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UEFA EURO: Slovenia - Poland Match press kits

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SloveniaSloveniaStadion Stožice - LjubljanaFriday 6 September 2019
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Group G - Matchday -8
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
09/09/2009QR (GS)Slovenia - Poland3-0
MariborDedič 13, Novakovič 44, Birsa 62
06/09/2008QR (GS)Poland - Slovenia1-1WroclawŻewłakow 17 (P); Dedič 35
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

Last updated 05/09/2019 10:09CET

Squad list Only this chapter

Slovenia - Squad list
Current season
-Vid Belec06/06/199029APOEL - 0000
-Nejc Vidmar31/03/198930Olimpija Ljubljana - 0000
-Jan Oblak07/01/199326Atlético - 4000
-Uros Korun25/05/198732Piast - 0000
-Aljaž Struna04/08/199029Houston Dynamo - 4000
-Miha Mevlja12/06/199029PFC Sochi - 4000
-Miha Blažič08/05/199326Ferencváros - 0000
-Petar Stojanović07/10/199523Dinamo Zagreb - 4000
-Jure Balkovec09/09/199424Empoli - 0000
-René Krhin21/05/199029Nantes - 2000
-Josip Iličić29/01/198831Atalanta - 4200
-Jasmin Kurtić10/01/198930SPAL - 4000
-Denis Popović15/10/198929Zürich - 2000
-Miha Zajc01/07/199425Fenerbahçe - 4200
-Domen Črnigoj18/11/199523Lugano - 4200
-Benjamin Verbić27/11/199325Dynamo Kyiv - 2000
-Žan Majer25/07/199227Lecce - 1000
-Roman Bezjak21/02/198930APOEL - 0000
-Tim Matavž13/01/198930Vitesse - 0000
-Robert Berić17/06/199128St-Étienne - 3000
-Luka Zahović15/11/199523Maribor - 2000
-Andraž Šporar27/02/199425Slovan Bratislava - 3100
-Matjaž Kek09/09/196157 - 4000
Poland - Squad list
Current season
-Łukasz Fabiański18/04/198534West Ham - 2000
-Wojciech Szczęsny18/04/199029Juventus - 2000
-Łukasz Skorupski05/05/199128Bologna - 0000
-Maciej Rybus19/08/198930Lokomotiv Moskva - 1000
-Artur Jędrzejczyk04/11/198731Legia - 0000
-Michał Pazdan21/09/198731Ankaragücü - 2000
-Bartosz Bereszyński12/07/199227Sampdoria - 3000
-Thiago Cionek21/04/198633SPAL - 0000
-Tomasz Kędziora11/06/199425Dynamo Kyiv - 4000
-Jan Bednarek12/04/199623Southampton - 3000
-Krystian Bielik04/01/199821Derby - 0000
-Robert Gumny04/06/199821Lech - 0000
-Jakub Błaszczykowski14/12/198533Wisła Kraków - 1000
-Grzegorz Krychowiak29/01/199029Lokomotiv Moskva - 4000
-Kamil Grosicki08/06/198831Hull - 4100
-Mateusz Klich13/07/199029Leeds - 4000
-Piotr Zieliński20/05/199425Napoli - 4000
-Karol Linetty02/02/199524Sampdoria - 0000
-Jacek Góralski21/09/199226Ludogorets - 2000
-Sebastian Szymański10/05/199920Dinamo Moskva - 0000
-Robert Lewandowski21/08/198831Bayern - 4200
-Dawid Kownacki14/03/199722Düsseldorf - 0000
-Krzysztof Piątek01/07/199524Milan - 4300
-Jerzy Brzęczek18/03/197148 - 4000

Last updated 06/09/2019 11:27CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Matjaž Kek

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

• 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 a decade in Austria's lower leagues with Spittal/Drau and Grazer AK – earning one cap for Slovenia in 1992 while with the latter. Returned home to win 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 himself 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. Oversaw creditable performances in South Africa although Slovenia failed to progress from group stage.

• Stepped down after failure to reach UEFA EURO 2012, going on to have a brief spell in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad before resurfacing at Rijeka in February 2013. Kek proved a huge success in Croatia, winning the club's first title in 2016/17 when Rijeka completed the double by claiming the Croatian Cup for the second time in his reign; also took the club into the UEFA Europa League group stage in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Stepped down in October 2018 and reappointed as Slovenia coach the following month.


Jerzy Brzęczek

Date of birth: 18 March 1971
Nationality: Polish
Playing career: Olimpia Truskolasy (youth), Raków Częstochowa (youth), Olimpia Poznań, Lech Poznań, Górnik Zabrze, GKS Katowice, Tirol Innsbruck, LASK Linz, Maccabi Haifa, Tirol Innsbruck, Sturm Graz, FC Kärnten, Wacker Tirol, Górnik Zabrze, Polonia Bytom
Coaching career: Raków Częstochowa, Lechia Gdańsk, GKS Katowice, Wisła Płock, Poland

• Jerzy Brzęczek enjoyed a prolonged and eventful career as a midfielder. Known for his leadership skills, he was captain of most of the teams he played for. He is the uncle and mentor of Jakub Błaszczykowski, Poland's UEFA EURO 2012 captain who won his 100th cap at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

• Brzęczek spent several years in Austria with a number of clubs, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Tirol Innsbruck, the second in 2001/02 under Joachim Löw, to go with the 1992/93 Polish title he claimed with Lech Poznań. He amassed more than 500 league appearances in Poland, Austria and Israel.

• Was a key player and captain of the Poland side that won Olympic silver at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, losing narrowly to hosts Spain in the final (2-3) at the conclusion of a captivating, high-scoring campaign.

• Played 42 games for the senior Polish national team, some as captain, but did not take part in any major tournaments. Brzęczek scored four international goals, including one against Brazil in a friendly and one against England at Wembley (1-3) in a UEFA EURO 2000 qualifier.

• Started coaching in 2010 at Raków Częstochowa, where he remained for four years before experiencing his first taste of the Polish top flight with Lechia Gdańsk. He returned to the second division to coach GKS Katowice for two years before his first full season in the Ekstraklasa ended with a creditable fifth-place finish in charge of Wisła Płock – an achievement deemed worthy of promotion to the post of Poland coach in July 2018 to succeed Adam Nawałka.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeSergei Karasev (RUS)
  • Assistant refereesIgor Demeshko (RUS) , Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
  • Fourth officialVitali Meshkov (RUS)
  • UEFA DelegateArmen Minasyan (ARM)
  • UEFA Referee observerHerbert Fandel (GER)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Sergei Karasev12/06/1979770

Sergei Karasev

Referee since: 1995
First division: 2008
FIFA badge: 2010

Tournaments: 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2016 Olympic Games, UEFA EURO 2016, 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 2002 UEFA Regions' Cup


UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
30/08/2012UELPOHannover 96WKS Śląsk Wrocław5-1Hanover
25/10/2012UELGSNK MariborTottenham Hotspur1-1Maribor
21/08/2014UELPOFC AktobeLegia Warszawa0-1Aktobe
14/09/2016UCLGSLegia WarszawaBorussia Dortmund0-6Warsaw

Last updated 05/09/2019 10:10CET

Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    North Macedonia4112574
    Matchday 1 (21/03/2019)
    Israel 1-1 Slovenia
    0-1 Šporar 48, 1-1 Zahavi 55
    Oblak, Aljaž Struna, Krhin, Iličić, Kurtić, Šporar (85 Bohar), Zajc (62 Črnigoj), Jokić, M. Mevlja, Stojanović, Verbić (90 Bijol)
  • Matchday 2 (24/03/2019)
    Slovenia 1-1 North Macedonia
    1-0 Zajc 34, 1-1 Bardi 47
    Oblak, Aljaž Struna, Krhin, Iličić, Kurtić, Šporar (71 Berić), Zajc (90 Zahović), Jokić, M. Mevlja, Stojanović, Verbić (84 Črnigoj)
  • Matchday 3 (07/06/2019)
    Austria 1-0 Slovenia
    1-0 Burgstaller 74
    Oblak, Aljaž Struna, Bijol (63 Popović), Iličić, Kurtić, Šporar, Zajc (69 Bohar), Jokić, Črnigoj (78 Berić), M. Mevlja, Stojanović
  • Matchday 4 (10/06/2019)
    Latvia 0-5 Slovenia
    0-1 Črnigoj 24, 0-2 Črnigoj 27, 0-3 Iličić 29 (P) , 0-4 Iličić 44, 0-5 Zajc 47
    Oblak, Aljaž Struna, Iličić, Kurtić, Zajc (64 Bijol), Jokić, Črnigoj (83 Majer), M. Mevlja, Popović (77 Zahović), Berić, Stojanović
  • Matchday 5 (06/09/2019)
  • Matchday 6 (09/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (10/10/2019)
    North Macedonia-Slovenia
  • Matchday 8 (13/10/2019)
  • Matchday 9 (16/11/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (19/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group G - Group Standings
    North Macedonia4112574
    Matchday 1 (21/03/2019)
    Austria 0-1 Poland
    0-1 K. Piątek 69
    Szczęsny, Bednarek, Milik (46 Frankowski), Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki (91 Pazdan), Klich, Glik, Bereszyński, Kędziora, Zieliński (59 K. Piątek)
  • Matchday 2 (24/03/2019)
    Poland 2-0 Latvia
    1-0 Lewandowski 76, 2-0 Glik 84
    Szczęsny, Pazdan, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki (83 Frankowski), Reca, Klich (62 Błaszczykowski), Glik, Kędziora, Zieliński, K. Piątek (87 Milik)
  • Matchday 3 (07/06/2019)
    North Macedonia 0-1 Poland
    0-1 K. Piątek 47
    Fabiański, Bednarek, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki (69 Rybus), Klich (90 Góralski), Glik, Kędziora, Bereszyński, Zieliński, Frankowski (46 K. Piątek)
  • Matchday 4 (10/06/2019)
    Poland 4-0 Israel
    1-0 K. Piątek 35, 2-0 Lewandowski 56 (P) , 3-0 Grosicki 59, 4-0 Kądzior 84
    Fabiański, Bednarek, Lewandowski, Krychowiak, Grosicki (77 Kądzior), Klich (75 Góralski), Glik, Kędziora, Bereszyński, Zieliński, K. Piątek (73 Milik)
  • Matchday 5 (06/09/2019)
  • Matchday 6 (09/09/2019)
  • Matchday 7 (10/10/2019)
  • Matchday 8 (13/10/2019)
    Poland-North Macedonia
  • Matchday 9 (16/11/2019)
  • Matchday 10 (19/11/2019)

Last updated 05/09/2019 10:08CET


:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2020 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2020 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 was the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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