Slovenia at the FIFA World Cup

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Slovenia have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on two occasions in 2002 and 2010. Prior to 1991 the country was part of Yugoslavia; see Yugoslavian national football team for records up to this point.

World Cup record[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1994 Did not enter - - - - - - -
France 1998 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South KoreaJapan 2002 Round 1 30 3 0 0 3 2 7
Germany 2006 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
South Africa 2010 Round 1 18 3 1 1 1 3 3
Total 2/19 6 1 1 4 5 10

Slovenia at Japan/South Korea 2002[edit]

Slovenia qualified for their first World Cup in 2002 under the management of Srecko Katenec, but suffered a 3-1 defeat to Spain in their opening game. Katenec's decision to substitute midfielder Zlatko Zahovic led to an argument which saw Zahovic sent home from the tournament at Katenec announce his intention to resign as manager after the tournament.[1] Slovenia lost their second game 1-0 to South Africa, leaving them unable to qualify from the group.[2] The side's final game ended in a 3-1 defeat to Paraguay.[3]

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 3 0 0 9 4 +5 9
 Paraguay 3 1 1 1 6 6 0 4
 South Africa 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4
 Slovenia 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0
2002-06-02
18:00
Spain  3 – 1  Slovenia
Raúl Goal 44'
Valerón Goal 74'
Hierro Goal 87' (pen.)
(Report) Cimirotič Goal 82'

2002-06-08
21:00
South Africa  1 – 0  Slovenia
Nomvethe Goal 4' (Report)

2002-06-12
20:30
Slovenia  1 – 3  Paraguay
Ačimovič Goal 45+1' (Report) Cuevas Goal 65' Goal 84'
Campos Goal 73'

Slovenia at South Africa 2010[edit]

Slovenia were the smallest country to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Under the management of Matjaz Kek, the side qualified for the tournament by winning a two-legged playoff against Russia despite having lost the first leg. Slovenia beat Algeria 1-0 in their opening game, and drew 2-2 with the USA having led 2-0. This meant that the side only needed to draw their final group game against England to reach the second round of the tournament.[4] However, a 1-0 defeat to England, combined with a USA victory over Algeria, saw the side finish third in the group and fail to progress.[5]

Group C[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 United States 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
 England 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
 Slovenia 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
 Algeria 3 0 1 2 0 2 −2 1


13 June 2010
13:30
Algeria  0 – 1  Slovenia
Report Koren Goal 79'

18 June 2010
16:00
Slovenia  2 – 2  United States
Birsa Goal 13'
Ljubijankič Goal 42'
Report Donovan Goal 48'
Bradley Goal 82'

23 June 2010
16:00
Slovenia  0 – 1  England
Report Defoe Goal 23'

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