October 14, 2018 / 7:58 PM / a month ago

Slovak national team coach resigns

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - International Friendly - Morocco vs Slovakia - Stade de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland - June 4, 2018 Slovakia coach Jan Kozak before the match REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovakia’s national soccer team coach Jan Kozak resigned on Sunday after more than five years in the job, a period during which he got his side into the European Championships for the first time.

Kozak took over the national side in July 2013 and led the team to 29 victories in 54 matches.

His side made it into the round of 16 in its debut Euro Championships in 2016 before getting knocked out by Germany. But it failed to extend its successes and just missed out on the 2018 World Cup.

“He created a side that achieved a number of fantastic results written into the history of our country’s football,” the Football Association said on its website.

Slovakia lost 2-1 to neighbouring rivals the Czech Republic in a Nations League match on Saturday.

Assistant Stefan Tarkovic will lead the team in a friendly match against Sweden on Tuesday, the association said.

Reporting by Jason Hovet; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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