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Wednesday 17 May 2023
Venues for two away Euro 2024 qualifiers revealed

The venues for Northern Ireland’s two away UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers in September have been confirmed.

Michael O’Neill’s side are due to travel to both Slovenia and Kazakhstan that month as part of their Euro qualification campaign.

They will face Slovenia on Thursday 7 September and the venue for the match is Stadion Stozice in Ljubljana, with a 20.45 kick-off local time.

Then it’s off to Kazakhstan for a qualifier on Sunday 10 September. Today it was confirmed that game will be played at the Astana Arena in Astana (19.00 start local time).

Stadion Stozice, which has a capacity of around 16,000, is the home ground of Slovenian PrvaLiga (top flight) club Olimpija Ljubljana and is the main venue for Slovenia’s national team.

The Astana Arena has a capacity of circa 30,000. It is home to the Kazakhstan national team as well as two club sides, FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League and FC Bayterek of the Kazakhstan First Division.

Before those Group H matches in September in the capital cities of Slovenia and Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland will continue their campaign with two qualifiers next month.

First up is an away fixture against Denmark in the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen - it’s the home ground of Danish Superliga club FC Copenhagen and the Danish national team - on Friday 16 June (19.45 start BST).

And then it’s back to Belfast for a match against Kazakhstan on Monday 19 June at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park (19.45 kick-off).