Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. In the rankings, it comes well ahead of other world sports like tennis, cricket or basketball. Playing a game of football is literally everywhere. We have listed the oddest places and give you some tips for the perfect football game.
Football with a view
The Ottmar Hitzfeld-stadium in Switzerland is over 2000 metres above sea level and is thereby the highest football field in Europe.
Take plenty of spare balls, because 10 fly over the protective net along the field per match on average. If you want to retrieve those balls, that will take you a while, because players and visitors can only reach the field by cable car. Good to know for opponents: at 2000 metres there is less oxygen in the air. The home team – FC Gspon – is used to the thin air. You aren’t, so you have been warned!
Soccer in the city
Not as high, but equally impressive, is the Adidas Futsal Park in Tokyo. You play the game of your life on the tiles, high and dry above the department store in the Shibuya-district. Oh, yes, Futsal is the little brother of. But as a football fan you already knew that.
In the shade of a rock
Another one to learn about. You know the rock of Gibraltar? It towers 426 metres above the sea and is a symbol for solidity and immutability. The field of the Gibraltar eleven lies in its shade. An impressive rock, right? On 10 October 2016 the Gibraltarians received a thrashing from our Red Devils. The final score was 0 – 6. Solidity and immutability? Yeah right!
Where do you watch football?
The last quarter finals of the Champions League are around the corner and the first matches off the play-offs of the Jupiler Pro League are in progress. Where do you watch your favourite sport? Attending the stadium to watch the match is great, but unfortunately, not always feasible.
Watching at home with friends? The look in your partner’s eyes speaks volumes: she has still not forgotten the ravages of empty crisp bags and beer cans.
What about the Cinna-Bar at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage? You can settle yourself down in the luxurious leather chairs with your mates. You can watch the match on several big screens and can also have drinks and snacks galore.
And your partner? Bet that she will also have an unforgettable evening at the Grand Casino Brussels Viage?