Slovakia – World Cup Preview
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Slovakia World Cup Preview
Although this is the Slovakian debut at the World Cup it would be unfair to say that they are too inexperienced to go far. They boast a young team who look fired up and rearing to go and if coach Vladimir Weiss can harness that energy and fine tune the skills Slovakia undoubtedly have, they may surprise even themselves.
Qualification out of a tough group came pretty easily to the Fighting Jondas, they lost twice to rivals Slovenia who will accompany the Slovaks to South Africa but had to be content with second place in the group, after Slovakia finished top with 22 points. The Slovaks notched up important wins over Poland, the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland.
Weiss as manager looks a good appointment then, not least because with him he brings his 20 year old imitation. Weiss’ son, also Vladimir has signed for Manchester City and looked a real talent in the qualification stages. His pace and skill are formidable. Miroslav Stoch is a player in a similar mould, also 20 and also contracted by a Premiership club; Chelsea.
There’s experience in midfield as well brought to the table by the likes of Marek Hamsik who has a whole two years on Weiss Junior and Stoch. Miroslav Karhan should provide the older head to keep the talented, rowdy youngsters from dribbling off the pitch.
In defence there’s the ever recognisable Martin Skrtel from Liverpool and Jan Durica of Lokomotiv Moscow. Fighting it out over a place between the sticks are Stefan Senecky and Jan Mucha but it looks like Mucha may just get the start.
Hoping to net the decisive goal tally that will help them hopefully see off Paraguay and New Zealand, if not Italy, is Robert Vittek and Stanislav Sestak who has 11 goals in 33 games to his name.