A day for dreams. History is being written! Slovenia plays for Euro 2024 tonight in Stožice, a point will be enough in the decisive game against Kazakhstan
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A long way to Euro 2024 will come to an end tonight in Stožice. In front of more than 16,000 spectators and with the help of all those who will keep their fingers crossed for Matjaz Kek’ s players in front of the TV screens, Slovenia will take on Kazakhstan in the final round of qualifying for Euro 2024. The Slovenian equation is simple: Slovenia must not lose tonight, when the match starts at 20.45. But against an opponent who will give everything.
Kazakhstan is also still in the running and if they win, they will play in Germany next summer. But Slovenia believes, despite Friday’s defeat in Denmark. They believe in dreams coming true. History will be written.
Today is a day for dreams. For history. Here’s to Euro 2024!
“It’s great when you reach the final. Until the final ball. When you have the chance to decide on something that hasn’t happened to Slovenia for a long time. It is a privilege to be part of such a competition. We know what this match brings us. What an opponent we are facing. We both have one goal, one desire. I am confident that we have the quality, the smarts to make this match a success. We have come a long way to get here. It’s good that we have such a tough match ahead of us, because it means we have already done something. We will draw the line after the end. We’ll see how it goes. I am convinced that we are capable, we know how and we will do everything to make Slovenia a success,” said Matjaž Kek before the match in Ljubljana.
The Slovenian selector will sit on the bench of his country’s national team for the 50th time in his second term of office. A professional who has already tasted the taste of the big competition(World Cup 2010) will try to break the drought that has lasted for almost a decade and a half with a generation of boys who have never played on the big stage. One of those who will be very important in Stožice is captain Jan Oblak.
“In such matches, the head is the most important thing. We are all good enough at this level, so in the end it’s the head that decides. It is true what some say. That it should be upside down. But I will add that it is all the more important to be headstrong. And above all, smart. We have to be careful about how we position ourselves, how we play. But the fight in such a match should not be in doubt. A cool head and a hot heart – that’s the most important thing,“, said Jan Oblak before the showdown, which could bring the Football Association of Slovenia around €10 million.
The match will kick off at 20.45 in Stožice, which was already sold out 33 days before kick-off, and will be officiated by the renowned Polish referee Szymon Marciniak.
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