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Think of Slovenia and you will be at once imported to a land of snow-capped peaks, turquoise green rivers and a pristine landscape! Agreed, very few things in the world beat the rural, rustic charm of this European country. But if you think that the greatness of the land is limited to its physical charms, hold on! This pretty country is address to some fine men and women who have perhaps earned more distinction than the wine of the land. Be it Olympic medalists, cartographers, film directors, opera singers, actuaries, historians, activists, geographers, comedians, philologists, painters, diplomats or politicians, the Slovenians have inscribed their greatness in the history of the world like very few other countries. Slovenians are mighty proud of their able sons and daughters of soil and are happy to show it off. Learn all about the famous Slovenians in their biographies below. Their timeline that captures the trivia and facts will fill you with utter admiration. So without any ado, read on.
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Josip Broz Tito
(Yugoslav Communist Revolutionary and the chief Architect of the 'Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia')
Josip Broz Tito
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kumrovec, Croatia
Died: May 4, 1980
Josip Broz Tito served as the prime minister of Yugoslavia from 1944 to 1963 and as its president from 1953 to 1980. He was also the Marshal of Yugoslavia. During World War II, he led the Partisans. He was also one of the main figures behind the Non-Aligned Movement.
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Slavoj Žižek
(Philosopher)
Slavoj Žižek
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Birthdate: March 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher whose works in subjects, such as continental philosophy, Marxism, Hegelianism, and psychoanalysis, has gained him international influence. Often dubbed a celebrity philosopher and Elvis of cultural theory, Žižek was named in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers list in 2012. His work has had an impact on widespread public audiences and academic.

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Melania Trump
(Wife of Former US President, Donald Trump and First Lady of the United States (2017 - 2021) )
Melania Trump
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Novo mesto, Slovenia

A former model as well as timepiece and jewellery designer, Melania Trump is the wife of 45th US President Donald Trump and the current First Lady of the United States of America. The Slovenian-American is only the second foreign born and the first naturalized citizen to hold the title.

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 4 
Luka Dončić
(Basketball Player)
Luka Dončić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1999
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Luka Dončić is a Slovenian basketball player best known for his association with Dallas Mavericks with which he has won the NBA All-Star thrice so far. He is also known for leading Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title in 2018. Luka Dončić is also an important player for the Slovenian national team. 

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Goran Dragić
(Slovenian Basketball Player Who Led His Team to Its Maiden 'FIBA EuroBasket' Title in 2017)
Goran Dragić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Goran Dragić is a Slovenian basketball player best known for his accomplishments in the NBA. An NBA All-Star, Dragić has played for popular teams like Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Brooklyn Nets. He is also credited with leading his national team to its maiden FIBA EuroBasket title in 2017. The same year, he was named Slovenian Sportsman of the Year. 

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Jan Oblak
(Slovenian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Jan Oblak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Škofja Loka, Slovenia

Jan Oblak is a Slovenian football player best known for his role as the goalkeeper and captain for the Slovenia national team. He also plays for the popular Spanish club Atlético Madrid. A tall, athletic, and strong goalkeeper, Jan Oblak is renowned for his agility, quick reflexes, and speed. He is often counted among the best goalkeepers in the world

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Samir Handanović
(Slovenian Football Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Samir Handanović
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Samir Handanović is a Slovenian football player who plays as a goalkeeper. The current captain of the popular Italian club, Inter Milan, Handanović has been playing for the team since 2012, winning tournaments like Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, and Serie A. Counted among the best goalkeepers of his generation, Samir Handanović was named Slovenian Footballer of the Year thrice.

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Primož Roglič
(The First Cyclist From Slovenia to Win a Stage at 'Tour de France')
Primož Roglič
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trbovlje, Slovenia

Primož Roglič is a Slovenian racing cyclist who in 2017 became the first cyclist from his country to win a stage at Tour de France. He then went on to win the Vuelta a España for three successive years. Primož Roglič achieved international recognition at the 2020 Olympic Games where he won the gold medal in the time trial event.

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Nadiya Bychkova
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: August 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Luhansk, Ukraine
 10 
Aljaž Škorjanec
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ptuj, Slovenia
 11 
Luka Sulic
(Cellist)
Luka Sulic
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maribor,
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Anže Kopitar
(Slovene Professional Ice Hockey Centre)
Anže Kopitar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hrušica, Jesenice

Anže Kopitar is a Slovene ice hockey player and the current captain for the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. Since becoming the first Slovene to play in the National Hockey League in 2006, Kopitar has made his presence felt in the professional ice hockey league. In 2012 and 2014, Anže Kopitar helped the Kings win the prestigious Stanley Cup.

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Tadej Pogačar
(Slovenia Cyclist Who Won the 'Tour de France' in 2020 and 2021)
Tadej Pogačar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 21, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Komenda, Slovenia

Tadej Pogačar is a Slovenian cyclist best known for his bronze medal-winning performance in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He also won the prestigious Tour de France in 2020 and 2021, achieving enormous fame among cycling enthusiasts around the world. Tadej Pogačar is the first Slovenian and the second-youngest winner of Tour de France.  

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Kevin Kampl
(Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Kevin Kampl
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Solingen, Germany

Kevin Kampl is a Slovenian professional football player who plays for the Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. Although he was eligible to play for either Germany or Slovenia, because of his dual citizenship, Kevin Kampl chose to play for Slovenia early in his career. In 2013 and 2014, he was named Slovenian Footballer of the Year.

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Rade Šerbedžija
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Birthdate: July 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bunić, Croatia
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Tina Maze
(Slovenian World Cup Alpine Ski Racer)
Tina Maze
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Tina Maze is a Slovenian retired alpine ski racer best known for winning two gold medals at the 2014 Olympics. Maze also won two silver medals at the 2010 Olympic Games and is considered the most successful Slovenian ski racer. Maze also won four gold medals at the World Championships and was named Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year six times.

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Katarina Čas
(Actress)
Katarina Čas
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Birthdate: September 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
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Josip Iličić
(Slovenian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Josip Iličić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Josip Iličić is a Slovenian football player best known for his dribbling skills, technique, and creativity. An important player for the Slovenia national team, Iličić was adjudged Slovenian Footballer of the Year in 2019. Josip Iličić is the oldest player to score four goals in a knockout match at the Champions League.

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Merlene Ottey
(Athlete)
Merlene Ottey
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover Parish, Jamaica

Merlene Ottey is a Jamaican-Slovenian retired track and field sprinter. She represented Jamaica in international events for 24 years before representing Slovenia for 10 years. In 1993, she clocked 21.87 seconds to set the world indoor record for 200 metres; she has been holding that record ever since. Merlene Ottey is also known for winning several medals at Olympic Games. 

 20 
Borut Pahor
(President)
Borut Pahor
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Postojna
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Zoran Dragić
(Basketball Player)
Zoran Dragić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Zoran Dragić is a Slovenian basketball player who plays for the Slovenian national basketball team. A three-time Slovenian League champion, Zoran Dragić has also won the Italian Cup, Turkish Cup, Slovenian Cup, two Italian Super Cups, and two Slovenian Supercups.

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Anna Muzychuk
(Only the Fourth Woman in the History of Chess to Achieve a FIDE Rating of 2600 or More)
Anna Muzychuk
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Anna Muzychuk is a Ukrainian chess player who became only the fourth woman in the history of chess to achieve a FIDE rating of 2600 or more. Muzychuk, who attained the Grandmaster title in 2012, is a three-time fast chess world champion. 

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Anthony Randolph
(Basketball Player)
Anthony Randolph
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 15, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Würzburg, West Germany

Anthony Randolph is an American-Slovenian basketball player who was part of the Slovenian national team that win the 2017 EuroBasket  title . He is also known for his association with Real Madrid, winning the 2017 Spanish Cup, 2018 EuroLeague, and three Spanish Supercups with the team.

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Beno Udrih
(Slovenian Former Professional Basketball Player and Coach)
Beno Udrih
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Celje, Slovenia

Beno Udrih is a Slovenian retired basketball player who played in the NBA for popular teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and Sacramento Kings. While playing for the Spurs in 2005 and 2007, Udrih won two NBA titles. Beno Udrih also won two Slovenian League titles and three Slovenian Cups during his playing career.

 25 
Peter Prevc
(Slovenian Ski Jumper)
Peter Prevc
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kranj, Slovenia

Peter Prevc is a Slovenian ski jumper best known for winning the Ski Jumping World Cup overall title in 2016. He is also known for winning gold and a silver medal at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing. A former world record holder, Peter Prevc was adjudged Slovenian Sportsman of the Year on four occasions. 

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Janez Janša
(Prime Minister)
Janez Janša
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grosuplje
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Zlatko Zahovič
(Slovenian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Zlatko Zahovič
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maribor

Zlatko Zahovič is a Slovenian retired professional football player best known for his goal-scoring ability. Zahovič, who holds the all-time record for the highest number of goals for Slovenia, helped his national team qualify for the first time to a World Cup and a European Championship in the early 2000s. Zahovič also helped Benfica win the Primeira Liga in 2005.

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Kevin Pangos
(Basketball player)
Kevin Pangos
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Canadian basketball player Kevin Pangos is best known for his stint with the NBA team Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6’2” player of Slovenian origin is a dependable point guard. Though initially interested in hockey, he later switched to basketball, as his father, too, played the sport.

 29 
Tamara Zidansek
(Tennis Player)
Tamara Zidansek
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Postojna, Slovenia

Tamara Zidansek is a Slovenian tennis player who has won numerous singles titles on the ITF Women's World Tennis Tour. Her best Grand Slam result, so far, came at the 2021 Roland-Garros where she qualified for the semifinals, eventually losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Tamara Zidansek has also won two WTA 125 singles titles and one WTA Tour singles title.

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Urška Žigart
(Racing Cyclist)
Urška Žigart
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia

Urška Žigart is a Slovenian racing cyclist who won the Slovenian National Time Trial Championships in 2020. Urška Žigart, who currently rides for Team BikeExchange–Jayco, made headlines in 2019 and early 2020s for dating Tadej Pogačar, who has won two consecutive editions of the Tour de France so far (2020 and 2021).

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France Prešeren
(Poet, Lawyer, Writer, Poet lawyer)
France Prešeren
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 3, 1800
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vrba
Died: February 8, 1849
 32 
Duncan Haldane
(Physicist)
Duncan Haldane
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Duncan Haldane is a British-born physicist who is currently serving as the Sherman Fairchild University Professor of Physics at Princeton University. He has made numerous fundamental contributions to condensed matter physics. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2016, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics along with David J. Thouless and J. Michael Kosterlitz. 

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Rene Krhin
(Slovenian Professional Footballer who Plays as a Central Midfielder)
Rene Krhin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maribor

Rene Krhin is a Slovenian football player who achieved popularity in 2009-10 as a member of Internazionale or Inter Milan which won the Serie A, Coppa Italia, and UEFA Champions League in 2010. Rene Krhin also played for the Slovenia national football team from 2009 to 2019.

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Jela Krečič
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Klemen Prepelič
(Basketball Player)
Klemen Prepelič
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maribor, Slovenia

Klemen Prepelič is a Slovenian basketball player who represents Valencia Basket at the Liga ACB. Prepelič also plays for the Slovenian national basketball team and was instrumental in Slovenia's triumph at EuroBasket 2017 where they won the gold medal. Klemen Prepelič has also represented his country at other important tournaments, inclucing the Olympics.

 36 
Nicolás Maduro
(President of Venezuela (Since 2013))
Nicolás Maduro
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro was a bus driver and a union leader before being elected to the National Assembly. He held important administrative posts under Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, before taking over as the president after Chávez’s death in 2013. A dictator, he is held responsible for the economic failure of Venezuela.
 37 
Janez Drnovšek
(Prime Minister)
Janez Drnovšek
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Celje
Died: February 23, 2008
 38 
Martin Strel
(One of the Most Elite Endurance Athletes Best Known for Swimming the Entire Length of Various Rivers)
Martin Strel
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trebelno, Slovenia

Martin Strel is a Slovenian swimmer who holds Guinness World Records for swimming the Mississippi River, the Danube River, the Amazon River, and the Yangtze River. One of the most famous endurance athletes of his generation, Martin Strel claims to swim the entire length of rivers for peace, friendship, and clean waters.

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Jaka Blažič
(Slovenian Basketball Player)
Jaka Blažič
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jesenice, Slovenia

Jaka Blažič is a Slovenian basketball player who helped the national team win the gold medal at EuroBasket 2017 in Turkey. Apart from playing for the Slovenia national team, Jaka Blažič also plays for clubs and is currently an important member of the Turkish club, Bahçeşehir Koleji.

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Vlatko Čančar
(Basketball Player)
Vlatko Čančar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Koper, Slovenia
Vlatko Čančar is a Slovenian basketball player who plays at the NBA for the Denver Nuggets. Čančar achieved national prominence when he helped his team win the gold medal at EuroBasket 2017. An important member for his national basketball team, Vlatko Čančar also represented his country at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.   
 41 
Boštjan Cesar
(Slovenian Footballer Who Played as a Defender)
Boštjan Cesar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ljubljana

Boštjan Cesar is a Slovenian retired football player who represented his national team at the FIFA World Cup in 2010. With over 100 appearances at the international level, Boštjan Cesar is Slovenia's most capped player. He also won the Croatian Cup and the Croatian Supercup between 2001 and 2004.

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Sasha Vujačić
(Retired Professional Basketball Player)
Sasha Vujačić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maribor, Slovenia

Sasha Vujačić is a Slovenian retired professional basketball player best known for his association with the Los Angeles Lakers. He won the 2009 and 2010 NBA championship titles with the Lakers. Sasha Vujačić is also credited with helping the Auxilium Torino win the 2018 Italian Basketball Cup.

 43 
Kaja Juvan
(Tennis Player)
Kaja Juvan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 2000
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Kaja Juvan is a Slovenian tennis player who has won seven ITF singles titles so far. Kaja Juvan turned professional when she was barely 16 and won her first WTA Tour doubles title at the age of 20. She also competes in major tournaments like Grand Slams and the Billie Jean King Cup.

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Jože Plečnik
(Architect)
Jože Plečnik
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: January 23, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Died: January 7, 1957

Jože Plečnik was a Slovene architect best remembered for designing the Slovene National and University Library building. Plečnik had a great impact on the architecture of Ljubljana, Prague, and Vienna. Jože Plečnik's impact on the capital city of Slovenia is so great that it is often compared to the impact Antoni Gaudí i Cornet had on the city of Barcelona.

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Robert Koren
(Slovenian Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Robert Koren
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ljubljana

Robert Koren is a Slovenian retired football player who played for the Slovenia national football team from 2003 to 2011. Robert Koren is also known for his association with popular clubs like West Bromwich Albion with which he won the 2008 Football League Championship title. In 2006, Robert Koren received the Kniksen Award for Midfielder of the Year.

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Senidah
(Singer)
Senidah
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Emir Preldžić
(Basketball Player)
Emir Preldžić
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Emir Preldžić is a Bosnian-Turkish basketball player who has played for the Turkish national basketball team. A versatile player, Preldžić can play as a power forward, point guard, and shooting guard, although he predominantly plays at the small forward position. Emir Preldžić has also played for the Slovenian national basketball team.   

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Željko Ražnatović
(Serbian Mobster, Sports Administrator, Politician, and Paramilitary Commander)
Željko Ražnatović
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: April 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brežice, Slovenia
Died: January 15, 2000
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Ben Dolic
(Singer)
Ben Dolic
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 4, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Valter Birsa
(Retired Slovenian Footballer Who Played as a Winger)
Valter Birsa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Šempeter pri Gorici

Valter Birsa is a Slovenian former football player who played for the Slovenia national football team from 2006 to 2018. In 2010, he was adjudged Slovenian Footballer of the Year. Valter Birsa is also known for his association with Sochaux for which he won the Coupe de France in 2007.