Ljubljana welcomes Scottish supporters
Towards the end of last week, the Slovenian capital was flooded with Scottish football supporters, who came to cheer on their team at the final match for qualification in the World Cup in Russia 2018.
Around 6,000 Scots came to Ljubljana to enjoy the attractions of the capital and to cheer for their team at the Stožice stadium on 8 October. Sadly, neither Slovenia nor Scotland qualified for the World Cup, but that did not dash their supporters’ spirit.
The Scottish supporters left quite a mark on Slovenia. Not just through their good-naturedness and positive energy, but also through their charity work. The Scottish supporters’ charity foundations Tartan Army Children's Charity and Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal donated funds to Slovenian associations and projects. One of them collected 5,000 pounds for the Bravo Association, which advocates for children and youths with specific learning disabilities, and the other donated 5,000 euros to the Botrstvo (Sponsorship) project, which is designed to improve the quality of life of children and youths who live in difficult material conditions and who need financial support and encouragement.
As part of a partnership between the Slovenian Government Communication Office and the Football Association of Slovenia, which links football and the national trademark I Feel Slovenia, we organised an interesting gathering of Slovenian and Scottish fans and members of the Slovenian Wine Football Team.
Scottish and Slovenian supporters and members of the Slovenian Wine Football Team participated in a friendly match on the pitch at the National Football Centre in Brdo pri Kranju. There were no red cards. Slovenian winemakers thus promoted the Winemakers Football World Championships, which will be held in May of 2018 in Slovenia.
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