Overview

Team profile

Slovenia

Slovenia have been a revelation over the last few years, claiming the silver medal at the 2015 European Championship after beating reigning world champions Poland 3-2 in the quarterfinals and Italy 3-1 in the semi-finals.
They followed up this success with a stunning World League debut in 2016, immediately qualifying for the Final Four where they beat Greece 3-0 in the  semi-finals and knocked out Germany 3-1 in the final in Frankfurt to gain promotion to Group 2 for 2017. 
Slovenia’s only previous international successes had been a gold medal in the European League in 2015, following two bronze medals in 2011 and 2014. 
Slovenia are making their FIVB World Championship debut this year – the only team amongst the 24 entrants to be doing so. 

Coach

Kovač Slobodan

Kovač Slobodan

Serbian Slobodan Kovac replaced Italian Andrea Giani at the helm of Slovenia's men’s National Team in 2017, after the latter moved to Germany. Kovac had previously coached Iran in 2014 and 2015. As a player, the 49-year-old has won two Olympic medals - bronze at Atlanta 1996 followed by gold at Sydney 2000, while pursuing a career with clubs in Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece, France and Iran. He began his coaching career in 2008 with Radnicki Kragujevac which he led to two Serbian League titles, before moving to Italy's Sir Safety Perugia. In 2016 he took charge of Halkabank Ankara which he imemdiately led to the title of the Turkish men's League.

Staff

  • Team Manager Marinko Damjan
  • Assistant coach Škorc Sebastijan
  • Second Assistant Coach Svetozarević Dragan
  • Doctor Majstorovic Mile
  • Physiotherapist Babic Haris

Schedule

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Ranking

Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1
Brazil
8 7 1 4 1 2 0 1 0 19 22 8 2.750 699 618 1.131
2
Belgium
8 4 4 2 2 0 2 0 2 14 16 14 1.142 667 657 1.015
3
Slovenia
8 4 4 1 2 1 2 1 1 13 17 16 1.062 722 716 1.008
4
Australia
8 3 5 0 2 1 1 1 3 9 12 19 0.631 665 701 0.948

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