Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Slovenia play host to Greece at Stadion Stozice in the opening match of their UEFA Nations League campaign. Slovenia missed out on a place at the European Championship finals, and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful qualifying campaign. However, home win should not be considered as the likes of Josip Ilicic, Benjamin Verbic, Tim Matavz, Aljaz Struna, and Robert Beric are all out of contention for the Zmajceki.
Dutch tactician John van’t Schip is still in charge of the Greece national team despite failing to help the team book their place at the Euro 2021 finals. The Greeks have big ambitions for the UEFA Nations League campaign, but beating Slovenia in Ljubljana is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the cards at Stadion Stozice, and we are tempted to put our money on draw. Rapid Wien attacker Taxiarchis Fountas, who scored 19 goals for Rapid Wien last term, is pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (Antonio Delamea Mlinar):
Antonio Delamea Mlinar is a Slovenian footballer who plays for New England Revolution in MLS. Milnar was born in Celje, Slovenia on 10 June, 1991 and his main position is centre back. The New England Revolution defender played for the likes of Celje, Sampion, Aluminij and Interblock during his youth career and he signed his first professional contract with Interblock senior team.
Mlinar scored one goal in 23 league appearances for “the Gamblers” from 2008 to 2011 and in 2011 he joined Slovenian giants Olimpija Ljubljana. He played an important role in the capital club for seven years, but in 2017 he decided to take a step forward in his career.
Mlinar signed a deal with New England Revolution in January, 2017 and he has been playing for the Revs ever since. He made his debut for the Slovenia national team against Poland in November, 2016, replacing Miral Samardzic in the second half of the match.
Highlighted Team (Greece):
Former European champions Greece played their first official match on April 7, 1929, with the team suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Italy in Athens. The Greeks booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1994 for the first time ever, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in United States of America.
The Galanolefki were eliminated in the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well, but they made it to the knockout stages of the tournament in Brazil four years later. However, the Greeks were more than unfortunate not to book their place in the quarter-finals as they were beaten by Costa Rica on penalties. However, Greece did remarkably well to win the 2004 European Championship and that is considered the national team’s biggest success.
Otto Rehhagel outplayed the likes of France and Czech Republic in the knockout stages to set up a meeting with hosts Portugal in the title game. Thanks to Angelos Charisteas’ goal 12 minutes into the second half Greece won the European Championship.