Football in Slovenia

Maribor out of contention for Europa League

Helsinki – Slovenian football champions Maribor have failed to qualify for the Europa League, having lost to HJK Helsinki 1:0 in the return leg of the third round of qualifying on Thursday. The score was 3:0 on aggregate.

While Maribor dominated the field, they failed to create scoring opportunities save for a few shots wide from a distance.

Three state-owned electricity companies get new supervisors

Ljubljana – The government dismissed at Friday’s correspondence session the supervisors at three state-owned electricity companies, ELES, Borzen and SODO, as well as at DRI, a consulting and engineering company specialised in infrastructure projects. It also appointed their successors, who are taking over on Saturday.

Slovenia beat Cyprus to wrap up 2022 World Cup qualifying

Ljubljana – Slovenia beat Cyprus 2:1 in Ljubljana on Sunday to wrap up the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in the fourth spot in Group H. After a scoreless first half, Miha Zajc and Adam Gnezda Čerin scored for Slovenia to close the disappointing qualifiers on a winning note.

German businessman hopes to restore Ljubljana football club to former glory

Ljubljana – Olimpija Ljubljana, one of Slovenia’s biggest football clubs, has a new owner and president. Adam Delius, a relatively unknown German real estate businessman, has taken over from Milan Mandarić, the Serbian-American businessman who previously owned clubs like Porstmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday, among others.

Slovenia fail to make it to World Cup after loss against Russia

Maribor – The Slovenian men’s football team conceded defeat to Russia (1:2) in Maribor on Monday evening. Thus, Slovenia failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The eighth match of the qualification was fatal for the Slovenian side, which will miss out on the World Cup in Qatar. The team still has two more matches to play, one away match in Slovakia and a home game against Cyprus.

Mura lose first leg in Europa League last qualifying round

Murska Sobota – Slovenian football champions Mura lost 1:3 (1:1) at home to Austrian Sturm Graz in the first leg of the play-off round of Europa League qualification. The only goal for Mura was scored by Žiga Škoflek in the third minute. The return leg will be played in Graz next Thursday.