Football Association of SloveniaMiran Pavlin's equaliser for 1-1 against Ukraine in Kiev on 17 November 1999 must have been the most decisive goal in the brief history of Slovenia.

It assured the small Alpine republic sandwiched between the Alps and the Adria the long cherished passport for the finals of Euro 2000 and, at least for the time being, a place among the greatest in Europe.

Between January and December, Slovenia soared almost 40 rungs up the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking ladder and has now entered the top 50. Hitherto Slovenia has made a name for itself primarily through its winter sporting whiz kids (mainly on skis).

In football terms it used to be regarded rather as the weakest of the countries to have emerged from the multinational state of Yugoslavia but it has since overtaken Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and has now set its sights on Yugoslavia and Croatia (twice FIFA mover of the year)way out on the horizon.

The title "Best Mover of the Year" and the ticket to EURO 2000 are Slovenia's well-deserved rewards for a sparkling year with consistently convincing displays in decisive games. Only twice - against Greece and group leader Norway- did they suffer a thrashing but, under the guidance of former German league player Srecko Katanec, the team promptly put those defeats behind it and stifled them in the barrage perpertrated against the Ukraine.

The prize will be presented to the association at a gala ceremony in Brussels, Belgium (FIFA World Player) on 24 January 2000.

Slovenia's Record for 1999

06/02/1999 Switzerland vs. Slovenia 2 - 0 F
08/02/1999 Oman vs. Slovenia 0 - 7 F
27/03/1999 Georgia vs. Slovenia 1 - 1 CQ
28/04/1999 Slovenia vs. Finland 1 - 1 F
05/06/1999 Latvia vs. Slovenia 1 - 2 CQ
09/06/1999 Albania vs. Slovenia 0 - 1 CQ
18/08/1999 Slovenia vs. Albania 2 - 0 CQ
04/09/1999 Slovenia vs. Georgia 2 - 1 CQ
08/09/1999 Norway vs. Slovenia 4 - 0 CQ
09/10/1999 Slovenia vs. Greece 0 - 3 CQ
13/11/1999 Slovenia vs. Ukraine 2 - 1 CQ
17/11/1999 Ukraine vs. Slovenia 1 - 1 CQ


Team Points end
of 1999
(x)
Points gained
in 1999
(y)
Index Value
(x*y)
1 Slovenia 544 115 62,560
2 Cuba 441 118 52,038
3 Uzbekistan 513 91 46,683
4 Trinidad & Tobago 536 81 43,416
5 Russia 643 63 40,509
6 384 104 39,936
7 Spain 753 50 37,650
8 Czech Republic 774 48 37,152
9 Bosnia-Herzegovina 447 83 37,101
10 Turkey 598 62 37,076

The designation of the "Best Mover of the Year" is awarded by multiplying the total amount of points at the end of 1999 (x) by the number of points gained during the course of this year (y). The more points a team already has, the more difficult it is to gain points. The method of calculation takes this fact into account.

Best Movers in 1999(by confederation)

Team Points end
of 1999
(x)
Points gained
in 1999
(y)
Index Value
(x*y)
UEFA
1 Slovenia 544 115 62560
2 Russia 643 63 40509
3 Spain 753 50 37650
4 Czech Republic 774 48 37152
5 Bosnia-Herzegovina 447 83 37101
CONMEBOL
1 Peru 538 58 31204
2 Uruguay 533 54 28782
3 Venezuela 335 78 26130
4 Paraguay 648 40 25920
5 Colombia 614 21 12894
CONCACAF
1 Cuba 441 118 52038
2 Trinidad & Tobago 536 81 43416
3 Haiti 384 104 39936
4 Canada 430 40 17200
5 British Virgin Islands 141 107 15087
AFC
1 Uzbekistan 513 91 46683
2 Iraq 441 84 37044
3 Indonesia 410 85 34850
4 Jordan 317 83 26311
5 Bangladesh 247 100 24700
CAF
1 Libya 247 111 27417
2 Mauritius 289 89 25721
3 Swaziland 253 99 25047
4 Congo 397 55 21835
5 Burkina Faso 456 41 18696
OFC*
1 New Zealand 381 25 9525
2 US Samoa 6 0 0
* only two teams ranked as the 1999 index value
for all other teams is negative