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SloveniaSloveniaStadion Ljudski vrt - MariborWednesday 24 March 2021
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Group B - Matchday 1
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    Previous meetings Only this chapter

    Head to Head

    No UEFA competition matches have been played between these two teams

    Last updated 19/03/2021 15:56CET

    Match background Only this chapter

    Co-hosts Slovenia face a baptism of fire on their UEFA European Under-21 Championship debut as they take on holders and five-time champions Spain at Maribor's Stadion Ljudski vrt.

    • While Slovenia are making their first finals appearance, Spain joined Italy on a record five titles by lifting the trophy on Italian soil two years ago and have reached the final in four of the last five editions of the competition, winning three.

    Previous meetings
    • This is the first time Slovenia have met Spain in a European U21 Championship fixture.

    • Indeed, this is only the second time the teams have crossed paths. Spain were 3-0 winners in a friendly on 15 October 2002, Jorge Larena (11, 56) scoring twice before Javier Portillo (65) wrapped up the win.

    • Abel Ruiz was in the Spain side that drew 0-0 against Slovenia, whose side included Žan Celar, in the European U17 Championship elite round on 13 March 2016.

    • Ruiz scored Spain's goal from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw against Slovenia in the European U19 Championship elite round on 20 March 2019. Álvaro Fernández, Juan Miranda and Hugo Guillamón also played for Spain.

    Form guide
    Slovenia
    • Slovenia and fellow hosts Hungary are the only sides to be making their debuts at the 2021 tournament.

    • Slovenia's most successful U21 campaign came in 2006, when they reached the qualifying play-offs only to lose 2-0 on aggregate to eventual champions the Netherlands (0-0 h, 0-2 a).

    • In the qualifying campaign for the 2019 finals, a team coached by Primož Gliha – who was replaced by current boss Milenko Ačimovič in November 2020 – finished second in their qualifying section, 12 points behind France, having picked up 16 points from their ten games (W4 D4 L2).

    • Slovenia have drawn their last two competitive U21 matches; a 2-1 home win against Kazakhstan on 11 September 2018 is their only victory in their last six European U21 Championship fixtures (D3 L2).

    Spain
    • This is Spain's eighth appearance in the U21 final tournament since 1998, and a sixth in the competition's last seven editions. They have only failed to get past the group stage once in those eight participations, in 2009, and have reached the final in each of their last four, lifting the trophy in 2011, 2013 and 2019.

    • Current coach Luis de la Fuente – who succeeded Albert Celades in July 2018 – led Spain to a 2-1 final victory against Germany in Udine in 2018. His side had finished first in Group A, level with hosts Italy and Poland on six points but top in the three-way head-to-head, before beating France 4-1 in the semi-finals.

    • Spain have lost only three of their last 36 European U21 Championship games (W29 D4) – against Italy on Matchday 1 at the 2019 finals (1-3), in qualification at home to Northern Ireland on 11 September 2018 (1-2) and Germany in the 2017 final (0-1).

    • De la Fuente's team won nine of their ten qualifiers in booking their place at the 2021 finals, dropping points only in a 1-1 draw in Israel on 19 November 2019. They won their next five qualifiers, keeping a clean sheet in each, and have not conceded in 459 minutes of competitive football. They finished on 28 points, ten ahead of North Macedonia at the top of Group 6.

    • Spain conceded only one goal – a penalty – in qualifying, which gave them the best defensive record; no other team conceded fewer than four.

    • Spain have won 18 of their last 21 matches at the final tournament (D1 L2); the 2019 defeat by Italy was their first in the group stage since a 2-0 reverse to England on 18 June 2009.

    • De la Fuente also led Spain to the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship title in Greece.

    Links and trivia
    • Slovenia have never beaten Spain in a competitive international at any level; their record across all age groups is D2 L4.

    • Slovenian clubs have enjoyed slightly more success against Spanish opponents, winning two of their ten matches (D3 L5). Olimpija Ljubljana were 2-1 winners at home to Espanyol in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup first round first leg – although they lost the tie on aggregate after a 2-0 away defeat – before Maribor enjoyed better fortune against Villarreal in the 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup third round, recording a 3-2 aggregate victory that included a 2-1 first-leg success in Spain.

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/season=2021/matches/round=2001098/match=2030668/prematch/background/index.html#slovenia+spain+facts

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    Squad list Only this chapter

    Slovenia - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Igor Vekič06/05/199822Bravo - 0000--
    12Martin Turk21/08/200317Parma - 0000--
    22Žan-Luk Leban15/12/200218Everton - 0000--
    Defenders
    3Dušan Stojinovič26/08/200020Celje - 0000--
    4David Brekalo03/12/199822Bravo - 00004-
    5Žan Zaletel16/09/199921Celje - 0000--
    6Jan Gorenc26/07/199921Mura - 0000--
    13Andraž Žinič12/02/199922Domžale - 0000--
    20Sven Karič07/03/199823Domžale - 0000--
    21Aljaž Ploj30/08/199822Aluminij - 0000--
    23Žan Kolmanič03/03/200021Maribor - 0000--
    Midfielders
    2Žan Rogelj25/11/199921Tirol - 0000--
    7Tomi Horvat24/03/199922Mura - 0000--
    8Dejan Petrovič12/01/199823Rapid Wien - 00001-
    14Tamar Svetlin30/07/200119Domžale - 0000--
    15Sandi Ogrinec05/06/199822Bravo - 0000--
    16Adam Gnezda Čerin16/07/199921Rijeka - 00002-
    Forwards
    9Žan Medved14/06/199921Wisła Kraków - 0000--
    10Timi Elšnik29/04/199822Olimpija Ljubljana - 0000--
    11Žan Celar14/03/199922Cremonese - 0000--
    17Aljoša Matko29/03/200020Maribor - 0000--
    18Dario Kolobaric06/02/200021Domžale - 0000--
    19Nik Prelec10/06/200119Sampdoria - 0000--
    Coach
    -Milenko Acimovic15/02/197744 - 0000--
    Spain - Squad list
    Current seasonOverall
    Qual.FTTeam
    No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGlsPldGls
    Goalkeepers
    1Álvaro Fernández13/04/199822Huesca - 40004-
    13Josep Martinez27/05/199822Leipzig - 30003-
    23Alejandro Dominguez30/07/199822Las Palmas - 0000--
    Defenders
    2Pipa26/01/199823Huddersfield - 20002-
    3Adriá Pedrosa13/05/199822Espanyol - 620062
    4Hugo Guillamón31/01/200021Valencia - 410041
    5Jorge Cuenca17/11/199921Almería - 60006-
    11Marc Cucurella22/07/199822Getafe - 610061
    12Juan Miranda19/01/200021Betis - 20002-
    14Oscar Mingueza13/05/199921Barcelona - 0000--
    Midfielders
    6Martin Zubimendi02/02/199922Real Sociedad - 30003-
    7Alejandro Pozo22/02/199922Eibar - 60006-
    8Fran Beltrán03/02/199922Celta - 80008-
    10Gonzalo Villar23/08/199822Roma - 40004-
    15Jon Moncayola13/05/199822Osasuna - 410041
    16Manu García02/01/199823Sporting Gijón - 410041
    17Brahim Díaz03/08/199921Milan - 420042
    20Ricard Puig13/08/199921Barcelona - 30003-
    21Ander Barrenetxea27/12/200119Real Sociedad - 210021
    Forwards
    9Abel Ruiz28/01/200021Braga - 30003-
    18Javier Puado25/05/199822Espanyol - 50005-
    19Dani Gómez30/07/199822Levante - 520052
    22Yeremi Pino20/10/200218Villarreal - 0000--
    Coach
    -Luis de la Fuente21/06/196159 - 1000019-

    Last updated 24/03/2021 12:20CET

    Match officials Only this chapter

    • RefereeFrançois Letexier (FRA)
    • Assistant refereesCyril Mugnier (FRA) , Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
    • Fourth officialGlenn Nyberg (SWE)
    • UEFA DelegateNebojša Ivkovic (SRB)
    • UEFA Referee observerHugh Dallas (SCO)

    Referee

    NameDate of birthUnder-21 matchesUEFA matches
    François Letexier23/04/1989226

    François Letexier

    Referee since: 2002
    First division: 2016
    FIFA badge: 2017

    Tournaments: N/A

    Finals
    2019 UEFA Youth League

    UEFA European Under-21 Championship matches featuring teams from 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
    27/09/2017UYLGSSporting Clube de PortugalFC Barcelona0-1Alcochete
    21/11/2017UYLGSSevilla FCLiverpool FC0-4Seville
    07/08/2019UCL3QRNK MariborRosenborg BK1-3Maribor
    07/11/2019UELGSRCD EspanyolPFC Ludogorets 19456-0Barcelona

    Last updated 02/06/2021 15:06CET

    Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

    Slovenia

    • Under-21 - Group stage – final tournament
      Group B - Group Standings
      TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
      Czech Republic0000000
      Italy0000000
      Slovenia0000000
      Spain0000000
      Matchday 1 (24/03/2021)
      Slovenia-Spain
    • Matchday 2 (27/03/2021)
      Slovenia-Czech Republic
    • Matchday 3 (30/03/2021)
      Italy-Slovenia

    Spain

    • Under-21 - Qualifying round
      (06/09/2019)
      Kazakhstan 0-1 Spain
      0-1 Olmo 28 (P)
      D. Martín, Pedro Porro, Jorge Cuenca, Amo, Aleñá (63 Martin), Olmo, Puado (46 Pozo), Óscar Rodríguez (71 Fran Beltrán), Cucurella, Carles Pérez (46 Ferran Torres), Oriol Busquets
    • (10/09/2019)
      Spain 2-0 Montenegro
      1-0 Olmo 3, 2-0 Olmo 9
      D. Martín, Jorge Cuenca, Miranda, Fran Beltrán (75 Óscar Rodríguez), Olmo (83 Pozo), Buñuel, E. García (65 Amo), Cucurella, Martin (46 Ruiz), Lozano, Ferran Torres (75 Morlanes)
    • (15/10/2019)
      Montenegro 0-2 Spain
      0-1 Buñuel 34, 0-2 Cucurella 62
      D. Martín, Buñuel, Jorge Cuenca, E. García, Fran Beltrán (58 Villar), Martin (68 Pozo), Olmo, Cucurella (80 Fati), Pedrosa, Ferran Torres (68 Dani Gómez), Lozano
    • (14/11/2019)
      Spain 3-0 North Macedonia
      1-0 M. García 7, 2-0 Serafimov 47 (og) , 3-0 Pedrosa 87
      Fernández, E. García, M. García (68 Fran Beltrán), Pozo (46 Fati), Ruiz (46 Martin), Óscar Rodríguez (46 Villar), Buñuel, Pepelu, Pedrosa, Clemente, Ferran Torres (81 Sergio Gómez)
    • (19/11/2019)
      Israel 1-1 Spain
      0-1 Óscar Rodríguez 50, 1-1 Karzev 81 (P)
      Fernández, Pedro Porro, E. García, Amo, M. García (46 Óscar Rodríguez), Martin (70 Ruiz), Villar (46 Sergio Gómez), Cucurella (46 Fran Beltrán), Pedrosa, Ferran Torres, Lozano (84 Pepelu)
    • (03/09/2020)
      North Macedonia 0-1 Spain
      0-1 Hugo Duro 83 (P)
      Martinez, Pipa, Hugo Guillamón, Miranda, Clemente, Aleñá (55 Villar), Pozo (70 Antoñín), Dani Gómez (46 Hugo Duro), Martin (70 Pedri), Ricard Puig, Zubimendi (90 Moncayola)
    • (08/10/2020)
      Faroe Islands 0-2 Spain
      0-1 Brahim Díaz 51, 0-2 Brahim Díaz 90+1
      Martinez, Jorge Cuenca, Hugo Guillamón, Ricard Puig (60 Antoñín), Óscar Rodríguez (88 Moncayola), Puado (60 Pedri), Zubimendi, Pipa (69 Pedro Porro), Cucurella, Pedrosa, Barrenetxea (46 Brahim Díaz)
    • (13/10/2020)
      Spain 3-0 Kazakhstan
      1-0 Hugo Guillamón 65, 2-0 Dani Gómez 71, 3-0 Dani Gómez 85
      Fernández, Pedro Porro, Jorge Cuenca, Hugo Guillamón (84 Manu Hernando), Ricard Puig (46 Pedri), Brahim Díaz, Óscar Rodríguez (63 Fran Beltrán), Puado (60 Bryan Gil), Fran García (46 Dani Gómez), Cucurella, Moncayola
    • (12/11/2020)
      Spain 2-0 Faroe Islands
      1-0 Pedrosa 67, 2-0 López 87
      Fernández (46 Sotorres), Jorge Cuenca, Pozo, Fran Beltrán (60 M. García), Dani Gómez (46 López), Brahim Díaz (46 Puado), Zubimendi, Manu Hernando, Bryan Gil, Pedrosa, Pedri (74 Óscar Rodríguez)
    • (17/11/2020)
      Spain 3-0 Israel
      1-0 López 65 (P) , 2-0 Barrenetxea 75, 3-0 Moncayola 89
      Martinez, Pedro Porro, Hugo Guillamón, Clemente, M. García, Óscar Rodríguez (58 Brahim Díaz), López (74 Dani Gómez), Bryan Gil (74 Barrenetxea), Pedrosa (79 Manuel Sánchez), Puado (58 Fran Beltrán), Moncayola
    • Group stage – final tournament
      Group B - Group Standings
      TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
      Czech Republic0000000
      Italy0000000
      Slovenia0000000
      Spain0000000
      Matchday 1 (24/03/2021)
      Slovenia-Spain
    • Matchday 2 (27/03/2021)
      Spain-Italy
    • Matchday 3 (30/03/2021)
      Spain-Czech Republic

    Last updated 15/03/2021 14:23CET

    Team facts Only this chapter

    Slovenia

    Tournament record
    2019: did not qualify
    2017:
    did not qualify
    2015:
    did not qualify
    2013:
    did not qualify
    2011:
    did not qualify
    2009:
    did not qualify
    2007:
    did not qualify
    2006: play-offs
    2004: did not qualify
    2002:
    did not qualify
    2000:
    did not qualify
    1998:
    did not qualify
    1996: did not qualify

    Biggest wins
    Final tournament
    N/A

    Qualifying
    1-7: Estonia v Slovenia, 08/09/14
    2015 qualifying group stage, Rakvere

    Heaviest defeats
    Final tournament

    N/A

    Qualifying
    0-5: Slovenia v Greece, 08/10/99
    2000 qualifying group stage, Ruse

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=2647652.html#team+facts+slovenia

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    Spain

    Tournament record
    2019: winners
    2017:
    runners-up
    2015: play-offs
    2013:
    winners
    2011:
    winners 
    2009: group stage
    2007: play-offs
    2006: did not qualify
    2004: play-offs
    2002: play-offs
    2000: third place
    1998: winners
    1996: runners-up
    1994: third place
    1992: did not qualify
    1990: quarter-finals
    1988: quarter-finals
    1986: winners
    1984: runners-up
    1982: quarter-finals
    1980: did not qualify
    1978: did not qualify

    Biggest wins
    Final tournament
    5-0 twice, most recently v Poland, 22/06/19
    Group stage, Bologna

    Qualifying
    14-0: Spain v San Marino, 08/02/05
    2006 qualifying group stage, El Ejido

    Heaviest defeats
    Final tournament
    3-1: Italy v Spain, 16/06/19
    Group stage, Bologna
    2-0
    twice, most recently v England, 18/06/09
    Group stage, Gothenburg

    Qualifying
    5-0: Netherlands v Spain, 16/02/83
    1984 qualifying group stage, Utrecht

    https://www.uefa.com/under21/news/newsid=1878572.html#team+facts+spain

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    Legend

    :: Squad list
    No: number  DoB: date of birth  Qual: qualifying  FT: final tournament  Pld: played  Gls: goals  Overall U21: all-time qualifying and final tournament data

    :: Match officials
    Nat: nationality  DoB: date of birth

    Under-21: Total matches officiated in the UEFA European U21 Championship including all qualifying round matches. Matches as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.

    UEFA: Total matches officiated in all UEFA competitions including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in the competition.

    :: Group statistics/Tournament schedule
    Pos: position  Pld: played  W: won  D: drawn  L: lost  GF: goals for  GA: goals against  Pts: points

    :: NOTE: All-time statistics
    Goals totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (eg. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored from the penalty mark during a penalty shoot-out.

    Competitions

    Club competitions
    • UCL: UEFA Champions League
    • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
    • UEL: UEFA Europa League
    • UCUP: UEFA Cup
    • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
    • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
    • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
    • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
    National team competitions
    • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
    • WC: FIFA World Cup
    • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
    • FRIE: Friendly internationals
    • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
    • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
    • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
    • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
    • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
    • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
    • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
    • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

    Competition stages

    • F: Final
    • GS: Group stage
    • GS1: First group stage
    • GS2: Second group stage
    • 3QR: Third qualifying round
    • R1: First round
    • R2: Second round
    • R3: Third round
    • R4: Fourth round
    • PR: Preliminary round
    • SF: Semi-finals
    • QF: Quarter-finals
    • R16: round of 16
    • QR: Qualifying round
    • R32: Round of 32
    • 1QR: First qualifying round
    • 1st: first leg
    • 2QR: Second qualifying round
    • 2nd: second leg
    • FT: Final tournament
    • PO: Play-off
    • ELITE: Elite round
    • Rep: Replay
    • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
    • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
    • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

    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
    • f: Match forfeited

    Statistics

    • -: Denotes player substituted
    • +: Denotes player introduced
    • *: Denotes player sent off
    • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

    Squad list

    • D: Disciplinary
    • *: Misses next match if booked
    • S: Suspended
    • Overall: Total appearances in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final tournament only
    • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.