SLOVE­NIA (33)

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

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.

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