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Matjaž Kek
Personal information
Full name Matjaž Kek
Date of birth September 9, 1961 (1961-09-09) (age 48)
Place of birth Maribor, Slovenia
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Slovenia (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1984 Maribor
1985–1988 Spittal/Drau
1988–1995 GAK
1995–1999 Maribor
National team
1992 Slovenia 1 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2006 Maribor
2006 Slovenia U-15
2006 Slovenia U-16
2007– Slovenia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 July 2007

Matjaž Kek (born 9 September 1961) is a former Slovenian footballer and the current manager of the Slovenia national team.

Club career

Kek started his professional football career at his home club Maribor in 1979,[1] before moving to the Austrian club Spittal/Drau in 1984, where he spent 4 seasons. He then transferred to another Austrian club, GAK of the Austrian Bundesliga where he played for 5 years. After that he returned to Maribor, where from 1995 to 1999 he won 3 Slovenian league titles, before retiring. He spent most of his career playing in defense, mostly in the centre back position and was known for his leadership abilities.

Managerial career

After finishing his career as a player, Kek stayed at Maribor, serving as an assistant coach for one season, before being appointed manager in 2000. He immediately won the league title in the 2000–01 season. Under his guidance the team won the league again in 2003. In 2006 he was the coach of the Slovenian under-15 and under-16 national football teams. On 3 January 2007, Kek was appointed manager of the Slovenia national team, which he led to qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup after beating Russia in the play-offs.

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