Slovakia – World Cup 2010 – Betting

 

 World Cup Appearances: 0
Best World Cup: N/A
FIFA World Ranking: 33
Manager: Vladimir Weiss
Captain: Marek Hamsik

Slovakia Team Profile

The World Cup always welcomes new faces and Slovakia will be one of the ‘New boys on the block’ in South Africa as players & fans alike get all excited at the prospect of their first ever appearance in a World Cup finals. However, one of the reasons as to why Slovakia will be appearing in their début finals is because of the split between Czechoslovakia, and this then led to the founding of Slovakia in 1993. They have, though, had three failed attempts in 1998, 2002 & 2006 but finally managed to end their drought with success in 2010 after bypassing a competitive Group 3 in European qualifying.

The Slovaks, as we like to call them, play in their white strip for home games and blue for away. They aren’t the biggest of footballing nations by any stretch of the imagination and this is evident when you breeze through their squad names in that very few will stand out. This is certainly the case if you concentrate solely on English football as just a handful of Slovakian internationals ply their trade in The Premiership or The Championship, with Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel one of the more well know players for Slovakia. West Brom’s Marek Cech might also jog a few memory’s.

Slovakia Key Players

Marek Hamsik

Quite why he is the captain of Slovakia I’m not sure as he just doesn’t seem the leading type, but the Napoli playmaker is a very gifted individual and will be the main inspiration behind Slovakia’s forward play. Hamsik, from what I’ve seen of him at Napoli, tends to play just off the striker and drifts into gaps that are handmade by the strikers. He is a good reader of the play in that he will get into good positions to score, he has a decent hit on him as well, but he’s basically going to be Slovakia’s playmaker in South Africa, threading through balls to their striking duo of Robert Vittek & Sestak. Hamsik is a tricky customer as he can leave a defender for dead with his quick turns and skills, but whether he is a natural born leader is open to debate.

Strengths

Slovakia were a stubborn, robust side during qualification and were only once beaten by more than one goal in the qualifiers. However, one quality which did surprise me was in front of goal in that Slovakia scored in all but one of their ten qualifiers, scoring 22 goals overall. They were also very tidy at the back conceding just 10 in return, which does highlight their solidity. Hamsik will be the man to watch for them as he is a tricky player when in possession.

Weaknesses

With the exception of captain Marek Hamsik, who even he isn’t exactly proven at this level what with South Africa being his very first World Cup appearance, Slovakia are short of a world-class player or two and have relied heavily on some solid team efforts through qualifying, while we mustn’t forget that the group they qualified from was arguably the weakest of the lot on paper. They’ll need to excel if they’re to have a successful stay in South Africa, although I’m sure picking up a couple of points here and there would please the fans back home.

Slovakia Qualification for the World Cup

Sector: European
Group: 3
Position: 1st
Win-Draw-Lose: 7-1-2
Goals Scored: 22
Goals Conceded: 10

Slovakia finished top of what was a competitive group, but only because their wasn’t a world class nation in sight. The best team in Group 3 were the Czech’s and they massively underperformed during qualifying which paved the wave for a surprise entrant – Slovakia. Moreover, Slovakia didn’t qualify until the very last qualifier when they won 1-0 in Poland.

World Cup Potential: 2/5

Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss will have been delighted with the group he was drawn as Italy, Paraguay and New Zealand popped out of the hat to form a lightweight Group F. The Italians are the favourites to progress but they are far from unbeatable, while the results they attain from their games with Paraguay and New Zealand are ultimately what will decide the difference from making it through the group and faltering at the first hurdle. They’ll be an unknown quantity for some, even for us in many respects, and while we don’t rate their chances in the slightest of winning the tournament altogether, progressing from the group remains a real possibility.

 

Slovakia World Cup Betting Odds

Slovakia to win the World Cup: 750/1 bWin

Before the World Cup the odds on Slovakia were 300/1 

Official Slovakia World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers

Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw)

Dusan Kuciak (Vaslui)

Dusan Pernis (Dundee United)

 

Defenders

Marek Cech (West Bromwich Albion)

Jan Durica (Hannover 96)

Peter Pekarik (Wolfsburg)

Martin Petras (Cesena)

Kornel Salata (Slovan Bratislava)

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool)

Radoslav Zabavnik (Mainz)

 

Midfielders

Marek Hamsik (Napoli)

Jan Kozak (Plitechnica)

Juraj Kucka (Sparta Prag)

Marek Sapara (Ankaragücü)

Zdeno Strba (Skoda Xanthi)

Kamil Kopunek (Spartak Trnava)

Miroslav Stoch (Twente Enschede)

Vladimir Weiss junior (Manchester City)

 

Strikers

Filip Holosko (Besiktas Istanbul)

Stanislav Sestak (Bochum)

Martin Jakubko (Moskau)

Erik Jendrisek (Schalke)

Robert Vittek (OSC Lille)

 

last update: 18 June 2010

 

World Cup 2010 Slovakia Fixtures – Group F

Date - Time Group Match Result
14/06 - 19.30 F Italy - Paraguay 1-1
15/06 - 12.30 F New Zealand - Slovakia 1-1
20/06 - 12.30 F Slovakia - Paraguay 0-2
20/06 - 15.00 F Italy - New Zealand 1-1
24/06 - 15.00 F Slovakia - Italy 3-2
24/06 - 15.00 F Paraguay - New Zealand 0-0

28/06 – 15.00 – Round of the last 16: Slovakia – Holland: 1-2

World Cup 2010 Group F - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 Paraguay 3 Matches / 5 Points
2 Slovakia 3 Matches / 4 Points
3 New Zealand 3 Matches / 3 Points
4 Italy 3 Matches / 2 Points

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