Marek Mintál


Marek Mintál
Marek Mintál
Marek Mintal 2010.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth 2 September 1977 (1977-09-02) (age 34)
Place of birth Žilina, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Striker
Club information
Current club Hansa Rostock
Number 11
Youth career
Žilina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Žilina 188 (77)
2003–2011 1. FC Nuremberg 180 (66)
2011– Hansa Rostock 0 (0)
National team
2002–2009 Slovakia 45 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2009

Marek Mintál (born 2 September 1977) is a Slovak international football player who currently plays for Hansa Rostock.

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Career

Mintál start to play football in Slovak club MŠK Žilina, with whom he won back-to-back Slovak championships in 2001–02 and 2002–03. This was also due to his scoring 20 (2001–02) and 21 (2002–03) goals respectively. With this number of goals he also became the Slovak top scorer in both seasons. Therefore he was capped for the Slovak national team for the first time on 6 February 2002. He has won 33 caps and scored 11 goals for the Slovak national team.

After the 2002–03 season, he was transferred to 1. FC Nuremberg for an alleged transfer fee of 100,000€ and an agreement that should Mintál be transferred again, MŠK Žilina would receive a portion of the transfer fee. His new club was playing in the Second Bundesliga at this time. He continued his scoring run by scoring 18 goals and becoming the German second division's leading scorer and was a crucial part of Nuremberg's immediate promotion. During that season, Mintál, an offensive midfielder, became widely regarded for his inconspicuous style of play, which has led to him being called "stealth bomber", "Sniper" or "Phantom". In the following year, Mintál led the Bundesliga in scoring with 24 goals, and helped Nuremberg stave off relegation.

His continuous success in scoring goals sparked rumours that he might move to a bigger club during the 2005 summer break. He had been linked in transfer speculation with Liverpool, Beşiktaş, Villarreal and VfB Stuttgart. These rumours did not lead to a transfer and Mintal decided to stay at Nuremberg. However the following season turned out to be disastrous for the Slovak striker who broke his foot twice in the span of five months. Thus, the offensive midfielder only played in four games and scored just a single goal.

He celebrated his competitive comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach when coming on as a substitute after 60 minutes. Two weeks later he also played for his country again, scoring two goals against Cyprus. Later the same year he was troubled again by his broken foot and had to undergo surgery for a second time.

Marek Mintál won the German Cup (DFB-Pokal) with 1. FC Nuremberg in the year 2007. In this game, he also scored a goal, during this match, he was injured by Fernando Meira, a Portuguese defender from VfB Stuttgart. 1. FC Nuremberg won the game 3–2 after extra time. He scored a brace in a UEFA Cup Match against AZ Alkmaar to keep their European dreams alive.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 March 2004 Bratislava, Slovakia  Austria 1–1 Draw Friendly
2 8 September 2004 Bratislava, Slovakia  Liechtenstein 7–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
3 9 February 2005 Larnaca, Cyprus  Romania 2–2 Draw Friendly
4 26 March 2005 Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 2–1 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
5 8 June 2005 Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 4–0 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qual.
6 2 September 2006 Bratislava, Slovakia  Cyprus 6–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
7 2 September 2006 Bratislava, Slovakia  Cyprus 6–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
8 7 October 2006 Cardiff, Wales  Wales 5–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
9 7 October 2006 Cardiff, Wales  Wales 5–1 Win UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
10 15 November 2006 Žilina, Slovakia  Bulgaria 3–1 Win Friendly
11 12 September 2007 Trnava, Slovakia  Wales 2–5 Loss UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
12 12 September 2007 Trnava, Slovakia  Wales 2–5 Loss UEFA Euro 2008 Qual.
13 26 March 2008 Zlaté Moravce, Slovakia  Iceland 1–2 Loss Friendly

Honours

As of 15 January 2011[1]

Club

Individual

References

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