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About the Europeada

EUROPEAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE AUTOCHTHONOUS, NATIONAL MINORITIES

In 2020, the EUROPEADA – the European football championship of the autochthonous national minorities, will take place for the 4th time.

Following the EUROPEADA, in 2008 hosted by the Romansh people in Grisons/Switzerland, in 2012 hosted by the Lusatian Sorbs in Germany and in 2016 hosted by the German-speaking South Tyroleans and the Ladins in South Tyrol/Italy, will the EUROPEADA be hosted by the Carinthian Slovenes with the motto “The EUROPEADA 2020 in Carinthia/Koroška –TOGETHER UNIQUE/SKUPNO ENKRATNI - together we celebrate the uniqueness of our diversity in Europe“.

The EUROPEADA is a major European event that connects the fair competition and the enthusiasm for a sporting event with the interests of the autochthonous national minorities. The focus is on the encounter, the exchange of minorities and the public promotion. The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) is the organiser of the EUROPEADA.

The EUROPEADA brings a great opportunity for long-established diverse minorities to meet - this is what makes this football EM a truly unique sporting event. An integral part of the EUROPEADA is the cultural day, in which the individual minorities will present themselves.

TOGETHER UNIQUE / SKUPNO ENKRATNI / GEMEINSAM EINZIGARTIG

The EUROPEADA 2020 in Carinthia/Koroška

There are more than 400 minorities in Europe; almost 100 are united in FUEN. The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) was founded in Paris in 1949 with the aim to preserve and promote the identity, language, culture, rights and unique characteristics of the European minorities.

The eventful history of Europe and the reshaping of the continent after the two World Wars caused that almost every seventh European belong to an autochthonous minority on the territory of a different state.

Therefore a tough effort is required to maintain these identities and to counteract assimilation. The fall of the Iron Curtain has opened up new possibilities and enables new encounters.

Sport creates space for such encounters, in particular football with its worldwide presence. The idea to start a minority championship in order to draw attention for the linguistic and cultural richness of Europe was quickly embraced.

During a FUEN Congress, the name of EUROPEADA was born at a football match between a FUEN selection and a local team. In the run-up to the European Championship for national teams in 2008, the name became Europe-wide known as in the Swiss canton of Grisons a football tournament for minority teams was organised under the name of EUROPEADA.

First logo of the Europeada 2008

First logo of the Europeada 2008

EUROPEADA 2008

Switzerland, with its four national languages and the area of the small Romansh minority guaranteed a successful premiere. Seventeen selections, including some professional players and a women’s team, responded to the invitation of FUEN and Lia Rumantscha, the umbrella organisation of the Romansh associations.

The first winner was the team of the South Tyroleans, who in the final beat the Croatian minority in Serbia with 1:0. The prominent support from sports and politics, the good combination of music, folklore and cultural exchange enthused both organisers and
participants.Because of this huge success it was decided that this event should be held every four years, in parallel with the UEFA European Championship. The second edition was held in 2012 in the region of Lusatia, in the German border region near Poland and the Czech Republic.

EUROPEADA 2012

It was organised by Domowina, the Federation of Lusatian Sorbs. This
time already nineteen teams coming from twelve different European countries competed for the title. New rules restricted participation to the best amateur players. Again, there was a nice combination of sports and encounter. The German speaking South-Tyroleans were able to defend the title; they beat the Roma from Hungary with 3:1.

Crowd at Europeada 2012

Crowd at Europeada 2012

EUROPEADA 2016

In 2016 the Europeada was awarded to the Pustertal and the Val Badia / Italy and besides the German speaking South Tyroleans also the Ladins could be integrated into the organisation. The organising committee had invited the football clubs in South Tyrol to offer themselves as venues, and eight different venues were selected from the applications. For the first time, 24 men’s teams took part, and a tournament was organised for six women’s teams, jointly by the German-speaking South Tyroleans and Ladins who live in South Tyrol.

Opening Europeada 2016 Bruneck

Opening Europeada 2016 Bruneck

In 2020, the tournament will come to Carinthia / Koroška, 24 men’s teams are expected, and a tournament for women’s teams will also be organised. The EUROPEADA 2020 in Carinthia/Koroška will be held under the motto: “TOGETHER UNIQUE / SKUPNO ENKRATNI / GEMEINSAM EINZIGARTIG - together we celebrate the uniqueness of our diversity in Europe”.

The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) is the organiser of the EUROPEADA.The EUROPEADA 2020 in Carinthia/Koroška is organised by the association “EUROPEADA - European Football Championship of Ethnic Groups / Evropsko nogometno prvenstvo narodnih skupnosti” based in Klagenfurt. The candidature for EUROPEADA 2020 was submitted jointly by the Council of Carinthian Slovenes / Narodni svet koroških Slovencev, the Slovenian Sports Association / Slovenska športna zveza and the Province of Carinthia.