Berlin (AP) – Former Bundesliga professional Pavel Hapal is no longer the coach of the Slovak national football team. With a good four weeks before the decisive European Championship qualifying game against Northern Ireland, the Slovak Football Federation has separated from its coach.
The last performance of the League of Nations was insufficient, she said in a statement from the association. This is why it was decided to take this step. In addition to Hapal (51), who played as a professional for Bayer Leverkusen from 1992 to 1995, his assistant Otto Brunegraf has also been released. A new coach is due to be announced on October 20.
On November 12, Slovaks from Northern Ireland will play for one of the final four tickets to the EM, which has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hapal, who took over the Slovakian national team two years ago, was absent from the 3-2 Nations League loss due to a positive corona test. After four games in Group B of League B, Slovakia are last with just one point and face relegation.