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Slovenia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET
A UEFA member since 1992, UEFA EURO 2000 was the best of Slovenia's five EURO qualifying campaigns to date, though they have also enjoyed success on the world stage.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 9.00CET

Slovenia team profile

A UEFA member since 1992, UEFA EURO 2000 was the best of Slovenia's five EURO qualifying campaigns to date, though they have also enjoyed success on the world stage.

Best result: group stage 2000
Coach: Srečko Katanec
Leading scorer: all time – Zlatko Zahovič (35); current – Milivoje Novakovič (31)
Most appearances: all time – Boštjan Cesar (87); current – Boštjan Cesar (73)
Association formed: 1920
Nickname: Fantje (The Boys)
Where they play: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor; ŠRC Stožice, Ljubljana

A former Yugoslav republic, Slovenia began competing as a separate entity in 1992 and caused a surprise by qualifying for both the UEFA European Championship and the FIFA World Cup at the second attempt. Led by coach Katanec and galvanised by star forward Zahovič, the team made it to the major tournaments of 2000 and 2002 thanks to play-off victories but did not progress beyond the group stage in either. Since that halcyon period there has been just one further qualification, via another play-off, with Russia defeated en route to an appearance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where again they were eliminated early.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P67 W25 D15 L27 F86 A82
Final tournament: P3 W0 D2 L1 F4 A5
Qualifying: P64 W25 D13 L26 F82 A77

A UEFA member since 1992, UEFA EURO 2000 was the best of Slovenia's five UEFA European Championship qualifying campaigns to date, the nation making it to the finals following a 3-2 aggregate win against Ukraine in the play-offs. Katanec's side acquitted themselves well in Belgium and the Netherlands, drawing against Yugoslavia and Norway either side of a 2-1 loss to Spain.

That success was almost repeated at the next time of asking when Slovenia finished second in their UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying section, but Croatia proved too strong for Bojan Prašnikar's team in the play-offs, winning 2-1 on aggregate. After those campaigns, UEFA EURO 2008 and UEFA EURO 2012 were comparatively disappointing, Slovenia finishing sixth and fourth in their respective qualifying sections.

Memorable EURO matches
13/06/2000: Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage

At one point Slovenia were 3-0 up and a man to the good on their finals debut, but Yugoslavia rallied.

17/11/1999: Ukraine 1-1 Slovenia, UEFA EURO 2000 play-offs
Miran Pavlin's goal in snowy Kyiv completed Slovenia's play-off success, sparking wild celebrations.

07/09/1994: Slovenia 1-1 Italy, EURO '96 qualifying
Katanec's final game as a player marked a bright start for Slovenia in their first EURO campaign.

Did you know?
Slovenia's first international match after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia was a 1-1 friendly draw in 1992 with Estonia, also playing their first game since independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

*Last updated on 13/10/15

Last updated: 13/10/15 16.01CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/04/2016 15:18 CET
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Estonia1-0Slovenia
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL) Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn (EST)
01/08/2016 08:06:22
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Slovenia1-0Switzerland
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Lithuania0-2Slovenia
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE) Stadium: LFF stadionas, Vilnius (LTU)
01/08/2016 08:06:15
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
England3-1Slovenia
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
01/08/2016 08:06:43
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovenia0-1Colombia
Referee: not available Stadium: Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN)
10/15/2015 11:01:17
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Slovenia6-0San Marino
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT) Stadium: Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN)
01/08/2016 08:06:36
30 March 2015 30 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Qatar1-0Slovenia
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 13:30:16
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Slovenia2-3England
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN)
01/08/2016 08:06:35
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Switzerland3-2Slovenia
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE) Stadium: St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Slovenia1-0Estonia
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
01/08/2016 08:06:33
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
Slovenia1-1Lithuania
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED) Stadium: Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana (SVN)
01/08/2016 08:06:26
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group E)
San Marino0-2Slovenia
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD) Stadium: San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR)
01/08/2016 08:06:25
14 November 2015 14 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Ukraine2-0Slovenia
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
01/08/2016 08:06:43
17 November 2015 17 Nov - UEFA EURO, Play-off for Final Tournament
Slovenia1-1Ukraine
Aggregate: 1-3 (agg: 1-3)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
01/08/2016 08:06:42
23 March 2016 23 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Slovenia1-0FYR Macedonia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: ŠRC Bonifika, Koper (SVN)
03/24/2016 14:12:47
28 March 2016 28 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Northern Ireland1-0Slovenia
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST) Stadium: Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR)
03/31/2016 14:19:56
30 May 2016 30 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Sweden
19.30
Slovenia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Malmö New Stadium, Malmo (SWE)
03/14/2016 18:36:02
LithuaniaSlovenia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 13:36:40
SloveniaSlovakia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 15:33:47
SloveniaEngland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:00:33
11 November 2016 11 Nov - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group F)
MaltaSlovenia
Referee: TBD Stadium: National Stadium, Ta' Qali (MLT)
04/27/2016 11:15:11
ScotlandSlovenia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:49:18
SloveniaMalta
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:49:33
SlovakiaSlovenia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:00:33
SloveniaLithuania
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:31:48
EnglandSlovenia
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 19:30:48
SloveniaScotland
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 14:15:12

General info

  • Founded : 1920
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    27/03/2015, Slovenia 6-0 San Marino, Ljubljana
  • Biggest defeat:
    12/10/2002, France 5-0 Slovenia, Paris
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 33
    Valter Birsa (SVN)
  • Top scorers: 18
    Zlatko Zahovič (SVN)