Benjamin Verbič the unexpected hero of a new Slovenian fairy tale: “We boys have been watching clips of the golden generations on the internet…”
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Even if we had stayed at 1:1, we would have been happy. But the win made it even sweeter. Although, we have to admit, it was unexpected. No one would dare to bet that the heroof Slovenia will be Benjamin Verbič. But it was. The player, who has not been in the “first plan” of the selector Matjaz Kek in the last period, served a masterpiece just before the end of the match with Kazakhstan. It wasn’t a goal from midfield, it didn’t fall in a snowstorm, and it wasn’t his first goal for the national team. But it was a football masterpeace. A masterpeace worthy of Euro 2024.
Benjamin Verbič did not hide his excitement after the game in a packed Stožice. “There was only one goal. Get to the European Championships. We wanted to go to Denmark, but we couldn’t. Three days really dragged on, we wanted to play the game as soon as possible to prove we could do it. We have finished these qualifiers with a good win,“, Benjamin Verbič told Sport TV after the match in Ljubljana.
The player of the Greek giant Panathinaikos went on to admit that the national team had also warmed up before the match with Kazakhstan with the help of old footage of Slovenia’s greatest football successes from the past.
“We have waited a long time for this. We guys were watching old videos on the internet, how the generations of Zahović and then Cesar, then Koren… We also wanted to become part of Slovenian football history and I think we have now succeeded – Slovenia is moving forward!” said an euphoric Benjamin Verbič, who thanked the fans at the end.
“The fans were with us from the first minute to the last – even in Denmark, it’s great to see a new fairy tale in Slovenian football!” Benjamin Verbič concluded, “disappearing into the night”. A night that will be very short for many Slovenian football fans. For some, it will drag on until the weekend… No big deal. Slovenia is at Euro 2024!
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