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Euros: Slovakia news, fixtures, manager, key players, Euros record

Slovakia finished second behind Portugal in European qualifying Group J to secure their place in Germany this summer.

Slovakia have recently been regulars in the Euros, having qualified for the past two continental tournaments, and they line up in Group E alongside Belgium, Romania and Ukraine in Germany this summer.

They will hope to do better this time around, though, after going out at the last-16 round eight years ago and then the group stage at Euro 2020.

Slovakia Euro 2024 fixtures

Belgium v Slovakia, 17:00, Monday 17th June, Frankfurt Arena
Slovakia v Ukraine, 14:00, Friday 21st June, Dusseldorf Arena
Slovakia v Romania, 17:00, Wednesday 26th June, Waldstadion, Frankfurt

Slovakia Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Martin Dubravka (Newcastle), Marek Rodak (Fulham), Henrich Ravas (New England Revolution).

Defenders: Peter Pekarik (Hertha Berlin), Milan Skriniar (Paris Saint-Germain), Norbert Gyomber (Salernitana), David Hancko (Feyenoord), Denis Vavro (Copenhagen), Vernon De Marco (Hatta), Adam Obert (Cagliari), Sebastian Kosa (Spartak Trnava).

Midfielders: Juraj Kucka (Slovan Bratislava), Ondrej Duda (Hellas Verona), Patrik Hrosovsky (Genk), Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli), Matus Bero (Bochum), Laszlo Benes (Hamburg), Tomas Rigo (Banik Ostrava).

Forwards: Robert Bozenik (Boavista), Lukas Haraslin (Sparta Prague), Tomas Suslov (Hellas Verona), Ivan Schranz (Slavia Prague), David Strelec (Slovan Bratislava), David Duris (Ascoli), Lubomir Tupta (Slovan Liberec), Leo Sauer (Feyenoord).

Slovakia manager

Francesco Calzona 

Italian-born Francesco Calzona has been in charge of Slovakia since August 2022 and is the first coach of non-Czechoslovak origin to be in charge of the national side.

The 55-year-old did not have much of a professional playing career, featuring just four times for Serie B side Arezzo in the mid 1980s.

Slovakia captain

Milan Skriniar

Centre-back Milan Skriniar came through the ranks at MSK Zilina in his home country before being snapped up by Italian side Sampdoria in 2016.

He joined Inter Milan in 2017, where he really made his name, making 246 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

Skriniar moved to French giants Paris Saint-Germain last summer and has so far played 29 times for the Ligue 1 side, while he’s earned 66 caps for Slovakia, scoring three goals.

Slovakia key players

Martin Dubravka

Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is expected to be Slovakia’s No.1 in Germany and the experienced stopper has been capped 42 times by his country.

The 35-year-old is back at Newcastle after a spell on loan at Manchester United last season and is a reliable Premier League performer, keeping five clean sheets for the Magpies this season.

Ondrej Duda

Midfielder Ondrej Duda is among the most experienced members of the Slovakia squad, having picked up 71 caps.

The 29-year-old currently plays for Hellas Verona in Italy but will feel at home in Germany this summer as he’s had spells at Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin and Cologne, while he also played for Norwich City on loan in 2020, making 10 Premier League appearances.

Stanislav Lobotka

Another of Slovakia’s most important players, Stanislav Lobotka, also plies his trade in Italy with Napoli.

The midfielder, who has 54 caps, helped the Serie A giants win the title in 2023 and also lifted the Coppa Italia in 2020.

He is likely to be one of the first names on the teamsheet this summer and knows manager Calzona well with the pair having worked together in Serie A this term.

Slovakia one to watch

Leo Sauer

In March, exciting forward Sauer became the youngest-ever player to represent Slovakia at senior international level when he came on as a substitute in a friendly against Norway aged just 18 years, three months and 10 days old.

The winger has yet to start a league game for Feyenoord but has come off the bench 11 times this season and has made an impact, scoring twice and registering three assists for the Dutch side.

Slovakia: All-time Euros record

Year

Performance

1960 (as Czechoslovakia)

Third

1964-1972 (as Czechoslovakia)

Did not qualify

1976 (as Czechoslovakia)

Won

1980 (as Czechoslovakia)

Third

1984-2012

Did not qualify

2016

Round of 16

2020

Group stage

Slovakia’s Euro 2024 prospects

Slovakia did well to qualify for Euro 2024, finishing ahead of Iceland, Luxembourg, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Liechtenstein with a record of seven wins, one draw and two defeats from their 10 matches.

However, without the now-retired Marek Hamsik, they are a squad that seems to lack a genuine top-class talent.

Slovakia, who are ranked 48 in the world by FIFA, are not expected to shine in Germany and will probably have a real job on their hands battling it out with Romania and Ukraine for second place in Group E behind Belgium.

Slovakia Euro 2024 odds

To Win Outright - 500/1
To Reach Final -
125/1
To Reach Semi-Final -
33/1
To Reach Quarter-Final -
8/1
Group Betting -
10/1
Group Qualification Yes -
10/11
Group Qualification No -
4/5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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