Think of football in Croatia and you think of Boban, Šuker and Modrić, and clubs such as Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split.
But the history of football in Pula is just as colourful and, given the city’s patchwork history, equally as fascinating – as a new exhibition at the Herman Potočnik Noordung Centre shows.
Set in a former public water reservoir, a state-of-the-art visitor centre named after a notable Austro-Hungarian scientist born in Pula, Nostri (‘Ours’) portrays the complex development of the game in Istria’s major city.
The various local clubs and leading players – FC Istra, Grion Pola, Tonči Vojak, who went on to win the Italian championship with Juventus – reflect the political changes in this ever-changing region, right through to present-day Istra 1961.
The exhibition runs all winter until April 30, 2024.
Nostri (‘Ours’), Herman Potočnik Noordung Centre, Gradinska uspon 6, Pula. Daily 9am-5pm.