Slovenia v San Marino background
Monday, February 2, 2015
Slovenia have won their last three competitive home games without conceding, making their next match a daunting prospect for Group E visitors San Marino.
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Slovenia will look for a repeat performance as they take on San Marino for a third time in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E.
• The sides met for the first time in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with Matjaž Kek's Slovenia winning 5-0 against Giampaolo Mazza's charges in Maribor and 3-0 in Serravalle.
• The teams for that meeting in Slovenia on 12 August 2009 were:
Slovenia: S Handanovič*, Brečko*, Jokić, Cesar*, Šuler, Pečnik* (Kirm* 46), Koren, Radosavljevič (Bačinović 75), Birsa*, Velikonja (Novakovič* 72), Ljubijankič*.
San Marino: A Simoncini*, D Simoncini* (Albani 67), Della Valle*, Andreini, Bacciocchi, Berretti*, F Vitaioli (M Vitaioli* 59), Bugli, Vannucci, Ciacci, Marani (Bonini* 80).
*have been selected for UEFA EURO 2016 games.
• Slovenia have won their last three competitive home games without conceding.
• San Marino are yet to win in 116 competitive matches; their best result in 60 UEFA European Championship qualifiers to date came in their most recent fixture, a 0-0 draw against Estonia on 15 November 2014.
• San Marino have not scored a UEFA European Championship goal since Andy Selva registered in a 2-1 home defeat by Wales on 17 October 2007, a run of 15 matches.
• San Marino's only UEFA European Championship away goal to date came in a 4-1 loss to Finland on 14 December 1994. Pier-Domenico Della Valle was the scorer; they have not scored in their 22 subsequent away games.
Trivia and links
• San Marino coach Pierangelo Manzaroli turns 46 two days before the Slovenia game.
• Slovenia won 3-0 against San Marino during qualifying for the 1999 UEFA European Under-16 Championship, the only meeting thus far between the nations in age-group competitions.
• NK Domžale overcame Domagnano FC 8-0 on aggregate in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup first qualifying round, the only UEFA contest between Slovenian and Sammarinese clubs to date.