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SloveniaSloveniaStadion Stožice - LjubljanaSaturday 8 October 2016
20.45CET (20.45 local time)
Group F - Matchday 2
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
10/10/2009QR (GS)Slovakia - Slovenia0-2
BratislavaBirsa 56, Pečnik 90+3
10/09/2008QR (GS)Slovenia - Slovakia2-1
MariborNovakovič 22, 81; Jakubko 83
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

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Squad list Only this chapter

Slovenia - Squad list
Current season
-Jan Koprivec15/07/198828Anorthosis - 0000
-Vid Belec06/06/199026Carpi - 0000
-Jan Oblak07/01/199323Atlético - 1000
-Boštjan Cesar09/07/198234Chievo - 1100
-Bojan Jokić17/05/198630Villarreal - 1000
-Miral Samardžić17/02/198729Henan Jianye FC*1000
-Boban Jovič25/06/199125Wisła - 0000
-Nejc Skubic13/06/198927Konyaspor - 1000
-Aljaž Struna04/08/199026Carpi - 0000
-Miha Mevlja12/06/199026Rostov - 0000
-Dejan Trajkovski14/04/199224Twente - 0000
-Valter Birsa07/08/198630Chievo - 1000
-Rok Kronaveter07/12/198629Olimpija Ljubljana - 0000
-René Krhin21/05/199026Granada - 1100
-Nik Omladič21/08/198927Braunschweig - 0000
-Josip Iličić29/01/198828Fiorentina - 1000
-Matic Črnic12/06/199224Rijeka - 0000
-Jasmin Kurtič01/01/198927Atalanta - 0000
-Aleks Pihler15/01/199422Maribor - 0000
-Miha Zajc01/07/199422Olimpija Ljubljana - 0000
-Benjamin Verbič27/11/199322København - 1000
-Milivoje Novakovič18/05/197937Maribor - 1000
-Roman Bezjak21/02/198927Darmstadt - 1000
-Srečko Katanec16/07/196353 - 1000
Slovakia - Squad list
Current season
-Matúš Kozáčik27/12/198332Plzeň - 1000
-Martin Dúbravka15/01/198927Liberec - 0000
-Ján Novota29/11/198332Rapid Wien - 0000
-Ján Ďurica10/12/198134Trabzonspor - 1000
-Tomáš Hubočan17/09/198531Marseille*1000
-Kornel Saláta24/01/198531Slovan Bratislava - 0000
-Lukáš Štetina28/07/199125Dukla - 0000
-Lukáš Pauschek09/12/199223Mladá Boleslav - 0000
-Marek Hamšík27/07/198729Napoli - 1000
-Dušan Švento01/08/198531Slavia Praha - 1000
-Róbert Mak08/03/199125Zenit - 1000
-Juraj Kucka26/02/198729Milan - 0000
-Ján Greguš29/01/199125København - 1000
-Filip Kiss13/10/199025Haugesund - 1000
-Jakub Považanec31/01/199125Dukla - 0000
-Erik Sabo22/11/199124Beitar Jerusalem - 0000
-Jakub Holúbek12/01/199125Žilina - 0000
-Patrik Hrošovský22/04/199224Plzeň - 0000
-Marek Bakoš15/04/198333Plzeň - 0000
-Adam Nemec02/09/198531Dinamo Bucureşti - 0000
-Michal Ďuriš01/06/198828Plzeň - 1000
-Ján Kozák17/04/195462 - 1000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Srečko Katanec

Date of birth: 16 July 1963
Nationality: Slovenian
Playing career: NK Olimpija Ljubljana, GNK Dinamo Zagreb, FK Partizan, VfB Stuttgart, UC Sampdoria
Coaching career: Slovenia Under-21s, ND Gorica, Slovenia (twice), Olympiacos FC, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates

• A centre-back or defensive midfielder, Katanec began his playing days at home-town club Olimpija before spells with Dinamo and Partizan. He reached the 1989 UEFA Cup final with Stuttgart and won the same competition the following season with Sampdoria, whom he also helped to the 1992 UEFA Champions League showpiece.

• Earned 31 caps for Yugoslavia (five goals) – including at the 1984 UEFA European Championship, the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1990 FIFA World Cup – and five for Slovenia (one goal).

• Started his coaching career with Slovenia's U21s in 1996, two years after retiring as a player. After a brief stint in the Gorica dugout, took charge of the senior Slovenia side in 1998 and guided them to UEFA EURO 2000 – their first major tournament – and the 2002 World Cup.

• Joined Olympiacos in 2002 but stayed for only three months and in February 2006 assumed the FYROM helm, where he remained for three years. Named United Arab Emirates coach in June 2009, a position he held for two years.

• Katanec was reappointed by Slovenia in January 2013, signing a contract until the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, and stayed on despite the failure to reach France after a play-off defeat by Ukraine.



Ján Kozák

Date of birth: 17 April 1954
Nationality: Slovak
Playing career: LB Spišská Nová Ves, Lokomotíva Košice (three times), RFC Seraing, FK Dukla Praha
Coaching career: Lokomotíva Košice, MFK Zemplín Michalovce, FC Steel Trans Ličartovce, 1. FC Košice, Slovakia

• A creative midfielder, Kozák spent much of his playing career with local team Lokomotíva Košice, where he had three spells. He returned for the first time in 1982 at the conclusion of his military service in Prague, where he turned out for Dukla.

• A member of the Czechoslovakia squad that finished third at the 1980 UEFA European Championship, beating Italy 9-8 on penalties in the bronze-medal match, he scored nine goals in 55 international appearances. Kozák also travelled to the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain but did not feature due to injury.

• Won the Czechoslovak Cup three times and the 1982 league championship with Dukla before retiring in 1990. Moved into coaching several years later and proved an instant success, steering 1. FC Košice to successive titles (1997, 1998) and into the 1997/98 UEFA Champions League where, as Slovakia's first ever group stage representative, they lost all six games in a section containing Feyenoord, Juventus and Manchester United FC.

• Left Košice in 1998 but came back for further stints in 2005 and 2012. He stood down in summer 2013, succeeding Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp as coach of Slovakia, and led the team to UEFA EURO 2016 as Group C runners-up behind holders Spain. Kozák's side went on to reach the last 16 at the finals in France.

• His son Ján Kozák Jr played in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group stage for MFK Petržalka, equalising and then creating the winner in a famous 3-2 comeback victory over FC Porto; grandson Filip Lesniak has been at Tottenham Hotspur FC since 2012.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeNicola Rizzoli (ITA)
  • Assistant refereesElenito Di Liberatore (ITA) , Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
  • Fourth officialAntonio Damato (ITA)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerBernd Barutta (GER)
  • Referee observerHorst Brummeier (AUT)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Nicola Rizzoli05/10/1971683

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
06/09/2013WCQRBosnia and HerzegovinaSlovakia0-1Zenica

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

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
20/09/2004RCUPPRPrimorska (SLO)Mid Cheshire League (ENG)1-4Koper
06/09/2013WCQRBosnia and HerzegovinaSlovakia0-1Zenica

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group F - Group Standings
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Lithuania 2-2 Slovenia
    1-0 Černych 32, 2-0 Slivka 34, 2-1 Krhin 77, 2-2 Cesar 90+3
    Oblak, Skubic, Samardžić, Cesar, Krhin, Berić (46 Iličić), Birsa, Jokić, Bezjak, Kampl, Verbič (56 Novakovič)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Slovakia 0-1 England
    0-1 Lallana 90+5
    Kozáčik, Pekarík, Škrtel, Ďurica, Greguš, Hubočan, Hamšík, Švento (78 Kiss), Mak (71 Kubík), Ďuriš, Pečovský (55 Gyömber)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

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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

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


  • -: 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
  • 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