Group IEurope/Africa1st Round
Slovenia host Portugal in Kranj in this first round tie. The Portuguese were the victors in the teams' only previous meeting, winning 4-1 when the Slovenians visited Estoril in 2005.
After a 2-3 loss to Poland in the first round of Group I in 2013, Slovenia defeated South Africa 4-1 to ensure that they would remain at this level for 2014.
Having been relegated to Group II in 2012, the Portuguese secured two straight-forward 5-0 wins against Benin and Lithuania in their first two ties of 2013, giving them a tie against Moldova for a place in Group I. Portugal squeezed through with a 3-2 victory, with Rui Machado winning the decisive fifth rubber.