Slovenia squad sticks with experience
Srecko Katanec announced his Slovenia World Cup squad today, which contains very little unknown talent.
The biggest name included is Benfica's midfield player Zlatko Zahovic, who has scored an outstanding 31 goals in 63 internationals. Other notable entries are Miran Pavlin, Milenko Acimovic. Many of the Slovenians will be hoping to use the World Cup to catch the eye of the big clubs, especially the five still based in their home country.
Although Katanec is reserving comment until a press conference on Thursday, a recent quote from him sums up his strategy:
'The World Cup is no place for young players to learn.'
The complete Slovenia squad:
Mladen Dabanovic (Lokeren, Belgium), Dejan Nemec (Bruges, Belgium), Marko Simeunovic (Maribor Pivovarna Lasko), Spasoje Bulajic (Cologne, Germany), Marinko Galic (Sportline Koper), Aleksander Knavs (Kaiserslautern, Germany), Zeljko Milinovic (JEF United, Japan), Goran Sankovic (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Muamer Vugdalic (Maribor Pivovarna Lasko), Milenko Acimovic (Tottenham, England), Ales Ceh (Gak, Austria), Nastja Ceh (Bruges, Belgium), Sasa Gajser (Gent, Bel), Amir Karic (Maribor Pivovarna Lasko), Dzoni Novak (Unterhaching, Germany), Miran Pavlin (Porto, Portugal), Zoran Pavlovic (FK Austria Memphis, Austria), Rajko Tavcar (Nuremberg, Germany), Zlatko Zahovic (Benfica, Portugal), Sebastjan Cimerotic (Lecce, Italy), Milan Osterc (HapoŽl Tel Aviv, Israel), Mladen Rudonja (Portsmouth, England), Senad Tiganj (Olympija)
7th May 2002