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Lineker's Verdict

Slovenia Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Slovenia star player, Sebastjan Cimirotic
World Cup record:
 2002   First round

Did you know?
Coach Srecko Katanec was Slovenia’s sole representative in the former Yugoslavian team that reached the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup.

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Srecko Katanec
Sebastjan Cimirotic
Slovenia’s World Cup coach Srecko Katanec and Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy would have plenty in common if they ever met up for a drink.

While McCarthy had his problems with Roy Keane before the tournament started, Katanec had to contend with a carbon-copy situation regarding his best player, Zlatko Zahovic during the group phase.

Zahovic was sent home for publicly criticising Katanec, but that’s where the comparison with McCarthy’s World Cup experience ends.

While the Irish covered themselves in glory, Slovenia lost all three games and never looked like doing anything else.

Their final match against Paraguay summed it all up. They were 1-0 up against 10-men, but still ended up losing - and 3-1 at that.

After endearing themselves to many with their major tournament debut at Euro 2000, they will have to pick up the pieces and rebuild after a far less enjoyable experience in their first World Cup.

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Group B: v Spain 1-3; v South Africa 0-1; v Paraguay 1-3.



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