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A Football Spring in Slovenia
Slovenia is one of the most sports-focused countries in the world taking into consideration the number of top athletes and the organisation of competitions at the highest level. Many times, the nation has proven to be quite an excellent organiser of sports competitions. During the COVID-19 epidemic, Slovenia observed strict health and safety measures and ensured appropriate conditions for sports teams, thus proving itself to be an exemplary organiser of competitions in so-called “bubbles”.
This year, spring in Slovenia will be marked by football. Along with Hungary, Slovenia will co-host the UEFA European Football Under-21 Championship. The championship is divided into two stages: the group stage will take place from 24 to 31 March, and the knockout stage that starts on 31 May and ends with the finals on 6 June 2021.
Four Slovenian cities (Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Koper) and four Hungarian cities (Budapest, Győr, Székesfehérvár, Szombathely) will co-host the matches of the top 16 young European football teams. The first and the final matches will take place in Slovenia. On 24 March, the first match will take place at the Ljudski Vrt Stadium in Maribor between Slovenia and Spain, the latter competing to defend its European title in this age category. The finals will take place at the Stožice Stadium in Ljubljana on 6 June 2021. The group stage in Slovenia will host matches in groups B and D.
Football is one of the most popular sporting activities in the world, so the expectations with regard to spectatorship via different media and social channels are quite significant. More than 153 million viewers around the world will watch the event via direct broadcasts on national and foreign TV networks and via live streaming. 96 million interactions and video views are expected in terms of social media engagement for the event.
Venues in Slovenia
Find out more about the Slovenian stadiums that will host the European footballers at the Under-21 Championship.
Slovenia – a Land of Sports in the Heart of Europe
Slovenia is quite a phenomenon when it comes to sport. This nation of 2 million people has 7,000 categorised athletes. More than two thirds of the population participate in recreational sports. Rated by the number of Olympic medals per person, Slovenia ranks among the top countries in the world. Since last year, Slovenia has also had its own national holiday dedicated to sport.
Discover the Slovenian Cities Scheduled to Host the European Football Under-21 Championship
Each Slovenian city due to host this year’s European Football Under-21 Championship has its own charm. The Green Capital, the city with the oldest grapevine in the world, the city of princes, and the city of a hundred suns are only a few of the symbols that are a reflection of their souls.
The town of princes with rich archaeological treasures, a modern urban vibe, and a green soul.
The European Football Association (UEFA) joins other sports organisations that that have used their reputations to take an active part in raising awareness about climate change and the importance of environmental conservation. The new campaign with the slogan “Cleaner air – better game” focuses on raising awareness of the importance of clean air and stressing the threats of air pollution for the future of the game in Europe.
The first concrete steps will be taken at the European Under-21 Championships hosted by Hungary and Slovenia, the world's first green destination, which has been an example of good practice in promoting sustainable operation and development for many years. The following activities for the promotion of sustainability and clean environment/air are planned as part of this campaign:
planting trees in host countries
programmes for public bicycle share in host cities
a carbon neutral tournament
conference on climate action.
Take a tour through our green story
Watch the interactive video and get to know some of the most interesting facts and green stories that reveal the sustainable path of Slovenia.
Oblak and Iličić – the UEFA Under-21 Championship Ambassadors 2021
Throughout history, there have been many famous and successful Slovenian football players who have attained prominence on a global scale. Marko Elsner and Srečko Katanec were the members of the bronze medal-winning Yugoslav team at the Olympics in Los Angeles. Brane Oblak wore the football jerseys of the former Yugoslavia and Germany’s Bayern Munich. One of the most famous names in football is Zlatko Zahović. A new generation of Slovenian footballers are now achieving success on international football pitches, including the ambassadors of the European Football Under-21 Championship, Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) and Josip Iličić (Atalanta Bergamo).
With its diversity and three different climate types, Slovenia has the perfect conditions for a variety of outdoor activities. Slovenians love nature. We usually put on our hiking boots, hop on our bikes, or get on our skis in winter. Clear waters beckon us to enjoy water experiences, and even adrenaline buffs have many options for spending a great time in Slovenia.
Spend your holiday in the heart of mountainous Slovenia. Walk through vibrant and untouched nature that is criss-crossed by 10,000 kilometres of marked and arranged hiking trails. You can choose from 175 mountain huts or spend your nights in hotels and camps for hikers.
Explore Slovenia by bike. Riding amid the hills and plains, mountain peaks and forests, along the coast and the karst landscape and along the rivers and lakes of Slovenia is a lushly verdant fairy tale. Different trails are suitable for on-road and off-road biking.
Slovenia is a country of smaller ski resorts that are family-friendly and suitable for beginners, children and experienced skiers alike. Numerous ski schools and ski instructors, who speak different languages, will make sure that you really enjoy the snow.
Treat yourself to a swim in some of the many thermal spas and swimming pools. In summer, take a dip in the sea, lakes or rivers. Slovenia is rich in natural water resources. Visit Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj or one of the many natural swimming areas located on the coast.
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