Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium: What’s it like to play at Europe’s ‘highest’ football stadium?

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The Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium is the home of FC Gspon in SwitzerlandIt’s so high that in winter it becomes a ski run and so remote that the pre-match journey has to be done by two cable cars.It’s remarkable the Ottmar Hitzfeld Stadium even exists at all.The pitch is perched 2,000 metres above sea level, surrounded by peaks twice that high, in the Swiss Alps close to the resort of Zermatt.”It is the most beautiful place you can play football,” says FC Gspon defender Diego Abgottspon, who has played here for 18 years.”You see the mountains, the glaciers, the trees – it is fantastic.”FC Gspon are an amateur team who play in the Swiss Mountain League and they proudly call their home ground the highest football stadium in Europe.The village of Gspon – inaccessible by road – is made up of around 70 wooden chalets and in winter becomes a small ski resort. The air is thin an

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