Atletico Madrid shot stopper Jan Oblak has been rewarded for his stellar season with his club after he won the La Liga Player of the Year accolade ahead of both Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and teammate Luis Suarez. The Slovenia goalkeeper was a regular in the Atletico Madrid starting XI as they saw off city rivals Real Madrid to win their first league title in seven years.
Slovenia shot stopper Oblak finished the season as the best goalkeeper in the Spanish top flight, conceding just 25 goals in 38 appearances in the league. The Slovenia national team player was able to fend off the great Messi to win the Player of the Year award. Argentine international Messi was a consistent performer in the Barcelona team that struggled evidently without the excellent attacking output from Messi who scored 30 times in La Liga to win the Pichichi for a record eight times.The little magician played 35 times for his Catalan team in the league. Continue reading “OBLAK BAGS LA LIGA AWARD”
Atletico Madrid have extended their lead at the top of the La Liga standings following the slender win over Real Sociedad at home. The two teams met at the new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and it was the league leaders that secured the win needed to go close to winning the league title for the first time in seven years.
League leaders Atletico Madrid started the season as third favourites for the La Liga title behind both Real Madrid and Barcelona but they have been able to amass more points than those two teams. Atletico Madrid have watched Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate the division in each of the last six seasons since they won the title at the end of the 2013/14 campaign and this season could finally be the time for the capital club. Continue reading “ATLETICO EXTEND LA LIGA LEAD”
Slovenia national team shot stopper Jan Oblak was just two minutes away from keeping a clean sheet in the Madrid Derby as his Atletico Madrid team played out a 1-1 draw at home to fellow title challengers and city rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. Real Madrid are the defending champions after they won the league title last season but they have been playing catch up for the majority of this season. Atletico Madrid have been the pacesetters in the Spanish La Liga this season and Real Madrid have been trying to keep pace with their city rivals. Slovenia goalkeeper Oblak has been a key player for Atletico Madrid in their run to the top of the table in the Spanish top flight this term. The Slovenia was in the Atletico Madrid goal for the big clash with Real Madrid on Sunday evening. Atletico Madrid took the lead through star striker Luis Suarez. A lot of football stakeholders were shocked when Barcelona let Uruguayan international hitman Suarez join Atletico Madrid last summer and that moved has proven to be costly for the Catalans. Luis Suarez has been scoring the goals for Atletico Madrid in the quest to end a seven-year wait for the league title in Spain. Suarez was deemed to be surplus to requirements by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koemanand he could have signed for Juventus before eventually staying in Spain with Atletico Madrid. Suarez moved from Barcelona to Atletico Madrid for €6m as he had just one year left on his then Barcelona deal.
Experienced Slovenia defender AljazStruna has left Houston Dynamo to sign for Montreal CF on the American soccer scene. AljazStruna had earlier revealed that he wanted to return to European football but has settled for an extended stay in the United States of America. The six-foot-2 185-pound Slovenia player is expected to anchor the Montreal CF defence following his transfer from Houston Dynamo.
Aljaz Struna was unveiled as a new player for Montreal CF during a video conference last week. In his first speech as a player of the MLS club, Slovenia defender Struna said that the reason behind his move to the club was the interest shown in him. According to the defender, Montreal CF wanted him and that’s why he’s at the club after the MLS outfit conducted a trade with fellow top flight team Houston Dynamo. Continue reading “SLOVENIA DEFENDER SIGNS FOR MONTREAL”
Slovenia national team skipper Jan Oblak is the master of keeping clean sheets in the Spanish La Liga this season. The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper is widely regarded by many as the best shot stopper in the world. The Slovenia national team goalkeeper showed his worth again for Atletico Madrid after he helped the club to keep a clean sheet for the umpteenth time this season during the tricky trip to the Basque region to face Real Sociedad in the Spanish La Liga.
The game was the standout match of the week15 set of games in the Spanish top flight this term. After a goalless affair in the first 45 minutes, Jan Oblak and Atletico Madrid took the lead at the start of the second 45 minutes through Mario Hermoso, who has been in good goalscoring form for Atletico Madrid this season even as a defender.He scored his first goal for Atletico Madrid some weeks back in the Champions League and has added another goal in the league. It took Mario Hermoso four second half minutes to break the deadlock for Atletico Madrid in San Sebastian.
Ex-Real Madrid player Marcos Llorente added a second goal in the last quarter of the game to wrap up the result for Atletico Madrid.
Slovenia have been given a relatively easy group after the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw for UEFA teams took place in Zurich, Switzerland last week. Slovenia were in Pot four and they could have gotten a more difficult draw. Slovenia were in Pot four for the draw alongside teams like Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, 1994 World Cup semi-finalists Bulgaria, Albania and Montenegro. The others in Pot four include Georgia, Israel, Belarus and Luxembourg.
At the end of the draw, Slovenia got Group H which has Croatia as the top seed. Croatia were finalists from the last World Cup edition in Russia as they surprised a lot of football stakeholders to reach the final before they were beaten by eventual winners France. The French team won their second World Cup title by beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. Croatia are still a formidable team led by Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric but they are not at the peak of their powers like what was obtainable with the team two years ago at Russia 2018 World Cup. Continue reading “SLOVENIA GET EASY WORLD CUP GROUP”
Greece took on Slovenia in a match of the UEFA Nations League where they were held by Slovenia with a 0-0 draw. The match was played in Athens and it is very important for both the teams to win the match. This game was more than important for Greece as a win could have taken them to the top of the league table of Group C3. Finishing at the top of group C3 would have promoted them to group B.
Both Greece and Slovenia have not faced a loss till now in their group matches. They also had a goalless draw in the match that they played previously in this tournament. So to get their seat confirmed, both the teams tightened their defense line and they didn’t show any clear intention to win the match. Both of them were in a goal to avoid conceiving a goal first and that took them far from their winning efforts. Continue reading “Slovenia Held Greece in UEFA Nations League Match”
Slovenia is going to restart its national football championship. This championship was postponed for almost 3 months due to the corona virus outbreak. However, the matches will be played with closed doors, and viewers are not allowed to enter the stadium due to the Covid-19 fear. In another development, all the players who are selected to play the first league match are tested Corona negative and they are fit to play the match. As the players have not continued the game, they need some time to regain their previous form.
According to sources, the first match will be played between Aluminij and Mura and the second match will be between NK Celje and Rudar Velenje. The national championship tournament was halted in the middle of March just after 25 matches where 36 matches were scheduled. In those matches, Olimpija Ljubljana was leading by securing 50 points. However, Celje and Aluminij occupied the second position by securing 45 points each. On the other hand, Maribor was in the fourth position securing 43 points in the tournament.
It can be said that Atletico Madrid are the most unpredictable team in world football. With their latest unconvincing performance last weekend, it is safe to say that their performance over Jurgen Klopp’s side in the champions league was just a one-off moment for them. It is paper over crack.
They sat sixth while the La Liga season was suspended, Diego Simeone knew full well that his side needed to hit the ground running with a victory. Before this weekend’s returning game at Athletic Bilbao, they had earlier watched fifth-placed Getafe lose at Granada. That should give them the needed push to go for the kill against Athletic Bilbao. As if that was not enough, few hours later, another contender for European football in Valencia was then held by Levante to a 1-1 draw. Continue reading “ATLETICO POOR FORM CONTINUE”