Saturday March 19 2011
Italy: Slovenia call peninsula stars

There are eight peninsula-based players in the Slovenian squad for next week's Euro 2012 qualifier against Italy.

The two sides go head-to-head in Lubjana on Friday evening and Coach Matjaz Kek named his squad for the big game.

They include eight players who already ply their trade in the peninsula between Serie A, B and Lega Pro.

Palermo have three representatives: defender Sinisa Andelkovic, midfielder Armin Bacinovic and trequartista Josip Ilicic.

The others are Chievo duo Bostjan Cesar and Bojan Jokic, Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, Empoli's Jasmin Handanovic and Vid Belec of Crotone.

It's also an opportunity to see Tim Matavz in action ahead of his expected summer move to Napoli.

Italy currently lead Group C with 10 points from four games, while Slovenia are in second place on seven.

Goalkeepers: Samir Handanovic (Udinese), Jasmin Handanovic (Empoli), Vid Belec (Crotone)

Defenders: Sinisa Andelkovic (Palermo), Miso Brecko (Cologne), Bostjan Cesar (Chievo), Branko Ilic (Lokomotiv Moscow), Bojan Jokic (Chievo), Matej Mavric Rozic (Ksv Superfund), Marko Suler (Gand), Mitja Viler (Maribor)

Midfielders: Armin Becinovic (Palermo), Josip Ilicic (Palermo), Valter Birsa (Auxerre), Andraz Kirm (Wisla Cracow), Aleksander Radosavljevic (Ado Den Haag), Robert Koren (Hull City), Nejc Pecnik (Fc Krylya Sovetov), Goran Sukalo (Msv Duisburg)

Forwards: Tim Matavz (Groningen), Zlatan Ljubijankic (Gand), Milivoje Novakovic (Cologne), Zlatko Dedic (Vfl Bochum)

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