The Slovenian national football team has always struggled trying to get beyond the group stages of any competition.
In their latest journey at the international stage, Slovenia sustained a 3-1 defeat against Ukraine which left the team of Srecko Katanec out of the 2016 Euro’s and unable to make it past the group stages as they needed that victory in order to win their play-off’s and advance into the next rounds of the tournament.
Slovenia goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect.
Russia has received yet another vote of displeasure after Brazil international Hulk claimed that there is some form of racism in almost every game in this region of the world.
Russia has been criticised immensely for its failure to control racism. A number of black players who have represented Russian Premier League clubs have been abused by their own supporters. The likes of Samuel Eto’o and Christopher Samba have been some of the recent names. Hulk is a star name in the league but that does not appear to prevent him from suffering abuse.
Slovenia set a new record after defeating San Marino with an overwhelming 6-0 scoreboard. This match was played on March 27 and it was a crucially important game for both national sides.
San Marino failed on picking up the victory as they continue struggling in the bottom spot of Group E but Slovenia on the other hand is sharing the 2nd position along with Switzerland as they both have 9 points and are aiming to land a qualification spot that will allow them to enter the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s.
SrečkoKatanec is the head coach of the Slovenian national football team and he is very happy and proud of what his team recently accomplished after defeating San Marino with an overwhelming victory and scoreboard of 6-0. This result was the biggest win that the Slovenian national side has recorded in over 15 years.
JosipIIcic, Kevin Kampl, AndrazStruna, MilivojeNovakovic, DejanLazarevic and BrankoIIlic are all of the players who managed to find the back of the net during Slovenia’s record breaking victory.
Back in 2000, Slovenia managed to reach the group stages of the Euro’s and this was the furthest that the national side has reached in it’s history. From there on out, the Slovenian nation has never been able to even qualify or it make it any better than their 13th position that they reached over 14 years ago and the same can be said with their World Cup record as the group stages is the best spot that they have reached.
Eli Guttman is optimistic that Israel would be able to make it to the main draw of the Euro Cup 2016.
Israel has not taken part in any big international competition in the last 5 decades or so and that is a very long time.
Guttman, who has been in charge of the side for quite a while now, reckons the wait can come to an end next year as the current Israeli side is good enough to clear the Euro qualifiers.
England looked in danger of dropping points in the Euro 2016 qualifiers for the first time after failing to reach Slovenia’s goalkeeper in the first half of the recent meeting between the two teams.
Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak has claimed that he is extremely happy to have joined Atletico Madrid. Despite being only 21 years old, Atletico have decided to pay an astronomical £ 12 million for the goalkeeper. He joins from Portuguese club Benfica, where he has been a regular first-team player only for the last 12 months. Atletico wasted no time in securing the deal after they became aware that Thibaut Courtois would not be returning for fourth loan spell from Chelsea. The Belgian international has been the number one under Diego Simeone for last three seasons.
Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic could stay at the Italian club this summer in a statement released by his agent. The Slovenian international goalkeeper has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier league with the likes of Arsenal interested in him. After recently losing Lukas Fabianski on a free transfer, it is understood that Arsenal are in the market for a new goalkeeper. After impressing in recent years with the Italian outfit following the departure of Caesar, Samir Handanovic has become a target for Arsenal.