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Daily Mail - 2021-06-11

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SLOVAKIA

Euro 2020

■ THE BOSS STEFAN TARKOVIC OVERSAW the crucial play-off victory over Northern Ireland in November that qualified Slovakia for these Euros in his first game in charge. Tarkovic says with the limited time he’s had in charge, he will be happy as long as his players give maximum effort in each game. ■ THE STAR MAREK HAMSIK YOU’LL recognise Hamsik — he’ll be the one with the distinctive mohawk hairstyle in midfield. The 33-year-old (above) spent 12 years at Napoli and is in line to become a free agent this summer after signing a short-term contract with Swedish club IFK Goteborg. He’s Slovakia’s all-time top scorer and a good Euros never hurts if you’re searching for a new club. His combative approach will ensure he’s in the thick of the action. ■ SUTTON’S VERDICT SLOVAKIA reached the last 16 at Euro 2016. They aren’t expected to repeat that trick at this tournament but a positive opening result against Poland would give the outsiders a welcome lift.

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