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Ready for action! Sport frei! - Športej a narodej zdar! EUROPEADA 2012 Second European Football-tournament of the autochthonous, national minorities In parallel with the football championship of UEFA, the EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, from 16 to 24 June 2012 the championship for the autochthonous, national minorities of Europe will take place at the Lusatian Sorbs in Germany. The organisers of the EUROPEADA 2012 are the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and Domowina – Federation of Lusatian Sorbs. After the first European football championship of 2008 was organised at the RhaetoRomansh in Graubünden, Switzerland, the Sorbs have successfully applied for organising the 2012 edition. EUROPEADA 2012 is organised under the patronage of the prime-minister of the Free State of Saxony, Stanisław Tillich, who is also a Lusatian Sorb himself. 20 Teams from 13 European countries will compete to determine who will be the winner of the title of the EUROPEADA 2012. Among them are the hosts, the national team of the Lusatian Sorbs and the defending champions, the selection of South Tyrol; the Cimbrians - a small language enclave; the Occitans, a language spoken by several millions of speakers in France; national minorities such as the Danes in Germany and minorities without a kin-state such as the Ladins and the Rhaeto-Romansh. EUROPEADA 2012, as a European sports-event, helps to make clear the contribution of the autochthonous, national minorities and the regional and minority languages to linguistic and cultural diversity and to the unique character of European regions. We expect fans and visitors from all parts of Europe. Sports, encounter and getting to know one another will make the EUROPEADA 2012 at the Lusatian Sorbs an unforgettable experience for all.


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EUROPEADA 2008 In 2008 the first football tournament EUROPEADA 2008 by FUEN took place at the Rhaeto-Romansh in Switzerland. The hosting organisation – the Lia Rumantscha – brought together several partners from Graubünden for a successful premiere. The tournament was organised just before the UEFA European football championship in 2008, which took place in Switzerland and Austria. During the first tournament 17 teams were participating. Among these, a ladies team of the North Frisians from Germany. The winning team of the first European championship of the autochthonous, national minorities in Europe came from South Tyrol and represented the German part of the population and the Ladins. An overview, including press articles, can be found at The idea for the EUROPEADA developed in 2006 – the year of the world football championship in Germany. In May 2006 the 51st congress of FUEN took place in Bautzen / Budyšin under the motto: “Europe being guest in Lusatia”. During this congress a football match took place between a selection of European minorities against a Sorbian team in the village of Crostwitz / Chrósćicy. After the football match many players and many representatives of minorities said that it would be a good thing if parallel with the large tournament also a football tournament only for the autochthonous, national minorities would be organised.


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The organisers The whole of EUROPE being guest of the Lusatian Sorbs In the East of Saxony - in Upper-Lusatia - and in the South of Brandenburg – in Lower Lusatia – the Sorbs / Wends are living. With about 60 000 persons they are the smallest Slavic people in Europe. Their ancestors are Slavic tribes who settled the area between the rivers Oder and Elbe/ Saale, between the Baltic Sea and the German Uplands following the mass migrations more than 1400 years ago. After they lost political independence in the 10th century, their settlement area shrunk because of assimilation and targeted Germanisation. Only the descendents of the Upper Lusatian Milzener tribe and the Lower Lusatia Lusizer tribe managed to preserve their language, culture and traditions until the present time. Today they still have two written languages: Upper Sorbian and Lower Sorbian as well as some dialects. Their current area of settlement lies in the border triangle between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. The Sorbs have no mother state in the bordering states and are amongst the small non-kin state peoples. They are one of the four recognised autochthonous, national minorities of Germany. The interests of the Lusatian Sorbs have been represented by Domowina, the Federation of Lusatian Sorbs, for almost 100 years now. Domowina was founded on 13 October 1912 and functions now as interest organisation and umbrella organisation for the Sorbian associations.


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FUEN - Autochthonous, national minorities in EUROPE There are more than 300 minorities in Europe with around 100 million people affiliated to them. That means that almost every seventh European citizen belongs to an autochthonous, national minority. To these people belong the minorities that came into being as a result of developments in European history, as a result of the changes of state borders and other historical events, such as e.g. the German minority in Denmark or the Carinthian Slovenes in Austria. To them also the peoples of Europe belong who have never established a state of their own and who live as a minority in the territory of a state, such as e.g. the Lusatian Sorbs and the Rhaeto-Romansh. In the European Union more than 40 million people speak a regional or minority language. Apart from 23 official or working languages, over 60 autochthonous regional and minority languages are being spoken in the EU, for example Frisian, Ladin and Welsh. The Federal Union of European Nationalities, abbreviated FUEN, represents the interests of the autochthonous, national minorities as European umbrella organisation and unites more than 90 organisations.


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The tournament The participating teams Four years after the successful premiere in 2008 several minorities answered the call to participate. A total of 20 teams will compete for the title of the EUROPEADA 2012. The championship was announced in a two-phase procedure by FUEN, in which the general conditions and the participation conditions were announced. After the letters of interest were received by 31 March 2011 and the teams had registered, the teams were admitted to the tournament. On 1 December 2011 the group draw took place in the Representation of Saxony in Berlin.

Group A

Lusatian Sorbs (GER) (hosts) German minority from Poland (POL) Carinthian Slovenes (AUT) Selection of the minorities from Estonia (EST)

Group B

Roma from Hungary (HUN) Germans from Russia (RUS) Rhaeto-Romansh (SUI) Slovak minority from Hungary (HUN)

Group C

Croat minority from Serbia (SRB) Western Trace Turks (GRE/GER) Ladins (ITA) North Frisians (GER)

Group D

German-speaking minority of South Tyrol (ITA), (defending champions) Germans from Hungary (HUN) Karachay (RUS) German minority from Denmark (DEN)

Group E

Danish minority from Germany (GER) Cimbrians (ITA) The Welsh (GBR) Occitans (FRA)


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Schedule of the matches For the sportive part the organisers will make use of a competition direction with the support of the West-Lusatian Football Federation. The matches will take place according to the official rules of FIFA. A playing mode was published in line with the rules of the Football Association of Saxony. For the matches impartial referees and assistant referees will be appointed. The tournament will take place with 20 teams. Each team can register not more than 23 players from the non-professional sector of male teams. Professional football players are not allowed. Additionally a team can bring up till 8 supporting persons, such as in particular trainers, team management, physiotherapists and officials. On 1 December 2011 the 20 teams were allotted into 5 groups of 4 teams each. Each team will play 3 group matches. The 5 best-placed teams and the 3 best second-placed teams will go to the quarter finals. The ranking will be determined according to the number of points and the number of goals. After the ranking will have been determined in the group matches, just like at the UEFA European championship the following matches will be according to the knock-out system. The quarter and semi-final will be followed by the final match in Bautzen/Budyšin. For those teams that did not make it to the final rounds parallel to the main tournament a competition takes place to determine their ranking in the tournament.

The venues The venues are located in the triangle between the towns of Bautzen/Budyšin, Kamenz/ Kamjenc and Hoyerswerda/Wojerecy. The venues are the regional football stadiums with grass fields in Panschwitz-Kuckau/Pančicy-Kukow, Ralbitz/Ralbicy, Nebelschütz/Njebjelčicy, Neschwitz/Njeswačidło, Radibor/Radwor, Wittichenau/Kulow, Crostwitz/Chrósćicy and in Bautzen/Budyšin.


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EUROPEADA week Overview The EUROPEADA 2012 will take place from Saturday till Sunday, from 16 till 24 June 2012. The programme will combine football and sport competitions with several other activities in the fields of culture, and about the region, for the fans, official representatives and politicians, children and youth, visitors and football-fans from the region and from Europe. Central are the matches: the group round, the quarter and semi-final and final as well as a ranking tournament. The times of the matches were selected in such a manner that they will not be simultaneous with the matches of EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. The kickoff of the tournament and welcome of the teams will take place at a reception, hosted by Saxony’s prime-minister Stanislaw Tillich on Saturday 16 June 2012 in Crostwitz/ Chrósćicy. The official opening event with a presentation of the teams will take place in the evening in Nebelschütz/Njebjelčicy. During the free day between the group rounds and the final matches excursions will be offered to the teams. In the afternoon, on the grounds of the Bischof-Benno House in Schmochtitz/Smochćicy, there will be a party. Each minority and also other guests will take part in the cultural programme with their own contribution. The final event including the awarding ceremony will take place on Saturday 23 June 2012 at 20.30 hr in Bautzen/Budyšin in the Müllerwiese/Młynkec łuka Stadium.

EUROPEADAclub The EUROPEADAclub in Schmochtitz/Smochćicy (opened from 9:00-23:00) will be set up for the teams and guests and will offer internet-access, a press office, the EUROPEADAorganisation office and an information desk.


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Programme Saturday 16 June 2012 Opening

12:30 Reception by the prime-minister of the Free State of Saxony, Mr Stanisław Tillich in Crostwitz/Chrósćicy 18:00 hr Opening event in Nebelschütz/Njebjelčicy

Sunday, 17 June 2012 Group matches 10:30 hr 15:00 hr 17:00 hr 19:00 hr

Monday, 18 June 2012 Group matches 17:00 hr 19:00 hr

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 Group matches 17:00 hr 19:00 hr

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 No matches

Cultural day / excursion in the region of Lusatia Party in Schmochtitz/Smochćicy

Thursday, 21 June 2012 Quarter finals Ranking tournament 16:00 hr Quarter final 18:30 hr Quarter final

Friday, 22 June 2012 Semi-final

Ranking tournament 14:30 Charity match FC LANDTAG – EUROPEADA 2012 – TEAM in Crostwitz/Chrósćicy 16:00 hr Semi-final 18:30 hr Semi-final

Saturday, 23 June 2012 Final

11:00 hr Match for the third place 13:30 hr Final followed by awarding ceremony and final event in Bautzen/Budyšin

Sunday, 24 June 2012 Departure 10:00 hr Press conference


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Preparation committee The organisation of the EUROPEADA 2012 in Lusatia is based on broad regional support. The local associations, football and sports associations, municipalities, media, politicians and other partners support the tournament as they can. Volunteers and voluntary action are the basis for a successful tournament. Domowina set up a regional preparation committee, in which the following sports associations are involved: DJK Sokoł Ralbitz/Horka, Serbski Sokoł e.V., SG Crostwitz 1981 / SJ Chrósćiy, SG Nebelschütz / SJ Njebjelčicy, SV 1922 Radibor / Radwor and SV St. Marienstern Panschwitz-Kuckau / Sportowe towarstwo Marijina hwězda. Furthermore SV Blau-Weiß Neschwitz / Módro běli Njeswačidło and DJK Blau-Weiß Wittichenau / Módro běli Kulow are involved. The organisers are being supported by Saxony’s football federation (Sächsischen Fußballverband) and the West-Lusatian football federation (Westlausitzer Fußballverband), responsible for the sportive management of the tournament. The preparation committee elected Marko Kowar as their chairman.

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Press release Advance sale of tickets for the EUROPEADA has started on Monday 16 May 2012 One month before the Europeada – the European football championships for the autochthonous, national minorities from Saturday 16 June till Saturday 23 June will start in Lusatia, Germany, the advance sale of tickets has started on Wednesday 16 May 2012. On sale are a week ticket (all matches of Europeada) for 20 Euro and a ticket for the finals (matches for the third place and the final) on Saturday 23 June 2012 at the stadium of Müllerwiese in Bautzen for 8 Euro / 5 Euro reduced price. The tickets for the individual matches are available at the box office

The tickets are available in advance at the following places: -in the Sorbian Information Centre (“Sorbische Kulturinformation”) in Bautzen -in the offices of the “Wochenkurier” newspaper in Bautzen, Löbau, Görlitz -at watch-maker Jürgen Neck in Crostwitz -at Schkoda Hairdresser’s in Ostro -in the sports shop “Goalgetter Sportswear” Sebastian Gräfe in Kamenz and -at the Western Lausitz Football Association (online)


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Balabalabala – EUROPEADA 2012 was launched in Berlin In the presence of 100 guests the group draw took place in the Representation of the Free State of Saxony in Berlin on 1 December 2011. In a drawing procedure similar to that of the UEFA European championships, the teams were allotted to the groups. The draw was undertaken by the spouse of the prime-minister of the Free State of Saxony, Mrs. Veronika Tillich and by former national football-player Hans-Jürgen “Dixie” Dörner. The event was moderated by Danko Handrik. Most of the participating teams had come to Berlin with their own representatives and under a lot of media attention they followed the group draw with excitement. The programme also included presentations about the EUROPEADA of 2008 and 2012 and the premiere of the Europeada anthem “Bala Bala Bala”. Words of welcome were spoken by State Secretary Erhard Weimann, the representative of the Free State of Saxony at the Federal Republic, Dr. Detlev Rein on behalf of the Federal Government Commissioner for Expatriates and National Minorities Dr. Christof Bergner, Hans Heinrich Hansen, FUEN President and David Statnik, the Chairman of Domowina. The Chairman of the preparation committee Marko Kowar presented the tournament and the stadiums. “The group draw was a nice experience; it was prepared professionally and perfectly implemented. Congratulations!” Ivan Lukan, Secretary-General of the Slovenska Sportna Zveza from Koroška/Carinthia “The organisation of the group draw was brilliant! Thank you very much to all the organisers.” Picard Sébastien, Sécrétaire Général de l’Equipe Nationale d’Occitanie



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