Slovenia became the last team to qualify for the Women's EHF EURO 2016, through qualification as the best third ranked team.
In total, Slovenia have qualified for four previous World Championships and four EHF EURO events, not counting the upcoming one, but they failed to make it to the EHF EURO 2014 and the World Championship 2015. The last time Slovenia were part of a major event was at the EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway when they finished last.
The best result on a EURO level was 9th in 2004. Now it is the job of Uros Bregar, who took over the team just before the beginning of qualification, to rebuild a team with only a small number of experienced players such as goalkeeper Sergeja Stefanisin, on the one hand, but with promising young guns like Barbara Lazovic, Tamara Mavsar and Ana Gros, on the other.
The 32-year-old centre back started her career in Celje. In the 2009/2010 season she joined Ljubljana-based side RK Olimpija. Her performances there attracted the attention of Nimes and from 2011 to 2016 she played in France.
In the 2013/2014 season she was voted best left back of the French league and recognised twice as player of the month, in February and December 2013. For the 2016/17 season she went back to her native Slovenia and joined RK Krim Mercator with which she reached the group matches of the Women's EHF Champions League.
Despite just being 25 years of age, Ana Gros has already played at a number of top clubs in Europe. She started playing handball in Velenje but joined capital club RK Olimpija at a young age because she went to high school in Llubljana. In the 2009/2010 season she transferred to RK Krim Mercator and in the same season she played her first matches in the Women's EHF Champions League.
From 2010 to 2012 she played for Hungarian champions Györi Audi ETO KC with which she reached the final of the Women's EHF Champions League. She then played for two seasons in Germany at Thüringer HC and has currently found a home at Metz Handball in France where she has been playing since 2014. In the 2014/15 and the 2015/16 season she was named the French league's best right back and in 15/16 she was also the league's top scorer.
Uroš Bregar took over at the helm of the Slovenian women's national team in October 2015 after he had been the team's assistant coach since 2012. On the club level he had been the head coach of Hungarian side Vac from July 2015 on, but then accepted a call from RK Krim Mercator which he has been coaching since February 2016.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events