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List of Slovenia International Footballers

A dark-haired white man wearing a training bib, holding the ball and smiling.
Robert Koren, captain of Slovenia at their most recent World Cup appearance in 2010.

The Slovenia national football team (Slovene: Slovenska nogometna reprezentanca) represents the nation of Slovenia in international association football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS), the nation's governing body for football, and is a member of both the European football federation, UEFA, and the world football association, FIFA.

Prior to Slovenian independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in June 1991, the unofficial Slovenian national team played a total of five friendly matches.[1] Shortly after independence, Slovenia was officially recognized by FIFA[2] and played its first match on 3 June 1992, a friendly versus Estonia in Tallinn.[3][4] In the game, ending in a 1-1 draw, Igor Benedej?i? became the first goalscorer for Slovenia after equalizing in the second half.[5] Their first competitive match was a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier against Italy in September 1994.[4] The team has qualified for the UEFA European Championship once (in 2000) and the FIFA World Cup twice (in 2002 and 2010),[6] and is one of the smallest countries by population to ever qualify for the World Cup.[7][8] Slovenia was eliminated on all three occasions in the group stage of these competitions.[9] As of March 2019, Slovenia has played a total of 238 official matches, winning 81, drawing 60 and losing 97.[10][11]

Since 1992, 197 players have represented the national team in official matches.[12] The most capped player is Bo?tjan Cesar, who has made 101 appearances between 2003 and 2018.[10] The most capped goalkeeper is Samir Handanovi? with 81 appearances between 2004 and 2015.[13]Zlatko Zahovi? is the all-time top goalscorer with 35 goals in his international career, which spanned 13 years between 1992 and 2004.[10][14] The player with the most appearances as the team captain is Bo?tjan Cesar, who captained Slovenia in 39 matches.[15]Petar Stojanovi? is the youngest player to appear for the national team; he was 19 years, 1 month, and 11 days old at the time of his debut in November 2014.[16]

Key

  • The list is initially ordered by alphabetical order of surname.
  • Only players with at least ten appearances in official matches are listed.
  • Statistics are correct as of the match played on 24 March 2019.
Positions key[a]
GK Goalkeeper
DF Defender
MF Midfielder
FW Forward
Position
Playing positions are listed according to the player profiles on the Football Association of Slovenia official website.
Total appearances and goals
Appearances and goals are composed of FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship, and UEFA Nations League matches and each competition's associated qualification matches, as well as numerous international friendly tournaments and matches.
Key
Symbol Meaning
* National team record

Players

A dark-haired white man, wearing an all white football kit with number 5 imprinted on it.
Bo?tjan Cesar is the all-time most capped player for Slovenia with 101 appearances between 2003 and 2018.
A white man, wearing the red and white football kit, kicking the ball.
Milivoje Novakovi? (80 appearances, 32 goals) is the most capped forward for Slovenia and the second best goalscorer behind Zlatko Zahovi?.
A dark-haired white man, wearing an all red football kit and black goalkeeping gloves.
Samir Handanovi? is the most capped goalkeeper for Slovenia.
A white man in all-black suit, watching the football game and giving orders to the players.
Prior to debuting for Slovenia in 1992, Darko Milani? earned five appearances for the Yugoslavia national team.[17]
Two young players chasing the ball. The player in the front is white, while the one in the back is dark-skinned. One is wearing the all blue kit, while the other wears red and white football kit.
Petar Stojanovi? (in blue kit), the youngest player to appear for the national team.
Table of Slovenia players, with appearance details and statistics
Player Position First match Last match Appearances[b] Goals Notes
Milenko A?imovi? MF 1998 2007 74 13
Armin Ba?inovi? MF 2009 2013 13 0
Vid Belec GK 2014 2018 13 0
Robert Beri? FW 2012 2019 20 2
Roman Bezjak FW 2013 2018 28 4
Peter Binkovski MF 1994 1996 16 1
Valter Birsa MF 2006 2018 90 7
Bo?ko Bo?kovi? GK 1993 1998 27 0
Mi?o Bre?ko DF 2004 2015 77 0
Spasoje Bulaji? DF 1998 2004 26 1
Ale? ?eh MF 1992 2002 74 1 [c]
Nastja ?eh MF 2001 2007 46 6
Bo?tjan Cesar DF 2003 2018 101* 10 [c]
Sebastjan Cimiroti? FW 1998 2005 33 6
Fabijan Cipot DF 1999 2007 26 0
Mladen Dabanovi? GK 1998 2003 25 0
Zlatko Dedi? FW 2004 2013 49 8
Robert Englaro DF 1992 1999 36 0
Suad Filekovi? DF 2002 2010 14 0
Matja? Florijan?i? FW 1992 1999 20 1
Damjan Gajser MF 1995 1997 11 0
Sa?a Gajser MF 1999 2003 27 1
Marinko Gali? DF 1994 2002 66 0
Primo? Gliha FW 1992 1998 28 10
Samir Handanovi? GK 2004 2015 81 0
Branko Ili? DF 2004 2015 63 1
Josip Ili?i? MF 2010 2019 57 5
Rudi Isteni? MF 1997 2000 17 0
Alfred Jermani? MF 1992 1998 29 1
Bojan Joki? DF 2006 2019 96 1 [c]
Kevin Kampl MF 2012 2018 28 2
Amir Kari? MF 1996 2004 64 1
Andra? Kirm MF 2007 2016 71 6
Aleksander Knavs DF 1998 2006 65 3 [c]
Vladimir Kokol MF 1994 1997 12 1
Ale? Kokot DF 2004 2008 10 0
Andrej Komac MF 2004 2010 43 0
Robert Koren MF 2003 2011 61 5 [c]
Rene Krhin MF 2009 2019 42 2
Ale? Kri?an DF 1992 1998 25 0
Jasmin Kurti? MF 2012 2019 50 1
Klemen Lavri? FW 2004 2008 25 6
Dejan Lazarevi? MF 2011 2015 20 1
Zlatan Ljubijanki? FW 2006 2015 48 6
Tim Matav? FW 2010 2018 37 10
Darijan Mati? MF 2006 2012 10 0
Borut Mavri? GK 2004 2006 18 0
Matej Mavri? DF 2002 2011 37 1
Ale? Mertelj MF 2012 2015 16 0
Miha Mevlja DF 2016 2019 19 1
Darko Milani? DF 1992 2000 42 0 [c][d]
?eljko Milinovi? DF 1997 2002 38 3
Mitja Mörec DF 2007 2009 14 0
D?oni Novak MF 1992 2002 71 3 [d]
Milivoje Novakovi? FW 2006 2017 80 32
Jan Oblak GK 2012 2019 20 0
Milan Osterc FW 1997 2002 44 8
Miran Pavlin MF 1994 2004 63 5 [c]
Zoran Pavlovi? MF 1998 2002 21 0
Nejc Pe?nik MF 2009 2015 32 6
Jalen Pokorn MF 2004 2005 12 0
Andrej Polj?ak DF 1993 1998 15 1
Aleksandar Radosavljevi? MF 2002 2013 39 1
Ermin Rakovi? FW 2001 2007 15 1
Rajko Rotman MF 2014 2018 15 0
Mladen Rudonja MF 1994 2003 65 1
Miral Samard?i? DF 2013 2017 15 0
Simon Se?lar MF 1997 2005 19 0
Ermin ?iljak FW 1994 2005 48 14
Marko Simeunovi? GK 1992 2004 57 0
Mirnes ?i?i? MF 2008 2012 15 2
Nejc Skubic DF 2016 2018 15 1
Andra? ?porar FW 2016 2019 13 1
Dalibor Stevanovi? MF 2006 2015 22 1
Alja? Struna DF 2016 2019 14 0
Andra? Struna DF 2012 2018 27 1
Goran ?ukalo MF 2002 2011 34 2
Marko ?uler DF 2008 2013 39 3
Sa?o Udovi? FW 1993 2000 42 16
Benjamin Verbi? MF 2015 2019 23 3
Dare Vr?i? MF 2007 2012 13 3
Muamer Vugdali? DF 1999 2004 27 0
Zlatko Zahovi? MF 1992 2004 80 35*
Miha Zajc MF 2016 2019 13 4
Gregor ?idan MF 1992 1996 19 0 [e]
Anton ?logar MF 1998 2009 37 1

Notes

  1. ^ For more information, see formation.
  2. ^ Statistics are sourced from the general references listed below.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Captained Slovenia in at least ten games[15]
  4. ^ a b Represented Yugoslavia prior to Slovenian independence[18]
  5. ^ Played one match for Croatia in 1990[19]

References

General
  • "All-time appearances for the national team". Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2017.
  • "Slovenia - Record International Players". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2017.
Specific
  1. ^ "Vsi izidi (1992-2018)" [All results] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Dunmore, Tom (May 2014). Encyclopedia of the FIFA World Cup. p. 316.
  3. ^ "UEFA Euro 2004 - History - Slovenia". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Vse tekme" [All Games]. Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Rok Plestenjak; Rok Vi?kovi? (11 October 2010). "Estonija zgodovinska za Slovenijo in tudi Keka" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "FIFA President Infantino inaugurates national football centre in Slovenia". FIFA.com. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "World Cup's smallest nations: Iceland eclipse Trinidad & Tobago for record". ESPN. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Iceland are smallest nation to qualify for World Cup - taking over from ..." The Irish Times. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Zgodovina" [History] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Statistika" [Statistics] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Slovenia national football team results". eu-football.info. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "Najve? nastopov" [Most appearances] (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "Samir Handanovi?" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Zlatko Zahovi?" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Kapetani" [Captains]. RTV Slovenija (in Slovenian). Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Klemen Kos (19 November 2014). "Stojanovi? najmlaj?i debitant" [Stojanovic, the youngest debutant] (in Slovenian). Nogomania. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Players Appearing for Two or More Countries". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ Rok Plestenjak (7 June 2016). "Milani? in Novak brez Eura, Danci ?okirali svet" [Milanic and Novak without Euro, Denmark shocked the world] (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Gregor ?idan". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. Retrieved 2017.


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