Miroslav Stoch

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Miroslav Stoch
0Full Name Miroslav Stoch
0Date of Birth 19 October 1989
0Place of Birth Nitra, Slovakia
0Position Winger
0Chelsea career 2006 - 2010
0Debut 30 November 2008
0Games (goals) 6 (0)
0Other clubs FK Nitra
FC Twente (loan)

Miroslav Stoch (born 19 October 1989 in Nitra, Slovakia) is a winger who formerly played for Chelsea, making six first team appearances between 2006 and 2010.


Pre-Chelsea career

Chelsea first spotted him when he dominated for Slovakia in a youth tournament. Further scouting revealed a devastating scoring record for a winger in his native Nitra, and enticed Chelsea’s academy to sign him for the start of the 2006-07 season as part of a smaller first-year intake of six players.

Chelsea career

Lining up on either flank in the club’s 4-3-3 system, his pace and dribbling made an immediate impact, but his end product was generally questionable early on. That was just a mere kink in development though and his performances at Under-18 level warranted Reserve call-ups whilst his goalscoring record during his first season was impressive, easily into double figures for the campaign.

His second year saw an almost full-time move into the Reserves, where he would be able to test his physical development against men, and again, he came through with flying colours. Under 18 level was to prove far too easy, reaching double figures in very few appearances, including four in a game against Ipswich. In Brendan Rodgers’ team, he faced some struggles, but more often that not was the star of the Reserve show.

In 2008-09, under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Miroslav's impressive and consistent outings at Reserve level earned a promotion to the senior squad, and a debut in the first team as a substitute against Arsenal on 30 November 2008. He made a further five substitute appearances that season, most notably against Stoke City, where his injury time cross resulted in Frank Lampard's injury-time winner.

For 2009-10, many teams, both at home and abroad, sought the services of Miroslav as Chelsea made him available for loan. He went to FC Twente in Holland, where he would be under the stewardship of former England manager Steve McClaren. In the first half of his first season as a professional he was one of the league's revelations, scoring spectacular goals and becoming a go-to player for the Eredivisie leaders. After the winter break his play cooled off somewhat, as he picked up one or two minor injuries, but in the final two games of the season he scored twice, the latter clinching Twente their first league title in 84 years.

After Chelsea

Following the expiry of his successful loan period in Holland, on 10 June 2010 Miroslav agreed a four-year deal with Fenerbahce and was signed for an undisclosed fee. [1]


Miroslav has represented Slovakia at every youth level and is a regular in the senior national squad. He made his debut against Ukraine in 2009 in a friendly and became a key part of the country's first qualification for the World Cup as an independent entity. His first goal came in June 2009 against San Marino.

In March 2010 he was named Slovakian Under-21 Player of the Year for 2009.

Chelsea statistics

Youth Team Football

Season Club Total
Apps Goals
2006-07 Chelsea 26 9
2007-08 Chelsea 11 6

Reserve Team Football

Season Club Total
Apps Goals
2007-08 Chelsea 13 2
2008-09 Chelsea 9 1

Senior Club Football (while at Chelsea)

Season Club League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008-09 Chelsea 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2009-10 FC Twente (loan) 26 8 2 0 0 0 9 2 0 0 37 10
Total 30 8 4 0 0 0 9 2 0 0 43 10

Career honours


FC Twente (on loan from Chelsea)

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