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Name Marek Hamsik
Gender Male
Ethnic Slovakian
Job Slovakian Footballer
  Napoli Captain

Affiliation

Org Slovakia National Team
Club as Player Napoli FC
  Brescia FC
  Slovan Bratislava
  Jupie Podlavice

Relationship

Father Richard Hamsik
Agent Juraj Venglos
Boss Aurelio De Laurentiis [Napoli FC President]

Notes

Richard Hamsik Richard Hamsik had waited long enough. His 15-year-old son, Marek, was doing well with the small Slovakian club Jupie Podlavice but Sparta Prague, who had shown an interest in him, were taking too long to conclude a deal to sign him

Slovan Bratislava were another option for young Marek but they could not afford the €5,000 fee Jupie Podlavice were demanding and that is when Hamsik Sr took the decision to raise the money himself

He borrowed part of it from two good friends and then, to get to €5,000, he sold the family car, a Skoda Felicia. Losing the car, however, was not the only hardship Hamsik had to endure to see his son succeed. To make matters worse, when the family travelled the 212 kilometres to Bratislava for training, the car they had borrowed had only two seats so Marek’s mother and Marek were in the front and his father had to sit in the back
2011 09
His relationship with the Slovakia fans hit a new low when, after a terrible 4-0 home defeat by Armenia, he was insulted by home supporters during a television interview. They felt that he was not working hard enough

2015 08 08 Retrieve

[Marek Hamsik on what he thinks about Rafa Benitez vacating the Napoli reins] Now I won’t have to play with my back to goal any more

2016 06 20 Retrieve

[Richard Hamsik talks about his dedication to his country. Note: September 2011 his relationship with the Slovakia fans hit a new low when, after a terrible 4-0 home defeat by Armenia, he was insulted by home supporters during a television interview. They felt that he was not working hard enough] Since I started playing for the national team [in February 2007 against Poland], I have always tried to put maximum effort in. I always did everything for our colours. For me, it is an honour to wear the shirt with a double cross on the chest. Of course I am aware that sometimes my performances were far from ideal. However, over the last two or three years, I have had more success with the national team [as well as with Napoli]. I think that Slovakia fans are more satisfied with my game now

[Hamsik’s improvement for Slovakia was aided by the appointment of Jan Kozak as national coach in July 2013. Previously, he had been deployed in a variety of positions but Kozak made him the main man, with a licence to roam] I was given a freedom and I try to use it as much as possible. Of course, it is a sign of coach Kozak’s belief in my skills. On the other side, I now have bigger responsibility and I have to work really well with all my team-mates. Now I can go a little deeper to collect the ball and try to start attacks by finding my team-mates

[Asked about England before the game in Saint-Étienne, he picks out Rooney as his favourite player] I admire his playing style a lot. He is a world‑class player. The English team is going through a big change in regard to the players. There is a new generation coming through and there is a perfect blend of young and old. I am not sure if there is a player with the same characteristics as me. In the past the press has often compared me to Steven Gerrard but I don’t know if that is true or not

[He is happy there despite being robbed at gunpoint not once but twice in the city. The first time was in 2008, the second five years later] I have been playing there for nine years now, so Napoli is like a second home for me. I am happy that I am there and that I have achieved a lot during my spell there

We will see what happens during the summer but at the moment I am set to stay at Napoli. [A move away] is talked about through the whole year [in the press]. I do not have problem with that, but I have a contract with Napoli

[Would he consider a move to England if there was an offer?] I don’t know. A lot of journalists have linked me with English teams many times in the past. The saying goes that there is no smoke without fire but I can say that I have never had a concrete offer from England

2017 09 08 Retrieve

[Marek Hamsik Would Consider Old Trafford Move] That’s hard to say. It would definitely be the hardest decision in my career. Maybe everyone wants to play at these clubs, but I can’t answer that. I think that Napoli are one of the top 10 European teams in terms of game play and performance

As a footballer, it’s hard because you never know what comes next. I’ve still got a long time to go on my contract and I cannot see into the future. I’m not thinking about leaving Naples

2017 12 23
Marek Hamsik has surpassed Diego Maradona to become Napoli’s all-time leading goalscorer with 116 strikes

2017 12 29 Retrieve

[Marek Hamsik after the match where he break Maradona’s record] The important thing is we took home the three points. We had already been on the right track as winter champions three years ago, but we realise it means nothing, as we want to be top at the end of the season

2017 12 30 Retrieve

[Marek Hamsik speaks after becoming Napoli’s all-time leading goalscorer] My team-mates gave me a nice surprise with these shinpads. But what’s important is that we won, while suffering. This victory is really worth a lot; Inter lost, so it’s worth double. It was a hard victory, we used a lot of mental energy to come back and we got the win

[Marek Hamsik reveals he received a gift from Diego Maradona after surpassing Maradona’s long-standing goalscoring record] Surpassing Maradona’s record was an achievement, but now what counts more is to win the game and get all three points for the team. Maradona gave me a gift. I can’t tell you what it was!

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Marek Hamsik sends a video message to Diego Maradona] Hi Diego. I’m here with this special shirt, it’s the one in which I matched you as Napoli’s top scorer. It’s a great honour to be alongside a champion like you. When I scored that goal against Torino, I thought of you right away and I want to give this little gift to you with the dedication: ‘Diego, the best ever, with respect and affection’. I hope you like it, a big hug and ‘Forza Napoli’ forever!

2019 10 10 Retrieve

[Marek Hamsik on Diego Maradona] Records are there to be beaten. I hope to play for several more years at Napoli because I can still get better. It’s an honour to be near Maradona, but he always played at a different level

[Marek Hamsik talks about his contract extension] My biggest dream in sport is to win the Scudetto with Napoli. And of course I’d like to win a World Cup or a European Championship with Slovakia

2009 11 11 Retrieve

[Napoli’s Marek Hamsik says Birth Of His Son Will Not Infuence His Career] In mid-January my first child will be born. I can’t wait for this moment. My career will not change, I will continue to remain fully concentrated on football, but without neglecting my family and my girlfriend