Historic achievement in front of a miserable crowd: Olimpija beat Klaksvik in front of 10 times less spectators than in Bratislava
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Thursday was historic day for the club, which is based in Stožice. Olimpija defeated Klaksvik and scored its first ever victory in the group stage of one of the European Cups. Klaksvik went down 2-0 in the fourth round of the conference league, a win that was as clean as a tear and more than deserved. But at the same time, it is true that it was achieved in front of a very, very miserable audience.
European Football Association (UEFA) publicly announces the official attendance figures for individual stadiums after each round, but in this case it would probably have been better not to do so. At least from the point of view of the people of Ljubljana. If most media reported that the Stožice match was attended by around 3000 spectators, which is already a pitiful figure, the actual number was even lower.
According to UEFA, the biggest stadium in the country on Thursday night was, believe it or not, only 2296 spectators! For comparison: when Maribor played a home match in the UEFA Youth Champions League (!) not long ago, 3500 spectators watched vijolični youngsters in Ljudski vrt…
The way you support your club in European cups was proven in Group A by Olimpija’s last international opponent this year. On Thursday, Slovan hosted Lille at the Tehelna pole stadium and came away with a 1:1 draw, with the blue flying on the wings of 21,544 spectators! That’s 10 times more spectators in the Slovak capital than in Stožice! The latter were disastrously empty, in Bratislava the stadium was practically sold out…
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