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FC Artmedia Bratislava


FC Artmedia Bratislava

FC Petržalka
Full name FC Petržalka 1898
Nickname(s) Engerau
Founded 7 June 1898 (1898-06-07) (116 years ago)
as Pozsonyi Torna Egyesület
Ground Stadium FC Petržalka 1898,
Petržalka, Slovakia
Ground Capacity 1,500
Owner Ľubomír Piroha
Manager Tomáš Medveď
League 3. Liga (Západ)
2012–13 3. liga (Západ), 11th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

FC Petržalka 1898 is a Slovak football club based in Bratislava. The club competed in the group stages of the 2005–06 UEFA Champions League, but in the 2009–10 season were relegated from the top-tier Corgoň Liga to the Slovak Second Division after finishing last. Two years later in the 2011–12 season they were relegated to the Slovak Third Division.

The club plays its home matches at its own new stadium with a capacity of 1500. The club's old home ground, Štadión Petržalka, was demolished.[1] The team wears white and black striped shirts.

The club, founded in 1898, initially played in the regional Hungarian league.[2] The club has been known by 17 names in its history, including Artmedia Bratislava (after their advertising agency sponsors).[3] Artmedia were members of the top flight Slovak league from its inception in 1993 until 2010. The club achieved its biggest success in the mid-2000s (decade), while playing under the coach Vladimír Weiss.[4] The club won the Corgoň Liga title in 2005 and later qualified for the group stage of the Champions League, where it achieved the biggest success of all the Slovak clubs. Later, in 2008 the club won the double, but during the next season most of the squad left the club.[1][5]


  • 1898 – Founded as Pozsonyi Torna Egyesület
  • 1939 – Renamed Engerau Pressburg
  • 1945 – Renamed ŠK Petržalka
  • 1949 – Renamed Kovosmalt Petržalka
  • 1953 – Renamed Spartak Kovosmalt Bratislava
  • 1963 – Renamed TJ Považské Strojárne Bratislava
  • 1965 – Renamed SKS Petržalka
  • 1976 – Renamed TJ ZŤS Petržalka
  • 1986 – Merged with TJ Internacionál Slovnaft Bratislava to form TJ Internacionál Slovnaft ZŤS Bratislava, but split again in 1990.
  • 1990 – Renamed 1. FC Hydronika Petržalka
  • 1991 – Renamed 1. FC Petržalka
  • 1993 – Renamed FK Artmedia Petržalka
  • 2004 – Renamed FC Artmedia Bratislava
  • 2007 – Renamed FC Artmedia Petržalka
  • 2009 – Renamed MFK Petržalka
  • 2010 – Renamed FC Petržalka 1898

2005–06 European campaign

They famously reached the lucrative group stages of the UEFA Champions League in 2005–06 after wins over Kairat Almaty, Celtic and Partizan Belgrade. They beat Almaty 4–3 on aggregate in the 1st qualifying round despite a 2–0 defeat in the first leg. However it was on 27 July 2005 that they made their mark on the tournament, producing one of the shock results of Champions League history as they beat 2003 UEFA Cup finalists and 1967 European Cup winners Celtic 5–0 in the first leg of their Champions League 2nd qualifying round match. The stunned Celtic side could not quite recover, only managing to win the return leg 4–0, and Artmedia held on to progress in the tournament. On 23 August 2005 they clinched a place in the group stages after overcoming Serbian powerhouse Partizan Belgrade 4–3 on penalties after a 0–0 aggregate scoreline thus becoming the second Slovak club after 1. FC Košice in 1997–98 to reach the coveted Champions League proper. Their success was even more remarkable considering Artmedia's entire annual budget is just over £1m.

Artmedia also made history by becoming one of the first two clubs ever to advance from the first qualifying round into the Champions League group stage. The other club to do so was 2004–05 winners Liverpool, who were given a special entry into the first qualifying round of the 2005–06 event, and joined Artmedia in the group stage.

Artmedia played their Champions League fixtures at the Tehelné pole ground of crosstown rivals Slovan Bratislava because their own ground does not meet UEFA standards for Champions League play.

On 28 September 2005, Artmedia made history once again by becoming the first Slovak side to collect a point in the Champions League group stage (in the eighth attempt by a Slovak side to do so). In another famous upset, they came back from a 2–0 first-half deficit to defeat 2004 Champions League winners Porto 3–2 at Porto's home ground.

Eventually, they finished third in the group, parachuting them into the UEFA Cup, but not before missing a late chance to score a goal in the return fixture against Porto that would have sent them to the round of 16 at Rangers' expense.

In December 2005 the goalkeeper Juraj Čobej underwent a complicated brain surgery attempting to remove a malign tumor. Fortunately, he has fully recovered and has already stood a firm ground in goal during the first rounds of the 2006–07 season.

Artmedia lost the home leg of their UEFA Cup round of 32 tie with Levski Sofia 1–0 and were knocked out of the tournament after an away defeat of 2–0.

After the successful season the coach Vladimír Weiss left to FC Saturn Ramenskoe.[6] Several players left the club, among others Ján Ďurica to FC Saturn Ramenskoe, Balázs Borbély to 1. FC Kaiserslautern and Blažej Vaščák to Treviso FBC.


2008 – decline of Petržalka

The club reassigned Vladimír Weiss as head coach for the 2007–08 season. Some of the players came back, the club's captain Ján Kozák returned from a loan at WBA, Aleš Urbánek, Branislav Fodrek and Branislav Obžera returned, and the new faces in the club, among others, included Czech fullback Radek Dosoudil, Brazilian midfielder Cléber and Czech striker Zbyněk Pospěch.

The club went on to win the title in the Slovak league for the second time, beating rivals MŠK Žilina in the important matches and in the final table as well. Before the new season the club owner Ivan Kmotrík and the main sponsor left the club, which left later impact on the team. During the UEFA Champions League 2008-09 qualification round Artmedia won over Valletta F.C. and Tampere United, but lost to Juventus, with which the club suffered 0–4 loss in the first leg and later only drew 1–1. During the next stages several players left the club (4 of the to local rivals ŠK Slovan Bratislava).[1]

Prior to the 2009–10 season a huge number of players left the club, most of them were replaced by youngsters and players from the defunct club Inter Bratislava.[7]

After a decent first half of the season, where MFK Petrzalka played in the region of sixth place, the team fell apart in the second half of the season, and eventually the club were relegated at the end of the season.


Artmedia used to play their home matches at Petržalka Stadion. The pitch at the place of the stadium has been there for more than a hundred years. Even before World War II, the stadium was the venue of several international matches. Although destroyed during the war, new stand soon arose from the ruins of the old one and the stadium started to resemble its current look. Major changes have occurred in last ten years, following improvements in Artmedia's footballing results. Stands behind goals were totally reconstructed and a new one was built along the pitch.

Today's estimated capacity is 10,000; it is however impossible to give the exact value, because older part of the stadium still remains for standing visitors. The average attendance of league matches at this stadium is floating above 4,000, one of the highest in Slovakia. However, the stadium does not meet some of the UEFA criteria, therefore the club has been forced to play its international matches elsewhere. Notably, they played their 2005–06 UEFA Champions League campaign at Tehelné pole, home venue of crosstown rivals Slovan Bratislava.

New stadium

Stadium FC Petržalka 1898 (Slovak: Štadión FC Petržalka 1898) is a home football stadium in Petržalka, Slovakia. It serves as home stadium for football club FC Petržalka 1898. The stadium was built in 2011 and opened in 2012. The first match was played between the home club FC Petržalka 1898 and FC Nitra B, on 5 August 2012, Petržalka loss 1-3. In the future stadium capacity should be increased. Currently stadium has a one grandstand (with 450 seated places), other places are on the state (estimated 1050).[

Current squad

Updated 28 September 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Slovakia GK Miroslav Kaňuk
2 Slovakia DF Matej Havrila
3 Slovakia DF Matej Klenovský (Captain)
5 Slovakia FW Jakub Tomšík
7 Slovakia MF Marián Kolony
9 Slovakia DF Peter Mriglot
10 Slovakia MF Ján Nemček
11 Slovakia FW Timotej Vajdík
15 Slovakia MF Lukáš Štrba
16 Slovakia MF Ivan Horváth
17 Slovakia MF František Hečko
19 Slovakia MF Zoltán Kontár
No. Position Player
19 Slovakia FW Oliver Špilár
20 Slovakia MF Filip Baláži
22 Serbia MF Vladimir Gligić
23 Ghana DF Prince Ofori
24 Slovakia MF Ivan Štulajter
25 Slovakia DF Ladislav Pecko
26 Slovakia DF Dominik Tóth
27 Slovakia DF Marko Cingel
28 Czech Republic FW Milan Vuković
30 Slovakia FW Jakub Čunta
31 Slovakia GK Branislav Bolech
32 Slovakia MF Matej Čobik Ferčik
TBA Slovakia DF Jozef Halás

Transfers (summer) 2013/2014


Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Benin DF Prince Ofori (on loan from Žilina)
Slovakia DF Ladislav Pecko (on loan from Slovan Bratislava)
Slovakia DF Dominik Tóth (on loan from LP Domino)
Slovakia DF Marko Cingel (on loan from Slovan Bratislava)
Serbia FW Milan Vuković (from Germany Bonn)
Slovakia MF Filip Baláži (on loan from LP Domino)
Serbia MF Vladimir Gligić (on loan from LP Domino)
Slovakia MF Ján Nemček (on loan from LP Domino)
Slovakia FW Timotej Vajdík (on loan from LP Domino)
Slovakia MF Matej Čobik Ferčik (on loan from MFK Košice)
Slovakia MF Lukáš Štrba (on loan from LP Domino)
Slovakia DF Jozef Halás (on loan from Piešťany)
Slovakia MF Ivan Štulajter (on loan from FK JUPIE Banská Bystrica - Podlavice)
Slovakia FW Oliver Špilár (on loan from Czech Republic Bohemians 1905)


Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Slovakia FW Patrik Juhos (to Austria SV 7023 Z-S-P)
Slovakia DF Martin Kubala (to Austria SC Ritzing)
Slovakia MF Andrej Gabura (to Austria ASK Baumgarten)
Slovakia DF Martin Kubala (to Austria SC Ritzing)
Slovakia DF Peter Kratochvíl (loan return to Slovan Bratislava)
Slovakia MF Juraj Kovašich (to Austria FC Mönchhof)
Slovakia MF Andrej Semjan (loan return to Zlaté Moravce)
Slovakia MF Michal Sokol (on loan to FK Slovan Most pri Bratislave)
Slovakia FW Adam Peťovský (loan return to Slovan Bratislava)
Slovakia DF Michal Habai (to Scotland Greenock Morton)

Notable players

Past (and present) players who are the subjects of World Heritage Encyclopedia articles can be found here.



  • Corgoň Liga (1993–)


External links

  • Official website
  • FC Petržalka 1898 TV (Slovak)
  • Facebook
  • Profile by Weltfussballarchiv

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