Sep 27 2011

Slovakia Squad for Russia & Macedonia

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Vladimir Weiss has announced his latest squad for the 2 crucial Euro 2012 qualifiers against Russia and Macedonia

GOALKEEPERS: Ján Mucha (Everton), Dušan Perniš (Dundee United)

DEFENDERS: Radoslav Zabavník (1. FSV Mainz), Peter Pekarík (Kayserispor), Martin Škrtel (Liverpool), Ľubomír Michalík (Carlisle United), Ján Ďurica (Lokomotiv Moskva), Kornel Saláta (FK Rostov), Tomáš Hubočan (Zenit St Petersburg), Marek Čech(Trabzonspor AS)

MIDFIELDERS: Karim Guédé (Slovan Bratislava), Juraj Kucka (Genoa), Miroslav Karhan (Spartak Trnava), Róbert Jež (Polonia Warsaw), Igor Žofčák (Slovan Bratislava), Marek Hamšík (SSC Napoli), Vladimír Weiss Jr. (Espanyol), Miroslav Stoch (Fenerbahce Istanbul)

ATTACKERS: Juraj Piroska (FK Senica), Filip Hološko (Besisktas Istanbul), Filip Šebo (Slovan Bratislava), Erik Jendrišek (SC Freiburg)

Attention is immediately drawn to our attacking options; just 4 strikers in a squad for matches which absolutely must be won seems a bit light, to say the least.  One Slovak striker who has been scoring at the highest level this season, Viktoria Plzeň’s Marek Bakoš, is only on the reserves list along with team-mate Michal Ďuriš and Stanislav Šesták.

Some fans will be questioning the selection of Filip Šebo, given his recent form, I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have him in the squad, but just looking at the clubs of the selected attackers, you really fear whether this is the strike force to take us to Euro 2012.

Maybe Weiss is counting on goals from his midfielders, the selection there and in defence once again contains the standard crop of players spread around all corners of European club football.  If ever there was a time for Slovakia’s footballing superstars to stand up and be counted, this is it.

Slovakia play Russia in Zilina on Friday 7th October and Macedonia in Skopje 4 days later.  Failure to beat the Russians will effectively end Slovakia’s hopes of qualifying for the tournament in neighbouring Poland and Ukraine next year.

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  1.   James Baxteron 27 Sep 2011 at 7:10 pm

    It’s the old guard again, isn’t it? I agree about the strikers, not convinced there’s enough firepower there. I think I’d have had Sestak not only in the squad but in the starting XI. He’s scored more goals against half-decent sides than anyone else in that selection. Bakos is worth a go at some point but perhaps not yet, with the CL just started and qualification about to end.

    I can’t see any option but to try to beat Russia. Knowing Weiss as we do, that means either scoring early and then defending or defending and scoring late. Got my ticket anyway, so I’ll be there enduring it no matter what!

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