Germany 2024, here we come!

Slovenian football fans are ecstatic and eagerly awaiting an exciting sporting spectacle in Germany. After 24 years, the Slovenian national football team has successfully navigated the qualifying rounds and will be one of the 24 European teams in Germany from 14 June to 14 July 2024 competing for the title of Europe's best. This remarkable achievement is a source of footballing euphoria for this green country in the very heart of Europe, which has previously only been represented at one European Championship and two World Cups. To get you in the mood for EURO 2024, here's everything you need to know about the tournament, the passionate fans and Slovenia, a nation that lives and breathes sport.  

Slovenia competing at EURO 2024

The Slovenian national football team will be competing against Denmark, Serbia and England in Group C at the EURO 2024 Football Championship. Here are the dates to remember: 

  • 16 June: Slovenia vs Denmark (MHPArena, Stuttgart)
  • 20. junij: Slovenia vs Serbia (Allianz Arena, Munich)
  • 25. junij: Slovenia vs England (RheinEnergieStadion, Cologne)

A total of 24 teams will be competing for the European title, with the final match taking place at the Olympiastadion Berlin on 14 July. The prestigious European football crown will go to the winning team.

If you're a passionate football fan, find out more about buying tickets, the fixtures and the groups for the championship.

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EURO 2024 in figures 

Already even the birds seem to be chirping about football as the world's number one pastime! In June and July, football enthusiasts around the world will turn their attention to the European Championship. The organisers are optimistic about this year's tournament, and they are predicting high viewing figures on the basis of past editions. For your interest, here are some projected figures for the coverage of the championship: 

Number of TV spectators around the world
over 5 billion viewers
Final viewers
more than 300 million
Social media posts
more than 8 billion
Stadium attendance
around 3 million fans

History of Slovenia's participation in football championships 

Slovenia's international footballing fairytale began in 2000, when the Slovenian national team, led by coach Srečko Katanec, qualified for a major tournament for the first time in the country's history – the European Championship in the Netherlands and Belgium. Two years later, Slovenia's golden generation reached another milestone by qualifying for the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. After a decade-long hiatus, the Slovenian team made a comeback at South Africa 2010, this time with coach Matjaž Kek at the helm. Under Kek's leadership, the young Slovenian national team set a new milestone in the history of Slovenian football, winning their final qualifying match against Kazakhstan in front of 16,400 fans at Ljubljana's Stožice Stadium last November and earning Slovenia a new place among Europe's footballing elite.

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Still more recently, the new generation of Slovenian footballers made headlines earlier this year when they unexpectedly defeated the respected Portuguese team, led by star player Cristiano Ronaldo, in a warm-up match at a packed Stožice Stadium.

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Slovenia is a home of world-class athletes and a place where sport is of great importance.

 More than two-thirds of the population exercise at least a few times a week, and even the youngest children are encouraged to take part in sport. This passion for sport is evident in the country's many outstanding athletes, who consistently win high accolades in major competitions. Slovenia boasts legendary sporting names, including several elite footballers who have made a name for themselves playing for top European clubs and representing the Slovenian national team. Notable names include Brane Oblak, Marko Elsner, Srečko Katanec, Zlatko Zahović and, more recently, Jan Oblak, who is recognised as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Experience the vibrant sporting spirit of Slovenia!

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Slovenia's football fans wave 

Slovenia is known both for its world-class athletes and for its passionate fan base who are always there to cheer their heroes to victory. With Germany just a short trip away, you can expect to see strong support for the Slovenian players at the European Championship. Get on board and find out how you can support your favourites.

Getting to Germany and back to Slovenia 

You can easily travel to the European Football Championship in Germany on your own, as Slovenia has convenient air, bus and train connections to the EURO 2024 host country.

To Slovenia by Air

You can travel to Slovenia by air to the central Jože Pučnik International Airport or to any of the airports in the neighbouring countries.

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Slovenia's sporting capacity

Slovenian footballers have already had the opportunity to experience first-class hospitality at European and World Cups, but their home country also has extensive experience in hosting various international competitions at the highest level, including the European Under-21 Championship in 2021. The country's first-class organisation of such events has been widely praised. Slovenia's sports and other infrastructure ensures high-quality training, rehabilitation and event facilities for athletes.

Slovenia's sporting capacity

Slovenia's sporting capacity

Slovenian footballers have already had the opportunity to experience first-class hospitality at European and World Cups, but their home country also has extensive experience in hosting various international competitions at the highest level, including the European Under-21 Championship in 2021. The country's first-class organisation of such events has been widely praised. Slovenia's sports and other infrastructure ensures high-quality training, rehabilitation and event facilities for athletes.

Slovenia – a paradise for outdoor activities 

Slovenia is a haven for active travellers, with a diverse and breathtaking landscape that offers a wide range of outdoor adventures. Intertwining mountain paths and scenic hiking trails take you to some of nature's most beautiful corners. Extensive cycling routes traverse idyllic landscapes, while white-water rapids promise thrilling adventures and adrenaline-pumping experiences.

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Feel Slovenia, embrace the love of life! 

It's amazing how much such a small country has to offer. You're bound to meet hikers, cyclists and runners in Slovenia, because Slovenians are passionate about the great outdoors. Along the way, you'll find delicious local food and cosy places to stop and rest. And the beauty doesn't stop at the countryside – Slovenia’s towns and cities are steeped in history and culture, making every visit an enriching experience. Experience all that Slovenia has to offer and feel the vibrant spirit of this beautiful country! 

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