Great Football Stadiums Around The World
With a break in Euro 2016 upon us, it’s time to take a look at some of the stadiums that have helped make some of the world’s biggest football tournaments so special – so here’s the Betting Gods top-10 Football stadiums.
#10 First National Bank Stadium
The venue for the 2010 World Cup Final in Johannesburg, this near 95,000 seater stadium will forever be remembered for the noise of the vuvuzela. It is also known as Soccer City and is home to the Kaizer chiefs.
#9 Estadio Azteca
This famous stadium in Mexico City played host to both the 1970 and 1986 World Cup Finals and is renowned for its electric atmosphere and its Mexico Wave. However, it will forever be remembered as the place that Maradona scored his infamous “Hand of God” goal to break English hearts (and, yes, I am still moaning about it).
#8 Stadium Giuseppe Meazza
More commonly referred to as the San Siro, this 80,000 capacity stadium is home to both of Milan’s team in AC Milan and Internazionale. It hosted both the 1965 and 1970 European Cup Finals, and the 2002 Champions League Final.
#7 Signal Iduna Park
Home to Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund, this stadium is most commonly visited by fans wanting to see its Yellow Wall (Die Gielbe Wand). It was also used for the group stages of the 1974 and 2006 World Cups.
#6 Allianz Arena
Built in 2005, this arena plays host to both Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich, and is the only stadium in the world that changes colour to highlight which team is playing that day. It also hosted the 2012 Champions League Final.
#5 The Maracana
Housed in Rio De Janeiro, this stadium will be the home of the 2016 Olympic Final. However, it also hosted the 1950 World Cup Final when 199, 854 made up the crowd. It also hosted the 2014 World Cup, but now only has a capacity of 78,838.
#4 Old Trafford
Home to Manchester United, one of the most successful and well-supported club sides in the world, it raised its capacity to 75,731 – after which it has been referred to as the Theatre of Dreams.
# Santiago Bernabeu
Most commonly referred to as just the Bernabeu, Real Madrid’s stadium is one of the nicest on the planet, and it is no wonder that it was chosen to be the venue for the 1957, 1969 and 1980 European Cup Finals, the 1982 World Cup Final, and the 2010 Champions League Final.
#2 Nous Camp
Home to the mighty Barcelona, fans flock from around the globe to witness the talents of Lionel Messi and his teammates. It’s near 100,000 capacity guarantees a deafening atmosphere, one that strikes fear into the hearts of opposing teams, and it played host to the 1989 European Cup final, and the 1999 Champions League Final.
The iconic Twin Towers may have disappeared in the 2007 revamp, but the new Wembley Arch has brought with it a new breed of football fans who are eager to visit the ground that is widely considered to be the home of football. The new Wembley has already been the host of the 2011 and 2013 Champions League Finals, and the 2012 Olympic Final.