Atalanta fans traveled to Maribor, Slovenia, to surprise their former player Josip Ilicic on Thursday, after he left the club over a year ago following a difficult period in his career where he struggled with mental health issues.
The fans wanted to show their support for Ilicic and give him a proper farewell, even though he had already left the club, thus taking the detour.
On Thursday morning ahead of the Europa League game, the fans arrived at NK Maribor, Ilicic's new club, where they were greeted by the player himself.
The fans also gave Ilicic a banner that they had used at his farewell game in Bergamo last year.
Ilicic confirmed that he will be at Atalanta's game against Sturm Graz later on Thursday in their Europa Leagu encounter.