Stefan Tarkovic is the Slovak football manager who is currently the manager of Slovakia. A few weeks after his appointment, he guided Slovakia to the great victory by taking them to Euro 2020.
He became the interim Slovakia coach replacing Pavel Hapal after having previously served as an assistant coach for the team.
In the opening match at Euro 2020, the team enjoyed a stunning 2-1 victory over Poland and headed for their second group E match against Sweden on 18 June.
Grateful to have learned from Jan Kozak
Stefan worked under the guidance of Jan Kozak as an assistant manager for Slovakia. As per Stefan, it was successful and productive cooperation, including advancement in the European championship.
He admitted to learning a lot from Kozak, which he is forever grateful for. Kozak wished Stefan to take over the position when he left in 2018, which became fulfilled after two years.
Playing career hindered by serious injury
Stefan was seriously injured at the age of 24. Stefan, who was on the professional playing career of the first or second league, could have achieved and developed more if he had not met with the injury.
Because of that, he decided to begin his coaching journey. Besides Slovakia, he previously managed Zilina, Tatran Presov, and Kosice.
Stefan believes that every trainer should be able to analyze in terms of strengths and weaknesses.
Even a person without a rich and strong playing career can be successful as a coach, and there are many cases to prove.
Though Stefan does not have a rich playing career, he is assertive and often tries to communicate with the players to understand them correctly in and outside the field.
Infected with COVID for 31 long days
Stefan was tested positive for the Coronavirus that lasted for 31 long days. Stefan admitted to having a mild symptom that included a fever, headache, and cold and losing his sense of taste and smell after 14 days.
To his surprise, his wife, who was with him the whole time, was not infected.
Defender and a team member tested positive ahead of the Euro championship
Stefan announced defender Denis Vavro and a team member of the coaching staff were tested positive for Coronavirus.
This happened ahead of the European championship match against Sweden. According to him, Vavro was infected with no symptoms.
Vavro and a coaching staff member whose name is not mentioned are the first to have tested positive for Coronavirus during the tournament.
Is he married?
Yes, Stefan is a married man. His wife's name is not disclosed yet, but he mentioned his wife once while giving an interview.
It is not known if the couple shares children or not. He does not share much about his pesonal life.
Stefan has been leading the team for the European championship with his coaching philosophy which, according to him, is discipline, team spirit, and mutual respect.
He emphasizes good teamwork, which he believes helps in succeeding. For a team spirit, he prioritizes the players in the starting line-up or the substitutes and those who do not get to play.
For him to succeed, everyone is equally important, even the fans.
The net worth of Stefan is estimated to be around $1million -$5 million. His source of income is his successful coaching career.
- Stefan was born on 18 February 1973 at Presov, Slovakia. He is currently 48 years old.
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