Matjaž Kek

  • Date of birth : 09/09/1961
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Slovenia Slovenia
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Matjaž Kek

Matjaž Kek
Slovenia coach Matjaž Kek ©Getty Images

Matjaž Kek


Date of birth: 9 September 1961
Nationality: Slovenian
Playing career: NK Maribor (twice), SV Spittal/Drau, Grazer AK
Coaching career: NK Maribor, Slovenia (youth), Slovenia

• Born in Maribor, he began a long affiliation with the local club as a player. Featured from 1979 to 1984 in the Yugoslavian Federal League before leaving for Austria.

• Spent a decade in Austria's lower leagues with Spittal/Drau and GAK – earning one cap for Slovenia in 1992 while with the latter – before returning home and winning a hat-trick of Slovenian titles at Maribor between 1997 and 1999 as well as two national cups.

• Turned to coaching immediately after hanging up his boots and was on the staff for four further Maribor championship wins before taking charge permanently for the 2003/04 season.

• Appointed coach of Slovenia's Under-15 and U16 teams in 2006 before the call came to replace senior head coach Branko Oblak midway through UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying campaign in January 2007.

• Endured difficult start to reign with youthful team but came good to eventually steer Slovenia to 2010 FIFA World Cup finals after a famous away-goals victory over Russia in the play-offs. Creditable performances in South Africa although Slovenia failed to progress from group stage.

Last updated: 09/09/10 16.37CET

Match log

Match log
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 05/08/2016 01:25 CET
28.07.2016UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundİstanbul Başakşehirİstanbul Başakşehir0-0RijekaRijeka
04.08.2016UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundRijekaRijeka2-2İstanbul Başakşehirİstanbul Başakşehir

General info

  • Name: Matjaž Kek
  • Date of birth: 09/09/1961
  • Country: Slovenia

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: Under-17 (Qualifying round)
    19/09/06: Turkey 4-1 Slovenia
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Second qualifying round)
    26/07/00: Zimbru 2-0 Maribor

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Slovenia U-173021

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 05/08/2016 01:25 CET