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Palestinian athlete heads to Londonupdated: Wed Aug 01 2012 11:47:00

A Palestinian athlete prepares to compete in judo at the London games. CNN's Elise Labott reports. Jen Chang: Van der Sar enjoying his retirement; U.S. team musingsupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 15:40:00

NEW YORK -- It's a cold afternoon in Harlem with various groups of little kids running around screaming and giggling in makeshift soccer games. It would appear that most are oblivious to the presence of Dutch royalty in their midst. That would be actual Dutch royalty, as in Prince Pieter-Christiaan van Oranje and Dutch soccer royalty in the form of the now retired legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar -- both acting as referees for the day. Steve Davis: U.S. player ratings against Sloveniaupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 15:49:00

U.S. player ratings Tuesday against Slovenia (scale of 1-10, 10 as best) Grant Wahl: Three thoughts from USA-Sloveniaupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 15:48:00

Three thoughts after the U.S.'s 3-2 win at Slovenia on Tuesday: Avi Creditor: U.S. vs. Slovenia play-by-play analysisupdated: Tue Nov 15 2011 11:29:00

The U.S. meets Slovenia on Tuesday for its last game of 2011. Coming off a 1-0 loss, the U.S. now has a W-L-T record of 1-4-1 in six games under Jurgen Klinsmann. Grant Wahl: U.S. team looks to end offensive drought in game against Sloveniaupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 15:25:00

The U.S. meets Slovenia on Tuesday in the team's last game of 2011 (noon ET, ESPN2,, Galavisión), and it's fair to say the U.S.' lack of goals is starting to reach historic proportions. With Friday's 1-0 loss at France, the U.S. has scored just two goals in coach Jurgen Klinsmann's six games, the fewest over a six-game period since May 1998-January 1999. If the Yanks get blanked again -- and Slovenia is a stingy defensive outfit -- then it would be the U.S.'s driest goal spell since June-October 1992.

Azerbaijan gets UN Security Council seatupdated: Tue Oct 25 2011 04:53:00

Azerbaijan was awarded the open seat on the U.N. Security Council Monday after Slovenia dropped its bid.

Italy and Spain seal 2012 qualificationupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 07:49:00

Italy and Spain have become the second and third nations to secure qualification for the Euro 2012 finals after wins over Slovenia and Liechtenstein respectively on Tuesday evening. Ian Thomsen: Divac basks in success of Basketball Without Bordersupdated: Thu Aug 11 2011 13:19:00

Vlade Divac was on the phone from Slovenia, where he used to be a citizen. Then came war. Now he was a visitor, a foreigner welcome home at long last.

Unbeaten Djokovic powers into Serbia Open semisupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 16:08:00

Novak Djokovic duly secured his 26th straight win since the start of the season with a 6-3 6-2 victory win over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic Friday in the Serbia Open. Jonathan Wilson: Troubled giants struggle in Euro and African Nations Cup qualifyingupdated: Tue Mar 29 2011 15:08:00

With the qualifying series for both next year's European Championships and the African Cup of Nations roughly half-complete, a number of big names are in danger of missing out.

Netherlands, Italy and France all claim away winsupdated: Fri Mar 25 2011 18:23:00

Friday proved a good evening for some major European football nations, with the Netherlands, Italy and France all claiming away victories in their Euro 2012 qualifying groups.

Seaside town elects Slovenia's first black mayorupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 06:51:00

The small, seaside town of Piran, Slovenia, is thousands of miles away from Washington, but headlines are heralding its new mayor as the city's Barack Obama.

Esimit Europa 2 takes Maxi spoilsupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 12:30:00

Slovenia's Igor Simcic and his yacht Esimit Europa 2 were the biggest winners on the final day of the Maxi Rolex Cup in Sardinia on Saturday.

7 tips for villa rentalsupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 11:10:00

Thinking of renting a villa for your next vacation? There are seven things you should consider before booking your vacation spot. Chris Mannix: Fast Breaks: USA-Sloveniaupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 14:01:00

It wasn't always pretty but the U.S. picked up it's second straight 20-plus point win in the FIBA World Championship, stomping Slovenia 99-77 (RECAP) in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday. 2010 FIBA Worlds: USA-Slovenia Live Blogupdated: Sun Aug 29 2010 11:50:00

FINAL -- U.S. 99, Slovenia 77 Another game, another convicing double-digit blowout for Team USA. After coming out slow against Croatia on Saturday, the U.S. (2-0) made sure history didn't repeat itself on Sunday, outscoring Slovenia 23-11 in the first quarter and cruising to a 22-point victory.

U.S. and England through to last 16 of World Cupupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 16:51:00

The United States and England are through to the last 16 of the World Cup after a dramatic finale to Group C on Wednesday. Ann Killion: Have we become a soccer nation?updated: Tue Jun 22 2010 11:38:00

Did we just become a soccer nation?

Turgid England held goalless by Algeriaupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 17:41:00

Fabio Capello's England were held to a disappointing goalless draw by Algeria in their World Cup Group C clash in Cape Town on Friday night.

U.S. and Slovenia draw in Group C thrillerupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 16:30:00

The United States came back from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Slovenia in a pulsating World Cup Group C encounter in Johannesburg on Friday.

Dempsey: U.S. cannot lose to Sloveniaupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 07:35:00

American striker Clint Dempsey says the U.S. team has drawn confidence from impressive performances against Brazil, Spain and England but says Friday's World Cup clash with Slovenia is a match his side cannot afford to lose.

A look inside Team USAupdated: Thu Jun 17 2010 07:35:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto profiles the U.S. team after its draw against England at the World Cup.

Algerian keeper hands Slovenia victoryupdated: Mon Jun 14 2010 06:17:00

Slovenia edged out 10-man Algeria 1-0 in Sunday's World Cup Group C match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Jonathan Wilson: Kek's Slovenia unified in team spiritupdated: Sun May 16 2010 16:31:00

Slovenia is the smallest country to qualify for two non-contiguous World Cups, which at first sounds like a terribly contrived statistic. Trinidad and Tobago and Northern Ireland have both qualified for a World Cup with a smaller population, and Northern Ireland, having qualified in 1982, did so again in 1986. But that can be explained by a fine generation of players led by an inspirational manager in Billy Bingham who were fortunate that their period of excellence lasted long enough to get them to two tournaments.

Schild mistake hands victory to Zettelupdated: Sun Jan 17 2010 13:52:00

Austria's Kathrin Zettel won the women's World Cup slalom in Maribor, Slovenia on Sunday after first-run leader Marlies Schild failed to finish her second run. Grant Wahl: For once, U.S. gets relatively lucky draw for World Cupupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 17:16:00

The gods of soccer smiled upon the United States for once on Friday, giving the Americans one of the most fortunate draws imaginable for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (FULL DRAW).

London happy with drawupdated: Fri Dec 04 2009 15:30:00

CNN's Alex Thomas has reaction from London on the eight groups for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Alleged match fixingupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 11:55:00

German police make 17 arrests in a football match-fixing probe. CNN's Richard Quest and Pedro Pinto discuss.

Football world rocked by match-fix claimsupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 11:55:00

While the football community is gearing up for next week's World Cup draw in Cape Town, the globe's most popular game is embroiled in match-fixing scandals on two continents.

2010 World Cup finals berths decidedupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 06:36:00

A dramatic final night of World Cup qualifying has seen all of the 32 places decided with European powerhouses France and Portugal going through.

Controversial goal puts France throughupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 04:51:00

A controversial extra-time goal by William Gallas saw France reach the World Cup finals after a 1-1 home draw against the Republic of Ireland in Paris on Wednesday night.

France dampen Irish hopes in Dublinupdated: Sat Nov 14 2009 20:58:00

France took a giant stride towards the World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in their European playoff match in Dublin on Saturday night.

Croatia, Slovenia sign border dispute dealupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 13:03:00

The prime ministers of Croatia and Slovenia signed a deal Wednesday to settle a long-running border dispute and remove a key obstacle to Croatia's prospects of securing European Union membership.

Quartet confirmed as European playoffs seedsupdated: Fri Oct 16 2009 10:03:00

France, Portugal, Russia and Greece have been confirmed as the seeded teams for Monday's World Cup European playoff draw.

Ukraine beat 10-man England to boost 2010 hopesupdated: Sun Oct 11 2009 21:18:00

Ukraine claimed a 1-0 victory over 10-man England which boosted their hopes of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa via the playoffs.

Beckham hints at early exit from Galaxyupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 07:45:00

David Beckham has hinted for the first time that he may not see out his lucrative five-year contract with American MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy.

Dubious penalty helps England to victoryupdated: Sat Sep 05 2009 17:26:00

A controversial penalty from Frank Lampard and a second half strike from prolific substitute Jermain Defoe helped England to a 2-1 friendly victory over Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday.

Dutch ease to fourth successive victoryupdated: Sat Mar 28 2009 18:09:00

The Netherlands remain top of World Cup Group Nine, maintaining their 100 per cent record in the process, after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Scotland at the Amsterdam ArenA. Canoes Crushed in Dam, 8 Killedupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 15:00:00

Two canoes were crushed running over a dam in southeastern Slovenia, killing 8 people

Boats sucked into damupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 22:45:00

Two canoes were demolished when they tried to go over a dam in Slovenia, spilling more than a dozen people.

Eastern Europe: What's nowupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 17:04:00

Forget lists of "What's Next" in travel. Eastern Europe is "What's Now." While it's catching up to the West -- becoming more modern, expensive and crowded -- Eastern Europe remains a great value. Here's what to expect this year. Enough With the New Countriesupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 16:00:00

Now Kosovo has broken off from Serbia. A confused follower of world events asks: Are we really better off minting smaller and smaller nations? Ian Thomsen: International players on the NBA's radarupdated: Thu Jan 31 2008 17:48:00

NBA scouts are anticipating a pool of foreign talent similar to last year, when five international players were drafted in the first round (though only one, Yi Jianlian of China, went in the lottery).

Musicians aim to create virtual choirupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 01:50:00

Pop music icon Elton John complained to a British newspaper this week that the Internet was destroying music.

Van Bronckhorst snatches Dutch winupdated: Wed Mar 28 2007 14:53:00

The Netherlands beat Slovenia 1-0 with a goal five minutes from time by Giovanni van Bronckhorst in a Euro 2008 Group G qualifier on Wednesday.

Slovenia coach Oblak gets the sackupdated: Tue Nov 28 2006 09:32:00

Former national team captain Darko Milanic is favorite to become Slovenia national team coach after the sacking of Brane Oblak was announced by the Slovenian FA on Tuesday.

Children of the revolution updated: Mon Oct 23 2006 06:07:00

This year, 2006, marks two significant anniversaries in the history of the former Soviet Union, anniversaries that in a sense bookend the disintegration of the once-formidable communist superpower.

Bulgaria without injured Berbatovupdated: Mon Sep 04 2006 11:02:00

Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov will miss Bulgaria's Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovenia on Wednesday due to a groin injury that could keep him out for two weeks.

China advance with last gasp scoreupdated: Thu Aug 24 2006 09:16:00

China, Australia, New Zealand and France have booked their places in the second round of the world basketball championships, with Puerto Rico and Brazil both eliminated.

Kluft triumph thrills Swedish fansupdated: Tue Aug 08 2006 07:38:00

Heptathlon queen Carolina Kluft thrilled her home fans by winning the gold medal at the European championships in Gothenburg on Tuesday.

Montenegro chooses independenceupdated: Mon May 22 2006 03:27:00

Voters in Montenegro have decided narrowly to sever the country's union with Serbia, a move that breaks up the last two pieces of the former Yugoslavia, according to official preliminary results from the election commission.

Finland claim top spot from Czechsupdated: Tue May 09 2006 17:00:00

Petteri Nummelin scored with 72 seconds left as Finland fought back to draw 3-3 with the Czech Republic and clinch top spot in Group A at the world championships on Tuesday.

Kanatec appointed Macedonia coachupdated: Thu Feb 16 2006 12:49:00

Slovenia's Srecko Katanec has signed a two-year-contract as Macedonia's national coach.

Romania coach ends Radoi's exileupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 14:53:00

Mirel Radoi's international exile looks to be over after Romanian coach Victor Piturca said on Monday the Steaua Bucharest player could be selected.

Norway are held to a goalless drawupdated: Wed Mar 30 2005 15:28:00

Bottom team Moldova held Norway to a goalless draw in a dull Group Five World Cup qualifier played in driving snow in Chisinau on Wednesday.

German FA says sorry to Sloveniansupdated: Sat Mar 26 2005 16:28:00

The German Football Association (DFB) has apologized to Slovenia after unruly fans smashed windows and tables at a hotel and restaurant before the friendly international in Celje on Saturday.

Neuville, Baumann handed chance updated: Fri Mar 25 2005 12:20:00

Oliver Neuville and Frank Baumann have been given a chance to impress Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann in Saturday's friendly in Slovenia.

MBA training in a scenic settingupdated: Wed Jan 26 2005 05:58:00

Set amid spectacular Alpine scenery, Slovenia's Bled School of Management must be one of the most picturesque places to study business anywhere in the world.

Strobl clear to race for Sloveniaupdated: Fri Nov 12 2004 10:53:00

Austrian Josef Strobl has been cleared by the International Ski Federation to compete for his adopted country Slovenia.

Camoranesi ruled out of crunch tieupdated: Tue Oct 12 2004 06:27:00

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro and midfielder Mauro Camoranesi have been ruled out of Wednesday's crunch Group Five World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus.

Italy are shocked by Cesar headerupdated: Sat Oct 09 2004 12:27:00

A header by Bostjan Cesar eight minutes from time gave Slovenia a famous 1-0 win over Italy in their World Cup qualifier.

Del Piero gives Italy a second winupdated: Wed Sep 08 2004 17:09:00

Alessandro Del Piero scored his first goal for Italy for more than a year as Marcello Lippi's side picked up their second straight win with a 1-0 away victory over Moldova in Chisinau.

Five withdraw from Scots friendlyupdated: Mon Aug 16 2004 16:21:00

Five players have withdrawn from an injury-hit Scotland squad for Wednesday's friendly international against Hungary at Hampden Park.

Strobl set to compete for Sloveniaupdated: Mon Jun 07 2004 12:20:00

Austrian skier Josef 'Pepi' Strobl will compete for Slovenia from next season if the International Skiing Federation (FIS) gives its blessing.

Round up: Berbatov brace seals winupdated: Wed Apr 28 2004 14:27:00

In-form striker Dimitar Berbatov scored twice to help Bulgaria ease to a 3-0 victory over 10-man Cameroon.

Russians in command in Fed Cupupdated: Sat Apr 24 2004 08:11:00

Anastasia Myskina and Svetlana Kuznetsova won the opening singles to give favorites Russia a 2-0 lead over Australia in their Fed Cup World Group first-round tie in Moscow.

European Quest: More of your views updated: Wed Apr 21 2004 14:43:00

For two weeks, Richard Quest and his team are traveling around countries about to join the European Union on May 1. We asked for your views. Richard's replies are in italics.

Serena quits cup with knee troubleupdated: Thu Apr 15 2004 10:28:00

Serena Williams has quit the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina because of a knee injury, leaving sister Venus as the highest-ranked player left at the clay-court event.

Leading former Yugoslavia into EUupdated: Wed Apr 14 2004 07:21:00

It is picture-postcard perfect. Slovenia, home to just 2 million people, has it all: To the north, snow-covered mountains, fairytale castles and magical lakes. A couple of hours to the south, the Adriatic coastline.

Fence divides neighboring townsupdated: Tue Apr 13 2004 10:14:00

The border between Italy and Slovenia is barely visible here. Neighboring rooftops sit in two different towns in two different countries.

Eastern Europe set for travel surgeupdated: Mon Apr 12 2004 03:06:00

With 10 more countries about to swell the ranks of the EU come May 1, the one business sector likely to get a boost is the travel industry -- both for leisure and business.

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