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Slovakia finished last in their three previous appearances at the EHF EURO, in 2006, 2008 and 2012. In fact, they are yet to win a game at the final tournament, with eight losses and one draw to their account.

However, that could change in 2022, when they co-host the European flagship tournament with Hungary, as their ambitions are high and they boast the most experienced team to ever represent them in the competition.

Slovakia are now led by the youngest coach in the competition, 39-year-old Peter Kukucka. Kukucka represented his national team as a player at the EHF EURO in 2006 and 2012, sharing the court with some of the players he now coaches. He will hope to instil new life into a team that has been lacking the passion and drive to get back to the top in the past years.

Slovakia still boast experienced players such as Tomas Urban, Lubomir Duris and Martin Stranovsky. Their international experience could be a plus, especially in the do-or-die game against Lithuania, which may prove decisive in the maths for progressing to the next phase of the competition.

The lack of competitive matches might be a minus for Slovakia, as well as the pressure resulting from playing at home in front of their own fans. However, Kukucka, who took his first steps into coaching at Swiss side Kadetten Schaffhausen, will be ready to take on the challenge.

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Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
20 Urban, Tomas 3 20 29 68.97 6 / 8 0 0 0 150
18 Prokop, Jakub 3 16 28 57.14 0 / 0 0 0 0 112
3 Hruscak, Patrik 3 6 15 40 0 / 0 0 0 1 64
49 Slaninka, Martin 3 6 10 60 0 / 0 1 1 5 103
30 Hnidak, Marek 3 5 11 45.45 0 / 0 0 0 0 69
19 Potisk, Martin 3 5 13 38.46 0 / 0 0 0 1 54
11 Briatka, Martin 3 4 4 100 0 / 0 0 0 0 63
48 Kalafut, Dominik 3 4 4 100 0 / 0 0 0 1 51
23 Pechy, Lukas 3 4 7 57.14 0 / 0 0 0 1 108
21 Duris, Lubomir 3 1 5 20 0 / 0 0 0 1 52
7 Machác, Šimon 3 1 2 50 0 / 0 1 0 1 55
81 Mikita, Jakub 3 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 1 81
39 Smetanka, Tomas 2 6 7 85.71 2 / 2 0 0 0 28
2 Rábek, Oliver 2 5 7 71.43 0 / 0 0 0 2 36
25 Kovacech, Marek 2 0 1 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 20
5 Korbel, Marek 1 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
27 Bogar, Tomas 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
22 Briatka, Juraj 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
9 Burnazovic, Anur 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
35 Fech, Tomáš 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
77 Hlinka, Marek 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
88 Ivanytsia, Liubomyr 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
13 Kancel, Ottó 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
33 Michalka, Dávid 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
82 Mikita, Matej 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
34 Polak, Daniel 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
28 Ratkovský, Vladimír 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
10 Recicár, Tomáš 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
47 Urban, Lukáš 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 83 143 58.04 8 / 10 2 1 14
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
1 Paul, Teodor 3 20 72 27.78 4 / 7
67 Zernovic, Marian 3 19 62 30.65 2 / 4
96 Konecny, Michal Martin 1 0 0 0 0 / 0
73 Chupryna, Igor 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 39 134 29.1 6/11

EHF competition history

Key Players

Key Players

Teodor Paul)
Teodor Paul

Goalkeeper

Teodor Paul has been playing for the Slovakian national team since 2009, but has never featured at a major tournament. He started handball in his local hometown of Kosice, but moved to Hungary’s Ferencvaros in 2008 before joining French side USAM Nimes Gard after nine seasons. Paul suffered a serious hand injury in 2019, but came back to full strength after surgery. At club level, he mainly acts as number two to French goalkeeper Remi Desbonnet.

Lubomir Duris)
Lubomir Duris

Centre back

This will be Lubomir Duris's second EHF EURO, after finishing 16th in 2012. The most respected player in the side, the Slovakian captain has been playing for five seasons in Hungary for HEDO B. Braun Gyöngyös. He was named Slovakian Player of the Year twice, in 2015 and 2018. Duris wants to end his career at MKS Povaszka Bystrica, where he made his first steps in handball and played in the EHF Champions League in 2006.

Head Coach

Peter Kukucka)
Peter Kukucka

Coach

Peter Kukucka played twice at the EHF EURO as a player, in 2006 and 2012, scoring 20 goals. This will be his first major tournament as a coach. The former Slovakian centre back scored 410 goals in 111 games for the national team. He transitioned from player to coach in 2017, and took over the Slovakian national team in 2019, after two years at Swiss club Kadetten Schaffhausen. A five-time winner of the Swiss league as a player, Kukucka also won the EHF Cup with HSG Nordhorn in 2008.

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