Former Slovenia captain Robert Koren believes in a fairy tale in the middle of Copenhagen: “Even the Danes themselves are not sure they will win this game”
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When Slovenia last qualified for a major competition, one of the key players in Kek’s selection at the time was Robert Koren. The now-retired Korošec, who spent most of his club career in England, where he also played in the Premier League, was also the Slovenian captain at the time. Among other things, he can also boast of scoring the goal against Algeria at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, which gave Slovenia its first and only victory in a major competition.
Today, the playing years are a distant memory, but Robert Koren is still in football and currently works in Murska Sobota for Mora, where he works with young footballers and also closely follows the developments in the selection led by his former football boss. Robert Koren has no doubts that Matjaž Kek and his charges will take the final step and lead Slovenia to Euro 2024.
“In football, we like to say that every game is equally important. But it really means something more. It is the end of qualifying and every point is bloody necessary. Our boys, together with the professional management, have been building a positive atmosphere within the national team for quite some time. You can feel that they respect each other more, that they are willing to sacrifice even more for each other, and the results only confirm this. That is also why I believe that they can complete their mission in Denmark,” said Robert Koren , 43, who has played 61 games for the national team and scored 5 goals, for Večer newspaper.
The former Dravograd, Celje, Lillestrom, West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Melbourne City player added: “We know that they have the option of a make-up exam. But in football, there is not much to spar, to tactic. Everyone in the team knows this. You have to go above Denmark as much as possible. We looked very good against them at home. Even the Danes themselves are not sure they will win this match. They have some staffing problems, the stars are dealing with injuries of one kind or another. But it is true that they are a good team overall, and consistently qualify for big competitions. But this time the momentum is on our side.”
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