This was also due to his scoring 20 (2001-2002) and 21 (2002-2003) goals respectively. With this number of goals he also became the Slovak top scorer in both seasons. Therefore, he was capped for the Slovak national team for the first time on 6 February 2002.
After the 2002-2003 season, he was transferred to 1. for an alleged transfer fee of €100,000 and an agreement that should Mintál be transferred again, would receive a portion of the transfer fee.
His new club was playing in the 2. Bundesliga at this time.
He continued his scoring run by scoring 18 goals and becoming the German second division"s leading scorer and was a crucial part of Nürnberg"s immediate promotion. During that season, Mintál, an offensive midfielder, became widely regarded for his inconspicuous style of play, which has led to him being called "stealth bomber", "Sniper" or "Phantom".
In the following year, Mintál led the Bundesliga in scoring with 24 goals, and helped Nürnberg stave off relegation.
His continuous success in scoring goals sparked rumours that he might move to a bigger club during the 2005 summer break. He had been linked in transfer speculation with Liverpool, Beşiktaş, Villarreal and VfB Stuttgart. These rumours did not lead to a transfer and Mintal decided to stay at Nürnberg.
However the following season turned out to be disastrous for the Slovak striker who broke his foot twice in the span of five months.
Thus, the offensive midfielder only played in four games and scored just a single goal. He celebrated his competitive comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach when coming on as a substitute after 60 minutes.
Two weeks later he also played for his country again, scoring two goals against Cyprus. Later the same year he was troubled again by his broken foot and had to undergo surgery for a second time. in the year 2007.
In this game, he also scored a goal, during this match, he was injured by Fernando Meira, a Portuguese defender from VfB Stuttgart.
1. His career ended in 2013. Club 1. 2. Individual 2.