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10 year anniversary!

Izjemen napredek reprezentančnega nogometa

Danes mineva natanko 10 let od prve kvalifikacijske tekme slovenske reprezentance. Izbrano moštvo takratnega selektorja dr. Zdenka Verdenika je namreč v Mariboru (mimo grede: cena vstopnice za pokrito tribuno je bila 6000 SIT !) prav z reprezentanco Italije odigrala prvo kvalifikacijsko tekmo. 7.10.1994 bo zapisan z velikim remijem 1:1, potem ko nemški sodnik ni priznal povsem regularnega zadetka Darka Milaniča, s katerim bi Slovenija zmagala.
Prehojena pot v desetih letih se zdi kot mala znanstvena fantastika. Slovenci smo veljali za narod smučarjev, ki z nogometom nima kaj dosti veze. Skoraj vsi so govorili, da ko se bo poslovila generacija, ki je zrasla v nekdanji jugoslovanski šoli, bo nogomet pri nas na vedno bolj nizki ravni. Toda trend se je obrnil. Po neuspelih kvalifikacijah za Euro 96 v Angliji, ko nismo razočarali je sledil popoln polom v kvalifikacijah za SP 98 v Franciji. Ena sama osvojena točka ni obetala nič dobrega. Toda pogumna poteza vodstva Nogometne zveze, da na selektorski stolček imenuje Srečka Katanca, tedaj še neizkušenega trenerja, ki si je dobro nogometno ime ustvaril pri Stuttgartu in Sampdorii, se je izkazala za odločilno. Nekaj novih imen z nespornim leaderjem Zlatkom Zahovičem je pomenilo preboj na Euro 2000 in na SP 2002. Igra je bila, predvsem na Euru, navdušujoča, prava moderna. Sijajni dosežki za mlado nogometno državo.
Sledilo je burno obdobje afere med glavnima akterjema t.i. slovenske nogometne pravljice. Spor je prinesel menjavo na trenerskem mestu, prišli so nekateri novi igralci, vedno bolj se je zdelo, da imajo stari nosilci igre selektorja pod oblastjo. Vseeno je Bojan Prašnikar s Slovenijo za Euro 2004 prišel do dodatnih kvalifikacij. Neprepričljiva, celo slaba igra na kasnejših prijateljskih tekmah pa je pripeljala do nove menjave. Četrti slovenski selektor je postal nekdanji as Schalkeja in Bayerna Branko Oblak. Korenite spremembe bi lahko postale dvorezen meč. Zaenkrat se je Brane dobro ujel in na treh tekmah dosegel eno zmago (Moldavija, 3:0) in dva remija (Srbija in Črna Gora, 1:1, Škotska, 0:0). Če bi brez poraza preživel še naslednji dve tekmi z Italijo in Norveško, bi že lahko govorili o začetku drugega dela t.i. slovenske nogometne pravljice.
Ne glede na prihodnje rezultate pa velja pohvaliti postopno vključevanje mladih slovenskih biserov, ki jih je kar nekaj. Zraven so že Dedič, Brečko, Božič, Cesar, Žinko, prihajajo še Semler, Morec, Birsa in ostali.

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Today is the 10th anniversay of the first qualifying match our NT ever played! The team lead by dr. Zdenko Verdenik than played aginst - Italy! In Maribor Slovenija managed a wonderfull draw 1:1 with than world vice champions, but was robbed of the victory as German referee dissalowed a perfectly regular goal by Darko Milanic.
The path our team went through in those ten years now seems like a science fiction. We were supposed to be a nation of skiers. After the EC 96 qualifiers where we didn't dissapoint but also idn't qualify followed the dissaster of the WC 98 qualifiers. We only managed a single point! A brave move followed by naming Srecko Katanec as our new selektor, a young and very unexperienced coach. New names came in, and togather with the leader Zlatko Zahovic we made it to EC 2002 and WC 2002! We were plaing some fantastic football, especially at the Euro 2000. Marvelous acheevements fou our young and small country.
Than came the big dispute between our main two figures, Katanec and Zahovic which resulted in the departure of Katanec. Bojan Prasnikar came in and some new players, but more and more it seemed that players are in controll over the selektor. Despite all that we managed to get to the play offs. Bad performances in the following months resulted in the new change in charge of our team.
In came Branko Oblak, our fourth selektor. He made some radical changes, but for now things are going well, if we could storm through the following two matches without defeat we could allready be up to the second part of Slovenian football fairytail!
No matter what will the future bring, it's worth applauding the inclusion of our young talents to the team, shuch as Dedic, Cesar, Zinko, Brecko and there are more to come like Semler, Morec, Birsa!

CONGRATULATIONS ON THE ANNIVERSARY BOJS, NOW JUST GO OUT AND WIN WHAT SHOULD BE WON TEN YEARS AGO!

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