A substitution in the match at Stožice after just 20 seconds has attracted attention, even internationally, and for the Italians, it is considered a ‘surrealistic strategy’
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On Saturday, in the opening round of this year’s Prva liga Telemach, Olimpija and Rogaška faced each other in Stožice, and Žan Lorber made his debut in the Slovenian league. However, the 17-year-old goalkeeper stood in the goal of Rogaška Slatina for less than a minute. Rogaška replaced him after just 20 seconds, and the experienced Ajdin Mulalić came into play instead of the teenager.
The reason for such an early substitution is clear: Rogaška, in a clever way, “outsmarted” the NZS rules, which state that every match in the 1st SNL must be started by a player who is a candidate for the Slovenian national team under 21 years. Rogaška is not the first to opt for such a move; last year, Koper caused quite a stir with a similar tactic.
However, Rogaška’s mildly bizarre move is actually making waves abroad this time. The early substitution has drawn attention even in Italy, where it was labeled as “surrealistic strategy,” as reported on the Chiamarsibomber.com website. The prestigious La Stampa added: “Žan Lorber, a 17-year-old goalkeeper, has become the owner of a special record: he stayed on the field for only 20 seconds…”
In the past, the leaders of the NZS have been quite critical of clubs employing such tactics, so it is expected that the rule will undergo a “cosmetic correction” shortly…
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