List of Slovenia international footballers

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Robert Koren, captain of Slovenia at their most recent World Cup appearance in 2010.

The Slovenia national football team (Slovene: Slovenska nogometna reprezentanca) represents the nation of Slovenia in international association football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of Slovenia, the governing body of football in Slovenia. Slovenia is a member of both the European football federation, UEFA, and the world football association, FIFA.

Prior the Slovenian independence from Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in June 1991, the unofficial Slovenian national team played a total of five friendly matches.[1] Shortly after the independence, Slovenia was officially recognized by FIFA[2] and played its first official match on 3 June 1992, a friendly versus Estonia in Tallinn.[3][4] In the game, ending in a 1–1 draw, Igor Benedejčič became the first goalscorer for Slovenia after equalizing in the second half.[5] Their first competitive match was a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier against Italy in September 1994.[4] Despite the country's small size (Slovenia has a population of 2 million), the team has qualified for the UEFA European Championship once (in 2000) and the FIFA World Cup twice (in 2002 and 2010).[6] Slovenia was eliminated in the group stage of the competition on all three occasions.[7]

Since 1992, a total of 192 players have represented the national team in official matches.[8] The most capped player is Boštjan Cesar, who has made 101 appearances between 2003 and 2018.[9] The most capped goalkeeper is Samir Handanović with 81 appearances between 2004 and 2015.[9] Zlatko Zahovič is the all-time top goalscorer with 35 goals in his international career, which spanned 13 years between 1992 and 2004.[9] As of June 2018, the Slovenian national team has been led by 24 different captains. The player with the most appearances as the team captain is Boštjan Cesar, who captained Slovenia in 40 matches.[10] Petar Stojanović is the youngest player to appear for the national team; he was 19 years, 1 month, and 11 days old at the time of his debut in November 2014.[11]

As of June 2018, Slovenia has played a total of 230 official matches.[9][12]

Key[edit]

  • The list is initially ordered by alphabetical order of surname.
  • Only the players with at least ten appearances in official matches are listed.
  • Statistics are correct as of the match played on 2 June 2018.
Positions key[a]
GK Goalkeeper
DF Defender
MF Midfielder
FW Forward
Position
Playing positions are listed according to the player profiles on the Football Association of Slovenia official website.
Total appearances and Total goals
Total appearances and goals comprise those at the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship and each competition's required qualification matches, as well as official international friendlies.
Key
Symbol Meaning
double-dagger Still active for the national team[b]
* National team record

List[edit]

A dark-haired white man, wearing an all white football kit with number 5 imprinted on it.
Boštjan Cesar is the all-time most capped player for Slovenia with 101 appearances between 2003 and 2018.
A white man, wearing the red and white football kit, kicking the ball.
Milivoje Novaković (80 appearances, 32 goals) is the most capped forward for Slovenia and the second best goalscorer behind Zlatko Zahovič.
A dark-haired white man, wearing an all red football kit and black goalkeeping gloves.
Samir Handanović is the most capped goalkeeper for Slovenia.
A white man in all-black suit, watching the football game and giving orders to the players.
Prior debuting for Slovenia in 1992, Darko Milanič earned five appearances for the Yugoslavia national team.
Two young players chasing the ball. The player in the front is white, while the one in the back is dark-skinned. One is wearing the all blue kit, while the other wears red and white football kit.
Petar Stojanović (in blue kit), the youngest player to appear for the national team.
Player Position Career Appearances[c] Goals Notes
Acimovic, MilenkoMilenko Ačimovič MF 1998–2007 74 13 [d]
Bacinovic, ArminArmin Bačinović MF 2009–2013 13 0
Beric, RobertRobert Berićdouble-dagger FW 2012– 16 1
Bezjak, RomanRoman Bezjakdouble-dagger FW 2013– 22 4
Binkovski, PeterPeter Binkovski MF 1994–1996 16 1
Birsa, ValterValter Birsa MF 2006–2018 90 7
Boskovic, BoskoBoško Boškovič GK 1993–1998 27 0
Brecko, MisoMišo Brečko DF 2004–2015 77 0
Bulajic, SpasojeSpasoje Bulajič DF 1998–2004 26 1
Ceh, AlesAleš Čeh MF 1992–2002 74 1 [d]
Ceh, NastjaNastja Čeh MF 2001–2007 46 6 [d]
Cesar, BostjanBoštjan Cesar DF 2003–2018 101* 10 [d]
Cimirotic, SebastjanSebastjan Cimirotič FW 1998–2005 33 6
Cipot, FabijanFabijan Cipot DF 1999–2007 26 0
Dabanovic, MladenMladen Dabanovič GK 1998–2003 25 0
Dedic, ZlatkoZlatko Dedić FW 2004–2013 49 8
Englaro, RobertRobert Englaro DF 1992–1999 36 0
Filekovic, SuadSuad Fileković DF 2002–2010 14 0
Florijancic, MatjazMatjaž Florijančič FW 1992–1999 20 1
Gajser, DamjanDamjan Gajser MF 1995–1997 11 0
Gajser, SasaSaša Gajser MF 1999–2003 27 1
Galic, MarinkoMarinko Galič DF 1994–2002 66 0
Gliha, PrimozPrimož Gliha FW 1992–1998 28 10
Handanovic, SamirSamir Handanović GK 2004–2015 81 0 [d]
Ilic, BrankoBranko Ilić DF 2004–2015 63 1
Ilicic, JosipJosip Iličićdouble-dagger MF 2010– 52 5
Istenic, RudiRudi Istenič MF 1997–2000 17 0
Jermanis, AlfredAlfred Jermaniš MF 1992–1998 29 1
Jokic, BojanBojan Jokićdouble-dagger DF 2006– 90 1 [d]
Kampl, KevinKevin Kampldouble-dagger MF 2012– 27 2
Karic, AmirAmir Karić MF 1996–2004 64 1
Kirm, AndrazAndraž Kirm MF 2007–2016 71 6
Knavs, AleksanderAleksander Knavs DF 1998–2006 65 3 [d]
Kokol, VladimirVladimir Kokol MF 1994–1997 12 1
Kokot, AlesAleš Kokot DF 2004–2008 10 0
Komac, AndrejAndrej Komac MF 2004–2010 43 0
Koren, RobertRobert Koren MF 2003–2011 61 5 [d]
Krhin, ReneRene Krhindouble-dagger MF 2009– 37 2
Krizan, AlesAleš Križan DF 1992–1998 25 0
Kurtic, JasminJasmin Kurtićdouble-dagger MF 2012– 46 1
Lavric, KlemenKlemen Lavrič FW 2004–2008 25 6 [d]
Lazarević, DejanDejan Lazarević MF 2011–2015 20 1
Ljubijankic, ZlatanZlatan Ljubijankić FW 2006–2015 48 6
Matavz, TimTim Matavždouble-dagger FW 2010– 36 10
Matic, DarijanDarijan Matić MF 2006–2012 10 0
Mavric, BorutBorut Mavrič GK 2004–2006 18 0
Mavric, MatejMatej Mavrič DF 2002–2011 37 1
Mertelj, AlesAleš Mertelj MF 2012–2015 16 0
Mevlja, MihaMiha Mevljadouble-dagger DF 2016– 11 1
Milanic, DarkoDarko Milanič DF 1992–2000 42 0 [e][d]
Milinovic, ZeljkoŽeljko Milinovič DF 1997–2002 38 3
Morec, MitjaMitja Mörec DF 2007–2009 14 0
Novak, DzoniDžoni Novak MF 1992–2002 71 3 [e]
Novakovic, MilivojeMilivoje Novaković FW 2006–2017 80 32
Oblak, JanJan Oblakdouble-dagger GK 2012– 18 0
Osterc, MilanMilan Osterc FW 1997–2002 44 8
Pavlin, MiranMiran Pavlin MF 1994–2004 63 5 [d]
Pavlovic, ZoranZoran Pavlović MF 1998–2002 21 0
Pecnik, NejcNejc Pečnik MF 2009–2015 32 6
Pokorn, JalenJalen Pokorn MF 2004–2005 12 0
Poljsak, AndrejAndrej Poljšak DF 1993–1998 15 1
Radosavljević, AleksandarAleksandar Radosavljević MF 2002–2013 39 1
Rakovic, ErminErmin Rakovič FW 2001–2007 15 1
Rotman, RajkoRajko Rotmandouble-dagger MF 2014– 13 0
Rudonja, MladenMladen Rudonja MF 1994–2003 65 1
Samardzic, MiralMiral Samardžićdouble-dagger DF 2013– 15 0
Seslar, SimonSimon Sešlar MF 1997–2005 19 0
Siljak, ErminErmin Šiljak FW 1994–2005 48 14
Simeunovic, MarkoMarko Simeunovič GK 1992–2004 57 0
Sisic, MirnesMirnes Šišić MF 2008–2012 15 2
Skubic, NejcNejc Skubicdouble-dagger DF 2016– 10 0
Stevanovic, DaliborDalibor Stevanović MF 2006–2015 22 1
Struna, AljazAljaž Strunadouble-dagger DF 2016– 10 0
Struna, AndrazAndraž Struna DF 2012–2016 25 1
Sukalo, GoranGoran Šukalo MF 2002–2011 34 2
Suler, MarkoMarko Šuler DF 2008–2013 39 3
Udovic, SasoSašo Udovič FW 1993–2000 42 16
Verbic, BenjaminBenjamin Verbičdouble-dagger MF 2015– 17 2
Vrsic, DareDare Vršič MF 2007–2012 13 3
Vugdalic, MuamerMuamer Vugdalić DF 1999–2004 27 0
Zahovic, ZlatkoZlatko Zahovič MF 1992–2004 80 35* [d]
Zidan, GregorGregor Židan MF 1992–1996 19 0 [f]
Zlogar, AntonAnton Žlogar MF 1998–2009 37 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For more information, see Formation.
  2. ^ Players considered active are the ones who have been capped for the national team in 2017 or 2018. Players, which have officially retired from the national team, are considered as inactive despite of the date of the last game.
  3. ^ Statistics are sourced from the general references listed below.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Captained Slovenia in at least five games.[10]
  5. ^ a b Represented Yugoslavia prior Slovenian independence.[13]
  6. ^ Represented Croatia prior Slovenian independence.[14]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Vsi izidi (1992-2017)" [All results] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  2. ^ Dunmore, Tom (May 2014). Encyclopedia of the FIFA World Cup. p. 316. 
  3. ^ "UEFA UERO 2004 – History – Slovenia". FIFA.com. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Vse tekme" [All Games]. Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Rok Plestenjak; Rok Viškovič (11 October 2010). "Estonija zgodovinska za Slovenijo in tudi Keka" (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "FIFA President Infantino inaugurates national football centre in Slovenia". FIFA.com. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Zgodovina" [History]. Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Največ nastopov" [Most appearances]. Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Statistika" [Statistics]. Football Association of Slovenia. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Captains". eu-football.info. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  11. ^ Klemen Kos (19 November 2014). "Stojanović najmlajši debitant" (in Slovenian). Nogomania. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Slovenia national football team v all opponents in all times". eu-football.info. Retrieved 1 August 2017. 
  13. ^ Rok Plestenjak (7 June 2016). "Milanič in Novak brez Eura, Danci šokirali svet". Siol. Retrieved 27 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Gregor Židan". www.national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 November 2017.