Rendezvous for old friends
International youth football tournament in Porec, Croatia: Amfora Cup
Teams looking for an international youth football tournament in a relaxed environment need look no further than the Amfora Cup. Right beside the centuries-old harbour town of Porec in the heart of the Istrian coast lies the sports and holiday centre Zelena Laguna. Various professional teams set up their training camps here, as on occasion does the Croatian national team. But at Whitsun, the complex is completely reserved for young people. With a 15-year history, the tournament has become a rendezvous for old friends.
The Amfora Cup is organised by NK Jadran in cooperation with the Istrian Football Association and the municipality of Porec.
The international Amfora Cup youth football tournament takes place in Porec at three locations. The Zelana Laguna complex has three pitches and is situated in the municipality of Porec. Zelena Laguna is the training centre of many Croatian and European teams thanks to the many facilities and the good quality of the pitches. The Croatian national team also trains here in preparation of important tournaments. The tournament’s finals are played at the modern stadium of Porec. Apart from Zelena Laguna the stadium in Porec, ‘Veli Joze’, home of NK Jadran and the sports location NK Funtana is used.
Abgesehen von der vereinfachten Teilnahme an einem internationalen Jugendfußballturnier, kümmert sich Euro-Sportring auch um die Unterbringung der Teilnehmer. ESR hat eine Vielzahl von Arrangements mit Hostels (Jugendhostels inbegriffen), Hotels in unterschiedlicher Preislage und anderen Unterbringungsarten. Manchmal ist es sogar möglich auf dem Sportpark selbst untergebracht zu werden. Ebenfalls möglich ist es in einer Schule in unmittelbarer Nähe von der Sportanlage oder in einer benachbarten Stadt untergebracht zu sein.
Die Karte zeigt ihnen die unterschiedlichen Turnierorte und die verfügbaren Unterbringungsarten in der Nähe.
The Croatian town of Porec is located on a lagoon on the west coast of Istria. The city with 12,500 inhabitants is surrounded by beautiful green countryside and has a mild Mediterranean climate. The history of Porec goes back a long way: Roman remains can be found at various places. A famous place of interest in Porec is the St. Euphrasius Basilica dating back to the 6th Century. In 1996, this basilica was added to the world heritage list of UNESCO. The basilica is internationally known for its beautiful Byzantine mosaics.
Istria is the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea and is the most westerly province of Croatia. Istria has no less than 445 kilometres of coastline, which makes it a very popular holiday destination, especially among sun worshippers. Pula, Porec and Umag are the main tourist resorts. Istria is lush with lots of unspoilt countryside, lakes and waterfalls, centuries old culture and very hospitable people.
Neighbouring country Italy lies at the opposite side of the Adriatic Sea, but is not that far away so an excursion to romantic Venice is easily arranged from Umag. The modern catamaran service will take you there in 40 minutes and regular excursions are organised from Umag each week, taking in all the hot spots of Venice. It should not to be missed!