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Unfancied Slovenians arrive after pulling big upset
by Paul Kennedy, December 4th, 2009 2:37PM



Considered by many to be the weakest of the 13 European teams at the World Cup, Slovenia rallied to qualify for the World Cup for the second time. Its 2-0 win at Slovakia on the last weekend of group play allowed it to advance to the European playoffs, where it upset Russia. The heroes? Nejc Pecnik with a key away goal late in Moscow and Zlatko Decic with the winner in the 1-0 victory at home.

Slovenia doesn't have any big-name players, but its players are spread across Europe, where they play in some of the toughest leagues.

Samir Handanovic (Udinese)
Jasmin Handanovic (Mantova)
Aleksander Seliga (Sparta Rotterdam)

Miso Brecko (Cologne)
Bostjan Cesar (Grenoble)
Branko Ilic (FC Moscow)
Bojan Jokic (Sochaux)
Matej Rozic Mavric (Koblenz)
Marko Suler (Ghent)

Valter Birsa (Auxerre)
Andraz Kirm (Wisla Krakow)
Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
Robert Koren (West Bromwich Albion)
Rene Krhin (Inter Milan)
Aleksander Radosavljevic (Tom Tomsk)
Dalibor Stevanovic (Vitesse Arnhem)
Anton Zlogar (Omonia Nicosia)

Zlatko Dedic (VfL Bochum)
Zlatan Ljubijankic (Ghent)
Milivoje Novakovic (Cologne)
Nejc Pecnik (CD Nacional)

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