MatjazKek believes in his team

Slovenia head coach MatjazKek believes in his squad and said that there is no doubt that his team will make it to the Euro 2020. He said that Slovenia has some good players at the moment and that it is important that they believe in themselves.

Slovenia has not qualified for a major tournament since the 2010 World Cup and MatjazKek believes that it is high time that they changed that. He believes that the current squad has the potential to make it to the Euro 2020 and that it is important that they have the belief and determination to achieve that.

OBLAK SET TO SIGN A NEW CONTRACT

According to reports in Spain, Atletico Madrid are set to offer shot-stopper Jan Oblak a new contract. The news being circulated by Spanish tabloid AS claims that the new contract is aimed at increasing the player’s current buyout clause.

Oblak is widely considered as the best goalkeeper in Spain which is reinforced with the fact that he has won the Zamora award for goalkeepers in the past three seasons. It is understood that Atletico are willing to make the 26-year-old one of the highest paid players in the club as they look to double his current release clause currently set at €100 million.

Oblak Says Playing for Slovenia and Atletico would have been a Lot to Handle

Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid said that he is going to play for Slovenia for the qualifiers of Euro after he had missed out on 6 fixtures of UEFA Nations League in September to November in the last year because of his voluntary absence.

In an interview, he revealed the reason behind 3 months absence from national level games. He said that he had to take a decision in autumn which was not playing. This was mainly due to his physical condition. Oblak states that it was getting difficult for him to be available for Atletico. He was in great pain and when he played, he took a painkiller. Again, if he would have played for the national team, too, it would have been a lot to handle.

Oblak: Playing for both is Tricky

Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid said that he is going to play for Slovenia for the qualifiers of Euro after he had missed out on 6 fixtures of UEFA Nations League in September to November in the last year because of his voluntary absence.

In an interview, he revealed the reason behind 3 months absence from national level games. He said that he had to take a decision in autumn which was not playing. This was mainly due to his physical condition. Oblak states that it was getting difficult for him to be available for Atletico. He was in great pain and when he played, he took a painkiller. Again, if he would have played for the national team, too, it would have been a lot to handle.

JAN OBLAK CARRYING SLOVENIA FLAG HIGH IN SPAIN

Jan Oblak is a special player, the Atletico Marid stopper is widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in Spain for good reasons. The Slovenia International has grown into the number one position at the Wanda Metro politano and has continued his great form this season.

Oblak began his career in Slovenia third division and has seen a rise in his playing career. He moved to Benfica at the age of 17 from Slovenia and became the first choice goalkeeper at age 19. Despite all his achievements the 25-year-old is soft-spoken and rarely gives interviews.

The Man Behind Slovenia’s World Cup Victory Is Back As The National Coach

The Football Association of Slovenia aka Slovenian Football Association (NZS) recently announced that Matjaz Kek will be the new head coach of the national football team of Slovenia. The 57-year-old, Kek will return to the helm of the national team of Slovenia, after his successful stint in the year 2007-2011, when Kek led the national team to the World Cup, 2010 which was their last big and major competition. The NZS in a press conference which was held at Brdo Pri Kranju said that “Kek is going to coach the national team in the qualifiers for the Euro, 2020 and for the World Cup scheduled at 2022, and even at the world cup, if he can manage to take the national team of Slovenia to the tournament to be held in Qatar.

Kek while interacting with the press told that “It is a privilege and pleasure to be entrusted with such a great position of the head coach of the national team. It is a huge challenge and great motivation at a similar time.” He added, “I will give my best to do a good job for Slovenia.”

The president of NZS, Radenko Mijatovic said, Kek was exactly the same person for which we for looking for at this moment. And he will be backed by the Federation of football. The native of Maribor is going to replace Igor Benedejčič, who led the team in last 2 matches of UEFA Nations League as its interim coach.

There will be a difficult situation in front of Kek and he will be under immense pressure for bringing the national team back on their track after their unpleasant performance in the international matches. Slovenia was not even able to win a single match in League C and was placed in the last ranking of League D.

Slovenia Match Against England

England played a recent match against Slovenia and the latter was put to the test but so was England. Though the latter has qualified for the 2018 World Cup, England has definitely put in an underwhelming performance. With a draw score of 1-0 that they attained against Slovenia, it shows that the team would face a tough challenge when they face Russia.

Harry Kane was the one focused enough and was able to deliver the finish that was crucial for England. The team has reached that greatest stage, now for the 15th time. Though celebrations were on after the match, there was a certain restraint since it is obvious that there would be difficult moments when England gets to Russia. There are several questions that hang in the air such as how they would play and what kind of identity they would go with. The feat that they put up in the match against Slovenia can be described as a feat endured than enjoyed.

FRANCE AND BELGIUM MAKE FIFA RANKING HISTORY

World Cup winners France and Belgium are the first teams to share a joint top spot at the latest FIFA rankings. In its 25 year run, two teams were yet to spare the top spot but with victories against Scotland and Iceland, Belgium joined France at the top of the ladder.

France defeated Belgium at the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia, before going on to win the tournament. The Roberto Martinez-led side that knocked out Brazil went on to claim the third place. The Belgian side recently defeated Scotland 4-0 in a friendly game, and won their debut game against Iceland 3-0 in the Nations League. France played a goalless draw against Germany before defeating the Netherlands 2-1 in the Nations League.

Jan Oblak turned down Chelsea move

Slovenia international Jan Oblak is reported to have turned down advances from Chelsea despite the club triggering the £90m release clause on his Atletico Madrid contract. The 25-year-old had emerged as the prime target for the Blues after Thibaut Courtois made his mind up to join Real Madrid but they could not convince the shot-stopper to head to Stamford Bridge.

According to The Sunday Times, the West London giants agreed to activate the £90m escape clause on the goalkeeper’s contract but the Slovenian nevertheless vetoed the move as the Blues could not assure him of Champions League football. As a result, the Capital outfit made a late attempt to sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao instead and they were successful after triggering the £71m buy-out clause written into his contract.