Matjaž Kek (foto: pigac.si)
Matjaž Kek, the head coach of the Slovenian national football team, has admitted that the past five years have not always been smooth sailing.
His position often seemed unstable, especially during times when the team's performance was lacking. This period of uncertainty makes the recent success and recognition he has received even more significant.
Despite experiencing various ups and downs in his career, Kek has never felt as satisfied as he does now. He acknowledges that the current Slovenian team is distinct from any other he has managed, both in club and national football. Kek, known for his adherence to his principles and philosophy, celebrated the team's success modestly, ensuring to highlight the contributions of his assistants and colleagues.
During a press conference, Kek received applause from journalists, both when he entered and after he expressed his gratitude for their gesture. This acknowledgment from the media is something Kek deeply values, considering the turbulent journey he has had as the national team's coach.
Kek's contract with the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) extends to the end of the year, with an annex allowing him to lead the team in Euro 2024. This extension reflects the confidence in his ability to guide the Slovenian team to further successes.