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Kek happy with team's chances
May 11th, 2010 1:48PM

TAGS:  men's national team, world cup


[SLOVENIA] Slovenia coach Matjaz Kek was happy to report that key players in 30-man preliminary World Cup squad are all healthy, and he's optimistic about his team's chances in Group C, where it will face the USA.

Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, West Bromwich Albion midfielder Robert Koren, Bochum forward Zlatko Dedic and Cologne forward Milivoj Novakovic are among the players expected to start for Slovenia, which will meet the USA June 18 in Johannesburg

Young players Kek is looking at include Inter Milan midfielder Rene Krhin and FC Groningen striker Tim Matavz.

Slovenia Roster:
Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovic (Udinese), Jasmin Handanovic (Mantova), Aleksander Seliga (Sparta Rotterdam), Jan Koprivec (Gallipoli).
Defenders: Bojan Jokic (Chievo Verona), Marko Suler (Ghent), Bostjan Cesar (Grenoble), Branko Ilic (Lok. Moscow), Matej Mavric-Rozic (Koblenz), Dejan Kelhar (Cercle Brugge), Elvedin Dzinic (Maribor), Miso Brecko (Cologne), Aleksandar Rajcevic (Koper), Suad Filekovic (Maribor).
Midfielders: Andraz Kirm (Wisla Krakow), Andrej Komac (Maccabi Tel-Aviv), Rene Krhin (Inter Milan), Mirnes Sisic (Giannina), Darjan Matic (Rapid Bucharest), Dare Vrsic (Koper), Dalibor Stevanovic (Vitesse), Robert Koren (West Bromwich), Aleksander Radosavljevic (Larissa), Valter Birsa (Auxerre).
Forwards: Milivoje Novakovic (Cologne), Zlatko Dedic (Bochum), Zlatan Ljubijankic (Ghent), Nejc Pecnik (Nacional Funchal), Miran Burgic (AIK Stockholm), Tim Matavz (FC Groningen).

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