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WORLD CUP 2010
Slovakia
Marek Hamsik recovers from injury in time to make final 23 for South Africa.
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2010 12:02 GMT
Midfielder Marek Hamsik was Napoli's top-scorer in the Italian Serie A this season [GALLO/GETTY]

Vladimir Weiss' team clinched qualification in style for their first World Cup since independence from the former Czechoslovakia, topping their group ahead of fellow qualifiers Slovenia and the regional might of the Czech Republic and Poland.

The Slovak lineup will be unfamiliar to most but is streaked with talent, including new Dutch champion and on-loan Chelsea starlet Miroslav Stoch, Liverpool centre half Martin Skrtel, Napoli's Marek Hamsek and the coach's son and namesake, 20-year-old Vladimir Weiss.

With young Vlad's grandfather – a former Czechoslovakia international – also named Vladimir Weiss, the Slovaks will be hoping their form on the pitch stays as consistent as their gene pool.

Goalkeepers:

Jan Mucha (Legia Warsaw), Dusan Kuciak (Vaslui), Dusan Permis (Dundee United).

Group F fixtures

Monday June 14

 
Italy v Paraguay 

Tuesday June 15

 
New Zealand v Slovakia 

Sunday June 20

 
Slovakia v Paraguay 
 Italy v New Zealand 

Thursday June 24

 
Slovakia v Italy 
 Paraguay v New Zealand

Defenders:

Peter Pekarik (VfL Wolfsburg), Martin Petras (Cesena), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Jan Durica (Lokomotiv Moscow), Radoslav Zabavnik (Mainz), Marek Cech (West Bromwich Albion), Kornel Salata (Slovan Bratislava).

Midfielders:

Kamil Kopunek (Spartak Trnava), Jan Kozak (Timisoara), Juraj Kucka (Sparta Prague), Marek Sapara (Ankaragucu), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Vladimir Weiss (Manchester City), Miroslav Stoch (Chelsea), Zdeno Strba (Skoda Xanthi).

Forwards:

Stanislav Sestak (VfL Bochum), Erik Jendrisek (Schalke 04), Robert Vittek (Lille), Martin Jakubko (Saturn Ramenskoye), Filip Holosko (Besiktas).

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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