The key event in making our football dreams reality came in 1920, with the foundation of the first governing body covering the territory of present-day Slovenia. The Ljubljana Football Sub-Association laid the ground for the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS), which kept the ball rolling after World War II.
Slovenian football has seen an endless number of beautiful, interesting, encouraging and – above all – unforgettable faces. Some have become an integral part of our national consciousness; others are part of our everyday life. Now you can see a selection of 80 such images along the Jakopič promenade in Ljubljana's Tivoli Park. The Slovenian photographer and gallerist Barbara Čeferin curated the collection, with the expert assistance of NZS and historians Tomaž Pavlin and Aleš Šafarič.
The exhibition’s location is symbolic. No more than a goal kick away from the promenade, Slovenian footballers played their first international matches. Today, thanks to football, Slovenia is well-known around the world. Football fans admire one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Jan Oblak, respect one of the game’s top referees, Damir Skomina, and recognise Aleksander Čeferin as president of Europe's football governing body, UEFA.
The exhibition offers a pleasant stroll among the images of the long and beautiful journey of Slovenian football. This is our story – so far.