SLOVENIA OPENS ITS NATIONAL FOOTBALL CENTRE

Slovenia opens its newly concluded national football centre with over 500 guests attending its opening ceremony.

The centre is located at Brdo by Kranj, some 30km north of the capital Ljubljana. The guests at its opening include Slovenia’s prime minister Miro Cerar, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, UEFA general secretary ad interim Theodore Theodoridis and delegates from national football associations across Europe.

The Slovenia Football Association (NZS) president said:

Slovenia opens its newly concluded national football centre with over 500 guests attending its opening ceremony.

The centre is located at Brdo by Kranj, some 30km north of the capital Ljubljana. The guests at its opening include Slovenia’s prime minister Miro Cerar, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, UEFA general secretary ad interim Theodore Theodoridis and delegates from national football associations across Europe.

The Slovenia Football Association (NZS) president said:
“Both of our friends Gianni Infantino and Theodore Theodoridis helped to set up this magnificent football centre.

The NZS president Aleksander ńĆeferin thanked the two bodies for their invaluable assistance in bringing the project to fruition. Construction on the new centre, situated in an impressive green-area estate near the Brdo Castle, began in November 2014. The centre comprises three natural grass football fields and a multipurpose sports training facility, and the NZS administrative building will house some 40 people.

“This is an amazing example of what can be done with the development programmes of UEFA and FIFA,” said Theodoridis in his address to the ceremony.

“I congratulate the NZS leadership for these magnificent facilities here in such a beautiful environment.”

“This centre will serve as an example for many others,” he added. “It is modern and fully equipped. This is a great achievement, and Slovenian football will benefit considerably.”

The FIFA president, Infantino said:

“The NZS leadership and everyone working in Slovenian football has shown what can be done if [this work] is professional, passionate and responsible.”

The centre will provide facilities for Slovenia’s national football teams and it will also be used by other sports teams and athletes from Slovenia and abroad. The next scheduled stage is the construction of a national sports medical centre, which will provide top-range services for athletes from around the world.