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As for the Spaniards from Las Palmas it will also be the second tournament appearance at the GESA in Altstätten since 2016 for FC Nitra. At their first appearance in Altstätten the Slovaks were the surprise. The team charged into the final. This was then narrowly lost 1:0. Consequently the players from Nitra have more than earned their second appearance in the upper Rhine valley. The City: The city of Nitra lies around 90 kilometres to the east of the capital Bratislava in the western region of the country and with approximately 78,000 inhabitants it is the sixth largest city in Slovakia. Alongside Bratislava, Nitra is the oldest Slovakian city in one of the most highly populated administrative districts of the country. The most striking geographical feature of the city is the Zobor mountain (587 above sea level) from which the Tribetz mountain range extends. Zobor has been fully developed with trekking trails and provides an impressive view over the city from its chalk cliffs. The majority of tourist attractions are concentrated in the historic old town. They include Nitra castle with its integrated churches and the Bishop's seat. Together with these buildings the fortifications which have only a single portal are one of the most interesting architectural complexes in Slovakia. Located to the south of the castle is the upper town where various statues, baroque buildings such as the diocese library or a regional gallery as well as the Franciscan monastery and the Church of St Peter and Paul are to be found. In the lower town which is bounded by the Nitra river the market town was to be found. These days the lower town accommodates the market hall, town park, various theatres and the local history museum. The Nitra region was densely populated as long as 30,000 years ago; however the first arable farmers have been settled in the region for "only" 6,000 years. internationalen U19-Turnier in Altstätten. The city of Nitra itself was first mentioned in the year 826 or 828. In the years between 1000 and 1700 control of the city changed regularly and there was scarcely any peace in this Slovakian city. It was not until the 18 ce ntury before rebuilding of the city, which by this time was in ruins, could be started. This can be seen by the large number of baroque buildings. Following the revolution of 1848/49 the city achieved self-governance for the first time since the middle ages and was no longer dependent on the diocese. At the close of WW1 the city was occupied by Czechoslovakian troops on 10 December 1918 and consequently became a part of the country of Czechoslovakia. Following the February coup in the spring of1948 there was a vigorous industrialization of the city and erection of prefabricated apartment blocks around the outskirts. At the same time the city expanded to include surrounding communities which in part had become independent following the "Velvet Revolution". In 1996 the city became the seat of the administrative region of Nitriansky krajin the state Slovakia which became independent in since 1993. Due to the intensively agricultural nature of the surrounding countryside present day Nitra is mainly oriented towards the food industry and is regarded as the centre of Slovakian agriculture. Wine-growing as well as machine manufacturing and the furniture industry are also important economic sectors. Since October 2007 the Sony technology group is also resident in Nitra with a plant which mainly produces large-screen LED television sets. The Club: Along with the ice hockey club HK Nitra and the basketball club BK SPU Nitra, the FC Nitra is one of the three most important clubs in the city. The club plays at home in the multi-purpose stadium "Pod Zoborom” (below the Zobor). Thus the stadium is named after the local mountain and can accommodate 11,400 spectators. FC Nitra was founded in 1909 and has repeatedly played in the top division of the Czechoslovakian football league under various club names. Following the club's exit in the first round of the UEFA Europa League against ETO Györ of Hungary 2010/11 the first team was relegated for the first time in 10 years and has been playing in the second division ever since. Some famous football players have learned to play at FC Nitra. Players such as Igor Demo (played from 2000 - 2005 for PSV Eindhoven, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Grazer AK), Miroslav König (from 2000 - 2003 as goalkeeper for FC Basle and FC Zürich) as well as probably the best-known Slovakian football player Lubomir Moravcik (played for St. Etienne, SC Bastia, MSV Duisburg, Celtic Glasgow and managed the Czechoslovakian and Slovakian national teams) come from the FC Nitra school of football. The club is experiencing a veritable boom in the junior sector. The Slovakians are looking to produce as many talents as possible for the first team in their own academy. Currently FC Nitra is doing extremely well in this respect. In spite of having a strong department for up-and-coming young talents the 1st team is still only playing in the 2nd division in Slovakia. Last season, the 1st team managed to return to the top divisio, and the club’s U19 team has done that one better. The youngsters have been champions in Slovakia for the past two years.
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