The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Slovenia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Slovene Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 68 of which were born in Slovenia. This makes Slovenia the birth place of the 44th most number of Soccer Players behind Iran and Peru.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Slovene Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Slovene Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Slovene Soccer Players.

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1. Branko Oblak (1947 - )

With an HPI of 65.71, Branko Oblak is the most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages on wikipedia.

Branko Oblak (born 27 May 1947) is a Slovenian football coach and former international player. He usually played as an attacking midfielder or deep-lying playmaker.

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2. Zlatko Zahovič (1971 - )

With an HPI of 60.60, Zlatko Zahovič is the 2nd most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.

Zlatko Zahovič (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈzlaːtkɔ ˈzaːxɔʋitʃ] (listen); born 1 February 1971) is a Slovenian former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. After making a name for himself in Europe in Portugal, most notably with Porto and Benfica where he amassed Primeira Liga totals of 246 matches and 54 goals over one full decade, he went on to have brief stints in Spain and Greece. He was known for dribbling and goal-scoring ability alike. Although primarily a midfielder, he scored 11 goals in 32 Champions League appearances and 35 in 80 for the Slovenian national team. The all-time record holder in goals for Slovenia, Zahovič was an essential member of the squad as they qualified for the first time ever to a European Championship and a World Cup, in the early 2000s.

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3. Marko Elsner (1960 - 2020)

With an HPI of 60.28, Marko Elsner is the 3rd most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Marko Elsner (11 April 1960 – 18 May 2020) was a Slovenian footballer who played as a defender.

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4. Jan Oblak (1993 - )

With an HPI of 59.30, Jan Oblak is the 4th most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Jan Oblak (born 7 January 1993) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and captains the Slovenia national team. He is considered by many to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.Oblak signed for Portuguese club Benfica at the age of 17, and was part of the team that won the domestic treble in the 2013–14 season. He then moved to Atlético Madrid for a fee of €16 million, becoming La Liga's most expensive goalkeeper at that time. In 2015–16 he won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper, conceding an all-time record low of 18 goals. He won the award again in the following three seasons. Oblak was also nominated for the 2017 and 2018 Ballon d'Or awards, following his consistent performances with his club.With over 250 appearances for Atlético Madrid, Oblak has won three trophies with the club, including the 2018 UEFA Super Cup by defeating city rivals Real Madrid.Oblak made his senior international debut for Slovenia in 2012, and has been named Slovenian Footballer of the Year on five occasions.

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5. Samir Handanović (1984 - )

With an HPI of 58.98, Samir Handanović is the 5th most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 51 different languages.

Samir Handanović (Bosnian: [xandǎːnoʋitɕ]; Slovene: Samir Handanovič, pronounced [ˈsaːmiɾ xanˈdaːnɔʋitʃ]; born 14 July 1984) is a Slovenian professional footballer who serves as captain and plays as a goalkeeper for Italian club Inter Milan. Before moving to Italy Handanović played in his home country of Slovenia. In 2004, he was acquired by Udinese, but spent the next few years on loan, playing for teams such as Treviso, Lazio and Rimini. Handanović returned to Udinese ahead of 2007–08 season, where he played as a starter for the next five years. In the next season, he also played European football for the first time, making his debut in then UEFA Cup. After five years as starter and more than 200 appearances, Handanović joined Inter Milan in July 2012 for around €19.4m. In February 2019, he was named club captain, while in September, he made his 300th appearance for the club. Having previously represented the Slovenian under-21 team, Handanović made his senior international debut for Slovenia in 2004. He went on to earn 81 caps for his country, the second-most for Slovenia and most by a goalkeeper, and played for them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.Regarded as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, he is one of only four non-Italian keepers to be named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year, winning the honour three times. During the 2010–11 Serie A season he saved a total of six penalty kicks, equalling an all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season. During the 2019–20 season, he equalled Gianluca Pagliuca's record of most penalties saved in Serie A with his 24th stop. The following season, he broke the record. He is nicknamed Batman due to his acrobatic saves.

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6. Milivoje Novaković (1979 - )

With an HPI of 56.56, Milivoje Novaković is the 6th most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 52 different languages.

Milivoje Novaković (Slovene pronunciation: [ˈmiːliʋɔjɛ nɔˈʋaːkɔʋitʃ]; Serbian Cyrillic: Миливоје Новаковић, pronounced [noʋǎːkoʋitɕ]; born 18 May 1979) is a Slovenian former professional footballer who played as a striker.

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7. Fredi Bobic (1971 - )

With an HPI of 56.18, Fredi Bobic is the 7th most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Fredi Bobic (Slovene: Bobič, Croatian: Bobić; born 30 October 1971) is a German football executive and former player who played as a striker. He is the sporting director of Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt.

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8. Željko Milinovič (1969 - )

With an HPI of 56.15, Željko Milinovič is the 8th most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 47 different languages.

Željko Milinovič (born 12 October 1969) is a Slovenian former professional footballer who played as a defender. He represented his country at the two major tournaments for which they qualified, the Euro 2000 and the World Cup 2002.

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9. Zdenko Verdenik (1949 - )

With an HPI of 56.11, Zdenko Verdenik is the 9th most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.

Zdenko Verdenik (born 2 May 1949) is a Slovenian football manager and former player. He coached NK Olimpija, Slovenia under-21 team, Slovenia senior team, FK Austria Wien, JEF United Ichihara, Nagoya Grampus Eight, Vegalta Sendai, and Omiya Ardija.

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10. Milenko Ačimovič (1977 - )

With an HPI of 54.86, Milenko Ačimovič is the 10th most famous Slovene Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Milenko "Mile" Ačimovič (pronounced [miˈleːŋkɔ aˈtʃiːmɔʋitʃ]; Serbian Latin: Aćimović [atɕǐːmoʋitɕ]; born 15 February 1977) is a Slovenian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Pantheon has 68 people classified as soccer players born between 1947 and 1995. Of these 68, 67 (98.53%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Branko Oblak, Zlatko Zahovič, and Jan Oblak. The most famous deceased soccer players include Marko Elsner. As of October 2020, 12 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Mladen Dabanovič, Rajko Tavčar, and Dejan Nemec.

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