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The current manager of the Slovakia is Pavel Hapal. Appointed in 2018, Hapal was born in Kromeriz, Czechoslovakia in 1969 making him one of a small number of international coaches to be in charge, not of the country of their birth, but of another.

Hapal has been involved within the management side of the game for nigh on 16 years now, but before he decided to focus on coaching he was a player. He performed at a relatively high standard too, turning out in a number of different colours in a number of different countries, including several in Europe's so-called 'big five' leagues.

He began his footballing days at Sokol Brest as a youngster. For eight years, until the age of 14, Hapal played in the youth setup at Sokol before being scouted by officials from Czech club Sigma Olomuc. After signing for Sigma, Hapal remained in the academy system for a further three years before being handed his first professional contract in 1986. After making his debut, Hapal went on to play 29 times in midfield for Sigma, scoring three goals in his two years with the club.

In 1988, Hapal made the step up to Champions League-playing Dukla Prague for whom he would go on to play 37 times and score seven goals. He would also get his first taste of competitive silverware at the club as they triumphed in the Czechoslovak Football Cup in 1990. He re-signed for Sigma shortly after the end of the 1989/1990 season and had a terrific spell which would prove to be the catalyst for an excellent phase in Hapal's career. His 21 goals in 63 games for Olomuc brought him to the attention of Bayer Leverkusen who competed at the top end of the Bundesliga at that point.

In Germany, Hapal scored 13 times in 86 games in three seasons. He also won a second career trophy and his most prestigious to date, the DFB-Pokal at the end of the 1992/1993 season. In 1995, Hapal moved on to CD Tenerife where he would spend three years as a bit-part player in their La Liga campaigns.

He returned to Sigma for a third time in 1998 and played a single season before switching to Sparta Prague. In Prague, Hapal lasted less than a year and before long Hapal had decided, once more, to move back to Sigma. In this fourth spell, Hapal was tremendously successful, scoring 16 times in 37 appearances in a single season. He moved on to Ceske Budjevoice and latterly Jakubcovice before hanging up his boots in 2002.

He the moved almost immediately into a coaching role with Opava. Between 2004 and 2014, Hapal held eight different positions at various clubs, earning him a reputation as something of a nomad. After a failed stint at Senica, Hapal was place in charge of the Slovakia under-21 team. After a fleeting spell with Sparta Prague, he was instated as the manager of Slovakia's senior team in 2018.