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Teams

ŽILE - Slovenci v Italiji

Italy Minority: Slovenes in Italy

Team Žile at the EUROPEADA 2024

The Slovenian football team in Italy was founded in 2018 on the initiative of ZSŠDI (Združenje slovenskih športnih društev v Italiji - Union of Slovenian Sports Federations in Italy) and under the patronage of FIGC-LND Friuli Venezia Giulia - Furlanija Julijska krajina. The team is nicknamed Žile and is made up of Slovenian-speaking players who play in the teams of the official regional championships of Friuli Venezia Giulia - Furlanija Julijska krajina.

The participation of the Slovenes in Europeada Between the Seas 2024, on the German-Danish border, will be their second in a row after their first appearance in Austria, where they finished in 7th place and lost in the quarter-finals to multiple champions South Tyrol.

 

The Slovene Minority in Itlay 

The Slovene minority in Italy is the name given to Italian citizens who belong to the autochthonous Slovene ethnic and linguistic minority living in the Italian autonomous region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia / Furlanija-Julijska krajina. The vast majority of members of the Slovene ethnic minority live in the provinces of Trieste/Trst, Gorizia/Gorica and Udine/Videm. The Slovenes gradually settled in the area within the Italian borders: Slovenes from the province of Udine/Videm in 1866, Slovenes from the province of Gorizia/Gorica in 1947 and Slovenes from the province of Trieste/Trst in 1954.

The Ministry of the Interior estimates that there are between 83,000 and 100,000 Slovene speakers in Friuli-Venezia Giulia/Furlanija-Julijska krajina.

The Slovene minority in Italy enjoys legal protection of its collective rights, guaranteed by the Italian Constitution and by specific national and regional legislation, as well as by international treaties (in particular the London Memorandum of 1954) and bilateral agreements, initially between Italy and Yugoslavia (in particular the Osimo Treaty of 1975) and, since 1991, between Italy and Slovenia.

Since 1945, Slovenes in Italy have enjoyed partial cultural autonomy, including an education system in Slovene. They have a wide network of cultural and civic associations. The Slovene language is co-official in many municipalities with a Slovene minority presence, and visual bilingualism is applied in most non-urban settlements with a traditional Slovene presence. However, the implementation of these rights depends largely on the local administrations, and the situation varies considerably from one area to another.

Both Italy and Slovenia promote Slovene culture in Friuli-Venezia Giulia/Furlanija-Julijska krajina through subsidies to Slovene associations and organisations.

 

Photo gallery

Event

European Football Championship of the autochthonous national minorities

European Football Championship of the autochthonous national minorities

Organisation

Federal Union of European Nationalities

Federal Union of European Nationalities

Partners

Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland

Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland

 

Sydslesvigudvalget

Sydslesvigudvalget

 

Tønder Kommune

Tønder Kommune

 

Region Syddanmark

Region Syddanmark

 

Haderslev Kommune

Haderslev Kommune

 

Aabenraa Kommune

Aabenraa Kommune

 

Sønderborg Kommune

Sønderborg Kommune

 

Kreis Nordfriesland

Kreis Nordfriesland

 

Kreis Rendsburg-Eckernförde

Kreis Rendsburg-Eckernförde

 

Miniszterelnökség, Nemzetpolitikai Államtitkárság Bethlen Gábor Alap

Miniszterelnökség, Nemzetpolitikai Államtitkárság Bethlen Gábor Alap

Local organisers

German Minority in Denmark

German Minority in Denmark

 

Sinti and Roma Organisation

Sinti and Roma Organisation

 

North Frisian Minority Association

North Frisian Minority Association

 

Danish minority in Germany

Danish minority in Germany

Local sponsors

Union Bank

Union Bank

 

hpo Steuerberater

hpo Steuerberater

 

Flensborg Avis

Flensborg Avis

 

Der Nordschleswiger

Der Nordschleswiger

 

Na Logo

Na Logo

 

Hotel des Nordens

Hotel des Nordens

 

Strandet

Strandet

 

Naturgeflüster

Naturgeflüster

 

Flensburger Brauerei

Flensburger Brauerei