A Metropolis With a History Of Handball

Ljubljana is a city with a rich sporting past. Along with athletes in many disciplines, individual and team, Ljubljana’s handball can also boast of prestigious successes.

At the end of the 1980s, the handball players of Olimpija paved the way for the later success of Slovenian team sports on the European scene. They reached the semi-finals of the EHF Cup in the 1987/88 season, placed eighth in the elite Champions League in the 1994/1995 season, and even raised their EHF Cup laurels two years later.
The handball players of Krim continued to build on their past successes less than a decade later. In 2001, they ascended the European throne. With the victory in the Champions League, they became the first club sports team in the history of independent Slovenia to achieve such success.

The handball spectacles of Krim at Kodeljevo have gone down in history as legendary, and Ljubljana was the real handball capital during the period of its greatest success. The Krim players richly rewarded the fans for their support, and in 2003 they put another Champions League trophy in their cabinet.

Although Ljubljana’s handball clubs did not bring European laurels to the city along the Ljubljanica in the men’s competition, it is also worth mentioning Slovan’s place in the finals of the 1980/81 European Cup and the rise of Prule 67, which reached the Champions League semi-finals in the 2002/03 season.

The highest ranking in the big competition was achieved by the men’s national team of Slovenia in Ljubljana. In the packed Tivoli Hall, Slovenian handball players wore a silver medal around their necks at the 2004 European Championships, hosted by Slovenia. The final fights of the European Handball Championship are returning to Ljubljana after 18 years.

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