Hertha BSC 2-1 0-3
Denmark Boldklubben 1903 3-1 1-1
Austria SK Admira Vienna 5-1 5-1
1990 Intertoto Cup Group 4 Sweden Vejle Boldklub 5-1 0-1
Hungary MTK Budapest FC 2-0 2-0
Sweden IFK Norrköping 7-0 1-1
1991 Intertoto Cup Group 1 Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax 0-2 2-2
Sweden Malmö FF 1-1 2-2
Hungary Tatabányai Bányász 4-1 1-2
1992 Intertoto Cup Group 7 Denmark Aarhus Gymnastikforening 2-2 0-2
Hungary Vaci Izzo 5-1 3-2
Sweden Kiruna FF 5-2 3-2
1993 Intertoto Cup Group 6 Austria FC Tirol Innsbruck 2-2
Switzerland FC Zürich 2-4
Denmark Silkeborg IF 2-1
Germany VfL Bochum 2-1
1994 Intertoto Cup Group 6 Czech Republic SK Slavia Praha 4-2
Switzerland Servette FC 1-2
Denmark Brøndby IF 1-1
Austria Admira Wacker 3-0

Notable players

See also.
Slovakia
Argentina
Algeria
Brasilia
Bulgaria
Slovakia
Nigeria
Uzbekistan

Manager history

See also.
 
Name Nationality Years
József Braun Hungary 1934-1937
Pál Jakube Hungary 1937-1938
József Braun Hungary 1938
Otto Mazal Czech Republic 1939
František Lanák Slovakia 1939
Kajmo Muller Slovakia 1939-1940
Vincent Dittrich Slovakia 1941
Ferdinand Daučík Slovakia 1942-1946
Tom Sneddon Scotland 1947-1948
Ferdinand Daučík Slovakia 1948
Leopold Šťastný Slovakia 1949-1951
Karol Bučko Slovakia 1951-1952
Anton Bulla Slovakia 1953
Leopold Šťastný Slovakia 1954-1957
Jozef Baláži Slovakia 1958
Štefan Jačiansky Slovakia 1958
József Ember Hungary 1959
Štefan Jačiansky Slovakia 1960
Ivan Chodák Slovakia 1960
Ján Greššo Slovakia 1960-1961
Anton Bulla Slovakia 1961
Karol Borhy Slovakia 1961-1962
Anton Bulla Slovakia 1962-1963
Leopold Šťastný Slovakia 1963-1965
Vojtech Skyva Slovakia 1965
Jozef Čurgaly Slovakia 1966
Ján Hucko Slovakia 1966-1968
Michal Vičan Slovakia 1968-1971
Ján Hucko Slovakia 1971-1973
Jozef Vengloš Slovakia 1973-1976
Michal Vičan Slovakia 1976
Jozef Vengloš Slovakia 1977-1978
Ivan Hrdlička Slovakia 1978
Anton Malatinský Slovakia 1978-1981
 
Name Nationality Years
Anton Urban Slovakia 1981
Michal Vičan Slovakia 1982-1983
Karol Pecze Slovakia 1983-1984
Ján Hucko Slovakia 1984
Valér Švec Slovakia 1985-1986
Ján Zachar Slovakia 1986-1988
Jozef Jankech Slovakia 1988-1990
Dušan Galis Slovakia 1990-1995
Anton Dragúň Slovakia 1995
Karol Jokl Slovakia 1995
Dušan Galis Slovakia 1996-1997
Ján Švehlík Slovakia 1997
Jozef Prochotský Slovakia 1997-1998
Ján Švehlík Slovakia 1998
Stanislav Griga Slovakia 1998-1999
Stanislav Jarábek Slovakia 1999-2001
Anton Dragúň Slovakia 2001
Alexander Vencel Slovakia 2002
Jozef Prochotský Slovakia 2002
Miroslav Svoboda Slovakia 2002
Ján Švehlík Slovakia 2002
Miroslav Svoboda Slovakia 2002
Dušan Radolský Slovakia 2002-2003
Jozef Valovič Slovakia 2003
Libor Fašiang Slovakia 2003
Jozef Adamec Slovakia 2003-2004
Vladimír Goffa Slovakia 2004
Štefan Zaťko Slovakia 2004-2005
Jozef Jankech Slovakia 2005-2007
Boris Kitka Slovakia 2007
Ladislav Pecko Slovakia 2008-2009
Dušan Uhrin Czech Republic 2009
Michal Hipp Slovakia 2009
Dušan Tittel Slovakia 2010

Award winners

Czechoslovak Footballer of the Year

Slovak Footballer of the Year

European Championship Winners

World Cup Players

Former logos

Stadium

Tehelné pole stadium

Tehelné pole (meaning "Brickfield") is home stadium for Slovan Bratislava and the regular home for the Slovakia national team. The stadium has a capacity of 30,085 spectators,[1] and is 105 m long and 68 m wide.[2] The stadium was built during the first Slovak Republic, when Nazi Germany occupied Petržalka in 1938 and Bratislava lost almost all of its sporting facilities.[3] The construction lasted from 1939 to 1944 and the stadium became home ground for Slovan Bratislava. The stadium was officially opened in September 1940 with 25,000 places, and the first international match was played on 27 October 1940, with Slovan Bratislava playing against Hertha Berlin, ending in 2–2 tie. The old stadium underwent reconstruction in 1961, which added second tribune, boosting its capacity to 45,000 and modernising by adding score table, artificial light and revamping the field.

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