Slovenia national football team

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Slovenia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Slovenian Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Vacant
Captain Boštjan Cesar
Most caps Boštjan Cesar (100)[1]
Top scorer Zlatko Zahovič (35)[1]
Home stadium Stožice Stadium
FIFA code SVN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 68 Decrease 13 (16 October 2017)
Highest 15 (October–November 2010)
Lowest 134 (December 1993)
Elo ranking
Current 54 (10 October 2017)
Highest 28 (November 2001)
Lowest 87 (November 1993)
First international
Unofficial
 Slovenia 0–5 France 
(Ljubljana, Kingdom of Yugoslavia; 23 June 1921)
Official
 Estonia 1–1 Slovenia 
(Tallinn, Estonia; 3 June 1992)
Biggest win
 Oman 0–7 Slovenia 
(Muscat, Oman; 8 February 1999)
Biggest defeat
 France 5–0 Slovenia 
(Saint-Denis, France; 12 October 2002)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (first in 2002)
Best result Group stage, 2002 and 2010
European Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2000)
Best result Group stage, 2000

The Slovenia national football team (Slovene: Slovenska nogometna reprezentanca) represents Slovenia in international football and is controlled by the Football Association of Slovenia. In the period between 1920 and 1991, Slovenia was ineligible to field a separate team for competitive matches; local players instead played for the Yugoslavia national football team. Slovenia played its first official match in 1992, one year after the country gained independence from Yugoslavia.

Slovenian national team has participated in three major football competitions. In 1999, Slovenia qualified for the UEFA Euro 2000 after eliminating Ukraine in a playoff. Slovenia achieved another success two years later, qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, this time defeating Romania in a playoff. The team did not lose a match in its whole qualifying campaign, finished in second place with six wins and six draws, but did not obtain any points in the group stage of the finals. Despite failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Slovenia was the only team to defeat the eventual World Cup winners Italy during the campaign. Slovenia qualifed for its last major tournament in 2009 after defeating Russia in a playoff to clinch a berth for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Most home matches are played at the Stožice Stadium in Ljubljana, with some fixtures also taking place at Ljudski vrt in Maribor or at other, smaller venues, such as Bonifika Stadium in Koper.

History

Origins

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. The team had mostly played exhibition matches against teams from other republics of SFR Yugoslavia and was represented by Slovenian players under the traditional colours of white, blue and red.

The first football clubs were formed at the beginning of the 20th century during the period when most of the territory of present-day Slovenia was still within the Austro-Hungarian Empire. At the end of the World War I, Slovenia, along with Croatia, joined the Kingdom of Serbia forming the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, which would be renamed into Yugoslavia in 1929. On 24 April 1920, the Ljubljana Football Subassociation was formed as the Slovenian branch of the Yugoslav Football Association and organised the first football leagues. The winner of the Ljubljana Subassociation League had access to the Yugoslav Championship. On 23 June 1921, the Slovenian capital Ljubljana hosted a match between the French national team and selection of players from Slovenian clubs. The Chef de Mission of the guests was the acting FIFA President, Jules Rimet, who later initiated the first World Cup tournament. France won 5–0 and, although the match was not official by international standards, it was, at least in Slovenia, widely accepted as the first appearance of a Slovenian national team.[2][3]

Independence (1991–1998)

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 also recognized by FIFA and UEFA. The new Slovenian national football team played its first FIFA-recognized game on 3 June 1992 in Tallinn against Estonia.[4] The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Igor Benedejčič scoring the first goal for the new team.[5] 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.[4]

From 1994–1997, the team was managed by 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 won three games and took eleven points in ten matches of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifications.[6]

Verdenik also coached the team through qualifications for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In a group with Croatia, Denmark, Greece, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the team finished in last place with only one point in 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 division club Maribor and was given an ultimatum from the Football Association of Slovenia that he could only manage one team. He decided in favor of Maribor, and the Football Association of Slovenia appointed Srečko Katanec as the head coach.[7]

Srečko Katanec and Zlatko Zahovič period ("Golden generation")

Euro 2000 qualifying campaign

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. Slovenia finished in second place, with Zlatko Zahovič scoring eight out of twelve team goals.

Second place in the group meant that the team was to play additional qualifications against Ukraine. The first leg was played in Ljubljana, which Slovenia won 2–1. Zlatko Zahovič scored the first goal, bringing his total in the qualifying campaign to nine,[8] while Milenko Ačimovič scored from the halfway line late in the game for the final score of 2–1.[9] The second leg was played in snowy conditions in Kiev. Sergei Rebrov scored in the 68th minute, while Slovenia equalised eight minutes later with a goal scored by Miran Pavlin.[10] The 1–1 draw meant that Slovenia has won 3–2 on aggregate and qualified on its first major tournament.

Euro 2000

For its first major tournament, Slovenia was drawn into group C together with Spain, Yugoslavia, and Norway.

In the first game of the group, Slovenia played against Yugoslavia and took a 3–0 lead after one hour of play, with Zlatko Zahovič scoring twice and Miran Pavlin once. Yugoslavia made a comeback as they scored three goals in only six minutes for the final score 3–3.

The second game was played in Amsterdam against Spain. Spain took the 1–0 lead quickly with a goal by Raúl. 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 with a goal by Joseba Etxeberria. About 10,000 Slovenian fans gathered to see the match at Amsterdam ArenA, which is still a record for the most Slovenian spectators on a football game outside Slovenia.[11]

In the last round of the group stage, Slovenia played against Norway and still had chances to progress to the quarterfinals. The match finished 0–0 and the team won its second point of the tournament.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6 Advance to knockout stage
2  FR Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
3  Norway 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
4  Slovenia 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

2002 World Cup qualifying campaign

For the 2002 FIFA World Cup, Slovenia was drawn into a group together with Russia, Yugoslavia, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, and Luxembourg. Zlatko Zahovič scored four goals during the campaign, in which Slovenia finished in second place and thus qualifying to the playoffs. In the playoffs, Slovenia was drawn against Romania.

The first leg of the playoffs was played in Slovenia. Slovenia won the game 2–1 with the goals from Milenko Ačimovič in the first half and Milan Osterc in the second half. In the second leg in Bucharest, Slovenia took the lead with a goal scored by Mladen Rudonja, which was his first and only goal for the national team in 65 appearances.[12] Romania equalised with a goal scored by Cosmin Contra with 25 minutes remaining. The final result was 1–1 with Slovenia qualifying to its second consecutive major tournament and the first-ever World Cup.[13]

Through the whole qualifying campaign, Slovenia played a total of twelve games and was undefeated with a total of six wins and six draws.

2002 World Cup

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

In the first game, Slovenia played against Spain for the second time in a row at 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. Seven minutes later, Sebastjan Cimirotič managed to score the first World Cup goal for Slovenia to reduce the score to 2–1. Fernando Hierro scored a penalty goal in 87th 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.[14] Slovenia lost the two remaining matches against South Africa (1–0) and Paraguay (3–1). Milenko Ačimovič scored the second goal for Slovenia at the tournament.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 9
 Paraguay 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
 South Africa 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Slovenia 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0

Bojan Prašnikar period

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

UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying campaign

In the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, Slovenia played against France, Israel, Cyprus, and Malta. The team finished in second place and managed to qualify for its third consecutive playoffs.

This time, Slovenia had to play against 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 fifth minute, while Slovenia equalized 15 minutes later with a goal scored by Ermin Šiljak, for the final score of 1–1.[15] In the second leg, Dado Pršo scored the only goal of the game 15 minutes into the second half. That meant that Croatia has qualified for the UEFA Euro 2004 with the aggregate score of 2–1. 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.[15] Prašnikar was later replaced by Branko Oblak.[16]

Ermin Šiljak scored a total of nine goals in the whole campaign, thus becoming the best goalscorer of the whole UEFA zone qualifications.[17]

Branko Oblak period (decline)

When Branko Oblak took charge of the Slovenian national team, there were almost no players from the era of Srečko Katanec remaining as most of them retired from football. During his two-year period as a manager, Branko Oblak selected over 40 different players for the national team.[18]

He led the team through the qualifications for 2006 FIFA World Cup 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 has won only five points in the remaining matches and finished in fourth place.

Branko Oblak also coached the team at the beginning of the qualifications for UEFA Euro 2008. In a group with Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Belarus, Albania, and Luxembourg, the team quickly lost its qualification chances with two defeats to Bulgaria (3–0) and Belarus (4–2). In November 2006, Oblak was sacked by the Football Association of Slovenia.[19] In January 2007, Matjaž Kek was appointed as the new manager of the national team.[20]

Matjaž Kek period

After the campaign for the Euro 2008 was finished, with Slovenia finishing in sixth place, it was speculated that Kek will be replaced by an Italian coach of Slovene origin, Edoardo Reja.[21] However, that did not happen and Kek was given a chance to prove himself in a qualifications for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

World Cup 2010 qualifying campaign

Slovenia was drawn into a group with Czech Republic, Poland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, and San Marino.[22] Slovenia held Poland to a 1–1 draw in Wrocław[23] and then won its first two home games against Slovakia (2–1) and Northern Ireland (2–0).[24] Slovenia then won only one point[25] in the two games with the Czech Republic and lost away against Northern Ireland,[26] when they got back on track with the home 5–0 victory over San Marino.[27] After that, the team defeated Poland at home (3–0)[28] and defeated Slovakia in Bratislava (2–0) who were at the time the main contenders for the first place.[29] 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 an away game in Poland 1–0 and therefore Slovenia finished in second place and was headed to the playoffs for the fourth time in history.[30]

Slovenia was drawn against Russia in the playoffs.[31] Other possible opponents were France, Portugal, and Greece. The first leg was played in Moscow. The match ended 2–1 for the home side, with Nejc Pečnik scoring an away goal for Slovenia late in the game.[32] In the second leg, played in Maribor, Slovenia defeated Russia 1–0 with a goal by Zlatko Dedić. Slovenia has qualified for the main tournament with an aggregate score of 2–2 due to the away goals rule.[33][34] Slovenia was the only unseeded team that managed to qualify from the playoffs.

The top scorer for the national team during the qualifying campaign was Milivoje Novaković with five goals.[35] Slovenia was undefeated at home during the campaign as the team managed to achieve five victories and a draw with a total goal difference 13–1.

World Cup 2010

Slovenia vs. United States at the 2010 World Cup

Slovenia was drawn into Group C alongside England, Algeria, and the United States. Slovenia won their opening game against Algeria at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, with Robert Koren scoring the only goal of the game.[36] In their second game against the United States, Slovenia was leading 2–0 at half time with Valter Birsa and Zlatan Ljubijankić scoring for Slovenia, however, Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley scored for the United States for the final score of 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 defeated Algeria with the goal scored in the last moments of the match, the Slovenian team was eliminated.[37]


Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
3  Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

Slaviša Stojanović and Srečko Katanec period

2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Switzerland 10 7 3 0 17 6 +11 24
 Iceland 10 5 2 3 17 15 +2 17
 Slovenia 10 5 0 5 14 11 +3 15
 Norway 10 3 3 4 10 13 −3 12
 Albania 10 3 2 5 9 11 −2 11
 Cyprus 10 1 2 7 4 15 −11 5
  Albania Cyprus Iceland Norway Slovenia Switzerland
Albania  3–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–2
Cyprus  0–0 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–0
Iceland  2–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 0–2
Norway  0–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–2
Slovenia  1–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 0–2
Switzerland   2–0 1–0 4–4 1–1 1–0


Euro 2016 qualifying campaign

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Switzerland Slovenia Estonia Lithuania San Marino
1  England 10 10 0 0 31 3 +28 30 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–1 2–0 4–0 5–0
2   Switzerland 10 7 0 3 24 8 +16 21 0–2 3–2 3–0 4–0 7–0
3  Slovenia 10 5 1 4 18 11 +7 16 Advance to play-offs 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 6–0
4  Estonia 10 3 1 6 4 9 −5 10 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0
5  Lithuania 10 3 1 6 7 18 −11 10 0–3 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–1
6  San Marino 10 0 1 9 1 36 −35 1 0–6 0–4 0–2 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Stadiums

Slovenia has played home matches in eight different cities at ten different stadiums since the first official home game against Estonia in 1993. Below are the stadiums, where Slovenia played at least ten international matches.

Bežigrad Stadium

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 has hosted a total of 27 matches of the national team, which is more than 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 the UEFA Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup, in which Slovenia qualified, and the qualifications for the UEFA Euro 2004, when the team secured second position in the group and then lost in playoffs. The stadium has been closed since 2008.

Ljudski vrt

Ljudski vrt is situated in Maribor, Slovenia's second 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 in the same year, Ljudski vrt hosted the first national team match since 1999. The stadium current capacity is 12,702 covered seats.[38][39] Ljudski vrt was the main home venue in the qualifications for 2010 FIFA World Cup, where Slovenia did particularly well as the team was undefeated in all six home games, winning five and drawing one match with a goal difference 13–1.

Stadion Z'dežele

Stadion Z'dežele is a stadium located in Celje, the third 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 the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008. The capacity of the stadium is 13,059 seats from which only around 50% are covered.[40] Slovenia played 17 matches on this stadium, with the last one played in 2013.

Stožice Stadium

Stožice Stadium is located in the capital city of Ljubljana. The stadium has a capacity of 16,038 seats[41][42] and is one of the main venues for the national team. The opening match was played in August 2010 against Australia, which Slovenia won 2–0.[43]

Kit

Kit provider

Since 1 January 2007, the kit provider of the national team is Nike.[44] Previously, the kit providers were Puma, Adidas, Uhlsport, and Kappa.

Kit provider Period
Adidas 1992–1993
Puma 1993–1997
Adidas 1997–2000
Uhlsport 2001–2003
Kappa 2003–2006
Nike 2007–present

Colours and kit evolution

Up until 1992, when Slovenia was not affiliated to either FIFA or UEFA, the team played its matches in white, blue and red, which are the traditional colours of Slovenia.[45][46] After independence and recognition by FIFA and UEFA, the team continued to play in the same colours up until 1994, when the board of the Football Association of Slovenia decided to change the colours to white and green,[45] which are the traditional colours of the capital city of Ljubljana and also the colours of the most successful club at the time, NK Olimpija, which was based in the same city.

In 2009, a new board of the Football Association of Slovenia 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 the main colours of the team were white for home and blue for away matches.[47]

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.[48]

In April 2012, Nike revealed the redesigned Slovenia kits. The strip was all-white with a blue and green trim.[49] The new away kit was all-baby blue with a green and white trim.

In March 2016, the new kits were revealed with all-green kit returning as an away kit.[50]

1992–1994 home kit
1994–1995
1994–1995
1998 World Cup qualifiers
UEFA Euro 2000 home
UEFA Euro 2000 away
World Cup 2002 home
World Cup 2002 away
2005–2006 home kit
2005–2006 away kit
2007–2009 home kit
2007–2009 away kit
2010–2011 home kit
2010–2011 away kit
2012–2013 home kit
2012–2013 away kit
2014–2015 home kit
2014–2015 away kit
2016–present home kit
2016–present away kit

Nickname

Slovenia does not have a nickname and was according to media the only team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup without one.[51] During the 2010 World Cup qualification there were 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.[52]

Recently, there were some articles abroad that suggested that the team is called The Dragons,[53][54] 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 Ljubljana 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 Olimpija themselves. However, due to the long tradition of Olimpija playing in Yugoslav football league, some football fans from former Yugoslav republics (Serbia)[55] 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.[56] The 1998–2002 generation behind coach Srečko Katanec is still referred to as the golden generation.[57][58]

Schedule and results

Recent and upcoming games

Date Location Opponent Score Competition Slovenia scorers
11 November 2016 Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup Q Verbič Goal 47'
14 November 2016 Wrocław, Poland  Poland 1–1 Friendly Mevlja Goal 24'
26 March 2017 Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 0–1 2018 FIFA World Cup Q
10 June 2017 Ljubljana, Slovenia  Malta 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup Q Iličić Goal 45+2', Novaković Goal 84'
1 September 2017 Trnava, Slovakia  Slovakia 0–1 2018 FIFA World Cup Q
4 September 2017 Ljubljana, Slovenia  Lithuania 4–0 2018 FIFA World Cup Q Iličić Goal 25' (pen.)61' (pen.), Verbič Goal 82', Birsa Goal 90'
5 October 2017 London, England  England 0–1 2018 FIFA World Cup Q
8 October 2017 Ljubljana, Slovenia  Scotland 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup Q Bezjak Goal 52'72'

Squad

Current squad

Squad for the matches against England on 5 October and Scotland on 8 October 2017.[59]
Caps and goals updated as of 8 October 2017, after the match against Scotland.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jan Oblak (1993-01-07) 7 January 1993 (age 24) 18 0 Spain Atlético Madrid
12 1GK Vid Belec (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 27) 4 0 Italy Benevento
16 1GK Jan Koprivec (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 29) 1 0 Cyprus Pafos

5 2DF Boštjan Cesar (1982-07-09) 9 July 1982 (age 35) 100 10 Italy Chievo
13 2DF Bojan Jokić (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 31) 87 1 Russia Ufa
2DF Miral Samardžić (1987-02-17) 17 February 1987 (age 30) 15 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
17 2DF Miha Mevlja (1990-06-12) 12 June 1990 (age 27) 9 1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
2 2DF Nejc Skubic (1989-06-13) 13 June 1989 (age 28) 9 0 Turkey Konyaspor
23 2DF Aljaž Struna (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 27) 9 0 Italy Palermo
15 2DF Antonio Delamea Mlinar (1991-06-10) 10 June 1991 (age 26) 2 0 United States New England Revolution
3 2DF Mitja Viler (1986-09-01) 1 September 1986 (age 31) 2 0 Slovenia Maribor
4 2DF Matija Širok (1991-05-31) 31 May 1991 (age 26) 0 0 Slovenia Domžale

8 3MF Jasmin Kurtić (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 28) 43 1 Italy Atalanta
21 3MF Benjamin Verbič (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 23) 15 2 Denmark Copenhagen
18 3MF Rajko Rotman (1989-03-19) 19 March 1989 (age 28) 12 0 Turkey Göztepe
19 3MF Jan Repas (1997-03-19) 19 March 1997 (age 20) 3 0 France Caen
22 3MF Amedej Vetrih (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 27) 3 0 Slovenia Domžale
20 4FW Damjan Bohar (1991-10-18) 18 October 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Slovenia Maribor

7 4FW Josip Iličić (1988-01-29) 29 January 1988 (age 29) 50 5 Italy Atalanta
9 4FW Tim Matavž (1989-01-13) 13 January 1989 (age 28) 35 10 Netherlands Vitesse
14 4FW Roman Bezjak (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 28) 19 3 Germany SV Darmstadt 98
11 4FW Andraž Šporar (1994-02-27) 27 February 1994 (age 23) 4 0 Germany Arminia Bielefeld

Recent call-ups

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

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Grega Sorčan (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Slovenia Gorica v.  Malta, 10 June 2017

DF Dejan Trajkovski (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Netherlands Twente v.  Lithuania, 4 September 2017
DF Matija Boben (1994-02-26) 26 February 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Russia Rostov v.  Lithuania, 4 September 2017
DF Luka Krajnc (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Italy Frosinone v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
DF Matej Palčič (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Slovenia Maribor v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
DF Gregor Sikošek (1994-02-12) 12 February 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Denmark Silkeborg v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
DF Jure Balkovec (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Slovenia Domžale v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
DF Miha Blažič (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Slovenia Domžale v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
DF Nemanja Mitrović (1992-10-15) 15 October 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
DF Andraž Struna (1989-04-23) 23 April 1989 (age 28) 25 1 United States New York City v.  Scotland, 26 March 2017
DF Boban Jović (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 26) 4 0 Poland Śląsk Wrocław v.  Poland, 14 November 2016

MF Valter Birsa (1986-08-07) 7 August 1986 (age 31) 88 7 Italy Chievo v.  England, 5 October 2017
MF Rene Krhin (1990-05-21) 21 May 1990 (age 27) 34 2 France Nantes v.  England, 5 October 2017
MF Kevin Kampl (1990-10-09) 9 October 1990 (age 27) 25 2 Germany RB Leipzig v.  Slovakia, 1 September 2017
MF Nik Omladič (1989-08-21) 21 August 1989 (age 28) 6 0 Germany Greuther Fürth v.  Slovakia, 1 September 2017
MF Miha Zajc (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 23) 3 0 Italy Empoli v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
MF Žan Majer (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Russia Rostov v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
MF Matic Črnic (1992-06-12) 12 June 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Croatia Rijeka v.  Scotland, 26 March 2017
MF Rok Kronaveter (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 30) 4 1 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana v.  Poland, 14 November 2016
MF Aleks Pihler (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Slovenia Maribor v.  Poland, 14 November 2016

FW Gregor Bajde (1994-04-29) 29 April 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Slovenia Maribor v.  Lithuania, 4 September 2017
FW Milivoje Novaković RET (1979-05-18) 18 May 1979 (age 38) 80 32 Retired v.  Malta, 10 June 2017
FW Robert Berić (1991-06-17) 17 June 1991 (age 26) 14 1 Belgium Anderlecht v.  Malta, 10 June 2017

Notes:

  • RET Retired from the national team

Previous squads

Competition history

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1930–1994 Part of  Yugoslavia
France 1998 Did not qualify 8 0 1 7 5 20 5/5
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 30th 3 0 0 3 2 7 12 6 6 0 20 11 2/6 Won Playoff
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 10 13 4/6
South Africa 2010 Group stage 18th 3 1 1 1 3 3 12 7 2 3 20 6 2/6 Won Playoff
Brazil 2014 Did not qualify 10 5 0 5 14 11 3/6
Russia 2018 10 4 3 3 12 7 4/6
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total Group stage 2/21 6 1 1 4 5 10 62 25 15 22 81 68

European Championship record

UEFA European Championship UEFA Euro Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA Position
1960–1992 Part of  Yugoslavia
England 1996 Did not qualify 10 3 2 5 13 13 5/6
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 4 5 12 6 3 3 15 16 2/6 Won Playoff
Portugal 2004 Did not qualify 10 4 3 3 16 14 2/5 Lost Playoff
Austria Switzerland 2008 12 3 2 7 9 16 6/7
Poland Ukraine 2012 10 4 2 4 11 7 4/6
France 2016 12 5 2 5 19 14 3/6 Lost Playoff
Europe 2020 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/15 3 0 2 1 4 5 66 25 14 27 83 80

Statistics

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 2007–2011 49 20 9 20 40.82 18.37 40.82 2010 World Cup
Slovenia Stojanovič, SlavišaSlaviša Stojanovič 2011–2012 9 2 2 5 22.22 22.22 55.56
Slovenia Katanec, SrečkoSrečko Katanec 2013–2017 42 16 7 19 38.10 16.66 45.23 2016 Euro Qualifying Play-offs
Last updated: 8 October 2017[60]

All-time team record

The following tables show Slovenia's all-time international record, correct as of 8 October 2017 after the match against Scotland.[61][62][63]

Key
Positive balance (more wins)
Neutral balance (equal W/L ratio)
Negative balance (more losses)

Pre-independence team (1921–1991)

Modern Slovenian team (1992–present)

Honours

Minor tournaments

Other awards

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Includes matches against FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro.

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External links

  • Official website (in Slovene)
  • RSSSF archive of results
  • RSSSF archive of most capped players and highest goalscorers
  • Reports for all official matches
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