It was a roller coaster ride for Slovakia as the national football team qualified for Euro 2020. In the derbies, Pavel Hapal’s team beat Hungary twice but then lost 0-4 and 1-3 to Croatia and couldn’t win Wales. Until they qualified for the play-offs the football tournament appeared to be a pipe dream. After the semi-final, Hapal was fired and replaced by Stefan Tarkovic. With the nearing of UEFA Euro 2020, we have noted a preview of Slovakia in Group E of the European Championship.
Slovakia is capable of putting up a decent fight although they might be in the midst of a rebuild with a new generation of players. They are sure of collecting some points against Poland, Sweden, and Spain, and the next round is a realistic goal.
Slovakia has historically performed well in games where they are not pushed to produce and can sit deep and counter-attack quickly. Their opponents’ game plan suggests they might be able to do so, as they have already defeated Spain in 2014.
It is difficult to anticipate Slovakia national football team. When nothing is expected of them, they often push themselves to a strong performance and a spectacular victory and generally fail to win when they are supposed to. At the World Cup following a poor start in qualifying, Slovak fans aren’t expecting much from their team
This could work in Slovakia’s favor. They’ve made it out of the group stage at final events twice, and it all depends on who they face in the next round. The round of 16 is, in our opinion, a fairly achievable aim.
Goalkeepers: Martin Dúbravka (Newcastle), Dušan Kuciak (Lechia Gdańsk), Marek Rodák (Fulham)
Defenders: Dávid Hancko (Sparta Praha), Tomáš Hubočan (Omonoia), Martin Koscelník (Liberec), Peter Pekarík (Hertha Berlin), Ľubomír Šatka (Lech Poznań), Milan Škriniar (Inter Milan), Martin Valjent (Mallorca), Denis Vavro (Huesca)
Midfielders: László Bénes (Augsburg), Ondrej Duda (Köln), Ján Greguš (Minnesota), Marek Hamšík (IFK Göteborg), Lukáš Haraslín (Sassuolo), Jakub Hromada (Slavia Praha), Patrik Hrošovský (Genk), Juraj Kucka (Parma), Stanislav Lobotka (Napoli), Tomáš Suslov (Groningen), Vladimír Weiss (Slovan Bratislava)
Forwards: Róbert Boženík (Feyenoord), Michal Ďuriš (Omonoia), Róbert Mak (Ferencváros), Ivan Schranz (Jablonec)
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