The Football Association of Slovenia was founded in 1992. The country broke away from the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991. Before 1991 Slovenian football players played for the Yugoslavian national football team. The Slovenian national football team played in its first FIFA World Cup tournament in 2002 in Korea / Japan. They will be appearing in their 2nd FIFA World Cup tournament in 2010 in South Africa. Slovenia is currently ranked at number 27 on the FIFA rankings.
Slovenia played its first international football match in 1991 against Croatia. Slovenia beat Oman by 7 goals to 0 in 1999 (their biggest win in history). Slovenia lost by 5 goals to 0 against France in 2002 (their biggest loss in history). Robert Koren is the current captain of the Slovenian national football team. He plays his club soccer at West Bromwich Albion in England and he’s been playing for Slovenia since 2003. Zlatko ZahoviÄ is the highest scoring Slovenian footballer in history. He scored 35 goals in 80 matches for his country between 1992 and 2004. Zlatko ZahoviÄ is also the most capped Slovenian footballer of all time. Former Slovenian footballer MatjaÅ¾ Kek is the current head coach of the Slovenian national football team. He’s been in this position since 2007. Under his guidance Slovenia have qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. They beat Russia on their qualifying path into the tournament.
Slovenia will play in the 3 following group matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup:
- 13 June 2010 – Slovenia vs Algeria @ Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane – Kickoff at 13:30
- 18 June 2010 – Slovenia vs United States @ Coca Cola Park, Johannesburg – Kickoff at 16:00
- 23 June 2010 – Slovenia vs England @ Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth – Kickoff at 16:00