Mar 16 2011

Slovakia Squad for Andorra & Denmark

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Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss has announced a surprising selection for his latest squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier in Andorra on 26th March and the friendly with Denmark three days later in Trnava.

The headlines this time concentrate on the inclusion of three players from FK Senica, who had moved top of the domestic league until they dropped points in a 0-0 draw with Zlate Moravce yesterday.  Weiss has selected Filip Lukšík, Tomáš Kóňa and Juraj Piroska in the squad for the first time in a move which must be considered positive for development of the Corgon Liga.  Domestic based players will be inspired and motivated by the recognition for these players who have obviously played an important role in Senica’s success this season.

Defenders Martin Skrtel & Kornel Salata are back in the squad, along with striker Filip Sebo who may be hoping for a starting role following an impressive run of form in the Corgon Liga for Slovan Bratislava.  It is good to see Turkey-based Filip Holosko and Robert Vittek return to the selection up front, but one of these  strikers really needs to start scoring on a regular basis for the Repre to have a serious chance of qualification for Euro 2012.   Obviously Adam Nemec didn’t take his opportunity well enough against Luxembourg and he has been relegated to the reserve list alongside ADO Den Haag’s Frantisek Kubik and Jakob Sylvestr of Dinamo Zagreb.

Interestingly this is the first selection for a long time containing no players from MSK Zilina; even goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, the current subject of speculation over a €1 Million move to Napoli,  seems to have fallen well down the pecking order as Romania based Dusan Kuciak is the reserve to the three British based keepers.

Goalkeepers: Marián Kello (Heart Of Midlothian), Ján Mucha (Everton Liverpool), Dušan Perniš (Dundee United)

Defenders: Marek Čech (West Bromwich Albion), Ján Ďurica (Lokomotiv Moskva), Filip Lukšík (FK Senica), Peter Pekarík (VfL Wolfsburg), Kornel Saláta (FK Rostov), Martin Škrtel (FC Liverpool), Radoslav Zabavník (1. FSV Mainz)

Midfielders: Marek Hamšík (SSC Neapol), Kamil Kopúnek (AS Bari), Tomáš Kóňa (FK Senica), Juraj Kucka (Genoa), Marek Sapara (MKE Ankaragücü), Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce Istanbul), Vladimír Weiss (Glasgow Rangers)

Attackers: Filip Hološko (Büyüksehirspor), Erik Jendrišek (SC Freiburg), Juraj Piroska (FK Senica), Filip Šebo (Slovan Bratislava), Stanislav Šesták (MKE Ankaragücü), Róbert Vittek (MKE Ankaragücü)


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9 Responses to “Slovakia Squad for Andorra & Denmark”

  1.   Kirstenon 16 Mar 2011 at 7:52 pm

    “One of these strikers really needs to start scoring.” Understatement of the year?

    As one of the few who actually managed to get through the Luxembourg match, I’m really not surprised to see Nemec left out. Looking forward to seeing how Kucka performs as the last Genoa match I watched he was really in form. Now if Hamšík could just perform as well as he did for Napoli last weekend…

  2.   James Baxteron 17 Mar 2011 at 9:31 am

    I guess Nemec had little chance once Vittek and Holosko were available again. Perhaps Sestak has got his form back finally. Hat-trick against Galatasary at the w/e.

    Interesting about the Senica players. Sport clearly made a good call putting Luksik in that ’10 to watch’ list. As for Piroska, to me he’s always looked like a talent waiting to happen but has never quite produced. Perhaps Griga is finally getting the best out of him.

    Since Kirsten mentions Hamsik, perhaps we could get back to debating him. My suggestion is that if he doesn’t dominate in Andorra, he should be dropped and Sapara brought in for the following two games. I’m biased here ; I’ve always liked Sapara but, partly because Hamsik is Mr Untouchable, his international career is in danger of going to waste. As for Hamsik, I’m rapidly coming to believe (like one or two of his team-mates it seems) that he’s simply over-rated. Any thoughts??

  3.   Kirstenon 17 Mar 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I don’t think Hamšík is overrated, I think he simply doesn’t perform on the international level the way he does at club level. Some might put this down to him being a “star” that simply doesn’t want to waste energy on the international team. I disagree — I think it’s the difference in who plays alongside him, and the formations both clubs use. Hamšík is great as part of an attacking three, as he can both fulfill his desperate desire to score and not feel so much pressure to do so.

  4.   britskibelasion 17 Mar 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Inclined to agree with Kirsten. Only seen glimpses of Napoli this season, but Hamsik has shown his class on numerous occasions playing alongside Cavani and Lavezzi.

    Just think that when there is too much pressure on him to be the star performer he is not able to play at the level he has been producing in Serie A this season.

    Definitely Slovakia’s constant tinkering with personnel and formation doesn’t help him settle and the lack of a consistent goalscorer up-front puts too much pressure on him to score.

    For sure though we can and should question his attitude when it comes to National team affairs. Being captain of Slovakia and potentially leading them into Euro 2012 should be inspiration enough for anyone, he certainly milked it during the World Cup last year. Perhaps talk of €50 Million moves coinciding with a drop in form for Slovakia, he struggles to focus properly.

    My opinion – persevere, for now!

  5.   James Horncastleon 17 Mar 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Interesting perspective on Hamsik. If I may fight his corner, until Cavani’s arrival, Marekiaro was Napoli’s top scorer in each of the last two seasons and showed a real ability to drag his team to results. They’re a little less dependent on him this year, but typically if Lavezzi or Hamsik don’t play for Napoli rather than, say, Cavani, that’s when they tend to falter.

  6.   Thorbjørn Thaarupon 17 Mar 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Hamsik has been and still is a prolific goalscorer at Napoli. He isn’t always as dynamic as he promised us some years ago and he does seem to lack something in the big games, but he is really stable. In a Napoli team with a defensive midfield with so little creativity as Gargano and Pazienza (both of which I like btw), Hamsik is sorely needed – at least he prevents from Napoli losing the ball. Maybe he’s not the game changer we all wanted him to be, but he’s secure, vital, and has a nose for goals.

  7.   James Baxteron 17 Mar 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Stirred up some debate then and definitely good to have the Napoli perspective.

    I partly agree with Dan and Kirsten about his role in the Sk team being uncertain, who plays around him etc. It’s been clear for a while that he’s best in a 4-2-3-1, just behind a centre-forward and with two holders behind. He had his one truly great international game (v Italy in the WC – any co’incidence?) in just that role.

    But he’s supposed to be worth 40 million. Surely a player supposedly worth that much can perform on a reasonably consistent basis even when the team isn’t set up precisely to suit him.

    So, sorry, still for giving Sapara more of a go, especially if Hamsik doesn’t start convincing pretty soon.

  8.   Nilson 18 Mar 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hamsik is an interesting case, it would be interesting if Weiss dropped him from the team. Then again he’d announce his international retirement and ride back on his horse triumphantly if Slovakia need him.

    Yes, he plays differently for Napoli than Slovakia, but as James said. He is the “big man” and he should be able to adapt to the players he has around him and impact his own personality on the team. It’s not like he isn’t aware of the opposition teams having the stop Hamsik, then you stop Slovakia. If that means dropping deeper, switching sides to help provide chances or whatever benefits the side. Play well internationally, then he will get the bigger money move.

    Then again he may just have a shit attitude to the national team, as he was very ordinary at the World Cup for someone so highly rated apart from the Italy match.

  9.   Stary Jazvecon 28 Mar 2011 at 3:40 am

    I dont think Slovakia can afford to start having undropables, Hamsik’s form in internationals, clearly, clearly, clearly, doesnt warrant his continued inclusion. Its probably some bent deal between his agent and the SFZ that they are not allowed to drop him so he’s always in the shop window for his inevitable 5O million move to a massive, massive club. Or something.

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