Football stadiums or grounds are somewhat directly proportional to the clubs they host in the world of football. The world of football has in its collection lots of magnificent football grounds scattered across the universe. In this post Zenox Sports tries to rank the top ten best football stadiums in the world.
10. Soccer City [South Africa]
The First National Bank Stadium also is known as Soccer City. This stadium opened in 1989 and was renovated in 2009 ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Soccer City serves as the home ground of South African club side Kaizer Chiefs. The stadium is fondly remembered for playing host to the opening and closer match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament.
Tshabalala’s goal against Mexico as well as Iniesta’s winning goal against Holland is the showpiece event of the tournament.
The incessant noise of the vuvuzela can prove hard to ignore. But it should take nothing away from a truly wonderful football stadium.
9. The Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
The Maracanã is, without a doubt, one of the most notable stadiums in world football. This iconic play-ground is sitting in the city of Rio. One of the most beautiful cities throughout the world.
The stadium was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup. It is officially named after Mario Filho an old Pernambucan journalist. The stadium hosted the 1950 decisive World Cup group-stage match between Brazil and Uruguay. The match saw a staggering capacity of 199,854. Although the hosts tasted bitter defeat, the match will go down as one of the classics in the game’s history.
8. San Siro, Italy
Officially named Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. The Stadium is located in the San Siro district of Milan, Italy. It is a multipurpose stadium that serves as home to both AC Milan and Internazionale. The stadium is the most famous and largest ground in Italy.
The San Siro is one of the most revered and respected stadiums in the world. It has hosted the European Cup and Champions League finals respectively. The stadium’s capacity is set at 80,018 spectators. The architectural design allows every spectator maximum visibility regardless of where they sit.
7. Anfield Road, United Kingdom
The home of the famous slogan “You will never walk alone”. Anfield is not a huge stadium in terms of capacity but its atmosphere makes it legendary.
With a capacity of 45,276 spectators, the sacred ground is known throughout the world as the home of Liverpool and one of the great stadiums.
The stadium boost of five European Cup in its locker. Anfield is always a treat for members of any visiting team, though it continues to instill fear into any opposition. From the famous “This Is Anfield” sign hanging in the tunnel, to the passionate home fans singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Anfield will forever be a favorite amongst players and fans alike.
6. Santiago Bernabeu (Spain)
The Santiago Bernabeu is a football stadium located in the Spanish city of Madrid. It has been the home ground of Real Madrid since its inception in 1947. The Santiago Bernabeu current capacity is around 85,454 spectators. However, there’s a plan to further upgrade the stadium with commercial and corporate facilities. This will see an increase in it capacity to accommodate over 90,000 spectators.
The stadium has been home to many of the world’s greatest players over the years. The likes of Ferenc Puskas, Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Cristiano Ronaldo all graced the famous ground.
Azteca Stadium ( Mexico)
Azteca stadium is the home ground of Club América, and the Mexico national team. The stadium was officially opened on 29 May 1966 and has been renovated four times so far.
As of now, it is the only stadium in history to host two World Cup finals – 1970 and 1986. The stadium is renowned for its huge capacity of 104,000 spectators and electric atmosphere when full.
Unfortunately for England fans, it is also the venue for Diego Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal.
The Estadio Azteca has hosted a variety of international sporting competitions, including the 1968 Summer Olympics, 1975 Pan American Games. Azteca stadium is among the finest football ground around and it is the second largest in the world.
4. Camp Nou ( Spain)
The Camp Nou is the home grand of Spanish club FC Barcelona. It’s the largest football stadium in Europe and the third largest in the world.
The stadium’s capacity is about 98,757 and it was officially opened on 24 September 1957. Barcelona’s motto “mes que un club” (more than a club) is iconic throughout the footballing world. This stadium is a huge part of everything Barcelona stands for.
3. Old Trafford (United Kingdom)
The other name for this stadium is “Theatre of Dreams”. Old Trafford is the largest club football stadium in the UK. This is where all home matches of Manchester United takes place.
During the second world war, Old Trafford was damaged by bomb. This led to Man Utd sharing Maine Road with rivals Man City. The stadium boast of the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona, George Best, Ryan Giggs etc.
The stadium hosted football matches at the 2012 Summer Olympics, including women’s international football for the first time in its history. Old Trafford is an all-seater with the East stand and West Stand the indigenous ones. It also has stands named after former coach and player Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton respectively.
The Old Trafford’s tenants split opinion. You either love them or you hate them. But irrespective of your slant, there’s no hiding away from the fact that “The Theatre of Dreams” is a truly magnificent venue.
2. The Allianz Arena (Germany)
A masterpiece in Germany, Allianz Arena is home to both Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. The stadium construction started on 21 October 2002 and the official opening on 30 May 2005. It is the only stadium across Europe that is able to change colours to reflect which of the two teams are playing. The stadium Changes to red when Bayern are playing and blue for 1860 Munich while it turns white for Germany.
Allianz Arena is a success and a hit with both set of fans. It’s a fan’s delight thanks to the distance between the picth and the spectators. The stadium can accomodate 75,000 spectators comfotably.
The relatively new Allianz Arena will surely make a name for itself as one of the greatest stadiums in world football for years to come.
1. Wembley (United Kingdom)
With a capacity of 90,000 spectators, Wembley Stadium is the most iconic football stadium in the world.
The new Wembley sits on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium and it reopened in 2007. The stadium provides one of the most electrifying atmospheres in world football. The new design has encompassed everything that was great about the original stadium and has added to that further. The famous Twin Towers may no longer be standing, but in their place is the Wembley Arch.
Holding some of the most prestigious events in European and international football is now commonplace at “The Home of Football.”