A great football club can have all things; money, talismanic players, and maverick managers. However, a club cannot be a club and cement its status without a magnificent stadium and justly exasperated fans.
For a football fan, the stadium is his place of reverence, where he can get the true and holy experience of the greatest game. He can feel the sport and live the game. He can eternally keep the memories in his heart.
Some of the astronomical clubs and footballing nations have the greatest and most iconic football stadiums. From Brazil to Japan, from Europe to Africa, stadiums have become synonymous to football. One can feel the electric atmosphere, the pure emotions and all the enchantments, sorcery in there.
Stadiums are the witnesses of the greatest stories and legends in football, stories that will be lived and forever remembered. Here, we have ranked the 12 Most Iconic Football Stadiums in the world. For the ranking, we have taken the atmosphere, fans, size, how famous they are, and tradition into account.
12. The Soccer City Stadium (Johannesburg, South Africa):
This is the stadium famous for its hosting of FIFA World Cup Final of 2010. It is truly an astounding feat of engineering and design. Labelled as one of the noisiest stadium in the world , it is the home of South African national team and Kaizer Chiefs.
It is the largest stadium in Africa and is also known as The First National Bank Stadium, FNB Stadium, and The Calabash.
11. Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany):
Named after the sponsors, Allianz, the stadium is a modern marvel in every sense. It has a luminous exterior with all the sparkle and beautiful designs, which looks splendid. The nickname of the stadium is Schlauchboot. The stadium has hosted six 2006 FIFA World Cup ties, 2012 Champions League Final and many European fixtures.
10. Old Trafford (Manchester, England):
The ‘Theatre of Dreams’ is home to Manchester United. It is the only stadium in England that has a five-star ranking by UEFA. Old Trafford has been carrying old tradition with a modern touch in football seamlessly. The players pass through the famous ‘Red Tunnel’ before they enter the ground. There are very few stadiums in the world that can match Old Trafford in terms of history and legacy.
9. San Siro (Milan, Italy):
There are few legendary stadiums in Italy, but without a doubt, San Siro has to be the most iconic. Also known as The Guiseppe Meazza Stadium, it is the home of two of the best clubs and in the world; AC Milan, Inter Milan and the national team of Italy the Azzurri. The most revered stadium in Italy has hosted many finals and international fixtures.
8. Anfield (Liverpool, England):
Home of the Liverpool, current champions of Europe and one of the most successful clubs in the world. This is the stadium where every player dream of playing once in their lifetime. The iconic red sea of fans, players, and the stadium itself, it grants an environment that captivates you throughout your visit. From famous “This is Anfield” and “You will never walk alone”, Anfield has been an icon, a gift to the entire world.
An interesting is that it was the home of Everton, Liverpool’s local rivals, from 1884 to 1892.