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Slo­vakia is ranked 26th in the la ate est Fifa rank­ings and have held an aver­age po­si­tion of 38th since t he e global foot­ball gov­ern­ing body in­trodu ce ed the rank­ings sys­tem in 1993. In com­par­i­son, South Africa is r ran nked 74th. The Slo­vaks have com­peted as a stand­alone coun­try since 1993, split­ting from Cze­choslo­vakia aft a ter the dis­so­lu­tion of the uni­fied sta at te, with the 2010 World Cup and the 201 16 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships the only two ma ajo or com­pe­ti­tions they have qual­i­fie ed for. Napoli skip­per Marek Ham­sik and former Liver­pool hard­man Martin Skr­tel are two of the most pop­u­lar play­ers from Slo­vakia who play in Europe’s b igg leaguesleagues.

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