In early June, Grand Hotel Union Business hosted the England National Football Team.
The team consisting of over 30 members and the head coach arrived in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana on Saturday, 13 June, for the next day’s match against Slovenia – the qualifier for the 2016 European Championship. Not only for the town of Ljubljana, but also for the whole of Slovenia, this day was a proper feast of football. At Grand Hotel Union we had been looking forward to it because of new challenges, mostly culinary ones.

Special meals for the Football Team
The organizers of the England National Football Team’s trip took care of all the necessary nutrition– and logistics-related arrangements weeks prior to the Team’s arrival and also announced that the team would be accompanied by the Team’s chef, who then, during their stay in Ljubljana, worked with the hotel’s kitchen staff to prepare special meals according to the nutrition programme developed by the Team’s doctor. The chefs of Grand Hotel Union prepared all of the meals in front of the guests in the so-called front kitchen. The meals were based on simplicity and light ingredients and were served buffet-style.

Friendly and accessible
The England National Football Team is considered to be much more famous and the focus of much more attention than many other teams. But in spite of their media exposure they were, according to the Grand Hotel Union employees, very friendly and accessible guests, who did not differ much from other guests in terms of how they were conversing with others or the wishes they had. Well, maybe just in that they were not really able to walk around the beautiful town of Ljubljana, because of the attention of their fans.

They left satisfied, thanking the hotel team who took care of them
After their triumphant match, the English football players enjoyed a short rest at the hotel and then flew back home to England.

Slovenia will keep fighting
The Slovenia National Football Team lost the sixth qualifier for the 2016 European Championship against England with 2:3 (1: 0), but the Slovenian fans have great expectations for the Slovenian football players’ courage and skills in the matches to follow in the autumn, which will decide who ends up in top positions of Group E. The first next qualifier for the Slovenian national team will take place on 5 September in Switzerland.

Your contact at Union Hotels Ljubljana:
Nuša Šolar
Event manager
tel. +386 1 308 1070

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Ulrike Kiesel
Project Manager Content & PR
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