Marek Mintal has made his return to Nuremburg, having left a last May after eight years at the club, being offered a spot in their reserve team, a spot as youth team coach and a testimonial against Borussia Dortmund.
Outsiders Slovakia are getting set to take part in their first FIFA World Cup finals drawing on strong tradition, debutant spirit and a stable of top pros.
Former Germany international Kevin Kuranyi showed a keen eye for goal with two accomplished finishes that inspired Schalke to a 2-1 victory over Nurnberg.
Nuremberg defeated Energie Cottbus 2-0 to earn their place back in the top division, while Energie Cottbus will play in the second tier next season.
Spain, England and Netherlands have won all their games to date and are out to consolidate their leads on matchday six in the European Zone.
Nuremberg midfielder Marek Mintal tells FIFA.com what it would mean to lead Slovakia to their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals at South Africa 2010.