Football News: Slovenia Gearing Up for Euro 2024 Debut

As the countdown to Euro 2024 in Germany continues, the Slovenia national football team is ready to make their second-ever appearance at the European Championship. Having been drawn in a challenging group against Serbia, Denmark, and England, the Slovenians have nothing to lose as they aim to spring a surprise on the bigger names.

Returning to the Big Stage

This will be Slovenia’s first major tournament appearance in 14 years, and they will be hoping to replicate or even exceed the performances of their previous Euros outing in 2000, when they put on one of the tournament’s best-ever group stage matches with a thrilling 3-3 draw against FR Yugoslavia.

“We have a talented squad with a mix of experienced players and exciting young prospects,” said manager Matjaz Kek. “Our goal is to go out and compete with the best teams in Europe.”

Key Players to Watch

Led by experienced manager Matjaz Kek, who guided the team to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Slovenia boasts a talented squad that includes one of the most exciting young strikers in Europe, RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko, as well as the world-class goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who plays for Atletico Madrid. Other key players include Jaka Bijol, an aerial threat from set-pieces, and veteran midfielder Josip Ilicic.

Building Momentum

The team’s confidence has been boosted by a 2-0 win over Portugal in March, and while reaching the knockout stages will be a tough challenge, Slovenia’s Euro 2024 squad is brimming with the potential to cause a few upsets in the group stage.

As the tournament approaches, FourFourTwo will provide comprehensive coverage of Slovenia’s Euro 2024 campaign, including all the latest updates on fixtures, how to watch the games, and the state of the group stages as they unfold.

Slovenia’s Euro 2024 Squad

Goalkeepers: Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid), Vid Belec (APOEL), Igor Vekic (Vejle)
Defenders: Zan Karnicnik (Celje), Jure Balkovec (Alanyaspor), Miha Blazic (Lech Poznan), Jaka Bijol (Udinese), Erik Janza (Gornik Zabrze), Petar Stojanovic (Sampdoria), Vanja Drkusic (Sochi), David Brekalo (Orlando City)
Midfielders: Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Sturm Graz), Benjamin Verbic (Panathinaikos), Sandi Lovric (Udinese), Timi Max Elsnik (Olimpija Ljubljana), Jasmin Kurtic (Sudtirol), Tomi Horvat (Sturm Graz), Adam Gnezda Cerin (Panathinaikos), Nino Zugelj (Bodo/Glimt), Adrian Zeljkovic (Spartak Trnava)
Forwards: Josip Ilicic (Maribor), Andraz Sporar (Panathinaikos), Benjamin Sesko (RB Leipzig), Zan Celar (Lugano), Jan Mlakar (Pisa), Zan Vipotonik (Bordeaux)

Slovenia’s Euro 2024 campaign will kick off on June 16 against Denmark, followed by matches against Serbia on June 20 and England on June 25. As the nation prepares for its second-ever European Championship, all eyes will be on whether they can replicate or even surpass their memorable performances from the past.

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