Ljubljana, Slovenia (September 2, 2022) — Sport Venture Group and its operating partner Aljaž Bedene today agreed to acquire the football operations of ND Ilirija 1911 (the “club”).  The club was founded in June 1911 and is the oldest active Slovenian football club in the country.  As part of the acquisition, ND Ilirija 1911 will acquire a ninety-nine (99) year lease to redevelop the Ilirija Sports Park into a multisport, community and national sport destination.  The closing is subject to the traditional regulatory approvals under Slovenian law and the Football Association. 

“We are pleased to be able to make this announcement that has been a long time coming.  We’d like to thank Thomas Rudy at leAD Sports for the introduction to Aljaž Bedene and the President Marjan Dermastija for his support and patience in the process.  Aljaž has assembled a great team in Ljubljana to help us operate the club and project development.  We look forward to the redevelopment of the Ilirija Sports Park over the coming years as it’s an ambitious undertaking that will require vision, innovation and patience to get it right for the club, community, country and region. ” noted Sport Venture Group CEO, Anthony Gebbia.

“I am very happy that we agreed on all the details regarding Sports Venture Group for the acquisition of ND Ilirija 1911. This is the oldest Slovenian football club, so it is a big privilege to get this opportunity. We have a unique opportunity to do something new and special for younger generations and we are going to strive and bring the club to a higher level. The main focus will be on player development for the young athletes, as well as building a multifunctional sports hall, strong community and much more,” noted Aljaž Bedene, Operating Partner and ND Ilirija 1911 Operating Partner.

“After a year of hard work and exchange of interests, we coordinated all the details with Aljaž and a prominent American partner, Sport Venture Group, so that the aforementioned can enter the ND ILIRIJA 1911. I am happy that they are ready to invest their knowledge and money in the infrastructure for all sports branches that are united in the ZŠD Ilirija and expressed interest. Young athletes will gain the most from this project, for they will be able to develop their talents in a winning facility and environment. At the same time, this will be a great gain for the entire city of Ljubljana and Slovenian sports community. Thanks to Aljaž and Sport Venture Group for choosing Ilirija for this magnificent project,” noted Marjan Dermastija, ND Ilirija 1911 President.

The group expects to make further announcements in the coming months regarding its activities.


Nogometno društvo Ilirija 1911 is a Slovenian football club from Ljubljana which competes in the Slovenian Second League. The club was founded in June 1911 and is the oldest active Slovenian football club in the country.


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