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Slovenia has been rising up at the EHF EUROs in recent years. The 2004 silver medallists went from 14th place in 2016 to fourth place in 2020.

Coach Ljubomir Vranjes took over Slovenia only weeks before the start of EHF EURO 2020 and immediately went in the battle for the bronze medal, only to lose to Norway 20:28 after a great clash against Spain in the semi-finals.

This time, Slovenia will give their maximum on the court trying to reach the same objective, starting against Montenegro, North Macedonia and Denmark in Debrecen. Their route to EHF EURO 2020 was achieved with four out of six wins in qualification, topping group 5.

Boosted with experience from backs Jure Dolenec and THW Kiel’s Miha Zarabec or Barça right wing Blaz Janc, together with some young talent like Barça centre back Domen Makuc, Slovenia can be an amazing and dangerous mix.

The team’s 13th appearance in 15 European championships proves good work is a constant in Slovenia. Their bronze medal at the IHF Men’s World Championship 2017, their appearance in the EHF EURO 2020 final weekend and ninth at last year’s World Championship shows they can compete with the best when everything clicks.

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Player Cumulative Statistics Player List
# Player MP Goals Shots % 7m YC RC 2 Min TP
3 Blagotinsek, Blaz 3 9 10 90 0 / 0 0 0 3 83
51 Mackovsek, Borut 3 9 16 56.25 0 / 0 0 0 0 58
6 Marguc, Gasper 3 9 18 50 1 / 5 0 0 0 112
20 Kodrin, Tilen 3 7 8 87.5 0 / 0 1 0 1 90
2 Skube, Stas 3 7 8 87.5 0 / 0 0 0 0 65
17 Cehte, Nejc 3 5 9 55.56 0 / 0 0 0 2 48
35 Makuc, Domen 3 5 9 55.56 0 / 1 0 0 1 39
8 Janc, Blaz 3 4 6 66.67 0 / 0 0 0 0 42
99 Kastelic, Urh 3 2 2 100 0 / 0 0 0 0 56
15 Poteko, Vid 3 2 2 100 0 / 0 1 0 2 70
25 Sokolic, Tilen 3 2 2 100 0 / 0 0 0 0 23
5 Henigman, Nik 3 1 4 25 0 / 0 0 0 2 26
23 Zarabec, Miha 3 1 5 20 0 / 1 0 0 0 26
95 Suholežnik, Matic 3 0 2 0 0 / 0 0 0 3 7
11 Dolenec, Jure 2 11 15 73.33 5 / 6 0 0 0 43
41 Groselj, Matic 1 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
44 Bombac, Dean 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
92 Drobež, Jernej 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
28 Grmšek, Timotej 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
27 Horzen, Kristjan 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
19 Jovicic Slatinsek, Stas 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
69 Kljun, Tadej 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
9 Levc, Vid 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
66 Malus, Jaka 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
31 Mazej, Tadej 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
42 Milicevic, Uroš 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
77 Novak, Domen 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
34 Ovnicek, Rok 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
24 Sostaric, Mario 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
33 Zabic, Igor 0 0 0 0 0 / 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 74 116 63.79 6 / 13 2 0 14
# Goalkeeper MP Saves Shots % 7m
1 Baznik, Joze 3 15 66 22.73 0 / 4
99 Kastelic, Urh 3 13 45 28.89 0 / 3
26 Ferlin, Klemen 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
90 Lesjak, Urban 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
12 Panjtar, Aljaz 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
16 Vujovic, Miljan 0 0 0 0 0 / 0
TOTAL 28 111 25.23 0/7

EHF competition history

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European Championship
2004 - 2nd place

Key Players

Key Players

Miha Zarabec)
Miha Zarabec

Centre back

Miha Zarabec is playing in his fourth EHF EURO. He was one of the Slovenian stars at the IHF Men’s World Championship 2017, steering the team to bronze. Zarabec is currently playing his fifth season at Kiel, having spent three years with Celje previously. The classical playmaker with strengths in one-against-one actions is also the shortest player in the squad at 1.78m.

Blaz Blagotinsek)
Blaz Blagotinsek

Line player

Blaz Blagotinsek made his national team debut for Slovenia at age 18 in 2012. He starts EHF EURO 2022 with more than 100 caps and has played in the last three EHF EURO tournaments. Blagotinsek arrived in Veszprém in 2016 having previously played for four seasons at Celje in his native Slovenia. He was voted best defender of the EHF Champions League in 2018/19 and again in 2019/20.

Head Coach

Ljubomir Vranjes

Coach

Ljubomir Vranjes was appointed as coach of the Slovenian national team in December 2019 on a four-year deal, and reached the EHF EURO 2020 semi-final a few weeks later. He previously led Serbia in 2013 and Hungary in 2017-18. Vranjes won the EHF Champions League with Flensburg in 2014 and is still the only Swedish coach so far to achieve that feat; he has also coached Kristianstad and Veszprém. As a player Vranjes was one of Sweden’s all-time greats, winning three EHF EURO trophies and a world title playing as centre back.

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