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Thursday, 1 June, 2000, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
I'm no troublemaker, says Zahovic
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Zlatko Zahovic takes on Emmanuel Petit of France
Zlatko Zahovic is determined to prove his top-class credentials at Euro 2000 after a season in which he has been fined, suspended and criticised.

The undoubted star of Slovenia's national side, Zahovic has been in dispute with his club, Olympiakos Pireaus of Greece, since a 10m transfer from Porto last year.

But the 29-year-old attacking midfielder, who has scored 21 goals in 45 international matches, insists: "I am not a troublemaker."

Zahovic hit the net eight times as Slovenia qualfied for their first major tournament, and Piraeus broke the Greek transfer record to sign him.

He initially fell out with club coach Dusko Bajevic after returning late from holidays in his homeland.


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Zahovic: determined
Zahovic then clashed with Bajevic's successor, Alberto Bigon, over tactics and was fined 40,000 and suspended until the end of the season for verbally abusing him.

Since then he has been training at home in Maribor ahead of Slovenia's Euro 2000 Group C games against Spain, Norway and Yugoslavia.

Assessing Slovenia's chances, he said: "Those who expect miracles might be disappointed, but they can count on us exhausting every atom throughout the 90 minutes."

A strong dribbler who often takes the ball from deep within his own half, Zahovic adds that Slovenia is not a one-man side.

He said: "The biggest star is the team, not the individual."

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