OBLAK KEEPS ANOTHER CLEAN SHEET

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.

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SLOVENIA GET EASY WORLD CUP GROUP

 

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.
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Slovenia Held Greece in UEFA Nations League Match

 

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.
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Slovenian Football Sets to Resume Very Shortly

 

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.

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ATLETICO POOR FORM CONTINUE

 

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.
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VAN DER SAR: OBLAK IS MESSI OF GOALKEEPERS

Jan Oblak is the Messi of goalkeepers, according to former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sarr. The legendary goalkeeper who enjoyed a glittering career has named the Slovenia international the best in the game. Van der Sar who enjoyed a trophy laden year with Ajax and Manchester United has also declared that Oblak can be considered as one of the best in history.


Van der Sarr who was speaking during an interview with local newspapers stated that the best attribute you can give the Atletico Madrid man is to compare him with the finest outfield player of this generation, Lionel Messi. He argued that if goalkeepers get the kind of media attention enjoyed by strikers then Jan Oblak will be up there with Lionel Messi.
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NYCFC Replaces Spartak Moscow in Florida Cup

After Spartak Moscow has pulled and New York City FC joins Florida Cup lineup in the month of January as they entered into a friendly tournament. The club from Russia had been pushed to withdraw from the competition of 2020 because of the complexities that came up with the visa application of the club.


NYCFC is going to use the tournament for starting with the training for the competition of Concacaf Champions League. This is the club that is known for finishing in the first place in MLS Eastern Conference in the year 2019. Ricardo Villar, the CEO of Florida Cup said that they are thrilled to welcome New York City FC into the platform of international preseason. He has also said that they are looking forward to hosting them as they are preparing for the first-ever Concacaf Champions League.

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INTER MILAN RECOVERING FROM BLIP

Inter Milan will be looking to bounce back from the defeat to rivals Juventus which was their first domestic blip of the season. So far manager Antonio Conte has been able to get the right mix in the first team as expected.

Utilizing his favored three defenders’ formation, it has been interesting to see how the Nerazzurri have gone about their business. Slovenian international Samir Handanovic has been sensational as always leading from the back.
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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.
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