Slovenia will aim to fulfill coach Matjaz Kek's vision of making a mark in world football by beating the United States today to reach the second round of the World Cup for the first time in its history.
Eight years after losing all three group games on debut at the World Cup amid fighting between its star player and the coach, Slovenia have already beaten Algeria 1-0 to top Group C after the opening round of matches.
Kek said a win for the smallest of the 32 teams over a nation with a population 150 times bigger will underline its progress -- especially considering the country of two million is better known for winter sports than football.
"We have remained very faithful to our winter sports, but Slovenia has competed at two World Cups and that shows that Slovenian football is great," Kek said.
"Today, we are thinking about reaching the knockout stage by beating the United States in our second match," Kek said.
"A lot of great steps have been made and taken forward and our squad has achieve a lot. It's a great match and it can solidify Slovenia on the global map of football."
SLOVENIA v USA, LIVE RTé2 & BBC1 (KO 3.0)