Ljubljana is ready for a historic spectacle: Olimpija will take on Galatasaray in front of a packed Stožice stadium
Chaos will reign in Stožice tonight. But not just for football. 18. A basketball match will start at 10:00, followed by a football spectacle three hours later. The garage will remain closed, but the surrounding car parks will be full. But if ever, a football match in the biggest stadium in the country will make it worth it this time.
will play a match unlike any other in its history. Not even in Stožice. Bežigrad has hosted AC Milan and Liverpool, but apart from the friendly with Chealse, there has never been a better quality and more star-studded opponent in Stožice. Olimpija can go into the opening 90 minutes with Galatasaray without much pressure. You’ve already booked your autumn in Europe, no matter what. At least the Conference League is not out of her reach. But the Champions League and Europa League are still a possibility.
The match between the national champions of Slovenia and Turkey will kick off in Stožice at 21. Hours. Swedish referee Andreas Ekberg will be officiating, but buying a ticket in peace at the ticket office before the game is something you can forget about. In fact, there are no tickets left and the stadium is more often than not sold out. There might be a seat here and there, but the most important thing is that the Turks are going to be fans’ hell in Ljubljana. Well, if anyone, Galatasaray players are used to it, but still: a full Stožice will be an extra motivation for Olimpija, an extra incentive.
Olimpija without Agustin Doff
Olimpija will play its fifth European match of the season tonight. It has won four, drawn one, and has not yet known the bitterness of defeat. In their last eight European home games, they have won five times and lost only twice(Zrinjski, Santa Clara). This season, two individuals have shone in particular: Matevž Vidovšek in the Olimpija goal and Timi Max Elšnik in front of the goal. The Štajar player scored all three goals for Olimpija in the two matches with Ludogorets, while Vidovšek prevented extra time just before the end of the return leg with a defended 11th-minute penalty. Agustin Doffa, who has been outstanding in all European games, will be absent tonight because of his cards.
Galatasaray booked a date with Olimpija after their victory over Zalgiris. The Latvians held off the Turks well, drawing 2:2 at home and losing 0:1 in Istanbul. Galatasaray was the better opponent, but it would be hard to say that Zalgiris didn’t have its chances. The Turkish giant certainly did not present an image that should make dragons’ knees tremble. In general, Galatasaray has barely started the season, while Olimpija has a few more games in its legs.
That’s the charm of football
However, it is clear that Olimpija will need a near-miracle, after all, it is facing a squad that is faltering under the weight of its star players. Mauro Icardi, Fernando Muslera, Angelino, Dries Mertens, Wilfried Zaha, Nicolo Zaniolo, Lucas Torreira, Cedric Bakambu and the list goes on. But the charm of football is that celebrities don’t always win, even by accident. And if anything, Olimpija can at least hope. The Dragons have proved that they are not afraid of anyone. But there have been far bigger surprises in the past anyway…
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