WHO are Robert Koren, Samir Handanovic, Bojan Jokic or Miso Brecko? They are footballers, overshadowed to virtual anonymity by bright stars such as Andrei Arshavin or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Yet, unlike Arshavin and Ibrahimovic, they will play in the World Cup, representing their tiny country, squeezed between Italy, Hungary, Croatia and Austria, with a mere two million inhabitants.
Coached by Matjaz Kek, Slovenia saw off Russia in a play-off. But, though its squad is made up of little-knowns, Kek has patiently worked to build a compact and disciplined squad which may just be a tough nut to crack for more illustrious teams in 2010.