Ottmar Hitzfeld Arena

The Ottmar Hitzfeld Arena is a sports stadium in the village Gspon in Canton Valais, Switzerland. It is the highest stadium in Europe at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) above sea level. It is the home of amateur football club FC Gspon and is named after football manager Ottmar Hitzfeld.

The FC Gspon was established in 1974.[1] Until 1986 the football club was active in the amateur football in Valais.[2] In 1984, with the support of FC Gspon, the Mountain Village championship was established in Switzerland.[3] According to the club legend, the pitch's location close to a cliff made it lose around a thousand footballs.[4] Timo Konietzka, who scored the first goal of the German Association Football in 1963, had some sympathy and he supplied more footballs in 1990.[4]

The stadium was the host of the European Football Championship of Mountain Villages, first held in 2008[5] which was organized in collaboration with the European Football Championship in Austria and Switzerland.[3][6] The Championship in Gspon was won by Spain who beat Sweden in the final. Switzerland was third after defeating France.[7]

Since 2008 FC Gspon has a men's and a women's team who play on the arena.[1]

^ a b Dahl, Kieran (16 February 2022). "Spiel in den Schweizer Alpen Fußball auf höchstem Niveau". Nike (in German). Retrieved 2022-05-05. ^ "FC Gspon". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2022-05-05. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference :4 was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ a b Cite error: The named reference Richter was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ Cite error: The named reference Bergdorf was invoked but never defined (see the help page). ^ "IDEE UND KONZEPT - Bergdorf-EM: Zermatt im Wallis - Das verrückteste Fussballturnier der Alpen". www.bergdorfem.com (in Swiss High German). 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2022-05-09. ^ Cite error: The named reference :1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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