- Sport in Bratislava
sportsand sports teams have a long tradition in Bratislava, with many sport teams and individuals competing in the best Slovak and international leagues and competitions.Many significant sports events, such as World and European Championships, have been held in Bratislava. The 2011 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships will be held in Bratislava, along with Košice. A new arena will be built to host this event. [cite news| work = The Slovak Spectator| url = http://slovakspectator.sk/clanok.asp?vyd=online&cl=23434 | title = Slovakia to host ice hockey World Championships in 2011 | date = 2006-05-22 |accessdate = 2007-04-27]
Football (soccer)is currently represented by three clubs playing the top Slovak football league Corgoň Liga:
ŠK Slovan Bratislava:ŠK ("Športový Klub" - Sports Club) Slovan was founded on May 3, 1919as 1. ČsŠK Bratislava ("1. Československý športový klub"). Its home ground is the Tehelné pole(Brickfield) stadium with a seating capacity of 30,000. ŠK Slovan is the most successful football club in Slovak history and the only winner of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup from former Czechoslovakia. It won the cup in the 1968-69 season. [cite web | publisher = UEFA | url = http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ecwc/history/index.html | title = UEFA Cup Winners' Cup - History | date = July 13, 2005|accessdate = April 26 | accessyear = 2007] ŠK Slovan also won the top Slovak and Czechoslovak football leagues and Slovak Cupand Czechoslovak Cup several times. ŠK Slovan has had the most players in the Slovak national football team in history. Many famous Slovak footballers played in ŠK Slovan, for example Peter Dubovský, Jozef Adamec, Karol Jokl, Jozef Venglošor Róbert Vittek. The club had 7 players in the Czechoslovak team that won the 1976 European Football Championship. [cite web | publisher = ŠK Slovan Bratislava Futbal | url = http://www.slovanfutbal.com/sk/?go=klub_zaklad_info | title = "Klub>>Základné informácie" (Club >>Basic information); "Klub>>Múzeum slovana>>História" (Club>>Slovan Museum>>History) | date = 2006 |accessdate = April 26 | accessyear = 2007]
FK Inter Bratislava:FK ("Futbalový Klub" - Football Club) Inter was founded in 1945 as a part of ŠK Apollo. The name changed to "Internacionál" in 1965, to AŠK Inter Slovnaftin 1992 and finally to Inter Bratislava in 2004. Inter's home ground is Štadión Pasienky(Pasienky stadium) with a capacity of 13,401. [cite web | publisher = Grzegorz Kaliciak, stadiony.net | url = http://stadiony.net/stadium.php?s=329 | title = Štadión Futbalového klubu Inter Bratislava a.s. na Pasienkoch (Pasienky) | date = 2007 |accessdate = April 26 | accessyear = 2007] Inter has won the top Slovak league 2 times, the Czechoslovak league once and the Slovak Cup6 times. Notable players include Vratislav Greško, Szilárd Németh, Ladislav Jurkemikand Jozef Barmoš. [cite web | publisher = Inter Bratislava | url = http://www.interbratislava.sk/view.php?nazevclanku=hist%F3ria-klubu&cisloclanku=2006080003 | title = "História klubu" (Club History) | date = August 19 2006|accessdate = April 26 | accessyear = 2007]
FC Artmedia Bratislava:FC Artmedia Bratislava is the oldest Bratislava's football club, founded on June 7, 1898, as a part of PTE ("Pozsonyi Torna Egyesulet") sports club. Its home ground is currently in Petržalkawith a capacity of 7,100 (5,600 seats). FC Artmedia's biggest success is the 2004-2005 Corgoň Ligatitle and the following UEFA Champions League 2005-06participation. FC Artmedia beat Celtic F.C.and FK Partizanin the qualifying rounds and advanced to the group stage. The club ended third in group H with 1 win (over FC Porto), 3 draws and 2 loses. [cite web | publisher = FC Artmedia Bratislava | url = http://www.fcartmedia.sk/eng/index.php?t=5011& | title = Club - basic information | date = no date |accessdate = April 26 | accessyear = 2007]
Three winter sports arenas are situated in Bratislava:
Ondrej NepelaWinter Sports Stadium, V.Dzurilla Winter Sports Stadium and DúbravkaWinter Sports Stadium. The ice hockey team HC Slovan Bratislavarepresents Bratislava in Slovak's top ice hockey league Slovak Extraliga. Samsung Arena, part of Ondrej NepelaWinter Sports Stadium, is home to HC Slovan. The club, founded in 1939, is a six-times Slovak Extraliga and one-time Czechoslovak Extraligawinner. HC Slovan also won the 2003-04 Continental Cup. Notable former HC Slovan players include Vladimír Dzurilla, Václav Nedomanský, Peter Šťastný, and Miroslav Šatan. [cite web | publisher = HC Slovan Bratislava | url = http://www.hcslovan.sk/Default.aspx?CatID=40 | title = "Tradícia"(Tradition) | date = 2005 |accessdate = April 27 | accessyear = 2007] Since 1993, Ondrej Nepela Winter Sports Stadium hosts Ondrej Nepela Memorial, an annual senior-level international figure skating competition.
Basketball, Handball, Volleyball, and Water Polo
Inter Arena Pasienky (originally "Inter Hala Pasienky") is home to two professional clubs—
women's basketballclub Slovan Bratislava and men's basketballclub Inter Bratislava—and training and playing-ground for other teams. Slovan Bratislava competes in the top Slovak league Women's "Extraliga", and Inter Bratislava in Men's "Extraliga". ŠKP ("Športový Klub Polície" - Police Sports Club) Bratislava is a handballclub. Its women's handball team, founded in 1993, plays in the Women's Handball International League, which is a joint Czech and Slovak top handball league. [cite web | publisher = "Český svaz házené" (Czech Handball Federation) | url = http://chf.cz/whil/index.php?PAGE=handball_whil/03_kluby_whil/start_bratislava.htm&copt=1&pathext=03_kluby_whil/ | title = ŠKP Štart Bratislava | date = no date |accessdate = April 27 | accessyear = 2007] And its men's handball a-team competes in Handball International League, a joint Czech and Slovak handball league.A volleyballteam VKP Bratislava ("Volejbalový Klub Polície" - Police Volleyball Club) plays in men's "Extraliga". Slávia UK Bratislava is a sports club of Comenius University(UK - "Univerzita Komenského" - Comenius University). Its volleyball team plays in women's "Extraliga" and its water poloteam competes in men's "Extraliga".
National Tennis Centre, which includes
Sibamac Arena, hosts various cultural, sports and social events. Several Davis Cupmatches were played there, including the 2005 Davis Cupfinal between Slovakia and Croatia. Tatra banka Open, an ATP Challenger Seriestournament, is hosted annually in NTC. [cite web | publisher = National Tennis Centre | url = http://www.ntc.sk/homepage/ | title = National Tennis Centre | date = no date |accessdate = April 27 | accessyear = 2007] Slovak professional tennisplayers Dominik Hrbatý[cite web | publisher = ATP Tour | url = http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/players/playerprofiles/?playernumber=H377 | title = Player Profile: Dominik Hrbaty (SVK) | date = 2007 |accessdate = April 27 | accessyear = 2007] and Karol Kučera[cite web | publisher = ATP Tour | url = http://www.atptennis.com/3/en/players/playerprofiles/?playernumber=K237 | title = Player Profile: Karol Kucera (SVK) | date = 2007 |accessdate = April 27 | accessyear = 2007] were born in Bratislava.
Water Sports Centre Čunovo is a slalom and
raftingarea. The centre is open for public and professionals, including Slovak representatives. The Centre hosts several international and national canoeand kayakcompetitions annually. Devín- Bratislava National run ("Národný beh Devín - Bratislava") is the oldest athletic event in Slovakia. The first race was organized in 1921 and the 60th race was celebrated in 2007. The international race is 11,625 metres long and attracts about 1,500 attendants annually. [cite web | publisher = City of Bratislava | url = http://www.bratislava.sk/soubory/700000/3089784_TwincityApril2006Web.pdf | title = Twin City Journal - The Oldest Athletic Event in Slovakia | format=page 7 | date = 04/2006 |accessdate = April 28 | accessyear = 2007] [cite web | publisher = STaRZ | url = http://www.starz.sk/vismo/dokumenty2.asp?id_org=600167&id=1003&p1=1020 | title = "Národný beh Devín - Bratislava" (Devín - Bratislava National run) | date = February 6, 2007|accessdate = April 27 | accessyear = 2007] [http://www.bratislava-marathon.com/home_en.aspx The Bratislava City Marathon] is organized annually since 2006. It offers several races, including marathon, half-marathonand skating race.A race trackis located in Petržalka. Horse racingand dog racingevents and dog showsare held there regularly.
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