Arena Stožice in Ljubljana staged UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 from 30 January to 10 February.
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Arena Stožice in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana staged UEFA Futsal EURO 2018 from 30 January to 10 February.
The arena, opened in 2010, has a 12,500 capacity and is home to basketball team KK Olimpija as well as holding the international matches of volleyball side ACH Volley and handball outfit RK Krim. It was the venue for the EuroBasket 2013 finals.
The decision to award the finals was made at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, on 26 January 2015 as the bid from the Football Association of Slovenia (NZS) was selected ahead of others from FYR Macedonia and Romania. It was the first futsal final tournament organised by Slovenia, although the country hosted the 2012 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
Slovenia thus follows in the footsteps of previous Futsal EURO hosts Serbia (2016), Belgium (2014), Croatia (2012), Hungary (2010), Portugal (2007), Czech Republic (2005), Italy (2003), Russia (2001) and Spain (the first UEFA European Futsal Championship of 1999 and also the 1996 UEFA European tournament).
Twelve teams competed in the finals, with Slovenia and 11 qualifiers split into four groups of three, with the top two from each emerging into the knockout phase.
Group A: Slovenia (hosts), Serbia, Italy
Group B: Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland
Group C: Portugal, Ukraine, Romania
Group D: Spain (holders), Azerbaijan, France
Tuesday 30 January
Group A: Slovenia 2-2 Serbia
Group B: Russia 1-1 Poland
Wednesday 31 January
Group C: Portugal 4-1 Romania
Group D: Spain 4-4 France
Thursday 1 February
Group B: Poland 1-5 Kazakhstan
Group A: Serbia 1-1 Italy
Friday 2 February
Group D: France 3-5 Azerbaijan
Group C: Romania 2-3 Ukraine
Saturday 3 February
Group B: Kazakhstan 1-1 Russia
Group A: Italy 1-2 Slovenia
Sunday 4 February
Group C: Ukraine 3-5 Portugal
Group D: Azerbaijan 0-1 Spain