There is no feeling quite like the walk up to a soccer stadium, joining up alongside your fellow supporters as the stadium looms ahead in distance. There is a sense of pride, belonging and anticipation as you draw nearer to the ground, with the sheer scale of the ground making it an awe inspiring sight. Once you are in your seat it feels almost as if you are seated in a Roman amphitheatre with the roar of the crowd and the sense of nerves and excitement in the crisp air. The luscious turf has never looked greener as you get to see your team warming up and preparing for the battle ahead. For the home team, their stadium is where they can play with confidence and determine how the game will be played. For the visiting team, a stadium can be an intimidating and daunting arena, with just small pocket of travelling fans providing relief from the deafening home support.
Soccer stadiums play host to the game that we all know and love, and there are many iconic stadiums around the world which are just as famous as the players that they welcome each week. Many of these stadiums are not just home to some of the most successful teams in the world, as many of them are an important part of that city’s history and cultural identity. They are tourist attractions which many soccer fans see as a pilgrimage, even if it is just to see the stadium from afar.
Each stadium has its own unique characteristics that make them synonymous with their team. Some smaller stadiums are notorious for having an imposing atmosphere for the visiting team, whilst some stadiums are so large that it can create a surreal and dizzying atmosphere for everyone inside.
Here are the 20 best soccer stadiums around the world.
20 Amsterdam ArenA (home to Ajax and Dutch national team)
19 The Azadi Stadium (home to Iranian national team)
18 Parc des Princes (home to Paris Saint-Germain)
17 Celtic Park (home to Celtic FC)
16 Estadio Da Luz (home to Benfica)
15 Ibrox Stadium (home to Rangers FC)
14 Soccer City (home to Kaizer Chiefs and South African national team)
13 Signal Iduna Park (home to Borussia Dortmund)
12 Estadio Monumental (home to River Plate and Argentinian nation team)
11 Estadio Centenario (home to Uruguayan national team)
10 La Bombonera (home to Boca Juniors)
9 Anfield (home to Liverpool)
8 Estadio Azteca (home to Club America and Mexican national team)
7 Allianz Arena (home to Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich)
6 San Siro (home to Internazionale and AC Milan)
5 The Maracana (home to CR Flamengo and Fluminese FC)
4 Santiago Bernabeu (home to Real Madrid)
3 Old Trafford (home to Manchester United)
2 Camp Nou (home to Barcelona)
1 Wembley (home to English national team)
Wembley is home to the home of football, making it the most iconic stadium in the game. It may not get used for matches as often as other stadiums, but there is a sense of pride and history with this stadium that makes it like no other. In addition to the national team, it also plays host to the League Cup final, FA Cup final and the community shield, and hosted the 2011 Champions League final. Wembley was reopened in 2007 and built on the same site as before, and it now has the second largest seating capacity in the world with 90,000. Located in north-west London, its famous arch can be seen from miles around in each direction.
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