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Angolan Supporters Angolan football supporters and the Palancas Negras (The Black Antelopes) have succeeded in the placing the name of Angola on the football map since 1982. Since their apperance in the World Cup (Germany 2006) Angola is gradually emerging as a promising side.
Nigerian Football Team Football fans will not forget nostalic memories of Nigeria's glorious days when the Eagles boasted of the mesmorising talent of Austin Jayjay Okocha and the defence barrier provided by Sunday Oliseh Rashidi Yekini as the scoring machine upfront.
Egyptian Football Team The pharaoh of Egypt, the African cup holder are the most successful team (6 titles) that the continental competition has ever recorded. Regrettably Pharaohs' failed to qualify for South Africa 2010. This lack of form questione their readiness.
Ghanian Fans Ghanaian football fans are the fact that Black stars have given a good account of themselves in matches. Stars have been enjoying massive support from fans. By all account, the soccer fever sweeping the nation surpasses even the heydays of Ghanaian football.
Cameroun Football Team Cameroun emerges as a football force in Africa and has been able to set a number of records at the World Cup. The Indomitable Lions particpated in the World Cup 5 times (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002); and first African team to reach the quarter finals.

The country played its first match in 1992 after the split of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1991. Before that, Slovenian players played for the Yugoslavia national football team.

 Slovenia was a surprise qualifier for UEFA Euro 2000, when they beat Ukraine in a playoff. They turned some heads during the tournament, drawing with Yugoslavia and Norway, and only losing to Spain 2–1. Slovenia achieved another major success two years later, qualifying for the 2002 World Cup, this time defeating Romania in a playoff. They did not lose a match in their whole qualifying campaign, recording six wins and six draws. However, they did not do as well in the finals, as they went home pointless.

Despite failing to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, they were the only team to beat Italy on their way to winning the tournament with a shock 1–0 victory on home turf. In November 2009, Slovenia pulled off the shock of Europe's two-legged playoffs when they beat Russia on away goals, thanks to a 1-0 home win in the return leg after hauling themselves back into the tie in the dying minutes of a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Moscow. Slovenia had finished behind Slovakia in a tight European Group Three, and above the more-heralded Poland, and Czech Republic as well as Northern Ireland.

COACH: Matjaz Kek. He played for Slovenian side Maribor and Austrian team GAK Graz. Won two league titles with Maribor as manager and coached the Slovenian under-16 side before taking over the first team in 2007. Failed to qualify for Euro 2008 and then won the hearts of Slovenia's soccer fans after steering them to the 2010 World Cup finals. He has brought the best out of a modest squad after instilling discipline and the fighting spirit that saw them through.

KEY PLAYERS:

Milivoje Novakovic (Cologne):Aged 30 and plays Forward. Slovenia's top scorer in qualifying with five goals. A robust striker who was his club's top scorer in the 2008-09 season with 16 goals. He also led Cologne's scoring chart in the 2007-08 season in the German second division, steering them back into the top flight. Has plenty of pace and is a clinical finisher who seems to be at the peak of his powers.

Samir Handanovic (Udinese): Aged 25 and is the Goalkeeper. One of Europe's most promising goalkeepers who deserves the lion's share of the credit for Slovenia's progress, having impressed throughout the qualifiers. Was loaned to Lazio, Treviso and Rimini after signing for Udinese in 2004 but has established himself as the first-choice goalkeeper after returning to the Italian first-division side in 2007.

Zlatko Dedic (Vfl Bochum): Aged 25 and plays forward. The Bosnian-born scored the goal that put Slovenia through to the World Cup finals. He moved to his present German Bundesliga club after an eight-year spell with clubs in Italy, starting with his 2001 move from Slovenian outfit Domzale to Parma. Also scored in both group-stage qualifiers against Poland.

Prospects:

Slovenia, 27th on the ranking table of FIFA is a fit, disciplined and well-drilled side but lack flair and talent and will need to play above their usual standard to get past the group stage. It could be a stumbling block for a better-ranked team in the group stage.

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