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Adria Airways pilots start industrial action

By   2 days ago

  The pilots of Adria Airways went on a two-day strike over collective bargaining on Wednesday, which has already resulted in a number of flights being rescheduled with some cancellations planned for tomorrow. According to their trade union, more than 100 pilots are on strike between 6 AM and 10 PM on both days, the […]

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Daily “Delo” says SSH becoming hostage of political interests

By   1 week ago

  The daily Delo says in Thursday’s commentary that it is becoming increasingly clear that the staffing in the Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SSH), the custodian of state assets, is becoming a hostage of pre-election political interests. It is not only about the desire to influence the management of state-owned companies, but also about the sale […]

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Slovenia employment outlook hits new record high

By   1 week ago

  Slovenia’s employment outlook for the second quarter hit a new all-time high in the latest survey by the Manpower. Slovenian employers reporting the most upbeat hiring plans in the region of Europe, Middle East and Africa, and the third strongest world-wide. Out of the 621 Slovenian employers surveyed, 28% have projected an increase in […]

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Slovenia presented as a leading green destination at ITB Berlin

By   2 weeks ago

  Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek presented Slovenia as “one of the world’s leading green destinations” as he delivered the opening address of the convention segment of the ITB Berlin tourism fair on Wednesday. The minister said that Slovenia, which is a partner state at convention and culture segment of the fair, was a green, active […]

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Over 300 deans and directors of business schools meeting in Ljubljana

By   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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Slovenians celebrate culture and their finest poet

By   1 month 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   2 months 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   4 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   8 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   8 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 months 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   3 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   4 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   5 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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Slovenia’s economy expanded by 2.5% last year

By   3 weeks ago

  Slovenia’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased last year by 2.5%, shows preliminary data from the Statistics Office. This is an improvement of 0.2 percentage points compared to the GDP growth figure in 2015. The first estimates show that the country’s GDP reached EUR 39.769bn, which in nominal terms represents a 3.1% growth compared to […]

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Slovenian FinMin says NLB privatisation procedures will continue as planned

By   2 months 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   2 months 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

By   2 months ago

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   3 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   4 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   4 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   6 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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Daily “Delo” says SSH becoming hostage of political interests

By   1 week ago

  The daily Delo says in Thursday’s commentary that it is becoming increasingly clear that the staffing in the Slovenian Sovereign Holding (SSH), the custodian of state assets, is becoming a hostage of pre-election political interests. It is not only about the desire to influence the management of state-owned companies, but also about the sale […]

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Croatia won’t participate in ‘shameful’ arbitration with Slovenia

By   3 weeks ago

  Croatia will not participate in arbitration proceedings behind which are shameful acts by some members, Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said on Friday, commenting on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s statement that the Commission supported the Croatian-Slovenian border arbitration process. The Croatian parliament unanimously decided in July 2015 that Croatia would withdraw from the process […]

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Govt to establish migrations office

By   3 weeks ago

  The government is expected to formally establish on Thursday an office for migrants and integration, an institution set up in accordance with the recently amended aliens act. The new office will take over the management of asylum centres from the Interior Ministry. It will also oversee integration activities, according to government documents. Its establishment […]

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Stier says no border arbitration with Slovenia, EC can’t interfere

By   3 weeks ago

  Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Thursday dismissed as unacceptable European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s position that it was necessary to accept the arbitration procedure in the Croatian-Slovenian border dispute, adding that this, under a Croatian parliament decision, was now strictly a matter of bilateral agreement. Juncker told Slovenia’s STA news agency yesterday […]

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Stronger Border Control: Maltese Presidency secures Council position on establishing EU Entry-Exit System

By   3 weeks ago

  On 2 March 2017, EU Ambassadors endorsed a Council position needed to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a proposal for an Entry-Exit System which will strengthen border control and security in the EU. The agreement by Member States comes after the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU worked hard over […]

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Serbia-Slovenia relations described as “excellent”

By   4 weeks ago

  Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic was in Ljubljana, Slovenia on Wednesday for an official visit. Dacic traveled to Ljubljana at the invitation of Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec, and met with his counterpart, as well as with Slovenian President Borut Pahor, Speaker of the Slovenian Parliament Milan Brglez, and Prime […]

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Slovenian politics not ready for tax reform, daily “Delo” says

By   4 weeks ago

  The daily Delo says in Thursday’s commentary that no major changes in the tax policy to help the economy are expected from the current government. While former Finance Minister Dušan Mramor said a year and a half ago that the new real estate tax could enter into force this year, the political reality is […]

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Croatian, Slovenian defence ministers talk cooperation

By   2 months 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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Adria Airways pilots start industrial action

By   2 days ago

  The pilots of Adria Airways went on a two-day strike over collective bargaining on Wednesday, which has already resulted in a number of flights being rescheduled with some cancellations planned for tomorrow. According to their trade union, more than 100 pilots are on strike between 6 AM and 10 PM on both days, the […]

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Adria Airways pilots to go on strike tomorrow

By   3 days ago

  The trade union of Adria Airways pilots is insisting on going ahead with the strike planned for Wednesday and Thursday after failing to make progress over a new collective bargaining agreement. Unless a last minute deal is reached, the strike will be held between 6 AM and 10 PM on both days, the trade […]

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Stronger Border Control: Maltese Presidency secures Council position on establishing EU Entry-Exit System

By   3 weeks ago

  On 2 March 2017, EU Ambassadors endorsed a Council position needed to start negotiations with the European Parliament on a proposal for an Entry-Exit System which will strengthen border control and security in the EU. The agreement by Member States comes after the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU worked hard over […]

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Costly fuel pushes up annual inflation to 1.3% in January

By   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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   2 months 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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Slovenia beat Slovakia to get fist win in World Cup qualifiers

By   6 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   7 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   7 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   3 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   3 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   3 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   3 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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