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Head-to-head
· Slovenia and Croatia will play each other for the first time at the European championships.
· These teams have yet to meet at major world level tournaments (Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, Grand Champions Cup, World League, Nations League).
· Slovenia meet a neighbouring country for the fourth time at the European championships. They defeated Austria 3-0 in 2011 and Italy 3-1 in 2015, while losing 3-0 versus Italy in this year's group stage.
· Croatia have never met a neighbouring country at the European championships.

Slovenia
· Slovenia qualified for the knockout stage by finishing second in Pool B. One of their two defeats came against group winners Italy (3-0).
· Slovenia finished in the top-eight at each of the last three European championships, after failing to do so in each of their first five participations. They finished runners-up in both 2015 and 2019.
· Slovenia are the only team that have contested multiple finals at the European championships without ever winning the title.
· Toncek Stern (60) is Slovenia's leading point scorer at this tournament.
· Dejan Vincic (52.13%) is among the players with the highest setter efficiencies in this year's final round.

Croatia
· Croatia qualified for the Eighth Finals with a W3-L2 record, losing to group winners France (3-0) and second-placed Germany (3-0).
· Croatia (3) have already won more matches at the 2021 European championships than at their three previous participations combined (W2-L9).
· Croatia can win three consecutive matches at the European championships for the first time. Their wins against Estonia and Slovakia were already their first successive victories at the tournament.
· Leo Andric (91) is the fourth-most prolific scorer in this year's final round, behind the Netherlands' Nimir Abdel-Aziz (122), Turkey's Adis Lagumdzija (104) and Belgium's Sam Deroo (92).
· Andric has recorded third-most aces in the final round, behind Bulgaria's Todor Skrimov (17) and Italy's Alessandro Michieletto (15).
· Only Poland's Piotr Nowakowski (22) has recorded more points from blocks in the final round than Kruno Nikacevic (14).

 

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    First Referee
    Sinisa OVUKA
    BIH
    Second Referee
    László ADLER
    HUN
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    Ostravar Arena is a multifunctional hall in Ostrava, located in the Ostrava-South district. It was completed in 1986 and at the time, it was the largest and most modern hall in Europe. First reconstruction took place between 2003 and 2004, the other in the year 2012. The capacity of this Aren is 10 157 seats. Ostravar Arena is the home stadium of the extra-league hockey club Vítkovice. Various sports and cultural events, European Championships and World Championships are held here: - Ice Hockey World Championship (2004, 2015) - Women's Floorball World Championship (2013) - European Figure Skating Championships (2017) - Tennis tournament J&T Banka Ostrava Open – part of the WTA Tour (2020) Capacity: 9631
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    Ruská 3077/135, OSTRAVA, 700 30 Capacity: 9631

    TRAVELLING BY CAR In the direction from the D1 motorway it is exit 354. It is best to drive along Rudná Street, then along Závodní Street. SPORT ARENA signs guide visitors to the arena from all directions. The car parks by the OSTRAVAR ARENA are accessible from Závodní Street. GPS coordinates: 49.8044550N, 18.2512036E TRAVELLING BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT From Ostrava main train station by tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. From Ostrava bus station walk to the Náměstí republiky (or Dr. Malý) stop and then take tram number 2 to the Sport aréna stop. Get directions

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SLOVENIA

Address

Črnuška cesta 9 Ljubljana - Črnuče

Contacts

phone +386 14 38 53 70 email ozs@odbojka.si
Team Leaders
Middle blocker
Outside spiker
Team Schedule

Previous Games

19/09/2021 vs. 2 - 3 L play circle Go to Match Centre
18/09/2021 vs. 3 - 1 W play circle Go to Match Centre
15/09/2021 vs. 3 - 0 W play circle Go to Match Centre
  • All Time
  • 15
    Competitions Played
  • 1
    Titles
  • Competition
  • 9
    Matches Played
  • 6
    Matches Won
  • 67%
    Win %
  • 21
    Sets Won
  • 762
    Points Won
  • 51%
    Attack %
  • 52%
    Reception %

Team

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17
URNAUT Tine
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 9/3/1988
  • Birth Place: Slovenj Gradec
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
1
STERN Tonček
Opposite
  • Birth Date: 11/14/1995
  • Birth Place: Maribor
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 93 kg
2
PAJENK Alen
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 4/23/1986
  • Birth Place: Ptuj
  • Height: 203 cm
  • Weight: 93 kg
4
KOZAMERNIK Jan
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 12/24/1995
  • Birth Place: Ljubljana
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 100 kg
5
SKET Alen
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 3/28/1988
  • Birth Place: SLOVENIA
  • Height: 205 cm
  • Weight: 90 kg
9
VINCIC Dejan
Setter
  • Birth Date: 9/15/1986
  • Birth Place: Slovenj Gradec
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 93 kg
10
ŠTALEKAR Sašo
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 5/3/1996
  • Birth Place: Slovenj Gradec
  • Height: 214 cm
  • Weight: 102 kg
11
STERN Ziga
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/2/1994
  • Birth Place: Maribor
  • Height: 193 cm
  • Weight: 86 kg
12
KLOBUCAR Jan
Libero
  • Birth Date: 12/11/1992
  • Height: 196 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg
13
KOVAČIČ Jani
Libero
  • Birth Date: 6/14/1992
  • Height: 186 cm
  • Weight: 83 kg
15
VIDEČNIK Matic
Middle blocker
  • Birth Date: 7/31/1993
  • Height: 204 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg
16
ROPRET Gregor
Setter
  • Birth Date: 3/1/1989
  • Birth Place: SLOVENIA
  • Height: 192 cm
  • Weight: 89 kg
18
CEBULJ Klemen
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 2/21/1992
  • Birth Place: Slovenj Gradec
  • Height: 202 cm
  • Weight: 94 kg
19
MOŽIČ Rok
Outside spiker
  • Birth Date: 1/17/2002
  • Birth Place: Maribor
  • Height: 200 cm
  • Weight: 87 kg

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CROATIA

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SLOVENIA v CROATIA

Article 13 September 2021

The silver team from the last CEV EuroVolley confirmed the role of the favorite as they defeated Croatia 3:1 (25:20, 25:18, 19:25, 25:12). The third set was taken from them by Leo Andric who scored five aces in a row but otherwise Slovenia was the better team.

 

Croatia entered the game with energy and thanks to Leo Andric’s great serves followed by good attack took an early lead 4:0. Their opponent answered almost immediately as they equalized after fantastic blocks (6:6). Croatian setter Tsimafei Zhukouski was hit with the ball after his teammate tried to kick it and he had to be substituted. Slovenia were better in reception and their attacks were stronger. Especially outside spiker Klemen Cebulj scored one point after another. His team grabbed the lead (14:12, 17:13) and controlled it for the rest of the opening set (25:20).

 

After his unpleasant injury, Zhukouski was back in the game but it didn’t change the overall direction of the game. The Slovenians were more emphatic and better on the serve. Alen Pajenk’s ace changed the score once again (8:4). They extended it into a nine point lead (21:12) and without breaking a sweat won the second set.

 

An otherwise quite equal third set had an unexpected ending. Slovenia played very well in attack and led for most of the time. However a successful Nikacevic spike followed by a Slovenian mistake meant a draw (19:19). Leo Andric was on the serve and he performed something unseen. He scored five aces in a row and decided that this match was going to continue.

 

Slovenian went directly for their goal in the fourth set. A great build up extended by amazing serves made the fourth set one sided. Firstly, they led 10:4, then 14:6 and finally finished this game (25:12).

 

Alen Pajenk, middle blocker: “It was a tough match, we knew that Croatia would come as hard as possible. You could see this in the beginning of the game. Then we started to play better, beated their blocks and improved our defence. It the third set they had a good serve when they scored five aces in a row. Fortunately for us we came back even stronger and brought home this victory.”

 

Leo Andric, Croatia opposite: “Slovenia was better even though we tried our best. They came for the victory from the beginning. I managed to surprise them with my serve. I can’t really tell why it was that good, I just tried it. Unfortunately in the next set we were completely down and it wasn’t all right.”

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The match in numbers

117
Points

The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.

106
Duration

The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.

815
Spectators

Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.

185
Match Spikes

The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.

52%
Reception Level

An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.

11-2
Net Domination

The number of successful point winning blocks of SLOVENIA compared to CROATIA.

10-9
Ace Count

SLOVENIA number of service aces compared to CROATIA

45-47
Error Difference

Errors leading to points of SLOVENIA, next to those from CROATIA