Slovenia

Having made only one final tournament prior to UEFA Futsal EURO 2010, Slovenia have now qualified for the fourth time in succession.

Slovenia during their qualifying match against Norway
Slovenia during their qualifying match against Norway ©NZS

Slovenia are one of several nations to emerge from the former Yugoslavia with futsal as a popular winter sport and they are in a fifth final tournament at this level, following an impressive improvement in the last decade. They first played as an independent country in September 1995, drawing 1-1 and losing 3-0 in Slovakia, and their competitive debut was a 3-2 defeat of Belarus in 1996 FIFA Futsal World Cup qualifying.

At the start of the millennium they were getting closer to a maiden qualification and were pipped 3-1 by Croatia to the 2001 UEFA European Futsal Championship finals. Two years later they made it by beating Greece, Armenia and the Netherlands, though they lost all three games in Italy. For the 2005 finals, the Slovenes were in a qualifying pool with Spain yet only missed out on goal difference after a 3-3 draw; in 2007 they were denied in a three-way tie-break by Romania in a thrilling group.

The expansion of the finals to 12 teams, however, proved a boon in 2010, 2012, 2014 and this time, while they also qualified for their first UEFA European Under-21 Futsal Tournament in 2008. At club level, KMN Svea Lesna Litija were among the last eight of the 2004/05 UEFA Futsal Cup.

Main round: Norway 4-0, France 11-2, Czech Republic 3-1 (Group 5 winners)

Key players
Rok Mordej, Igor Osredkar, Kristjan Čujec

Coach: Andrej Dobovičnik

Qualifying top scorer
Igor Osredkar 5

Tournament record
2014: Quarter-finals
2012: Group stage
2010: Group stage
2007: Did not qualify
2005: Did not qualify
2003: Group stage
2001: Did not qualify
1999: Did not qualify
1996: Did not qualify

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