Slovakia have qualified for the first time in their history to the European Championship (as independent nation) finishing second in their qualification group. They will play against England, Russia and Wales.
Brief History at the Euros
Until the 1996 European Championship Slovakia was part of Czechslovakia.
Czechslovakia have qualified to the inaugural European Championship in 1960. They lost in the semi-final against the Soviet Union but they won the third place beating the host nation France 2–0.
They didn't qualify for the next three editions, but they returned in 1976 when the championship was held in Yugoslavia. In the semi-final they won against Netherlands 3-1 after extra time and they reached the final for the first time. The final was against West Germany and Czechslovakia led 2-0 but despite that the game was decided by penalties after the germans equalized. Czechslovakia won on penalties 5-3, their first European Championship.
Czechslovakia Euro 1976 winner
Czechslovakia qualified for the Euro 1980 held in Italy and the format of the competition was changed, there were two groups 4 teams each and the first team from each group went directly to the final, so there were no semi-finals. Czechslovakia finished second behind West Germany in the first group so they played for the third place against the home side. The game finished 1-1 and finally after penalties Czechslovakia won 9-8.
This was the last European Championship at which Czechslovakia participated.
Slovakia road to Euro 2016
Slovakia was part of group C along with Spain, Ukraine, Belarus, Luxembourg and Macedonia. They finished second place three points ahead of third place Ukraine.
Thanks to their second-placed finishing they achieved automatic qualification. They finished with 22 points winning seven games, drawing one and losing two.
The complete table:
The results obtained by Slovakia:
||0 - 1||Slovakia
||2 - 1||Spain
||1 - 3||Slovakia
||0 - 2||Slovakia
||3 - 0||Luxembourg
||2 - 1||Macedonia
||2 - 0||Slovakia
||0 - 0||Ukraine
||0 - 1||Belarus
||2 - 4||Slovakia
Slovakia Euro 2016 squad and group
(Confirmed 23-man squad)
Goalkeepers: Matus Kozacik (Viktoria Pilsen), Jan Mucha (Slovan Bratislava), Jan Novota (Rapid Vienna)
Defenders: Peter Pekarik (Hertha Berlin), Milan Skriniar (Sampdoria), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Norbert Gyomber (Roma), Jan Durica (Lokomotiv Moscow), Kornel Salanta (Slovan Bratislava), Tomas Hubocan (Dynamo Moscow), Dusan Svento (Cologne)
Midfielders: Viktor Pecovsky (MSK Zilina), Robert Mak (PAOK), Juraj Kucka (AC Milan), Patrik Hrosovsky (Viktoria Pilsen), Jan Gregus (Jablonec), Stanislav Sestak (Ferencvaros), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Ondrej Duda (Legia Warsaw), Miroslav Stoch (Bursaspor), Vladimir Weiss (Al Gharafa)
Forwards: Michal Duris (Viktoria Pilsen), Adam Nemec (Willem II)
Slovakia is part of group B at the European Championship. They will face England, Russia and Wales.
Their first game will be with Wales. The two teams met in 2006 and 2007 in the Euro 2008 Qualifiers Slovakia won the first game 5-1 and lost the second one 5-2.
The second game will be against Russia. The most recent encounters between the two teams were in 2014 in an international friendly and Russia won 1-0.
Their third game will be with England, whom they met three times and they lost all three games. The last time the two teams met was in 2009 in an international friendly and it finished 4-0 for England.
Slovakia All Time Records
The top 5 players with the most appearances:
The top 5 players with the most goals: