SLOVAKIA have earned a place in the World Cup finals for the first time as an independent nation since the division from Czechoslavakia in 1992.
And ironically they left their Czech rivals, one of the pre-qualifying favourites, behind them in earning their World Cup ticket.
Underdogs Slovakia turned out to be the one of the major surprises of World Cup qualifying.
Now the nation of 5.5 million people are looking forward to upsetting the odds in South Africa when the squad led by coach Vladimir Weiss will again start as one of the outsiders.
Weiss, 45, is the man credited with Slovakia's success story.