The first thing you see when you look at Slovakia's squad is a distinct lack of big names as opposed to other European football nations.
A lot of their hopes rest on a 22-year old who plays for a mid-range club in Italy's Serie A (Marek Hamsik) and a 20-year old who makes part-time appearances for Chelsea (Miroslav Stoch) so things don't bode all that well for Slovakia.
A lack of depth is also a major blight but it is often that teams like this bind together and play a tight, spirited brand of football in the World Cup finals.
They find themselves in a group that they, somehow, can manage to get out of but luck must fall their way and it would be a big surprise to see them go further than the Round of 16 but no shock to sneak past the group stage.
Playing schedule: New Zealand (Rustenburg) June 15; Paraguay (Bloemfontein) June 20; Italy (Johannesburg) June 24
Also known as: - Manager:Vladimir Weiss (SVK) Captain:Marek HamsikKey players:Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel, Stanislav SestakWildcard: Robert Vittek Player to watch:Miroslav StochMost caps: Miroslav Karhan (96). Of this squad: Robert Vittek (70) Top goalscorer: Szilard Nemeth (22). Of this squad: Robert Vittek (19) FIFA ranking: 34 Qualifying: Top of UEFA group stage. Appearance: 1st (as Slovakia) 8 as Czechoslovakia Best result: Runner-up - 1962
Marek Hamsik (Napoli) Kamil Kopunek (Spartak Trnava) Jan Kozak (Politehnica Timisoara) Juraj Kucka (Sparta Prague) Marek Sapara (Ankaragucu) Zdeno Strba (Xanthi) Miroslav Stoch (Chelsea) Vladimir Weiss (Manchester City)