Squad update

The country’s all-time top scorer, Robert Vittek, has surely said goodbye to his international career after being ruled out of the tournament by injury. Martin Dubravka was not selected, while Lukas Tesak and Erik Sabo were cut from the provisional 27-man squad.

The 21-year-old centre-back Milan Skriniar was a surprise inclusion, having had little playing time in Serie A this season.

Also called up were keeper Jan Novotna and midfielders Ondrej Duda and Jan Gregus.

Final squad

Matus Kozacik
Viktoria Plzen (CzR)
Age 32 (27.12.83)
Now first choice, had played just 45 minutes of international football – 10 years ago against the UAE – before the Euro qualifying campaign

Jan Mucha
Slovan Bratislava
Age 33 (05.12.82)
One of the heroes of the 2010 World Cup but has now lost his place to Kozacik. Likes snowboarding in the mountains and also has a pilot’s licence.

Jan Novotna
Rapid Vienna (Aut)
Age 32 (29.11.83)
Likely third-choice keeper in France after being preferred to Martin Dubravka.


Jan Durica
Lokomotiv Moscow (Rus)
Age 34 (10.12.81)
A mainstay in the central defence since 2004, he played in Petrzalka’s infamous 5-0 against Celtic in 2005.
Norbert Gyomber
Catania (Ita)
Age 23 (03.07.92)
On loan at Roma, the centre-back’s name is pronounced “Jum-bear: and is a Hungarian family name meaning “ginger”.

Tomas Hubocan
Dynamo Moscow (Rus)
Age 30 (17.09.85)
Joined Dynamo from Zenit, where he replaced Martin Skrtel in 2008 and scored a fourth-minute own goal in his European debut for the club.
Peter Pekarik
Hertha Berlin (Ger)
Age 29 (30.10.86)
National right-back for 10 years, he picked up an unexpected Bundesliga winner’s medal in his first season abroad, for Wolfsburg in 2009.
Kornel Salata
Slovan Bratislava
Age 31 (24.01.85)
A veteran of the World Cup campaign, he was born the Slovak-Hungarian border but opted against playing for Hungary.

Milan Skriniar
Sampdoria (Ita)
Age 21 (11.02.95)
A surprise inclusion in the squad after making only three appearances for Sampdoria this season.
Martin Skrtel
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 31 (15.12.84)
National captain known as “The Terminator” he is ruthlessly competitive and scores the occasional spectacular volley.
Dusan Svento
Cologne (Ger)
Age 30 (01.08.85)
Left-sided defender or midfielder who has been a squad member for a decade without claiming a regular staring place. Czech and Austria league winner.


Ondrej Duda
Legia Warsaw (Pol)
Age 21 (05.12.94)
Goalscoring midfielder, nicknamed “Dudinho”. Made his senior debut at the age of 19 in November 2014.

Jan Gregus
Jablonec (Cze)
Age 25 (29.01.91)
Czech-based midfielder who spent the second half of the 2013-14 season in Bolton’s reserves.

Marek Hamsik
Napoli (Ita)
Age 28 (27.07.87)
Slovakia’s poster boy, he left his homeland for Italy aged barely 17 and after just six games for Slovan Bratislava.
Patrik Hrosovsky
Viktoria Plzen (CzR)ň
Age 24 (22.04.92)
Attacking midfield who, as a six-year-old, joined the little club of Prievidza, where current international team-mates Kucka and Skrtel played as teenagers.
Juraj Kucka

Milan (Ita)
Age 29 (26.02.87)
Workhorse in midfield who links defence with attack. Had only played one minute of tournament football when picked start against Italy in the 2010 World Cup.
Robert Mak
PAOK (Gre)
Age 25 (08.03.91)
Right-sided attacker-cum-midfielder who, as a teenager, played with Slovakia team-mate Vladimir Weiss at Manchester City’s youth academy.
Viktor Pecovsky
Age 33 (24.05.83)
Had to wait until he was 29 to make the national team but has been near ever-present since. No player in the side is more unsung than the right-sided midfielder.
Stanislav Sestak
Ferencvaros (Hun)
Age 33 (16.12.82 (age 33)
A title winner a decade ago with Zilina and now a champion Hungary this term. Can play as wide midfielder or in attack.
Miroslav Stoch
Fenerbahce (Tur)
Age 26 (19.10.89) Bursaspor
Already has seven years international experince, former Chelsea left-sided player who is currently on loan at Bursaspor in Turkey.

Vladimir Weiss
Al Gharafa (Qat)
Age 26 (30.11.89)
Made his breakthrough at the 2010 World Cup – under coach Vladimir Weiss, who is his father. Played in England, Scotland, Spain, Italy and Greece.


Michal Duris
Viktoria Plzen (CzR)
Age 28 (01.06.88)
Top scorer for Czech league leaders Viktoria Plzen this term, he is yet to score in a competitive international.

Adam Nemec
Willem II (Hol)
Age 30 (02.09.85)
Usurped Vittek during qualifying as first choice, he had short and disappointing stint at New York City FC last year. As a member of Zilina’s title-winning team of 2007.