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Top 20 Electrifying Atmospheres In Soccer

The matter of atmosphere at soccer matches throughout history has been an ongoing discussion. The extent to which fans can affect the performance of the players on the pitch has been debated vigorously, with a general consensus, supported by a number of players themselves, suggesting that it does make a difference to players' performance levels.

Stadiums with a great atmosphere are often described as being ‘intimidating’ for an opposing team and a number of teams put their impressive home form down to the vocal backing they receive from the locals. Stadium atmosphere has been particularly under the microscope in England recently, where a number of teams are currently campaigning for ‘safe standing’ to be introduced in order to improve the recent decrease in atmospheres, as soccer fans in England have been required to remain seated ever since the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

This list is regarding the current atmosphere at currently operating stadia worldwide; historical atmospheres are not accounted for. For example, historically Liverpool FC’s stadium, Anfield, can generate tremendous noise and a terrific atmosphere, and still can for occasional games, but generally speaking the atmosphere at Anfield is no longer particularly special for the majority of league games.

20 Stade Geoffroy-Guichard - (AS Saint Etienne)

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19 CenturyLink Field - (Seattle Sounders)

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18 Saitama Stadium - (Urawa Red Diamonds)

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17 Wembley Stadium - (England)

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16 Donbass Arena - (FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine) 

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15 Amsterdam ArenA - (Ajax, Netherlands)

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14 Azadi Stadium - (Esteghlal, Persepolis, Iran)

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13 De Kuip - (Feyenoord)

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12 Stade Mohamed V - (Raja Casablanca, Morocco)

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11 Estadio Centenario - (Uruguay)

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10 Stadio San Paolo - (Napoli)

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9 Celtic Park - (Celtic FC)

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8 Estadio Azteca (Club America, Mexico)

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7 Stadion Poljud - (Hajduk Split)

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6 Maracanã Stadium - (Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo and Vasco da Gama, Brazil)

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5 Red Star Stadium - (Red Star Belgrade)

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4 Türk Telekom Arena - (Galatasaray)

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3 Polish Army Stadium - (Legia Warsaw)

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2 La Bombonera - (Boca Juniors)

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1 Westfalenstadion - (Boruissa Dortmund)

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The home of German giants Borussia Dortmund, the Westfalenstadion currently has the best atmosphere in world soccer. Dortmund fans are quite incredible in terms of numbers, passion and sheer volume. Helped by on-field success over the last few years, Dortmund have firmly established their reputation as one of the best supported teams in Europe. With a capacity of 80,720, Dortmund currently have an average attendance of 80,297, a remarkable 99.6% capacity average, meaning Dortmund have the highest average attendance in world soccer. Not only are the numbers superb, so too is the noise they make; with almost 25,000 standing supporters and a south terrace nicknamed the ‘Yellow Wall’.

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