EURO 2020: This is your quick guide to Slovakia - form, fixtures and players to watch

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By Matthew Holroyd
Slovakia's players celebrate their opening goal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Russia.
Slovakia's players celebrate their opening goal during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Russia.   -  Copyright  Martin Baumann/TASR via AP

Slovakia only reached their second consecutive European Championship after two tight play-off matches against opposition from the British Isles.

After finishing third in a strong qualifying Group E, Slovakia needed penalties to defeat the Republic of Ireland in Bratislava. They then travelled to Belfast to face Northern Ireland, where a dramatic extra-time winner from Michal Ďuriš edged them to EURO 2020.

The Slovakians will be prepared for more tough fixtures this summer under manager Štefan Tarkovič, who has been a part of the national team set-up since 2013.

The squad still has plenty of tournament experience and an exciting 18-year-old midfielder in Tomáš Suslov, who has already begun turning heads at Dutch side Groningen.

What is Slovakia's best previous performance at a European Championship?

Winners (1976) as Czechoslovakia / Round of 16 (2016) as Slovakia

How did Slovakia qualify for EURO 2020?

By finishing third in Group E with a record of P8 W4 D1 L3 F13 A11, and then winning play-off route B.

What kind of form are Slovakia in?

Last six games: DDWDDL

Who is one Slovakian player you might have heard of?

Marek Hamšík: Slovakia’s captain, most-capped player and all-time top scorer remains the heart of the national team and still runs the midfield for his Chinese club Dalian Shide.

AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File
Marek Hamsik in possession during the UEFA Euro 2020 play-off match against Northern Ireland.AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File

Who is one Slovakian player who could impress at EURO 2020?

Milan Škriniar: The 26-year-old defender has been a sturdy presence for Serie A winners Inter Milan and is a natural born leader for Slovakia with his strong tackling.

Did you know this about Slovakia?

Eight of the thirteen players who played in and won the UEFA Euro 1976 final with Czechoslovakia were born in modern-day Slovakia.

What are Slovakia's group fixtures at EURO 2020?

All times CEST

  • Slovakia vs Poland, 14 June, 18:00 (Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg)
  • Slovakia vs Sweden, 18 June, 15:00 (Krestovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg)
  • Slovakia vs Spain, 23 June, 18:00 (Estadio La Cartuja, Sevilla)

What are the odds of Slovakia winning EURO 2020?

250/1 (Oddschecker, 24/05/21, 12:00 CEST)