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Slovenia
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Association Football Association of Slovenia
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Slovenia Matjaž Kek
Captain Robert Koren
Most caps Zlatko Zahovič (80)
Top scorer Zlatko Zahovič (35)
Home stadium Stadion Ljudski vrt
FIFA code SVN
FIFA ranking 27
Highest FIFA ranking 25 (December 2001)
Lowest FIFA ranking 134 (December 1993)
Elo ranking 47
Highest Elo ranking 28 (November 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking 87 (November 1993)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Slovene Nation Flag.svg Slovenia 0–1 Croatia Croatia
(Murska Sobota, Slovenia; 19 June 1991)
Biggest win
Oman Oman 0–7 Slovenia Slovenia
(Muscat, Oman; 8 February 1999)
Biggest defeat
France France 5–0 Slovenia Slovenia
(Saint-Denis, France; 12 October 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2002)
Best result Round 1, 2002
European Championship
Appearances 1 (First in 2000)
Best result Round 1, 2000

The Slovenia national football team is the national football team of Slovenia and is controlled by the Football Association of Slovenia. They played their first match in 1992 after the split of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991. Before that, Slovenian players played for the Yugoslavia national football team.

Slovenia were surprise qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2000, when they beat Ukraine in a playoff. They turned some heads during the tournament, drawing with Yugoslavia and Norway, and only losing to Spain 2–1. Slovenia achieved another major success two years later, qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, this time defeating Romania in a playoff. They did not lose a match in their whole qualifying campaign, recording six wins and six draws. However, they did not do as well in the finals, as they went home pointless.

Despite failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, they were the only team to beat Italy on their way to winning the tournament with a shock 1–0 victory on home turf. It wasn't the only time they avoided defeat against the team – in 1995 they held them to 1–1 draw in the qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 1996, and also took the lead. In November 2009, Slovenia defeated Russia in a playoff to clinch a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[1]

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2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Slovakia 10 7 1 2 22 10 +12 22
 Slovenia 10 6 2 2 18 4 +14 20
 Czech Republic 10 4 4 2 17 6 +11 16
 Northern Ireland 10 4 3 3 13 9 +4 15
 Poland 10 3 2 5 19 14 +5 11
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 1 47 −46 0
  Czech Republic Northern Ireland Poland San Marino Slovakia Slovenia
Czech Republic  0 – 0 2 – 0 7 – 0 1 – 2 1 – 0
Northern Ireland  0 – 0 3 – 2 4 – 0 0 – 2 1 – 0
Poland  2 – 1 1 – 1 10 – 0 0 – 1 1 – 1
San Marino  0 – 3 0 – 3 0 – 2 1 – 3 0 – 3
Slovakia  2 – 2 2 – 1 2 – 1 7 – 0 0 – 2
Slovenia  0 – 0 2 – 0 3 – 0 5 – 0 2 – 1
Team #1   Agg.   Team #2   1st leg     2nd leg  
 Russia 2–2 (a)  Slovenia 2–1 0–1

Slovenia qualified after defeating Russia on away goals following a 2-2 aggregate tie.

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Recent Matches

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result* Scorers Referee Attendance
EURO Qual. 2008 6 September 2006 Bulgaria Bulgaria A 3 – 0 Denmark Claus Bo Larsen 16,000
EURO Qual. 2008 7 October 2006 Luxembourg Luxenburg H 2 – 0 Novakovič Goal, Koren Goal Cyprus Panicos Kailis 3,500
EURO Qual. 2008 11 October 2006 Belarus Belarus A 4 – 2 Lavrič Goal, Cesar Goal Hungary Viktor Kassai 23,000
Friendly match 7 Februar 2007 Estonia Estonia H 1 – 0 Lavrič Goal
EURO Qual. 2008 24 March 2007 Albania Albania A 0 – 0 Malta Joseph Attard 12,000
EURO Qual. 2008 28 March 2007 Netherlands Netherlands H 0 – 1 Spain M. Mejuto González 9,500
EURO Qual. 2008 2 June 2007 Romania Romania H 1 – 2 Vršič Goal Scotland Stuart Dougal 6,000
EURO Qual. 2008 6 June 2007 Romania Romania A 2 – 0 Israel Alon Yefet 22,000
Friendly match 22 Avgust 2007 Montenegro Montenegro A 1 – 1 Vršič Goal Switzerland Claudio Circhetta 8,000
EURO Qual. 2008 9 Avgust 2007 Luxembourg Luxenburg A 0 – 3 Novakovič Goal, Lavrič GoalGoal Ukraine Sergiy Berezka 2,012
EURO Qual. 2008 12 September 2007 Belarus Belarus H 1 – 0 Lavrič Goal Moldova Veaceslav Banari 4,000
EURO Qual. 2008 13 October 2007 Albania Albania H 0 – 0 Germany Felix Brych 3,584
EURO Qual. 2008 17 October 2007 Netherlands Netherlands A 2 – 0 Italy Nicola Rizzoli 35,000
EURO Qual. 2008 21 November 2007 Bulgaria Bulgaria H 0 – 2 England Mike Mullarkey 4,000
Friendly match 6 February 2008 Denmark Denmark H 1 – 2 Novakovič Goal Germany Thorsten Kinhöfer 2,000
Friendly match 26 March 2008 Hungary Hungary A 0 – 1 Šišić Goal Austria Stefan Messner 8,000
Friendly match 26 May 2008 Sweden Sweden A 1 – 0 Scotland William Collum 20,000
Friendly match 20 Avgust 2008 Croatia Croatia H 2 – 3 Šišić Goal, Šuler Goal Switzerland Claudio Circhetta 11,100
FIFA qual. 2010 6 September 2008 Poland Poland A 1 – 1 Dedič Goal Iceland Kristinn Jakobsson 7,300
FIFA qual. 2010 10 September 2008 Slovakia Slovakia H 2 – 1 Novakovič GoalGoal Norway Svein Oddvar Moen 9,900
FIFA qual. 2010 10 September 2008 Northern Ireland N. Ireland H 2 – 0 Novakovič Goal, Ljubijankič Goal Spain Eduardo Iturralde González 12,385
FIFA qual. 2010 15 October 2008 Czech Republic Czech Rep. A 1 – 0 England Martin Atkinson 15,220
Friendly match 19 November 2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH H 3 – 4 Novakovič GoalGoal, Koren Goal Finland Petteri Kari 10,000
FIFA qual. 2010 14 November 2009 Russia Russia A 2 – 1 Pečnik Goal Denmark Claus Bo Larsen 71,600
FIFA qual. 2010 18 November 2009 Russia Russia H 1 – 0 Dedič Goal Norway Terje Hauge 12,510

Recent Matches in 2010

Competition Date Opponents H / A Result* Scorers Referee Attendance
Frendly match 3 March 2010 Qatar Qatar H 4:1
Frendly match 4 June 2010 New Zealand New Zealand H

UEFA Euro 2012 qualification

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Serbia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Estonia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 Faroe Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Current squad

The following players were named for friendly match against Qatar on 3 march 2010. Caps and goals as of 28 Februar 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Samir Handanovič 14 July 1984 (1984-07-14) (age 25) 38 0 Italy Udinese
22 GK Jasmin Handanovič 28 January 1978 (1978-01-28) (age 32) 3 0 Italy Mantova
12 GK Aleksander Šeliga 1 February 1980 (1980-02-01) (age 30) 1 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
2 DF Mišo Brečko 1 May 1984 (1984-05-01) (age 25) 30 0 Germany Köln
13 DF Bojan Jokić 17 May 1986 (1986-05-17) (age 23) 33 1 Italy Chievo
4 DF Marko Šuler 9 March 1983 (1983-03-09) (age 27) 16 2 Belgium Gent
22 DF Dejan Kelhar 5 April 1984 (1984-04-05) (age 25) 1 0 Belgium Cercle Brugge
5 DF Boštjan Cesar 9 July 1982 (1982-07-09) (age 27) 41 3 France Grenoble
3 DF Matej Mavrič 29 January 1979 (1979-01-29) (age 31) 32 1 Germany TuS Koblenz
6 DF Branko Ilič 6 February 1983 (1983-02-06) (age 27) 36 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
8 MF Robert Koren 20 September 1980 (1980-09-20) (age 29) 45 4 England West Bromwich Albion
18 MF Aleksander Radosavljevič 25 April 1979 (1979-04-25) (age 30) 14 1 Greece Larissa
17 MF Andraž Kirm 6 September 1984 (1984-09-06) (age 25) 25 2 Poland Wisła Kraków
7 MF Nejc Pečnik January 3, 1986 (1986-01-03) (age 24) 7 2 Portugal Nacional
20 MF Andrej Komac 4 December 1979 (1979-12-04) (age 30) 40 0 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
16 MF Dalibor Stevanovič September 27, 1984 (1984-09-27) (age 25) 15 1 Netherlands Vitesse
15 MF Rene Krhin 21 May 1990 (1990-05-21) (age 19) 3 0 Italy Internazionale
21 MF Mirnes Šišić 8 August 1981 (1981-08-08) (age 28) 12 2 Greece PAS Giannina
11 FW Milivoje Novakovič 18 May 1979 (1979-05-18) (age 30) 37 14 Germany Köln
10 FW Valter Birsa 7 August 1986 (1986-08-07) (age 23) 33 2 France Auxerre
9 FW Zlatan Ljubijankič 15 December 1983 (1983-12-15) (age 26) 16 4 Belgium Gent
14 FW Zlatko Dedič 10 May 1984 (1984-05-10) (age 25) 23 3 Germany Bochum
Last updated: 4 March 2010. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Slovenia squad in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
24 DF Aleš Kokot (v. Denmark on February 6) October 23, 1979 (1979-10-23) (age 30) 10 0 Slovenia Interblock
26 DF Luka Elsner (v. Czech Republic on October 15) 2 August 1982 (1982-08-02) (age 27) 1 0 Slovenia Domžale
25 DF Mitja Mörec (v. Northern Ireland on April 1) 21 February 1983 (1983-02-21) (age 27) 14 0 Greece Panetolikos
33 DF Suad Filekovič (v. Northern Ireland on April 1) 16 September 1978 (1978-09-16) (age 31) 14 0 England Barnsley
23 DF Elvedin Džinič (v. Poland on September 9) 25 August 1985 (1985-08-25) (age 24) 0 0 Slovenia Maribor
28 MF Zoran Zeljkovič (v. Sweden on May 26) May 9, 1980 (1980-05-09) (age 29) 1 0 Cyprus APOP Kinyras Peyias
30 MF Amer Jukan (v. Hungary on March 26) November 28, 1978 (1978-11-28) (age 31) 2 0 Slovenia Interblock
27 MF Rene Mihelič (v. Denmark on February 6) July 5, 1988 (1988-07-05) (age 21) 3 0 Slovenia Maribor
29 MF Goran Šukalo (v. Denmark on February 6) August 24, 1981 (1981-08-24) (age 28) 32 2 Germany Augsburg
31 MF Luka Žinko (v. Denmark on February 6) March 23, 1983 (1983-03-23) (age 26) 3 0 Cyprus APOP Kinyras Peyias
32 MF Darijan Matič (v. Czech Republic on October 15) 28 May 1983 (1983-05-28) (age 26) 7 0 Romania Rapid Bucureşti
38 MF Aleš Mejač (v. Northern Ireland on April 1) 18 March 1983 (1983-03-18) (age 26) 5 0 Slovenia Maribor
42 MF Dare Vršič (v. San Marino on August 12) September 26, 1984 (1984-09-26) (age 25) 5 2 Slovenia Koper
36 MF Armin Bačinovič (v. San Marino on August 12) October 24, 1989 (1989-10-24) (age 20) 1 0 Slovenia Maribor
21 MF Anton Žlogar (v. Russia on November 18) 24 November 1977 (1977-11-24) (age 32) 37 1 Cyprus Omonia
37 FW Klemen Lavrič (v. Denmark on February 6) June 12, 1981 (1981-06-12) (age 28) 25 6 Austria Sturm Graz
39 FW Dejan Rusič (v. Denmark on February 6) December 5, 1982 (1982-12-05) (age 27) 4 0 Romania Timişoara
40 Miran Burgič (v. Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 19) 25 September 1984 (1984-09-25) (age 25) 5 0 Sweden AIK
41 FW Tim Matavž (v. San Marino on August 12) January 13, 1989 (1989-01-13) (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Groningen
35 FW Etien Velikonja (v. San Marino on August 12) December 26, 1988 (1988-12-26) (age 21) 1 0 Slovenia Gorica

Competition history

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round 1 30 3 0 0 3 2 7
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Qualified
Total 2/4 3 0 0 3 2 7

European Championship record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
England 1996 Did not qualify - - - - - -
BelgiumNetherlands 2000 Round 1 3 0 2 1 4 5
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify - - - - - -
AustriaSwitzerland 2008 Did not qualify - - - - - -
PolandUkraine 2012 - - - - - - -
Total 1/4 3 0 2 1 4 5

Statistics

Most appearances

# Name NT Career Caps Goals
1 Zlatko Zahovič 1992–2004 80 35
2 Aleš Čeh 1992–2002 74 1
2 Milenko Ačimovič 1998–2007 74 13
4 Džoni Novak 1992–2002 71 3
5 Marinko Galič 1994–2002 65 0
5 Aleksander Knavs 1998–2006 65 3
5 Mladen Rudonja 1994–2003 65 1
8 Amir Karič 1996–2004 64 1
9 Miran Pavlin 1994–2004 63 5
10 Marko Simeunovič 1992–2004 57 0
Last updated: 18 November, 2009. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Top goalscorers

# Name NT Career Caps Goals Goals per game
1 Zlatko Zahovič 1992–2004 80 35 0.44
2 Sašo Udovič 1992–2000 42 16 0.38
3 Ermin Šiljak 1994–2005 48 14 0.29
4 Milivoje Novakovič 2006– 37 14 0.39
5 Milenko Ačimovič 1998–2007 74 13 0.18
6 Primož Gliha 1992–1998 28 10 0.36
7 Milan Osterc 1997–2002 44 8 0.18
8 Sebastjan Cimirotič 1998–2005 33 6 0.18
8 Nastja Čeh 2001–2007 46 6 0.13
8 Klemen Lavrič 2004–2008 25 6 0.24
Last updated: 3 March, 2010. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Managers

Name NT Career Played Won Drawn Lost Win % Drawn % Lost % Achievements
Slovenia Prašnikar, BojanBojan Prašnikar 1991–1993 4 1 2 1 25.00 50.00 25.00
Slovenia Verdenik, ZdenkoZdenko Verdenik 1994–1997 32 10 8 14 31.25 25.00 43.75
Slovenia Prašnikar, BojanBojan Prašnikar 1998 5 1 1 3 20.00 20.00 60.00
Slovenia Katanec, SrečkoSrečko Katanec 1998–2002 47 18 16 13 38.30 34.00 27.70 2000 Euro; 2002 World Cup
Slovenia Prašnikar, BojanBojan Prašnikar 2002–2004 16 6 3 7 37.50 18.75 43.75 2004 Euro Qualifying Play-offs
Slovenia Oblak, BrankoBranko Oblak 2004–2006 23 6 7 10 26.10 30.40 43.50
Slovenia Kek, MatjažMatjaž Kek 2007– 31 12 5 14 38.71 16.13 45.16 2010 World Cup
Last updated: 3 March 2010. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Home venues record

Venue City Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Win % Drawn % Lost %
Bežigrad Ljubljana 29 15 6 8 48 34 51.70 20.70 27.60
Ljudski vrt Maribor 15 9 2 4 31 15 60.00 13.33 26.66
Arena Petrol Celje 16 5 3 8 15 19 31.25 18.75 50.00
Fazanerija Murska Sobota 2 1 0 1 3 4 50.00 0 50.00
Športni park Nova Gorica 2 0 0 2 2 7 0 0 100
Bonifika Koper 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 100
Športni park Domžale 1 1 0 0 1 0 100 0 0
Športni center Kranj 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 100
Totals 67 31 11 25 102 85 46.27 16.42 37.31
Last updated: 3 March 2010. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

References

External links


Simple English

Slovenia
Association Football Association of Slovenia
Confederation UEFA
Coach Matjaž Kek
Most caps Zlatko Zahovič (80)
Top scorer Zlatko Zahovič (35)
World Cup
Appearances 2
First Apps 2002
Best result Round 1 (2002)

Slovenia national football team is the national football team of Slovenia.

Most appearances

PosPlayerAppsGoalsCareer
1Zlatko Zahovič80351992-2004
2Milenko Ačimovič74131998-2007
2Aleš Čeh7411992-2002
4Đoni Novak7131992-2002
5Aleksander Knavs6531998-2006
5Mladen Rudonja6511994-2003
5Marinko Galič6501994-2002
8Amir Karič6411996-2004
9Miran Pavlin6351994-2004
10Marko Simeunovič5701992-2004

Top scorers

PosPlayerGoalsAppsCareer
1Zlatko Zahovič35801992-2004
2Sašo Udovič16421992-2000
3Ermin Šiljak14481994-2005
4Milenko Ačimovič13741998-2007
5Milivoje Novakovič11272006-present
6Primož Gliha10281992-1998
7Milan Osterc8441997-2002
8Nastja Čeh6462001-present
8Sebastjan Cimirotič6331998-2005
8Klemen Lavrič6252004-present


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