The EHF EURO 2004 hosts have been on a rollercoaster ride in recent years: In 2013 they reached the World Championship Semi-final in Spain, but only a few months later a defeat against Belarus saw them miss out on the EHF EURO 2014.
In the World Championship 2015 Qualification the team overcame Hungary to qualify for the final tournament in Qatar, where they finished eighth and Dragan Gajic was the tournament top scorer. However, this success did not save head coach Boris Denic, who was replaced by legendary Veselin Vujovic ahead of the final two rounds of the EHF EURO 2016 Qualification Phase.
Slovenia have a number of talented youngsters to draw from in the coming years. Gasper Marguc, Borut Mackovsek and Jure Dolenec are just three young guns on whose shoulders Slovenia’s future hopes rest.
Uros Zorman is one of the longest-serving players in the Slovenian national team, being already part ofthe squad that took silver on home courts at the EHF EURO 2004. He was first nominated in 1999 and has since then played more than 200 times.
The centre back has been playing for Polish champions Vive Tauron Kielce since 2011. His illustriuos career saw him lifting the EHF Champions League trophy on three occasions (2004 with Celje, 2008 and 2009 with Ciudad Real) as well as the IHF Super Globe once.
Dragan Gajic most certainly put his name on the list of players to watch out for, when the 71 goals he scored at the World Championship 2015 not only helped Slovenia all the way to the semi-finals but also earned him the top scorer title and a place in the All-star team. To date he has netted more than 600 times in just about 150 internationals for Slovenia.
On the club level he has been playing for Montpellier HB since the 2011 season. In 2014 his club reached the EHF Cup Finals in Berlin, also courtesy of Gajic's goals who became the competition's top scorer with 72 goals.
Slovenia landed a true coup in late May 2015 when they announced that Veselin Vujovic would take over the men's national team. Vujovic, who coaches VELUX EHF Champions League participants PPD Zagreb at the same time, is a former Yugoslav top handball player who competed at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, winning gold and bronze respectively.
On club level he played for clubs such as Metaloplastika Šabac, Barcelona and Granollers. With Metaloplastika he won the Champions Cup, the predecessor of the EHF Champions League, in 1985 and 1986; in 1991 he achieved the same with FC Barcelona. In 1988 he became the first player to be named IHF World Player of the Year.
His coaching career before the Zagreb stint led him to to clubs such as Vardar and Ciudad Real as well as to the national teams of Serbia & Montenegro and FYR Macedonia.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events