Slovenia national football team

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Slovenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationNogometna zveza Slovenije (NZS)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachSrečko Katanec
CaptainBoštjan Cesar
Most capsZlatko Zahovič (80)[1]
Top scorerZlatko Zahovič (35)[1]
Home stadiumArena Petrol (Celje)
Bonifika (Koper)
Ljudski vrt (Maribor)
Stožice (Ljubljana)
FIFA codeSVN
FIFA ranking29 Increase +1
Highest FIFA ranking15 (October – November 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking134 (December 1993)
Elo ranking50
Highest Elo ranking28 (November 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking87 (November 1993)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Slovenia 0–5 France 
(Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia; 23 June 1921)
Official
Estonia Estonia 1–1 Slovenia Slovenia
(Tallinn, Estonia; 3 June 1992)
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
Appearances2 (First in 2002)
Best resultRound 1, 2002 and 2010
European Championship
Appearances1 (First in 2000)
Best resultRound 1, 2000
 
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Slovenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
AssociationNogometna zveza Slovenije (NZS)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachSrečko Katanec
CaptainBoštjan Cesar
Most capsZlatko Zahovič (80)[1]
Top scorerZlatko Zahovič (35)[1]
Home stadiumArena Petrol (Celje)
Bonifika (Koper)
Ljudski vrt (Maribor)
Stožice (Ljubljana)
FIFA codeSVN
FIFA ranking29 Increase +1
Highest FIFA ranking15 (October – November 2010)
Lowest FIFA ranking134 (December 1993)
Elo ranking50
Highest Elo ranking28 (November 2001)
Lowest Elo ranking87 (November 1993)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Unofficial
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Slovenia 0–5 France 
(Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia; 23 June 1921)
Official
Estonia Estonia 1–1 Slovenia Slovenia
(Tallinn, Estonia; 3 June 1992)
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
Appearances2 (First in 2002)
Best resultRound 1, 2002 and 2010
European Championship
Appearances1 (First in 2000)
Best resultRound 1, 2000

The Slovenia national football team is the national football team of Slovenia and is controlled by the Football Association of Slovenia. The team played its first match in 1992 after the split of Yugoslavia in 1991.

Slovenia was a surprise qualifier for UEFA Euro 2000, when they beat Ukraine in a playoff. The team then drew with Yugoslavia and Norway, and lost 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. The team did not lose a match in its whole qualifying campaign, recording six wins and six draws, but not scoring any points in the group stage of the finals.

Despite failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, it was the only team to beat eventual winner Italy with a 1–0 victory on home turf. In 1995 Slovenia played Italy to a 1–1 draw in the qualifying campaign for UEFA Euro 1996. In November 2009, Slovenia defeated Russia in a playoff to clinch a berth in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[2]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Before Slovenian independence in 1991, the Slovenian national team existed only as a regional team not officially recognized by FIFA. It had a similar status as the Catalonia national football team or Kosovo national football team. The team had mostly played against similar teams from other republics of SFR Yugoslavia and was represented by Slovenian players under the traditional colours of white, blue and red.

Independence (1991–1998)[edit]

In 1991, Slovenia was the first of the republics, alongside Croatia, to gain independence from Yugoslavia. With the recognition of the new country by the international community the team was recognized also by FIFA and UEFA. The new Slovenian national football team played its first FIFA-recognized game on 3 June 1992 in Tallinn against Estonia. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Igor Benedejčič scoring the first goal for the new team. The first coach of the team was Bojan Prašnikar.

It was not until its third game on 7 April 1993 that the team achieved its first international victory by defeating Estonia 2–0 at the ŽŠD Stadium in Ljubljana, with goals scored by Samir Zulič and Sašo Udovič.

From 1994–1997 the team coach was Zdenko Verdenik, who was the first to lead the team through qualifications for a major tournament. In a group with Italy, Croatia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Estonia the team had mild success, winning three games and taking eleven points on ten matches for the Euro 1996 qualifications.

Verdenik also coached the team through qualifications for France 1998. In a tough group with Croatia, Denmark, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina the team finished last with only one point on eight matches and a goal differential of −15.

Afterwards, Verdenik was sacked and Bojan Prašnikar was named as the Slovenian coach for the second time. At the time he was also the head coach of the Slovenian top club Maribor and was given an ultimatum from the NZS that he could only coach one team. He decided in favor of Maribor, which later turned out to be a good decision, as he led the club to the UEFA Champions League group stages only two seasons later. NZS appointed Srečko Katanec as the head coach.

Srečko Katanec and Zlatko Zahovič period ('Golden' generation)[edit]

Srečko Katanec immediately started to implement his tactics of defensive play with hard work ethic to the players of the national team and the results was seen quickly as the team started to play better.

Euro 2000 qualifications campaign[edit]

The first qualifications for the new coach were for UEFA Euro 2000. Slovenia was drawn into a group with Norway, Greece, Latvia, Albania and Georgia. With excellent performances under the guidance of the new coach and with terrific performances from Zlatko Zahovič, who scored eight out of twelve goals, the team secured 2nd position two rounds before the end of qualifications.

Second place in the group meant that the team was to play additional qualifications with an opponent that was to be decided by UEFA in a draw. Slovenia got somewhat lucky with a draw as they were picked to play with Ukraine. The first leg against Ukraine was played in Ljubljana Slovenia won 2–1 after trailing at the half. Zlatko Zahovič scored the first goal, bringing his total in the qualifications campaign to nine. Milenko Ačimovič added a spectacular second, late in the game from more than 40 meters. The second leg was played in snowy conditions in Kiev. Sergei Rebrov scored in the 68th minute, equalised by Miran Pavlin ten minutes later. The 1–1 draw meant that Slovenia won 3–2 on aggregate and qualified on its first major tournament.

Euro 2000[edit]

For its first major tournament, Slovenia was drawn into group C together with Spain, Yugoslavia and Norway. Despite being an outsider Slovenia showed the international community that it can play top level football and was by many one of the most pleasant surprises of the tournament. Almost 30,000 fans from Slovenia gathered to see their national team play in three matches on Euro 2000. At the end Zlatko Zahovič was considered one of the best players on the tournament.

In the first game of the group Slovenia stunned Yugoslavia and took a 3–0 lead after one hour of play, with Zlatko Zahovič scoring twice and Miran Pavlin once. After the red card of Siniša Mihajlović it looked like the team would have won its first game, but then Yugoslavia made a dream comeback as they scored three goals in only six minutes. The final result was 3–3.

The second game was played in Amsterdam against Spain. Spain took the 1–0 lead quickly as Raúl scored. Slovenia equalised after one hour of play as Zlatko Zahovič scored his third goal of the tournament. Spain then took the lead again after only sixty seconds as Joseba Etxeberria scored a goal winner. 13,000 Slovenian fans gathered to see the match in Amsterdam Arena, which is still a record for the most Slovenian spectators on a football game outside Slovenia.

In the last round of the group stage Slovenia played against Norway and still had theoretical chances to progress to the quarterfinals. At the end the game was a goalless draw and the team won its second point of the tournament.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Spain320165+16
 Yugoslavia31117704
 Norway31111104
 Slovenia302145−12

World Cup 2002 qualifications campaign[edit]

For the World Cup 2002 Slovenia was drawn into a group together with Russia, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Faroe Islands and Luxembourg. Zlatko Zahovič was once more the man behind the success of the team as he scored four goals and made numerous assists to lead his team to second place, which meant that the team had again qualified to the playoffs.

In the playoffs Slovenia played a high flying Romania, with other possible opponents such as Germany, Czech Republic and Turkey.

The games with Romania was similar to the ones against Ukraine in the playoffs two years earlier. The first leg was again played in Slovenia and again the away team scored a goal in the first half to take the lead. However, this time Slovenia managed to equalise with the goal from Milenko Ačimovič in the first half. In the second half Milan Osterc scored a spectacular goal and Slovenia won the game 2–1. In the second leg in Bucharest the first half finished with 0–0 and at the beginning of the second Slovenia took the lead with a goal from Mladen Rudonja, which was the first and only goal from the striker in 65 caps for the national team. Romanians equalised with a goal scored by Cosmin Contra with 25 minutes remaining. The final result was 1–1 and Slovenia was qualified to its second consecutive major tournament and first ever World Cup.

Through the whole qualifications campaign Slovenia played a total of 12 games and was undefeated with a total of 6 wins and 6 draws.

World Cup 2002[edit]

Slovenia played in the group B with Spain, Paraguay and South Africa. All matches in this group were played in South Korea.

On the first game Slovenia played against Spain for the second time in a row on a major tournament. Under heavy rain Spain took the lead late in the first half with the goal from Raúl. Valerón added a second 15 minutes before full-time for a 2–0 lead. Then seven minutes later Sebastjan Cimirotič managed to score the first World Cup goal for Slovenia to reduce the score to 2–1, giving Slovenia some hope. That hope was soon shattered when Fernando Hierro scored a penalty goal in 87 minute for the final score of 3–1. This match is infamous in Slovenia due to the conflict between coach Srečko Katanec and player Zlatko Zahovič in the dressing room after the game, which resulted in Zlatko Zahovič being sent home and Srečko Katanec's resignation after the tournament. After this conflict the team was not the same and they capitulated on its two remaining matches against South Africa (1–0) and Paraguay (3–1). Milenko Ačimovič scored the second goal for Slovenia on the tournament.

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
 Spain330094+59
 Paraguay31116604
 South Africa31115504
 Slovenia300327−50

Bojan Prašnikar period[edit]

After the resignation of Srečko Katanec, Bojan Prašnikar was named as head coach for the third time.

Euro 2004 qualifications campaign[edit]

Slovenia played a solid qualifications campaign for the Euro 2004. Grouped with France, Israel, Cyprus and Malta, the team finished second and managed to qualify for its third consecutive playoffs.

This time Slovenia had to play its neighboring country as the draw set a duel against Croatia. The first leg was played in Zagreb and Croatia managed to get in the lead as Dado Pršo scored a goal in the 5th minute. Slovenia however fought back as Ermin Šiljak equalised only 15 minutes later. The match finished 1–1. In the second leg played in Ljubljana the first half finished with no goals. Then 15 minutes into the second Dado Pršo scored again and Croatia took the lead. Later Slovenia, despite the fact that Croatia played the last minutes with 10 players due to a red card, did not produce any quality chances and the match finished 1–0 in favour of Croatia. That meant that Croatia qualified on Euro 2004 with the score 2–1 on aggregate. Bojan Prašnikar was later criticised by the media and the fans for his defensive tactics as Slovenia only managed to take one shot on target during the two playoff games. Prašnikar was later replaced by Branko Oblak.

Ermin Šiljak scored a total of eight goals in the whole campaign, thus becoming the best goalscorer of the whole UEFA zone qualifications.[3]

Branko Oblak period (decline)[edit]

When Branko Oblak took charge of the Slovenian national team there were almost no more players from the era of Srečko Katanec as most of them retired from football or in the case of Zlatko Zahovič were scratched by the coach himself. Therefore the new coach had a difficult job finding new players that could compete on the same level as the ones that played for the team in the past decade. This is the main reason why Branko Oblak in his two years as the coach of the national team tried out over 40 different players.

He led the team through the qualifications for World Cup 2006 in Germany. In a group with Italy, Norway, Scotland, Belarus and Moldova the team achieved a victory over Moldova and Italy and a draw against Scotland, thus winning seven points in the first three games. Later however the team won only five points on the remaining matches and finished in fourth place.

Branko Oblak also coached the team at the beginning of the qualifications for Euro 2008. In a group with Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Albania and Luxembourg the team quickly lost its qualification hopes with two heavy defeats by Bulgaria (3–0) and Belarus (4–2) and a 2–0 win over Luxembourg after a poor performance. Oblak had lost the support from the media and fans some time ago and he was sacked and replaced by Matjaž Kek.

Matjaž Kek period (rebirth)[edit]

After Matjaž Kek took charge the national team was in similar situation as in 1998 when Srečko Katanec took charge. On the bottom, having lost the faith from both the media and the fans. With the qualification hopes for Euro 2008 virtually lost Kek decided to build his team slowly. At the beginning the results were not much better than at the time when Branko Oblak left and Kek was under a lot of pressure because of that. After the campaign for the Euro 2008 was finished it was even speculated that he will be replaced by a well known Italian coach of Slovenian origin Edoardo Reja.[4] In the end that did not happen and Kek was given a chance to prove himself in a qualifications for World Cup 2010.

World Cup 2010 qualifications campaign[edit]

Slovenia was drawn into a group with Czech Republic, Poland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and San Marino.[5] Slovenia held Poland to a 1–1 draw in Wrocław[6] and then won its first two home games against Slovakia (2–1)[7] and Northern Ireland (2–0),.[8] Slovenia then won only one point[9] in the two games with the Czech Republic and lost away against Northern Ireland,[10] when they got back on track with the home 5–0 victory over San Marino.[11] After that the team really started to play well as they beat Poland at home (3–0)[12] and defeated Slovakia in Bratislava (2–0) who were at the time the main contenders for the first place.[13] In the last round Slovenia needed a win over San Marino (3–0) and a draw/loss of Slovakia in Poland to clinch the first position. Slovakia however won the away game in Poland with 1–0[14] and therefore Slovenia finished on second position and was headed to the playoffs[15] for the fourth time in history.

Slovenia did not have much luck when the draw appointed Russia as their opponent for the playoffs.[16] Russia had high hopes as it did well at the Euro 2008 and with Guus Hiddink leading them everything seemed at reach for Russia. Other possible opponents were France, Portugal and Greece.

The first leg was played in Moscow and Russia played well as they had the lead 2–0 up until 88 minute when a substitute Nejc Pečnik scored a goal that gave hope for Slovenia.[17] In the second leg that was played in Maribor Slovenia was dominant through the first half but only managed to score once as Zlatko Dedič scored at the end of the first half. That goal however turned out to be a decisive one as the score remained 1–0 to the end of the match. The final score of the playoffs against Russia was 2–2 aggregate and Slovenia qualified due to the away goals rule.[18] Slovenia was the only unseeded team that managed to qualify from the playoffs.

The main scorer for the national team was Milivoje Novaković with 5 goals. Slovenia did particularly well on home games that were played in Maribor as the team managed to achieve five victories and a draw with a total goal difference 13–1.

World Cup 2010[edit]

Match vs. USA at the 2010 WC

Slovenia were drawn into Group C alongside England, Algeria and the USA. Slovenia won their opening game against Algeria in Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane 1–0, Robert Koren scoring Slovenia's goal.[19] In their second game against the United States, Slovenia were leading 2–0 at half time with Valter Birsa and Zlatan Ljubijankič scoring for Slovenia, however Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley scored for the USA for the score to finish 2–2. In their last match in the preliminary round, Slovenia lost to England 0–1 by a goal from Jermain Defoe. Because the United States beat Algeria with the only goal scored in the 92nd minute of the match, the Slovenian team was eliminated.

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
 United States312043+15
 England312021+15
 Slovenia31113304
 Algeria301202−21


2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications campaign[edit]

Team
PldWDLGFGAGDPts
  Switzerland10730176+1124
 Iceland105231715+217
 Slovenia105051411+315
 Norway103341013−312
 Albania10325911−211
 Cyprus10127415−115
 AlbaniaCyprusIcelandNorwaySloveniaSwitzerland
Albania 3–11–21–11–01–2
Cyprus 0–01–01–30–20–0
Iceland 2–12–02–02–40–2
Norway 0–12–01–12–10–2
Slovenia 1–02–11–23–00–2
Switzerland  2–01–04–41–11–0


Stadium[edit]

Slovenia does not have a national stadium, and through history the national team was rotated among various stadia across the country. The team has played home matches in 8 different cities so far. The current policy of Slovenian FA is that home matches of the national teams are fairly distributed among the two biggest cities in the country, Ljubljana and Maribor while also a stadium in Celje is considered for future matches. There are four main stadiums in three different cities in the country that the team has played the majority of its matches or will play in the future.

Bežigrad Stadium (past)[edit]

Bežigrad stadium is located in the capital city of Ljubljana and was the main stadium until 2004, when UEFA banned it due to insufficient infrastructure. The stadium was built in 1935 and up until now it hosted a total of 29 matches of the national team, which is the most then any other stadium in the country. It has a total capacity of 8,211 and was the main venue of the national team in the qualifications for Euro 2000 and World cup 2002 on which Slovenia qualified and the qualifications for Euro 2004 when the team secured 2nd position in the group and then lost in playoffs.

Currently the stadium is closed for renovation. Plans are for the stadium to be completely renovated by 2012 when it could once again serve as a home venue for the national team. However this is unlikely as there is a brand new stadium that was recently built in Ljubljana and has a capacity of 16,038 seats.

Ljudski vrt[edit]

Ljudski vrt is situated in Maribor, Slovenia's 2nd largest city and is known of being the home ground of the most successful club in the country NK Maribor. After the renovation of the stadium in 2008 the ground became the main venue of the national team and Slovenia played their first match there after nearly a decade. The stadium current capacity is 12,994 covered seats.[20] Ljudski vrt was the main home venue in the qualifications for World cup 2010 where Slovenia did particularly well as the team won five and draw one home matches with goal difference 13–1. The stadium was also one of two main venues for the Euro 2012 qualifications.

Arena Petrol[edit]

Arena Petrol is a stadium located in Celje, the 3rd largest city of Slovenia. It was built in 2003 onwards in separate phases and was the main venue for the national team in the qualifications for World cup 2006 and Euro 2008. The stadium is not popular among the fans as it is build in English style with four separate stands and many fans argue that is the reason for lack of atmosphere during matches. The capacity of the stadium is 13,006 seats from which only around 50% are covered. Slovenia played 16 matches on this stadium, with the last one played in 2007. Former president of Slovenian FA (Ivan Simič) announced that the stadium will be in consideration for the national team matches in the future.

Stožice Stadium[edit]

Stadion Stožice is a brand new stadium located in the capital city of Ljubljana. The stadium has a capacity of 16,038 seats and will be one of the main venues for the national team in the future. The opening match was played in August 2010 against Australia, which was won 2–0. The stadium was one of two main venues for the Euro 2012 qualifications.

Kit[edit]

Kit provider[edit]

The current kit provider of the national team is Nike, which has a contract with the team until 2016.[21] Before that the kit providers were Kappa, Uhlsport, Adidas and Puma.

Colours controversy[edit]

Slovenia home kit until 1994 (Puma)
Classic Kit (1994–2011)
1994–1995 (Puma)
World Cup 1998 Qualifiers Home Kit (Puma)
UEFA Euro 2000 Home (Adidas)
UEFA Euro 2000 Away (Adidas)
World Cup 2002 Home (Uhlsport)
World Cup 2002 Away (Uhlsport)
Home - Slovenia (Kappa 2005)
Away - Slovenia (Kappa 2005)

Up until 1992 when Slovenia was not affiliated to either FIFA or UEFA the team played its matches in the traditional colours of Slovenian nation white, blue and red.[22] After independence and recognition by FIFA and UEFA the team continued to play in the same colours up until 1994,[22] when the board of Slovenian FA decided to change the colours to white and green, which are the traditional colours of the capital city of Ljubljana and also of the most successful club at the time NK Olimpija which was based in the same city.

Because of that fact and the fact that green was never the national colour of Slovenian nation many people had argued that the new combination was inappropriate and a movement was started to return the colours back to where they were from the start. Claims to return the national team colours back to white, blue and red were especially strong in the eastern and northern part of the country (Specifically in Carinthia and in Styria) and according to various surveys conducted after 1994 throughout the country some two thirds of the people did not support the white and green combination and wanted a change (in the eastern part of the country the number of people who opposed the combination was sometimes in excess of 80%).[23] This is the reason why a new board of Slovenian FA, that came to power at the start of 2009 immediately opted for a change of the colours. In December 2009 the board voted for the change of the jersey colours and from 2012 onwards[24] the main colours of the team will be white for home and blue for away matches.

In February 2011 it was again confirmed, by the Football Association of Slovenia, that the jersey colours will change in 2012 and that the kit provider, Nike, has already started to design the national team jerseys in white, blue and red.[25]

In April 2012, Nike revealed the redesigned Slovenia kits. The strip is all white with a blue and green trim.[26] The new away kit is all baby blue with a green and white trim.[27]

Nickname[edit]

Slovenia does not have a nickname and was according to media the only team on World Cup 2010 without it.[28] With the qualification on the World Cup 2010 there where attempts from the home journalists to pick the nickname for the team, but that was not well taken among the fans as most of them feel that a process to obtain a nickname should occur naturally.[29][30]

Recently, there were some articles abroad that suggested that the team is called The Dragons,[31][32] however that is not the case in Slovenia as that is the sign only of the capital city of Ljubljana and a nickname of NK Olimpija from the same city and has nothing to do with the country itself. The idea of The Dragons is not well taken among the fans and is not used either by home media or the fans nor is it used by the fans of NK Olimpija themself. However, due to the long tradition of NK Olimpija playing in Yugoslav football league some football fans from former Yugoslav republics (Serbia)[33] use this nickname to describe the Slovenian national team. However, things change just across the border as The Dragons is one of the nicknames that is used by Bosnian media and fans to describe their own national football team.[34] The generation behind coach Srečko Katanec and star player Zlatko Zahovič is still referred to as the golden generation.[35]

Schedule and results[edit]

Recent and upcoming games[edit]

DateLocationOpponentScoreCompetitionSlovenia scorers
29 February 2012Koper, Slovenia Scotland1–1FKirm Goal 33'
26 May 2012Kufstein, Austria Greece1–1FKurtić Goal 87'
15 August 2012Ljubljana, Slovenia Romania4–3FCesar Goal 4', Dedić Goal 51' (pen), Goal 60', Kirm Goal 70'
7 September 2012Ljubljana, Slovenia  Switzerland0–22014 FIFA World Cup Q
11 September 2012Oslo, Norway Norway1–22014 FIFA World Cup QŠuler Goal 16'
12 October 2012Maribor, Slovenia Cyprus2–12014 FIFA World Cup QMatavž Goal 38', Goal 61'
16 October 2012Tirana, Albania Albania0–12014 FIFA World Cup Q
14 November 2012Skopje, Macedonia Macedonia2–3FPečnik Goal 49', Goal 63'
6 February 2013Ljubljana, Slovenia Bosnia and Herzegovina0–3F
22 March 2013Ljubljana, Slovenia Iceland1–22014 FIFA World Cup QNovaković Goal 34'
31 May 2013Bielefeld, Germany Turkey2–0FNovaković Goal 11', Matavž Goal 65'
7 June 2013Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland4–22014 FIFA World Cup QKirm Goal 11', Birsa Goal 31' (pen), Cesar Goal 61', Krhin Goal 85'
14 August 2013Turku, Finland Finland0–2F
6 September 2013Ljubljana, Slovenia Albania1–02014 FIFA World Cup QKampl Goal 19'
10 September 2013Nicosia, Cyprus Cyprus2–02014 FIFA World Cup QNovaković Goal 12', Iličić Goal 80'
11 October 2013Maribor, Slovenia Norway3–02014 FIFA World Cup QNovaković Goal 14', Goal 15', Goal 49'
15 October 2013Bern, Switzerland  Switzerland0–12014 FIFA World Cup Q
19 November 2013Celje, Slovenia Canada1–0FBirsa Goal 53'
5 March 2014Algeris, Algeria AlgeriaF
4 June 2014Montevideo, Uruguay UruguayF
7 June 2014Buenos Aires, Argentina ArgentinaF

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Manager Srečko Katanec selected a 22-man Slovenia squad for the match against Canada on 19 November 2013.

Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2013.

0#0Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
11GKSamir Handanović(1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 29)680Italy Internazionale
121GKJasmin Handanović(1978-01-28) 28 January 1978 (age 36)80Slovenia Maribor
161GKJan Oblak(1993-01-07) 7 January 1993 (age 21)30Portugal Benfica
22DFMišo Brečko(1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 29)650Germany Köln
32DFMiral Samardžić(1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 26)10Moldova Sheriff Tiraspol
42DFGregor Balažic(1988-02-12) 12 February 1988 (age 25)10Ukraine Karpaty Lviv
52DFBoštjan Cesar(1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 31)736Italy Chievo
62DFBranko Ilić(1983-02-06) 6 February 1983 (age 31)510Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv
132DFMartin Milec(1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 22)20Slovenia Maribor
152DFAndraž Struna(1989-04-23) 23 April 1989 (age 24)100Greece PAS Giannina
73MFNejc Pečnik(1986-01-03) 3 January 1986 (age 28)214Serbia Red Star Belgrade
83MFJasmin Kurtić(1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 25)151Italy Torino
103MFValter Birsa(1986-08-07) 7 August 1986 (age 27)655Italy Milan
113MFDejan Lazarević(1990-02-15) 15 February 1990 (age 23)60Italy Chievo
173MFAndraž Kirm(1984-09-06) 6 September 1984 (age 29)596Netherlands Groningen
193MFŽeljko Filipović(1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 25)30Slovenia Maribor
203MFKevin Kampl(1990-10-09) 9 October 1990 (age 23)91Austria Red Bull Salzburg
213MFDalibor Stevanović(1984-09-27) 27 September 1984 (age 29)171Poland Śląsk Wrocław
223MFAleš Mertelj(1987-03-22) 22 March 1987 (age 26)80Slovenia Maribor
94FWRobert Berić(1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 (age 22)30Austria Sturm Graz
144FWZlatko Dedić(1984-10-05) 5 October 1984 (age 29)488Germany Dynamo Dresden
184FWRoman Bezjak(1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 24)30Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the Slovenia squad in the last 12 months.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GKVid Belec(1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 23)00Portugal Olhanensev.  Finland on 15 August 2013
DFBojan Jokić(1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 27)651Spain Villarrealv.   Switzerland on 15 October 2013
DFDejan Kelhar(1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 29)60Serbia Red Star Belgradev.   Switzerland on 15 October 2013
DFSiniša Anđelković(1986-02-13) 13 February 1986 (age 27)30Italy Palermov.   Switzerland on 15 October 2013
DFDominic Maroh(1987-03-04) 4 March 1987 (age 26)50Germany Kölnv.  Cyprus on 10 September 2013
DFMarko Šuler(1983-03-09) 9 March 1983 (age 30)393Slovenia Mariborv.  Iceland on 22 March 2013
DFAleksander Rajčević(1986-11-17) 17 November 1986 (age 27)10Slovenia Mariborv.  Iceland on 22 March 2013
MFRene Krhin(1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 23)151Italy Bolognav.   Switzerland on 15 October 2013
MFJosip Iličić(1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 (age 26)231Italy Fiorentinav.  Cyprus on 10 September 2013
MFAleksandar Radosavljević(1979-04-25) 25 April 1979 (age 34)391Unattachedv.  Iceland on 7 June 2013
MFGoran Cvijanović(1986-09-09) 9 September 1986 (age 27)30Slovenia Mariborv.  Iceland on 7 June 2013
MFArmin Bačinović(1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 24)130Italy Palermov.  Iceland on 22 March 2013
FWMilivoje Novaković(1979-05-18) 18 May 1979 (age 34)6125Japan Shimizu S-Pulsev.   Switzerland on 15 October 2013
FWZlatan Ljubijankić(1983-12-15) 15 December 1983 (age 30)426Japan Omiya Ardijav.   Switzerland on 15 October 2013
FWTim Matavž(1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 25)2710Netherlands PSVv.   Switzerland on 15 October 2013

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup squads
UEFA European Football Championship squads

Competition history[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World CupFIFA World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGAPosition
1930 to 1994Did not enter – Part of Yugoslavia
France 1998Did not qualify80175205/5
South Korea Japan 2002Group stage30th3003271266020112/6 Won Playoff
Germany 2006Did not qualify1033410134/6
South Africa 2010Group stage18th311133127232062/6 Won Playoff
Brazil 2014Did not qualify1050514113/6
Russia 2018Future qualification campaign
Qatar 2022Future qualification campaign
Total2/206114510522112196961

European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European ChampionshipUEFA Euro Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWDLGFGAPldWDLGFGAPosition
1960 to 1992Did not enter – Part of Yugoslavia
England 1996Did not qualify1032513135/6
Belgium Netherlands 2000Group stage13th3021451263315162/6 Won Playoff
Portugal 2004Did not qualify1043316142/5 Lost Playoff
Austria Switzerland 2008123279166/7
Poland Ukraine 2012104241174/6
France 2016Future qualification campaign
Total1/14302145542012226466

Statistics[edit]

  Still active players are highlighted

Most appearances[edit]

#NameNT CareerCapsGoals
1Zlatko Zahovič1992–20048035
2Aleš Čeh1992–2002741
2Milenko Ačimovič1998–20077413
4Boštjan Cesar2003–736
5Džoni Novak1992–2002713
6Samir Handanovič2004–680
7Marinko Galič1994–2002660
8Aleksander Knavs1998–2006653
8Mladen Rudonja1994–2003651
8Bojan Jokić2006–651
8Mišo Brečko2004–650
Last updated: 19 November 2013. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Top goalscorers[edit]

#NameNT CareerCapsGoalsAverage
1Zlatko Zahovič1992–200480350.44
2Milivoje Novaković2006–61250.40
3Sergej Varljen1929–193523251.08
4Ermin Šiljak1994–200548140.29
5Milenko Ačimovič1998–200774130.18
6Tim Matavž2009–27100.37
6Primož Gliha1992–199828100.36
8Zlatko Dedič2004–4880.17
8Milan Osterc1997–20024480.18
10Zlatan Ljubijankič2006–4260.14
10Sebastjan Cimirotič1998–20053360.18
10Nastja Čeh2001–20074660.13
10Klemen Lavrič2004–20082560.24
10Andraž Kirm2007–5960.10
10Boštjan Cesar2003–7360.08
Last updated: 19 November 2013. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Managers[edit]

NameNT CareerPlayedWonDrawnLostWin %Drawn %Lost %Achievements
Slovenia Prašnikar, BojanBojan Prašnikar1991–1993412125.0050.0025.00
Slovenia Verdenik, ZdenkoZdenko Verdenik1994–1997321081431.2525.0043.75
Slovenia Prašnikar, BojanBojan Prašnikar1998511320.0020.0060.00
Slovenia Katanec, SrečkoSrečko Katanec1998–20024718161338.3034.0027.702000 Euro; 2002 World Cup
Slovenia Prašnikar, BojanBojan Prašnikar2002–20041663737.5018.7543.752004 Euro Qualifying Play-offs
Slovenia Oblak, BrankoBranko Oblak2004–200623671026.1030.4043.50
Slovenia Kek, MatjažMatjaž Kek2007–2011492092040.8218.3740.822010 World Cup
Slovenia Stojanovič, SlavišaSlaviša Stojanovič2011–2012922522.2222.2255.56
Slovenia Katanec, SrečkoSrečko Katanec2013–1060460.0000.0040.00
Last updated: 19 November 2013. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

Home venues record[edit]

VenueCityPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAWin %Drawn %Lost %
BežigradLjubljana291568483451.7020.7027.60
Ljudski vrtMaribor201325401865.0010.0025.00
Arena PetrolCelje17638161935.2917.6547.06
StožiceLjubljana11416161736.009.0055.00
FazanerijaMurska Sobota21013450.00050.00
Sports ParkNova Gorica20022700100
Sports ParkDomžale11001010000
BonifikaKoper301225033.0067.00
Stanko MlakarKranj10011400100
Last updated: 19 November 2013. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

All-time team record[edit]

AgainstPlayedWonDrawnLostGFGAGD
 Albania742152+3
 Algeria110010+1
 Argentina0000000
 Australia110020+2
 Austria110020+2
 Belarus412156−1
 Belgium201102−2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina4004410−6
 Bulgaria200205−5
 Canada110010+1
 China PR1010000
 Ivory Coast100103−3
 Croatia8035815−7
 Cyprus8521156+9
 Czech Republic511326−4
 Denmark4004111−10
 England200213−2
 Estonia751194+5
 Faroe Islands431093+6
 Finland201113-2
 France3003210−8
 Georgia412154+1
 Germany100101−1
 Ghana110020+2
 Greece5023311−8
 Honduras100115−4
 Hungary430153+2
 Iceland4301157+8
 Israel312042+2
 Italy721435−2
 Latvia320132+1
 Lithuania200224−2
 Luxembourg440091+8
 Macedonia300339−6
 Malta431071+6
 Mexico110021+1
 Moldova220051+4
 Montenegro1010110
 Netherlands200203−3
 New Zealand110031+2
 Northern Ireland4112220
 Norway7115714−7
 Oman2200110+11
 Paraguay100113−2
 Poland512245−1
 Qatar110041+3
 Romania82331013−3
 Russia521267−1
 San Marino220080+8
 Saudi Arabia110020+2
 Scotland302114−3
 Serbia615098+1
 Slovakia422052+3
 South Africa100101−1
 Spain200225−3
 Sweden100101−1
  Switzerland7115514−9
 Trinidad and Tobago110031+2
 Tunisia211032+1
 Turkey110020+2
 Ukraine422064+2
 United Arab Emirates2020330
 Uruguay100102−2
 United States201145−1
 Wales1010000
Last updated: 19 November 2013. Statistics include official FIFA-recognised matches only.

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