The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Slovakia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Slovak Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 90 of which were born in Slovakia. This makes Slovakia the birth place of the 36th most number of Soccer Players behind Paraguay and Cameroon.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Slovak Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Slovak Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Slovak Soccer Players.

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1. Ferdinand Daučík (1910 - 1986)

With an HPI of 66.29, Ferdinand Daučík is the most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages on wikipedia.

Ferdinand Daučík (also known as Fernando Daucik; 30 May 1910 – 14 November 1986) was a Slovak football player and manager. Daučík was the manager of several La Liga clubs, most notably Barcelona, Atlético Bilbao, Atlético Madrid and Real Zaragoza. During his career, he managed La Liga clubs in 488 matches, won three La Liga titles and won the Copa del Generalísimo on five occasions and won three La Liga/Copa doubles. He died in Alcalá de Henares.

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2. Ján Popluhár (1935 - 2011)

With an HPI of 65.93, Ján Popluhár is the 2nd most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Ján Popluhár (12 September 1935 – 6 March 2011) was a former Slovak footballer who primarily played as a sweeper for Slovak club ŠK Slovan Bratislava. At international level, he was also a member of the Czechoslovakia national team, playing in two World Cups (1958 and 1962).

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3. Alfréd Schaffer (1893 - 1945)

With an HPI of 64.35, Alfréd Schaffer is the 3rd most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Alfréd Schaffer (13 February 1893 – 30 August 1945) was a Hungarian international footballer. He is recorded as having played for a record number of clubs: 21 in a 15-year career which lasted from 1910 to 1925.

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4. Václav Ježek (1923 - 1995)

With an HPI of 64.06, Václav Ježek is the 4th most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Václav Ježek (1 October 1923, Zvolen – 27 August 1995, Prague) was the coach of the Czechoslovakia national football team when they won the 1976 European Championships.

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5. Karol Dobiaš (1947 - )

With an HPI of 63.24, Karol Dobiaš is the 5th most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Karol Dobiaš (born 18 December 1947) is a former Slovak football player and coach. During his career, he was a versatile player, mostly playing as defender or midfielder.

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6. Andrej Kvašňák (1936 - 2007)

With an HPI of 63.22, Andrej Kvašňák is the 6th most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Andrej Kvašňák (19 May 1936 – 18 April 2007) was a Slovak football player. Born in Košice, he played for Czechoslovakia, for which he played 47 matches and scored 13 goals. He is usually considered one of the best Czechoslovak footballers. He was a participant in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where Czechoslovakia finished second, and also in the 1970 FIFA World Cup. In his country he played mostly for Sparta Prague. From September 1969 he played a few seasons for Racing Mechelen, a Belgian team. Although often listed as a forward, he was in fact normally an attacking midfield schemer, forging a partnership in the centre of the park with Josef Masopust at international level. Well known for his technique and passing ability, he was also a prolific goalscorer and fine header of the ball.

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7. Jaroslav Pollák (1947 - 2020)

With an HPI of 63.14, Jaroslav Pollák is the 7th most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Jaroslav Pollák (11 July 1947 – 26 June 2020) was a Slovak footballer who played as a midfielder. He played for Czechoslovakia national team in 49 matches and scored one goal. He was a participant at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, where he played in a match against England, at Euro 1976, where his team won the gold medal, and also at Euro 1980. Pollák played for more than 10 years for FC VSS Košice.

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8. Anton Ondruš (1950 - )

With an HPI of 62.90, Anton Ondruš is the 8th most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 27 different languages.

Anton Ondruš (born 27 March 1950 in Solčany, Czechoslovakia) is a former Slovak football player and considered one of the best defenders of the seventies.

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9. Marek Hamšík (1987 - )

With an HPI of 62.47, Marek Hamšík is the 9th most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 55 different languages.

Marek Hamšík (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmarɛɡ ˈɦamʃiːk]; born 27 July 1987) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Swedish Allsvenskan club IFK Göteborg and the Slovakia national team, for which he is captain. After beginning his club career with Slovan Bratislava in 2004, Hamšík moved to Italian club Brescia later that year. In 2007, he was purchased by newly promoted Serie A club Napoli, where he became a mainstay in the squad's starting line-up. His energy, leadership, creativity, skill and eye for goal from midfield saw him play a key role in helping the team to two Coppa Italia titles, a Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Champions League qualification and the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League semi-finals. He scored 121 goals for the club and collected 521 appearances in all competitions during his 12 seasons with the team, and also served as the club's captain between 2014 and 2019; he became the club's all-time top goalscorer in 2017 (surpassed by Dries Mertens in 2020), and the club's all-time appearance holder in 2018. In February 2019, he joined Chinese club Dalian Professional (then Dalian Yifang). At international level, Hamšík represented Slovakia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the team's captain, helping his country to qualify for the tournament for the first time in their history, and subsequently led the national team to the round of 16 of the tournament with a victory over defending champions Italy in the final match of the group stage. He later also led his nation to qualify for UEFA Euro 2016, making their first ever appearance at the European Championship, and once again helped the national side to reach the second round of the competition. As of 2020, he has collected 126 international caps at senior level, scoring over 26 goals, and in 2018, he became his nation's most capped player ever. In 2019, he became Slovakia's top goal scorer with 25 goals, overcoming Róbert Vittek. For his performances, Hamšík has also won several individual awards: he is an eight-time winner of the Slovak Footballer of the Year Award, and he was named Serie A Young Footballer of the Year in 2008. In 2011, 2016 and 2017, he was named to the Serie A Team of the Year, and in 2015, he was included in the UEFA Europa League Squad of the season. In 2013, Hamšík was ranked as the eighth best footballer in Europe by Bloomberg.

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10. Štefan Čambal (1908 - 1990)

With an HPI of 62.38, Štefan Čambal is the 10th most famous Slovak Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.

Štefan Čambal (17 December 1908 – 18 July 1990) was a Slovak football player and later a football manager. He played for Czechoslovakia, for which he played 22 matches. He was born in Pozsony and died in Prague. He was a participant in the 1934 FIFA World Cup, where Czechoslovakia won the silver medal. At the tournament, Čambal became the first player of Slovak origin at a World Cup. In his country he started his career with 1. ČsŠK Bratislava, winning the 1927 amateur title in Czechoslovakia. He went on to play for clubs such as Teplitzer FK, SK Slavia Prague, SK Židenice and Baťa Zlín.He was later a well-known football manager, coaching, amongst others, the Czechoslovakia national football team.

Pantheon has 90 people classified as soccer players born between 1881 and 1997. Of these 90, 73 (81.11%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Karol Dobiaš, Anton Ondruš, and Marek Hamšík. The most famous deceased soccer players include Ferdinand Daučík, Ján Popluhár, and Alfréd Schaffer. As of October 2020, 17 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Ladislav Pavlovič, Imrich Stacho, and Andrei Glanzmann.

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