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Sunday November 19 2017
Skomina ref for Napoli-Shakhtar

Damir Skomina of Slovenia will be the referee for Napoli’s Champions League showdown with Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo on Tuesday at 19.45 GMT.

This is a must-win game for the Partenopei, as otherwise they are out of the running for a place in the Round of 16.

Skomina is no stranger to Napoli, as he already officiated their 2-1 victory against Manchester City in 2011-12 and the 3-1 loss to Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last season.

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Sunday November 12 2017
Ilicic: 'Never worked so hard!'

Josip Ilicic admits he’s never worked so hard as with Atalanta, but it’s paying off, even if he feels bad for fellow Slovenian Jasmin Kurtic.

The former Palermo and Fiorentina midfielder has found a new lease of life in Bergamo this season.

“I was really not accustomed to that and it was tough to deal with,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport of Gian Piero Gasperini’s summer training camp.

“However, I am reaping the rewards of that labour now. My legs are going at full speed.”

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Monday October 23 2017
Reja linked with Slovenia job

Former Lazio and Napoli boss Edy Reja has reportedly held talks about becoming Slovenia’s next Coach.

According to Calciomercato.it, Reja is one of three candidates to replace Srecko Katanec, alongside Rijeka Coach Matjaz Kek and Azerbaijan’s Robert Prosinecki.

The 72-year-old was born near the Italo-Slovene border, to a Slovene father, and speaks the language, while the Slavic nation failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Monday September 4 2017
Di Biagio: Onwards & upwards

Italy Under-21 boss Luigi Di Biagio says the Azzurrini’s 4-1 win against Slovenia on Tuesday “lets us move forward.”

Italy were rampant in their victory over Slovenia, which ensured they ended the year on a winning note, and Di Biagio hailed his young troops for showing “the right attitude”.

"We’re all crossing our fingers for Adjapong,” he said after the game, referring to the Sassuolo defender’s injury.

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Monday September 4 2017
U21: Italy ease past Slovenia

Italy Under-21s stylishly returned to winning ways with a 4-1 victory over Slovenia on Monday.

Italy had lost back-to-back games against Spain, but goals from Andrea Favilli, Federico Chiesa, Riccardo Orsolini and man-of-the-moment Patrick Cutrone (pictured) slayed Slovenia to end 2017 on a positive note.

Manuel Locatelli’s long ball over the top was expertly taken down by Cutrone, who fired home with just his second touch.

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Sunday September 3 2017
Di Biagio: 'Different Under-21 side'

Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio expects “a very different match” against Slovenia tomorrow after their loss to Spain.

Fresh from a 3-0 friendly defeat to Spain in Toledo on Friday evening, the Azzurrini host Slovenia on Monday at 20.15 UK time (19.15 GMT).

“It was a game that will help us to grow and allowed us to realise what stage the new guys were at,” said Di Biagio in his Press conference.

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Wednesday November 18 2015
Handanovic quits Slovenia

Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic announced his international retirement after Slovenia failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

His side was held 1-1 in the play-offs this evening, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Ukraine.

“All I can say is that I am done with the national team,” Handanovic told reporters.

The 31-year-old shot-stopper has been a senior international for 10 years, making his debut on November 17 2004.

He put together 79 caps for Slovenia.

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Sunday October 18 2015
Euro 2016 play-offs draw

The Euro 2016 play-offs are Bosnia v Ireland, Norway v Hungary, Ukraine-Slovenia and the Scandinavian derby Denmark v Sweden.

The draw was performed today as the final step towards qualification for the tournament in France next year.

Roma stars Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko are expected to feature heavily when Bosnia-Herzegovina take on the Republic of Ireland.

Samir Handanovic’s Slovenia go head-to-head with Ukraine and Norway, who finished third in Italy’s group behind Croatia, will fight it out with Hungary.

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Monday October 12 2015
Hamsik fires Slovakia to Euros

Napoli’s Marek Hamsik got a double, as Slovakia confirmed their place at Euro 2016.

The Slovakians only needed to match Ukraine’s result to be sure of sealing a spot in the tournament, and secured a nervy 4-2 win.

Hamsik opened the scoring following a pass from Vladimir Weiss, who later provided assists for Adam Nemec and Robert Mak.

The Repre seemed to be cruising to France, but were made to sweat by second-half goals from Mario Mutsch and Lars Gerson. However, captain Hamsik put the result beyond doubt with a fourth in injury time.

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Thursday October 8 2015
Di Biagio: 'Still not enough'

Gigi Di Biagio warned Italy Under-21s are “still not close to what I’d like” despite a 3-0 win in Slovenia.

The Azzurrini have a 100 per cent record in qualifying so far, beating Slovenia 1-0 at home and this evening 3-0 with Marco Benassi and a Gaetano Monachello brace.

“It was very similar to the first leg, so we need to raise the tempo and play better. We created a lot, but are still not close enough to what I’d like.

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