Griga, Hipp named Slovakia joint-coaches

Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp will take over the Slovakia national team reins from Vladimir Weiss, who quit in January, the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) has announced.

"Both coaches will have equal competences," SFZ head Jan Kovacik told journalists.

Hipp, a 49-year-old ex-defender acting as Slovakia's interim coach since Weiss quit, played ten games for the national team -- five for the former Czechoslovakia and five for Slovakia after the federation split in 1993.

He was an assistant coach with the national team from 2003-06 and from 2008, assisting in Slovakia's surprise advance to the Round of 16 at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

The Slovaks stunned defending champions Italy with a 3-2 win in the group stage, before losing 2-1 to the Netherlands in the first knockout round.

A former forward for Sparta Prague, Feyenoord and Rapid Vienna, the 50-year-old Griga currently coaches Slovak team FK Senica, the runners-up in the country's top flight last season.

Slovakia failed to qualify for UEFA EURO 2012.