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ABOUT SLOVENIA

SPORTS- SLOVENIA

The most popular team sports in Slovenia are basketball, ice hockey, association football, handball and skiing. Individual sports such as athletics, cycling, and tennis are popular. Slovenia has competed in eleven summer and winter Olympic Games. It is also famous for its athletes, such as ultramarathon swimmer Martin Strel and Davo Karničar, the only person to ski down Mount Everest.

Football

The highest level in Slovenian football is the Slovenian PrvaLiga ,with 10 teams. The Slovenia national football team have qualified for two FIFA World Cups (2002 and 2010) and one UEFA European Football Championship (2000). The Slovenian team qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup by upsetting heavily favored Russia in the qualifying tournament. The team played in the Group C with England, Algeria, and the United States.

Basketball

The highest level of Slovene Basketball is the Premier a Slovenian Basketball League, with 12 teams. The Slovenian national basketball team has qualified for eleven Eurobaskets, including a fourth place finish in 2009, and three FIBA World Championships in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Ice hockey

The Slovenian Ice Hockey Championship is the highest level ice hockey league in the country. The Slovenia men's national ice hockey team has qualified for five Ice Hockey World Championships. One of Slovenia's most famous athletes is Anže Kopitar, who plays in the United States for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. His €34.7 million (USD $47.6 million), seven-year contract is the largest contract held by any Slovene athlete.

Handball

Handball is a very popular sport in Slovenia. Slovenia has played at six handball world championships and was ranked fourth at the 2013 championships in Spain. Slovenia has played nine times at the European handball championships. The team was the runner-up at the 2004 championship held in Slovenia.Slovenian club RK Celje won the Champions League in 2004, beating Flensburg in the final.

Mediterranean Games

Slovenia has competed in the Mediterranean games since 1993. It is ranked twelfth in the all-time rankings. As of 2011, Slovenia's Mediterranean games medal count is 101 including 27 gold, 28 silver and 46 bronze medals.