The majority of folks living in the Stubaital are enthusiastic football players and fans of the great international football teams. Since the European Championship in 2008 the Stubaital has attracted the attention of large clubs. During the 2008 Cup the Stubaital became home to Spain’s national team. Accompanied by their families, friends, chefs, massage therapists, coaches and, of course, the press the team around goalkeeper Iker Casillas spent five weeks in Neustift.
The Spaniards did not only opt for the Stubaital due to the UEFA-compliant training facilities. The high-quality catering and hotel business, but above all the proximity to the Tivoli stadium in Innsbruck were probably among the decisive arguments as well. In addition to that, the fresh air, the excellent situation at approximately 1,000 metres and the varied sport offers influenced the decision of the professionals.
Since then various first-class teams have come (and still do venture out) to the Stubaital to train.
Spanish football national team
„The conditions in Neustift are perfect.“ The head of the Spanish team, Luis Aragonés, on the training conditions in Neustift
„I doubt that any other team was able to work under better conditions”. This is how the head of the Spanish team, Luis Aragonés, summarizes the training conditions in the Stubaital.
“It is a like a great family here.“ Fernando Torres is enthusiastic in light of the hospitality in the Stubai.
“We want to stay here [in the Stubaital] for a long time.“ The representative of the Spanish football federation Pedro Cortés in his welcome address.
”We will remember the time in this small village our whole life.“ Spain’s keeper Iker Casillas on the night before the finals against Germany.
“We already trained at many places. Thanks to the altitude, the temperature and the weather here, we find excellent conditions in the Stubaital. This is complemented by the unusually beautiful surroundings at the heart of the mountains.”
“We very much like the hotel, the training facilities are close by, everyone is very helpful – perfect conditions for an efficient training.” Bas van Noortwijk (President Feyenoord Rotterdam) on the training conditions in the Stubaital