Slovakia’s successful World Cup run may create some big opportunities for Slovakia’s stars. Here’s a look at where some of the squad will be in 2010-2011.
Jan Mucha-The Slovak goalkeeper spent 2009-10 with Poland’s Legia Warszawa, but moved to Merseyside club Everton in the off-season. Mucha will back up American Tim Howard in goal, although some have said that he could challenge for the starting spot. His strong performance in South Africa could open up the door for a Mucha and we may see him starting a few games for the Toffees.
Martin Skrtel-The Liverpool defender spent most of last season on the sideline with a slew of injuries. He’ll be back for the Reds this season and will most likely feature prominently after his stellar showing this summer.
Miroslav Stoch-The 20-year-old winger spent most of 2009-10 with Dutch outfit FC Twente (on loan from Chelsea) where he led the squad to their first ever league title. In the off-season however, the Blues sent Stoch to Turkish club Fenercbahce. He will add speed and creativity to the squad, which hopes to add it’s 18th Super Lig title this season.
Marek Hamsik-No change for the 22-year-old midfielder as he returns to Napoli in the fall. One hopes that he can return to the form he was enjoying at the end of last season, when he led the team with 12 goals.
Robert Vittek-Slovakia’s hero of the tournament, who spent the latter half of 2009-10 with Turkey’s Ankaragucu, has hinted that he desires a return to German club Nuremburg, where he enjoyed several successful seasons. He still has two seasons left on his current deal with Lille, but his legendary performance in South Africa may have been enough to convince the German side to go the extra mile for him.
Vladimir Weiss Jr.-Although Weiss is officially on Man City’s books, he spent all of last season on loan to Bolton. It’s expected that City will loan him out again and the latest reports have Weiss making his living at St. James Park in 2010, playing for newly-promoted Newcastle.
Kamil Kopunek-This is complete speculation, but I wonder if Kopunek’s game-winning goal against Italy will earn him any European suitors. The midfielder is one of only two players on Slovakia’s roster who still play in Slovakia’s Corgon Liga, so maybe Kopunek’s flash of brilliance is enough to draw some outside interest.
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