How did the idea of heading all the way to the remote Istria, or more precisely Umag, even occur to us? It’s a place that has only recently started building a reputation as an excellent destination for football preparation; but as they say, a little bit of word of mouth goes a long way. In this case, all the way to Azerbaijan! In addition to the newly built and superb football infrastructure, the destination which to us seemed slightly exotic attracted us with an excellent position on the coast and its mild Mediterranean climate.
And we truly did enjoy the pleasant spring temperatures in the last week of March and the first week of April that we spent there. Thanks to the sea breeze, there was no fear of the weather getting too hot, and the pine and salt scented fresh air seems to have had a beneficial effect on the players. So even with the demanding practice, the team more than succeeded in reenergizing for the coming sports events.
Accommodations and infrastructure
The national team players and the team of experts form a group of thirty professionals who know how to recognize outstanding service, so satisfying that many different tastes can’t have been an easy task. It says a lot that in the whole week and a half that we spent there, nobody in the team of experts had a serious complaint! The complete sports infrastructure is in excellent condition, and so is the excellent hotel accommodation that we received.
In addition to five different first-class Football Camp Stella Maris fields, the accompanying facilities all seemed to be tailor made to athletes’ needs: from the perfectly fitting food and accommodations all the way to the gym which could easily host an entire sports team. The local professional support, which helped the preparation take place without a glitch with their efforts, should also be mentioned.
The new in football destination
As a place that met all our needs and more without any difficulties, Umag definitely stands out among our preparation destinations so far, and we would love to come back. And it seems we are not the only ones: numerous reputable clubs and representations from all over the world came to visit Northwest Istria and primarily Umag and Novigrad while we were here. Who knows, maybe next time we will get a chance to play some matches with some of them and get even more from our stay in this little sports haven!