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Over 300 deans and directors of business schools meeting in Ljubljana

By   3 weeks ago

Over 300 deans and directors of business schools have descended on Ljubljana’s Faculty of Economics for the international EFMD Conference. According to EFMD director general Eric Cornuel, the two-day conference offers the place for coming up with new projects and innovative products. Metka Tekavčič, the dean of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Economics, this year’s host, labelled […]

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Slovenian media: Maric and Pocivalsek reach agreement on Cimos debt

By   3 weeks ago

Slovenia’s Economy and Technology Minister Zdravko Pocivalsek and Croatia’s State Property Management Minister Goran Maric reached an agreement on Monday on a solution to the problem of the Koper-based Cimos company’s debt to the defunct Rijecka Banka, Slovenian media reported. Slovenia’s STA news agency and Slovenian Television said that the debt to Rijecka Banka that […]

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Tourism providers from 15 countries at Ljubljana fair

By   3 weeks ago

A leading tourism and leisure fair for the Alpine-Adriatic region is opening at the Ljubljana fairgrounds on Wednesday, featuring 330 tourism providers from 15 countries in the region as well as Nepal, India, Jordan and Tunisia. Running until Saturday, the Natour Alpe-Adria fair will also include a tourism exchange and a series of accompanying events. […]

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OECD delegation to review Slovenia’s development coop

By   3 weeks ago

A delegation of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee will begin a five-day visit to Slovenia on Monday to review Slovenia’s international development cooperation. This will be the first review of its kind since Slovenia joined the OECD Committee in 2013, according to a press release from the Slovenian Foreign Ministry. Giving an insight into a […]

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Slovenia argues Teran case has broader implications

By   4 weeks ago

Slovenia argued in Brussels on Monday that the case of Teran wine has implications beyond the narrow dispute with Croatia over the use of the name and could undermine the entire system of geographic protection in the EU. The attack on Teran is an attack on all 1,750 wine protections, Židan told the press after […]

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Slovenian FinMin says NLB privatisation procedures will continue as planned

By   4 weeks ago

Finance Minister Mateja Vraničar Erman did not ask for an extension of the deadline by which Slovenia should privatise its largest bank. Slovenian Finance Minister  met Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Monday, but said the process would for the time being continue as planned. Speaking after the meeting in Brussels, Vraničar Erman said the key […]

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European Commission to Allow Croatia Use of Terrano Name

By   1 month ago

The European Commission (EC) has confirmed the completion of an act which will allow Croatian winemakers in Istria to sell wine under the name Terrano, provoking dissatisfaction in Slovenia which has protected the name with a mark of geographic origin The EC, after a meeting with the Slovenian Agriculture Minister Dejan Židan with the Agriculture […]

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Slovenia Threatens to Sabotage Croatian Tourism

By   1 month ago

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec directly threatened Croatian tourist industry in the event that Croatia refuses to implement the decision of the arbitration tribunal which will later this year issue a verdict of a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. Croatia has left the proceedings and announced it will not accept the verdict, reports Novi […]

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Slovenians celebrate culture and their finest poet

By   2 weeks ago

Slovenians are expected to flock to cultural events on Wednesday as the country observes Culture Day, a bank holiday marking the death anniversary of Romantic poet France Prešeren (1800-1849). Many cultural institutions will open their doors to visitors admission free and cultural ceremonies and events will be held throughout the country, many involving the reading […]

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Restored Idrija smelting plant opens to visitors

By   4 weeks ago

The western town of Idrija, which is home to a UNESCO listed mercury mine, proudly displayed another major piece of its industrial heritage to the public with the launch of a renovated smelting plant. Along with the new visitors centre, the renovated plant houses an interactive exhibition on the development of smelting and mercury mining […]

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LIFFe opens with tribute to Skolimowski

By   3 months ago

The 27th Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) will get under way on Wednesday evening with a screening of Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes (2015). Until 20 November, the biggest film festival in Slovenia will be enticing film buffs with 103 feature and 19 short films. The films, which will be screened in Ljubljana and […]

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Ljubljana galleries attract more foreign visitors in summer

By   7 months ago

Ljubljana, July 29, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Galleries and museums in Ljubljana attract more foreign than domestic visitors during the summer as the locals try to get out of the city as much as possible. While the National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art are classics, the City Museum is all the rage this […]

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Okarina Music Festival starting tonight in Bled

By   7 months ago

Bled, July 26, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The Okarina International Music Festival will take over Bled for the 26th summer in a row. Musicians from all over the world will perform at Bled Castle and the lakeshore promenade, sending out a message about the importance of multiculturalism. The festival will open tonight with the Egyptian […]

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Ljubljana mosque to enter first phase of construction works

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The first mosque in Slovenia that is to be built in Ljubljana is about the enter the next stage of its construction in the coming weeks, since the Islamic Community in Slovenia on Wednesday commissioned a contractor for the first phase of construction works, almost nine months after the symbolic ceremony […]

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Slovenia celebrates world Roma day with countrywide celebrations

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenia will celebrate the world Roma day on Tuesday with a number of celebrations around the country. Two concerts are scheduled to take place at the Cankarjev dom arts centre in Ljubljana in the evening. The first Roma restaurant in the country, called Romani Kafenava, will be inaugurated in the city […]

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Ptuji ready for the traditional Kurentovanje festival

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The town of Ptuji is ready for the more than 120,000 visitors that is hoping to attract for the festivities that will take place during the the traditional Kurentovanje festival from 22 February through 4 March.  Among them are the town’s famous carnival, concerts, art exhibitions, a carnival market and a […]

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Costly fuel pushes up annual inflation to 1.3% in January

By   2 weeks ago

Fuelled by higher prices of petroleum products, Slovenia’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.3% in January, an increase of 0.8 percentage points on the month before. The annual spike comes after three years of low inflation and despite a 0.6% monthly drop in consumer prices, fresh data from the Statistics Office shows. Year-on-year, prices of […]

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Foreign Ministry hosting Gulf Countries Day conference

By   2 months ago

The Foreign Ministry is hosting its first Gulf Countries Day conference on Thursday aimed at boosting business with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The conference aimed at strengthening cooperation with the six countries of the Persian Gulf, will be opened by Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and GCC secretary general Abdul Latif bin […]

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EC urges Slovenia and Croatia to implement joint energy projects

By   3 months ago

The European Commission (EC) has recommended that Slovenia and Croatia implement joint energy projects because their concerted action will facilitate access to European funds, it was said at a conference, The European Investment Plan: Investment Opportunities in the Energy Sector, held on Monday and organised by the Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB). European […]

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Slovenia gains one spot in global energy rankings

By   4 months ago

Ljubljana, October 16, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Slovenia has gained one spot to 12th among 125 countries surveyed in this year’s World Energy Trilemma index, which the World Energy Council uses to benchmark the sustainability of the countries’ energy systems. The World Energy Council highlighted environmental legislation and obtaining of building permit as the main […]

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Slovenia examines Croatian oil exploitation impact on environment

By   2 years ago

Ljubljana, March 17, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenia has received the document it had requested from Croatia regarding the latter’s hydrocarbon exploration in the Adriatic Sea, signalling the beginning of the assessment of the cross-border impact of the project. This assessment will have the form of a public consultation that will […]

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Energy Union in Slovenia discusses possibility of general strike

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos A meeting will be held on Monday, during which the board of the Energy Sector Trade Union will reach a decision on whether to call a general strike as a result of the growing unhappiness regarding the conditions in the sector, especially at the state-owned power group HSE. There is already […]

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Montenegro objects on Croatian tender for oil and gas exploitation

By   3 years ago

  By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica Potential oil and gas deposits in the Adriatic offshore again actualized the boundary problem between Montenegro and Croatia on the Prevlaka peninsula (photo). Croatia has issued a tender for oil and gas exploration in Prevlaka even though they had to obtain approval from Montenegro first. The Interim Agreement between […]

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Construction to start on the 4th hydro-power station on Sava river

By   3 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenia is well on its way with the project to build five hydro-power station in the final 50km of the river Sava. Three power stations have already been constructed in Boštanj, Blanca and Krško (photo), with works on the forth on Brežice  to start today. The final power station that will […]

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Slovenian FinMin says NLB privatisation procedures will continue as planned

By   4 weeks ago

Finance Minister Mateja Vraničar Erman did not ask for an extension of the deadline by which Slovenia should privatise its largest bank. Slovenian Finance Minister  met Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Monday, but said the process would for the time being continue as planned. Speaking after the meeting in Brussels, Vraničar Erman said the key […]

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Slovenia takes out EUR 1.3bn in fresh debt

By   1 month ago

Slovenia has issued a new EUR 1bn ten-year bond due in March 2027 with a coupon rate of 1.250% plus a EUR 300m tap on its 30-year bond due in August 2045 whose yield is 2.428%, the Finance Ministry has said. The ministry expressed satisfaction with both issues and the demand they attracted, which it […]

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Budget deficit at EUR 687m in 2016, significantly below plans

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Slovenia recorded a budget deficit of EUR 689m in 2016, significantly below the EUR 839m budgeted for the year, according to preliminary data released by the Finance Ministry on Tuesday. Excluding interest expenditure, which amounted to EUR 1.06bn, the budget had a surplus of EUR 346m. Budget revenue totalled EUR 8.31bn, over four percent less […]

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Daily newspaper Finance upset with public sector pay deal

By   2 months ago

Ljubljana -In the past three years, government negotiations with the public sector dragged into December and although the ministers said there was no money… … a Christmas miracle happened every time and money magically appeared, the daily Finance comments pay deal between the government and the public sector trade unions. There is a bitter aftertaste: […]

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Govt issues guarantee for EUR 520m loan for bad bank

By   3 months ago

The government on Wednesday issued a state guarantee for two loans to be taken out by the Bank Asset Management Bank (BAMC) to refinance its obligations stemming from the bank rescue operation. BAMC will borrow EUR 150m from Erste Group and EUR 370m from a syndicate of Slovenian banks. The bad bank will take out […]

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Panel finds EU crucial for Slovenian economy

By   3 months ago

Panellists at a discussion on the future of the EU organised by the Foreign Ministry on Thursday agreed that the EU was crucial for the Slovenian economy. Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec stressed that the current prosperity would not be possible without the EU. According to the minister, it has transpired in the 2008 economic crisis […]

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IMF Slovenia growth forecast marked up for 2016, down for 2017

By   5 months ago

Ljubljana, October 5, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded its forecast for Slovenia this year to 2.3%, from 1.9% in its spring outlook, but marked down the forecast for 2017 by 0.2 percentage point to 1.8%. The forecasts were released by the IMF on Tuesday in its October 2016 World […]

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Cerar argues mini tax reform to improve competitiveness

By   5 months ago

Ljubljana, September 20, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Prime Minister Miro Cerar told MPs on Monday that the restructuring of the tax system prepared by the government aimed at boosting competitiveness of the economy and disburdening the lower classes. He rejected criticism that the planned mini tax reform would bring more to the rich than the […]

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Croatian, Slovenian defence ministers talk cooperation

By   4 weeks ago

Croatian Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic in Ljubljana on Wednesday held talks with his Slovenian counterpart Andreja Katic about cooperation in defence and security challenges in Europe and its neighbourhood. During his stay in Ljubljana, Krsticevic also held talks with Slovenian President Borut Pahor. Addressing the press after their meeting, Krsticevic and Katic said the two […]

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Slovenia Threatens to Sabotage Croatian Tourism

By   1 month ago

Slovenian Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec directly threatened Croatian tourist industry in the event that Croatia refuses to implement the decision of the arbitration tribunal which will later this year issue a verdict of a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia. Croatia has left the proceedings and announced it will not accept the verdict, reports Novi […]

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PM wants for Slovenia to have well-arranged relations with neighbours in 2017

By   2 months ago

Prime Minister Miro Cerar has said that his wish for Slovenia in 2017 is to have well-arranged relations with its neighbours and that he hopes that Croatia will respect a verdict which an international arbitral tribunal is expected to deliver regarding the Slovenia-Croatia border disagreement. “Concerning bilateral relations, I would primarily like to see good […]

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Slovenia Preparing for Arbitration Ruling on Border with Croatia

By   2 months ago

Despite Croatia’s decision to withdraw from arbitration proceedings, Slovenia prepares for the verdict Slovenian President Borut Pahor and Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec said on Tuesday that Slovenia was committed to good bilateral relations with neighbouring countries, and stressed that Slovenia and Croatia should avoid any statements which would harm their relations in anticipation of the […]

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Foreign Ministry hosting Gulf Countries Day conference

By   2 months ago

The Foreign Ministry is hosting its first Gulf Countries Day conference on Thursday aimed at boosting business with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The conference aimed at strengthening cooperation with the six countries of the Persian Gulf, will be opened by Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec and GCC secretary general Abdul Latif bin […]

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High-Ranking Defence Officials Discuss Terrorist Threat in the Region

By   2 months ago

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Michael Carpenter (photo) said on Friday at Trakošćan that, due to intensified attacks on the fighters of the Islamic State in Mosul and the attack on Aleppo, there is a growing risk of terrorists coming to the region. Carpenter took part in a meeting of defence ministers of the […]

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Govt crisis looming as decision on doctors’ deal expected

By   3 months ago

The cabinet will take a decision on Thursday on the controversial deal freezing doctors’ strike, which both junior coalition partners oppose. They warn its endorsement could provoke a government crisis. The only way for the government to endorse the deal today is by Modern Centre Party (SMC) ministers outvoting their counterparts from the Social Democrats […]

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President, PM talk to US president-elect

By   3 months ago

President Borut Pahor and Prime Minister Miro Cerar spoke on the phone with Donald Trump on Wednesday, it was the first official contact with the US president-elect. Pahor, who is just concluding his visit to Iran, expressed his wish for close personal relations with Trump and continued good cooperation between Slovenia and the US, the […]

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Costly fuel pushes up annual inflation to 1.3% in January

By   2 weeks ago

Fuelled by higher prices of petroleum products, Slovenia’s annual inflation rate rose to 1.3% in January, an increase of 0.8 percentage points on the month before. The annual spike comes after three years of low inflation and despite a 0.6% monthly drop in consumer prices, fresh data from the Statistics Office shows. Year-on-year, prices of […]

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Over 300 deans and directors of business schools meeting in Ljubljana

By   3 weeks ago

Over 300 deans and directors of business schools have descended on Ljubljana’s Faculty of Economics for the international EFMD Conference. According to EFMD director general Eric Cornuel, the two-day conference offers the place for coming up with new projects and innovative products. Metka Tekavčič, the dean of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Economics, this year’s host, labelled […]

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OECD delegation to review Slovenia’s development coop

By   3 weeks ago

A delegation of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee will begin a five-day visit to Slovenia on Monday to review Slovenia’s international development cooperation. This will be the first review of its kind since Slovenia joined the OECD Committee in 2013, according to a press release from the Slovenian Foreign Ministry. Giving an insight into a […]

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Strong bora wind causes disruptions in traffic, electricity supply

By   1 month ago

Strong bora winds are disrupting traffic and energy supply particularly in western parts of the country, where gusts have reached up to 150 km/h. Some roads have been closed due to snowdrifts or rubble on the road, while some 700 households are without power due to damaged lines. According to the Traffic Information Centre, traffic […]

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Chamber of Commerce rejects unions’ demands for milder pension reform

By   1 month ago

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) said that the proposals of trade unions confederation to soften the pension reform would mean more than EUR 1bn in additional costs. Responding to Tuesday’s ZSSS proposals to amend a Labour Ministry pensions blue print, the GZS said an additional EUR 1bn for pensions would take Slovenia to […]

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The euro in Slovenia celebrates 10 years

By   2 months ago

Ten years will have passed on 1 January 2007 since Slovenia introduced the euro as the first EU member which joined the bloc in 2004. The common European currency is generally perceived as a success despite that fact that it limited leverage to deal with the recent economic crisis. By introducing the euro, Slovenia phased […]

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Slovenia celebrates independence anniversary

By   2 months ago

Slovenia starts annual celebrations of its independence on Friday, which marks the 26th anniversary of the independence plebiscite that culminated in the declaration of the results on 26 December 1990, now celebrated as Independence and Unity Day. Τhe main national Independence and Unity Day ceremony will be held this evening at Cankarjev dom with a […]

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Daily newspaper Finance upset with public sector pay deal

By   2 months ago

Ljubljana -In the past three years, government negotiations with the public sector dragged into December and although the ministers said there was no money… … a Christmas miracle happened every time and money magically appeared, the daily Finance comments pay deal between the government and the public sector trade unions. There is a bitter aftertaste: […]

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Slovenia beat Slovakia to get fist win in World Cup qualifiers

By   4 months ago

Ljubljana, October 10, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency The Slovenian national football team defeated Slovakia 1:0 (0:0) in Ljubljana on Sunday to earn its first win in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in the two matches played so far. Slovenia had a solid first half, putting pressure on the Slovaks right out of the gate in […]

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Winners and medals of IBNA countries

By   6 months ago

Rio, August 22, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency By Spiros Sideris The Rio Olympic Games of 2016 gave on Sunday evening with a spectacular ceremony their place to Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Games. Impressive were the performances of the Balkan countries among 206 countries. The Independent Balkan News Agency LTD presents the rankings based […]

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Judoka Velenšek wins medal against all odds

By   6 months ago

Ljubljana, August 12, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency Slovenian judoka Ana Velenšek is being praised for winning the bronze medal in the women’s 78kg category in in Rio against all odds as she had suffered a serious knee injury ahead of the competition and her appearance was even put under a question mark. “What I’m experiencing […]

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Fak comes first in Biathlon Sprint

By   2 years ago

Ljubljana, February 9, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency Review Hari Stefanatos Jakov Fak achieved his fifthe World cup win in the 10-km biathlon sprint in Nove mesto in the Czech Republic Saturday. Fak finished 12.8 seconds ahead of German Simon Schempp and 26 seconds ahead of Jean Guillaume Beatrix of France. All three hit all […]

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Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey to the quarterfinals of the World Basketball Cup

By   2 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos The Balkan civil war ended with an easy victory of Serbia against Greece with 90-72, while Slovenia and Turkey follow Serbia in the quarterfinals. Slovenia – Dominican Republic 71-61 Slovenia qualified to the quarterfinals of the World Basketball Cup in Spain after beating the Dominican Republic with 71-61. The big favorite […]

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Basketball World Cup – Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey progress to knockout phase

By   2 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Greece-Argentina 79-71 The “saga” of the Greek national basketball team at the World Cup in Spain continues. The “blue and white” armada of Fotis Katsikaris defeated Argentina by 79-71, reached five wins in as many games and completed their obligations by finishing top of Group B’. In the phase of “16”, […]

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4X4 for Slovenia in Mundobasket

By   2 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenia has kept its unbeaten record in Group D of the Mundobasket in Spain and is now a favorite to finish at the top of the group. Jure Zdovc’s players prevailed again in the end with Angola 93-87 in their fourth match of the group stage and forced their opponents to their third […]

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Maribor in the Champions League after 15 years

By   2 years ago

  Review Hari Stefanatos Slovenian champions Maribor pull out a sensational away win against Scottish champions Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday that saw them through to the Champions League Group stages, with a 3-2 aggregate win, for the first time in 15 years. The winning goal came from Maribor’s captain Marcos Tavares, who scored a […]

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