Slovenia opens its newly concluded national football centre with over 500 guests attending its opening ceremony.
The centre is located at Brdo by Kranj, some 30km north of the capital Ljubljana. The guests at its opening include Slovenia's prime minister Miro Cerar, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, UEFA general secretary ad interim Theodore Theodoridis and delegates from national football associations across Europe.
The Slovenia Football Association (NZS) president said:
Luciano Vietto remains confident of rediscovering his scoring touch, which appears to have deserted him after the move from Villarreal to Atletico Madrid.
The 22-year-old has scored only three goals since the move in the summer. Being one of the younger players in the squad,Vietto spoke about the film that he has received from established stars at the club. However, he says that he never expected goalkeeper Jan Oblak to have such a commanding presence in the dressing room since he is still very young. The Slovenian goalkeeper came as the replacement for Thibaut Courtois.
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.