Football is the most loved and followed sport in the world.The love for football is such that the fans think of football teams as their family and football stadiums as their home.The stadiums are built largely to fit in the viewers so that they can watch the matches and show their support.There are many football stadiums around the world,but there are some which stand out from the rest.
Let us have a look ’10 Most Iconic Football Stadiums Around The World!’.
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The Allianz Arena is considered as one of the most gorgeous stadium due to its complete exterior of inflated ETFE plastic panels and for being the world’s first stadium with a full color-changing exterior. The ground has a seating capacity of 75,024, and is located in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is the third largest soccer stadium in Germany. Allianz Arena is the home of two professional Bundesliga clubs FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 München.
It is the only stadium across Europe that is able to change colours to reflect which of the two teams are playing—red for Bayern and blue for 1860 Munich.
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Wembly has capacity of 90,000, and is the largest stadium in the United Kingdom and the second largest stadium in Europe.
Reopened in 2007, the new Wembley was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley Stadium. Famous as one of the most electric atmospheres in world football, the new design has encompassed everything that was great about the original stadium and has added to that further.The ground is owned by The Football Association.
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Home of the English club Manchester United,Old Trafford is also known as the Theatre of Dreams,it was opened in 1910 between a canal and a railway.The first game was played at Old Trafford on February 19, 1910 between Manchester United and Liverpool. During World War II, the army used the stadium as a depot, which would eventually result in much of the arena being destroyed. Since then, Old Trafford has undergone renovations, refurbishments, and expansion to become one of Europe’s foremost club grounds.
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Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca is renowned for its huge capacity(104,000) and electric atmosphere when full, but it will go down in history as the only stadium to host two World Cup finals.
Unfortunately for England fans, it is also the venue for Diego Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal.
Other than that,the most famous matches played at Azteca is the ‘Game of the Century’ between Italy and West Germany in the 1970 World Cup semi-final. Germany tied the score at 1 with a late goal to take the game to extra time. In extra time, an astonishing 5 goals were scored, with Italy emerging the victor 4-3.
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One of the most famous stadiums in the world, the Maracanã has seen many huge matches played within – including two World Cup Finals.
The stadium hosted the 1950 decisive World Cup group-stage match (there was no final that year) between Brazil and Uruguay that 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.
It was in this stadium where Germany beat Argentina 1-0 a.e.t. to claim the 2014 World Cup.It is truly one of the most iconic football stadiums.
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The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu was inaugurated on 14 December 1947 and has been the home ground of the Spanish Club Real Madrid Club de Fútbol ever since. It has a current capacity of 80k+ spectators and is situated in Madrid, Spain. This ground is the second-largest stadium in Spain and also the second-largest home ground of a top-flight European club. Santiago Bernabéu ground was renamed in honor of their former chairman Santiago Bernabéu Yeste. The ground hosted the European Cup finals four times and also hosted the UEFA Champions League Final in 2010. Santiago Bernabéu also previously hosted the 1982 FIFA World Cup final and 1964 European Nations’ Cup final.
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Anfield soccer Stadium is the seventh largest football stadium in England and is located in Anfield, Liverpool, England.It has a capacity of around 54,000 The ground was actually used as the home ground of Everton F.C. from 1884 to 1891, and later they moved after a dispute over rent to Goodison Park. Two of the stadium gates are named after former Liverpool managers Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.It is the most iconic football stadium in England.
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Known as the San Siro, the multipurpose stadium is home to two football heavyweights and archrivals AC Milan and Internazionale. It is the country’s most famous and largest ground.
With both set of fans regularly filling up to its maximum capacity, both the teams enjoy a one of its kind support. The fans have been termed as the most creative when it comes to different ways of showing their support to the club. 80,000 fans jumping in sync provides an electric atmosphere.
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Camp Nou is the home of the spanish club FC Barcelona.The Camp Nou with its capacity of 99,354 is the largest stadium in Europe and also the fourth largest soccer stadium in the world. It is situated in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, and is the home of Spanish club Barcelona since 1957. Camp Nou hosted two UEFA Champions League finals and also the matches of football at the 1992 Summer Olympics.This ground also witnessed the inauguration ceremony of the 1982 FIFA World Cup on 13 June and also hosted several matches of the event.
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1.Signal Iduna Park
Signal Iduna Park is the home ground of the Borussia Dortmund football club of the German Bundesliga. The ground was originally called as Westfalenstadion and is located in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The name of the stadium has officially been changed from December 2005 to 2021, after the purchase of the naming rights by the investment company the Signal Iduna Group. The stadium was one of the playing venues in the 2006 World Cup where it had the privilege to host the Germany-Italy Semifinal.
The ground has a current capacity of 80,720 spectators and is the biggest stadium of Germany and also the third-largest home ground of a top-flight European club.