List of Slovenia international footballers
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. Shortly after the independence, Slovenia was officially recognized by FIFA and played its first official match on 3 June 1992, a friendly versus Estonia in Tallinn. In the game, ending in a 1–1 draw, Igor Benedejčič became the first goalscorer for Slovenia after equalizing in the second half. Their first competitive match was a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifier against Italy in September 1994. 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). Slovenia was eliminated in the group stage of the competition on all three occasions.
Since 1992, a total of 192 players have represented the national team in official matches. The most capped player is Boštjan Cesar, who has made 101 appearances between 2003 and 2018. The most capped goalkeeper is Samir Handanović with 81 appearances between 2004 and 2015. Zlatko Zahovič is the all-time top goalscorer with 35 goals in his international career, which spanned 13 years between 1992 and 2004. 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Still active for the national team[b]|
|*||National team record|
|Acimovic, MilenkoMilenko Ačimovič||MF||1998–2007||74||13||[d]|
|Bacinovic, ArminArmin Bačinović||MF||2009–2013||13||0|
|Beric, RobertRobert Berić||FW||2012–||16||1|
|Bezjak, RomanRoman Bezjak||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 Iličić||MF||2010–||52||5|
|Istenic, RudiRudi Istenič||MF||1997–2000||17||0|
|Jermanis, AlfredAlfred Jermaniš||MF||1992–1998||29||1|
|Jokic, BojanBojan Jokić||DF||2006–||90||1||[d]|
|Kampl, KevinKevin Kampl||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 Krhin||MF||2009–||37||2|
|Krizan, AlesAleš Križan||DF||1992–1998||25||0|
|Kurtic, JasminJasmin Kurtić||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 Matavž||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 Mevlja||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 Oblak||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 Rotman||MF||2014–||13||0|
|Rudonja, MladenMladen Rudonja||MF||1994–2003||65||1|
|Samardzic, MiralMiral Samardžić||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 Skubic||DF||2016–||10||0|
|Stevanovic, DaliborDalibor Stevanović||MF||2006–2015||22||1|
|Struna, AljazAljaž Struna||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 Verbič||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|
- For more information, see Formation.
- 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.
- Statistics are sourced from the general references listed below.
- Captained Slovenia in at least five games.
- Represented Yugoslavia prior Slovenian independence.
- Represented Croatia prior Slovenian independence.
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