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Top 10 best football stadiums in the world

Football is undoubtedly the most popular sport around the world. The game has led to the development of thousands of amazing stadiums and among them some are very special indeed. National football stadiums like Wembley with the capacity of 100,000 people, the structures themselves are highly impressive.

However, the stadiums are not only huge and impressive feats of engineering, but all these football stadiums hold many memories and these are the places of dreams for footballers and their supporters alike. For the sports loving people, we bring you the list of Top 10 best football stadiums in the world. So here we are-

Top 10 best football stadiums in the world:

10. The Azadi Stadium (Tehran, Iran)

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The Azadi Stadium inaugurated in 18 October, 1971. It is the home of Iran National football team as well as Persepolis and Esteghlal. The stadium holds over 80,000 spectators and it is a part of a much larger sporting complex. The azadi stadium is surrounded by a river, swimming facilities and training pitches for football. The whole sports complex is high magnificent with the football stadium at its center. The stadium remains as a striking example of Iran’s financial power and desire to compete in the world of sport.

9. San Siro (Milan, Italy)

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The stadium is located in Milan, Italy and it is the home of both AC Milan and Inter Milan. San Siro has the capacity for about 80,000 and it is designed to give maximum visibility to each of its spectators.

The prestige of San Siro lies on the events that took place here. Arranging the Champions League final in 2002 and being the home of two giant clubs, the San Siro is a place of dream for every footballer. The stadium just lacks some certain magic likewise Camp Nou or Old Trafford, otherwise it would be much higher in this list of top 10 best football stadiums of the world.

8. Anfield (Liverpool, England)

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Anfield is one of the most iconic football stadiums in England. Since 1892, Anfield remains the home of Liverpool FC and it has become synonymous for its electric atmosphere, particularly on European nights.

In modern terms, Anfield is not such a large stadium with huge capacities. It can contain around 45,000. But in terms of atmosphere, it is the greatest of them all. Liverpool FC have won five Champions League trophies, including back to back victoris in 1977 and 1978, with Anfield being the core of their support. The stadium is a true Mecca for the Liverpool fans as well as the footballers.

7. Santiago Bernabeu ( Madrid, Spain)

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With a capacity of over 85,000, Santiago Bernabeu is Real Madrid’s home. Real Madrid, the most successful club in Europe with 10 Champions League titles have earned the right to play in such a beautiful stadium like the Bernabeu.

Santiago Bernabeu has been the stomping ground for many of the world’s greatest footballers over the years. Bernabeu’s prestige may somewhat overshadowed by the Barcelona’s Camp Nou, however the impressiveness of Santiago Bernabeu can’t be underestimated.

6. Soccer City (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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It is the first National Bank stadium located in the Soweto area of Johnnesburg, South Africa. The Soccer City stadium was designed to be the premium stadium for FIFA World Cup 2010 and also hosted the Final, Netherlands vs Spain. With a massive capacity of over 90,000, it has become the largest stadium in Africa.

This stadium is a highly impressive structure and with its atmosphere, the dancing and dazzling sound of vuvuzelas and beautiful location, the stadium has earned its place in the top 10 best football stadiums in the world. If it is located in Europe, it could be home to Champions league sides. However, the stadium has become a sign that Africa as a continent is expanding its influence on football.

5. Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)

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It is currently the only stadium of the world to host two World Cup finals. The stadium made in the top 5 of our list for recalling many memories. In the 1986 World Cup, it was the place where Maradona’s infamous hand of God goal took place. That’s the reason the English don’t want to remember Azteca anymore. But the glorious stadium holds many happy memories. With the capacity of 104,000 the stadium is invaluable to Mexican football.

4. Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain)

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Camp Nou is Spain’s largest stadium with 99,000 seats and it is the home ground for Barcelona FC, arguably one of the greatest football clubs in Europe. Since 1957, it has been Catalan’s home and hosted two Champions League finals. The stadium is graced by hundreds of great footballers now it has become the home of Lionel Messi.

During the Champions league matches, the Camp Nou dazzles with sparks and it generates a n intense atmosphere. Undoubtedly, the stadium is in the no 4 on our list of best football stadiums in the world.

3. Old Trafford (Greater Manchester, England)

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Old Trafford, “the Theatre of Dream” is the most iconic stadium in England. Since 1910, it has been the home ground for Manchester United. With the capacity of 75,000 it has become one of the modern stadiums in Europe and the centre for all things for the “Red Devils”. Particularly during the renovation at Wembley, Old Trafford has become a popupar venue for England matches.

It has been a dream to countless young footballers to play in Old Trafford, but only the few have got the privilege to put the red shirts and take to the grass. There is always something poetic about the Old Trafford and probably that’s why it is in the no 3 position on our list.

2. The Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)

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The stunningly beautiful Allianz Arena stadium has been the home of Bayern Munich. With the seating capacity of 70,000 fans, it is the third largest stadium in Germany. Nevertheless, the magic is always here.

When the stadium glows at night, it looks simply awesome, with no better evidence for this when it hosted the Champions League finals in 2012. However, this glorious stadium lacks history and prestige to be in the no 1 on the list of top 10 best stadiums of the world.

1. Wembley (London, England)

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The Wembley stadium was reopened in 2007 and it was built on the site of the previous 1923 Wembley stadium. The new Wembley with the seating capacity of 90,000 has quickly become the most iconic football stadium in the world. Although it is down to the prestige of previous Wembley, the new one is a fantastic stadium in its own right.

The Wembley serves as the home of the England National team and the stadium is regularly packed out for international matches. It is the place where football fans from all over England aspire to go and cheer their teams in play off finals or even FA Cup finals. Wembley is truly the home of English football and that may continue for long.

Yes, this is the number one place where dreams come true, where world gather to cheer, where football rises at its best. This is the number one on our list of top 10 best football stadiums in the world.

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Top 10 ICC World Cup Cricket Venues in the World

The ICC Cricket World Cup is the most prestigious one day cricket tournament in the world. The cricket tournament is regarded as the “Flagship event of International cricket calendar” by ICC. The ICC World Cup is world’s third most viewed sports competition after FIFA World Cup and the Olympic games. The men’s ICC world cup cricket tournament was first inaugurated in England in June 1975.

However, it was a matter of fact that Women’s cricket world cup had been held in 1973, two years before the first ICC world cup cricket! England was the host country for the first three ICC cricket world cup consecutively from 1975 to 1983. During that period Lord’s was used as the centerpiece for the world cup cricket venues.

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Since the very beginning of the first ICC cricket world cup, cricket fans have already seen many world cup cricket venues. All these grounds were used as the venue of this spectacular event of cricket in universe. Many cricket grounds have become famous after hosting the matches of ICC cricket world cup. But still, there are many more world cup cricket venues are on their way to establish themselves as one of the best cricket stadiums in the world.

Today, Sporty Ghost will bring to you the list of top 10 ICC world cup cricket venues in the world.

Top 10 ICC world cup cricket venues in the world:

10. Edgbaston cricket ground, England

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Edgbaston cricket ground is commonly known as the “County Ground”. This cricket ground is the homesoil for Warwickshire county cricket club. It is the second largest cricket ground in England. The stadium is located in Edgbaston area, Birmingham. Edgbaston cricket ground was constructed in 1882 and has the capacity for 25,000 spectators to watch the game.

The first test match in this cricket ground was the Ashes. It was against England and Australia and the match was held back in 1902. Edgbaston cricket ground has the honor to host several matches of international T20 from 2010 to 2012 and three matches of ICC cricket world cup in 1999. During the period of 1975-1983, this cricket stadium hosted several matches in the ICC cricket world cup.

The Edgbaston cricket ground is considered as one of the best ICC world cup cricket venues in the world.

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9. WACA cricket ground, Australia

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The WACA ground is named after “Western Australia Cricket Association” and it is operated by them. This cricket ground has been the home to western Australian cricket since the early 1890s. The WACA ground is located in Perth, Western Australia. This cricket stadium has a seating capacity of about 24,500 viewers. It is the home ground for the Australia’s first class cricket team, the Perth Scorchers, the Western Warriors and a women’s cricket team named the Western Fury.

The WACA is possessed the bounciest and the quickest pitch in the world cricket with an exceptionally fast outfield. In 1992 ICC world cup, this stadium hosted three matches. Not only that, this ground hosted several exciting international matches throughout its 120 year history. Most surprisingly, not only cricket, the stadium also hosted matches of Australian Rules football, rugby union matches and international rules football matches.

WACA ground is indeed one of the most influential world cup cricket venues in the cricket world. The ground holds No. 9 position in our list of top 10 ICC world cup cricket venues in the world.

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8. Kensington Oval, West Indies

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The Kensington Oval is regarded as “The Mecca” for all the cricketers as well as the cricket fans. It has a glorious history of cricket of over 120 years, just like WACA in Western Australia. The ground has witnessed several exciting and important matches throughout its history. Kensington Oval is located in the capital city Bridgetown on the island of Barbados.

The stadium can accommodate over 32,000 spectators. It is one of the oldest among all other world cup cricket venues as the stadium was constructed in 1882. Currently it is operated by Kensington Oval Management Inc. The cricket ground was widely renovated with an estimated $45 million for the purpose of 2007 ICC world cup. During 2007 ICC world cup, the Kensington Oval hosted several matches including the final between Sri Lanka and Australia. Likewise Australian WACA, the stadium also hosts matches of Barbados national football team and Miss Barbados pageants contest.

The West Indian cricket was flourished in Kensington Oval for many years. It possesses equal importance among other world cup cricket venues. So, it is quite natural that we put it in our top 10 list of ICC world cup cricket venues in the world.

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7. Wankhede Cricket Stadium, India

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Wankhede cricket stadium is one of the spectacular world cup cricket venues in India. The stadium is located in Mumbai. The cricket God Sachin Tendulkar’s final match in his international career was witnessed by this ground. It was constructed in 1974 and has the seating capacity of around 45,000 viewers. For 2011 ICC world cup, the stadium was largely renovated. Currently the stadium can accommodate 33,482 viewers to watch the game. Wankhede stadium was designed by Shashi Prabhu and his associates and was built by B.E Billimoria and Company.

This cricket ground is currently operated by Mumbai Cricket Association. It is the home ground for Mumbai Indians and Mumbai Cricket team. Both in 1996 and 2011 ICC world cup, the ground hosted several matches including the Finals between India and Sri Lanka in 2011 ICC world cup. The ground witnessed India’s win over Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in 2011 ICC world cup. So, indeed for the Indian Cricketers and for the whole India, Wankhede Stadium bears special significance among other world cup cricket venues in India.

Wankhede cricket stadium is in the No. 7 position in our list of top 10 world cup cricket venues in the world.

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6. Wanderers stadium, South Africa

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The Wanderers stadium was nicknamed “The Bullring” because of its spectacular design. The Wanderers stadium was constructed in 1956 replacing the old Wanderers. It is located in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa. Wanderers stadium holds the capacity to accommodate over 34,000. In 1991, the stadium was renovated and in 1996, five new 65 meter high floodlight were installed around this ground.

The stadium acted as the centerpiece for 2003 ICC cricket world cup and has the glory to host the final in that tournament between India and Australia. It also hosted several matches in international T20 cricket including the final of 2007 ICC world cup T20. Several matches of 2009 ICC Champions trophy and 2009 IPL were held in this ground too.

Wanderers stadium in South Africa holds the No. 6 position in our list of top 10 world cup cricket venues of the world.

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5. The Oval, England

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The Oval is located in Kennington, South London. The stadium is often referred as “the Kia Oval” due to commercial sponsorship. Since its construction in 1845, it has been the home for Surrey County Cricket Club. The oval has a seating capacity of 23,500 spectators. This cricket ground has hosted several matches of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 ICC world cup and also hosted five important matches in 2004 ICC champions trophy.

The oval was used for various other sports beside cricket. Sports like rugby and soccer also were held in this ground. The Oval was famous for hosting first FA cup final in 1872. The stadium was renovated in 2002, while permanent floodlights were installed around the ground in 2009.

The Oval is in the 5th place in our list of top 10 world cup cricket venues and obviously among other world cup cricket venues, the Oval is quite a special one.

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4. Gaddafi stadium, Pakistan

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Gaddafi stadium is originally known as the Lahore stadium. It is the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan and 7th largest among all the world cup cricket venues. The stadium is located in Lahore, Pakistan and was designed by Naserddin Murat-khan. The ground was built by Miah Abdul Khaliq’s construction company in 1959. The Lahore stadium was renamed in honor of former Libyan Leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 1974.

The Gaddafi stadium was redeveloped in 1995 by the architect Nayyar Ali Dada. The stadium holds the huge capacity of 62,250. Acting as a centerpiece of 1996 ICC cricket world cup, Gaddafi stadium hosted the final match between Srilanka and Australia. It remains as the headquarters of Pakistan Cricket Board. Besides arranging cricket, the stadium also hosted 1990 hockey world cup final.

Gaddafi stadium, Lahore is one of the best world cup cricket venues in this list.

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3. Eden Gardens, India

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Eden Gardens is located in Kolkata, India and has a enormous seating capacity of 66,000. By the seating capacity, it is the second largest cricket stadium in India and the fifth largest cricket ground in the world. The stadium is regarded as the” Cricket’s answer to the Colosseum” for its attachment with cricket. In 1987 ICC world cup cricket, it was remained as the centerpiece.

Eden Gardens hosted the finals between Australia and England in that tournament. It was also the hosting ground for several matches of 1996 and 2011 ICC world cup and also involved in 1978 and 1997 women’s cricket world cup. It is the home soil of IPL T20 team Kolkata Knight Riders and Bengal cricket team.

Eden Gardens is a very significant ground in the cricket world. The ground is placed in No. 3 position in our list of top 10 world cup cricket venues.

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2. Melbourne cricket ground, Australia

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Melbourne cricket ground, MCG is located in Yarra Park, Melboure, Australia. It is the largest cricket stadium in the world and the 11th largest stadium among all kinds of stadiums in the world. The stadium has the tallest floodlights at any sporting venues. The stadium has the capacity to accommodate 100, 024 spectators.

MCG is referred as the “spiritual home of Australian sports”. In 1992 ICC world cup, it was the centerpiece among other world cup cricket venues. The final match between Pakistan and England was held in this ground. MCG was constructed in 1853. Besides cricket, the ground is famous for hosting the 1956 summer Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth games and regularly hosts the matches of Australian Football League and Gaelic Athletic Association.

Melbourne cricket ground was enlisted as the Australian National Heritage on 26 December 2005.The ground is one of the top rated world cup cricket venues in the world.

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1. Lord’s cricket ground, England

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Lord’s cricket ground was named after founder former professional cricketer of late 1700s Thomas Lord. It was the home of International Cricket Council (ICC) until 2005 and now it is used as the home ground for European Cricket Council, the England and Wales Cricket board.

Lord’s was established in 1814 and was renovated in2013 with a cost of around £200 million. It is located in St John’s Wood, London and currently the stadium is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club. It is not such a largest stadium like Eden or MCG with the capacity of 28,000. The stadium is famous for hosting four ICC world cup finals in history.

The Lord’s has possessed some majestic history in world cricket. In our list of top 10 world cup cricket venues, Lord’s is in the No. 1 position.

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Top 10 Highest Earning Football Clubs per Match

Football clubs, all over the world, actually generates their revenue up on three major components. These are commonly known as broadcasting revenue, match day revenue and commercial revenue. The broadcast revenue that football clubs earn, come from both domestic and international competitions. Again commercial revenue is derived from the revenue that is generated from merchandising and sponsorship endorsements. Match day revenue is derived from ticket sales at the actual games. Football clubs also need to renew their annual memberships in that case.

In recent years, some of the Sports Business Groups have studied and profiled the top twenty highest earning football clubs per match in the world. Every year the top earning clubs are listed based on their total revenue, especially for per match revenue. They have broken down the makeup of total revenue and calculated the amount of revenue generated by the three total components related to their earning.

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The importance of match day revenue is underscored by the desire of richest football clubs to increase their stadium capacity. Like the way, Arsenal moved into a much larger stadium in 2006. Another English giant Liverpool have been attempting to construct a new stadium. More specifically they are trying to develop their current stadium larger.

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Clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, have some of the largest stadiums in Europe. They are even attempting to enlarge their current stadiums so that they can generate more revenue in case of per match earning. The clubs who generated the most match day revenue the previous season were from the English Premier League.

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Here are the top 10 match day revenue generating football clubs for season 2014-2015. We trying here to list the top ten highest earning richest soccer clubs based on their match day revenue only.

Let’s find, which one is the highest earning football clubs per match in 2014-2015?

10. Tottenham Hotspur

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Match day revenue: $67.18 Million annually

The North London club Tottenham Hotspur is at number 10 in this list of highest earning football clubs per match. Tottenham’s $67.18 million match day revenue declined 2% from the previous season. A major limitation for Tottenham’s match day revenue is their limited stadium capacity.

The current stadium at White Hart Lane of one of these richest football clubs in the world has only a seating capacity of 36,230. This is undoubtedly the smallest stadium of any club on this list of world richest soccer clubs. Their average league attendance was 36,151 last time. To increase their match day revenue, Football Club Tottenham is planning on constructing a new stadium with a seating capacity of 55,000. Also Tottenham hopes to qualify for next seasons Champions League. This will definitely increase their home matches and of course match day revenue.

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09. Liverpool

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Match day revenue: $74.53 Million annually

Liverpool, another English club is currently at number 9 in this list of top 10 highest earning football clubs per match. They play all their home matches at Anfield stadium. The stadium exactly has a seating capacity of 45,522. Liverpool generated around $74.53 million in match day revenue for 2013-2014. Despite finishing a disappointing seventh in the league and being eliminated early in their two domestic cup competitions, the amount is quite smart for the team.

Liverpool had an average league attendance of 44,758 in 2014 season. This season has seen Liverpool emerge as surprising contenders for the league title. In fact they are quite maintaining the race for the Champions League. If they qualify for the Champions League, definitely match day revenue will increase for one of the richest club in the world.

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08. Paris Saint Germain

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Match day revenue: $76.2 Million annually

Paris Saint Germain is at eighth place with match day revenues of $76.2 million annual. This is the only French club in this richest soccer clubs list and highest earning football clubs per match. They play their home matches in the Parc des Princes stadium. This stadium has a seating capacity of 48,712. Their average league attendance was 43,239 in the season 2013-2014.

They had already won their domestic league campaign and got to the quarter finals of the Champions League. This eventually helped increase match day revenue by 58% for the team. The increased success on the field and presence of some of the world’s best players has allowed PSG to raise their match day ticket prices. PSG has announced plans to increase the seating capacity of Parc des Princes in order to join the clubs sitting above this list of highest earning richest football clubs.

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07. Borussia Dortmund

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Match day revenue: $85.39 Million annually

Borussia Dortmund is at number 7 in this list of highest earning football clubs per match. They earn around $85.39 million revenue annually. Last 2012-2013 season the German richest club made the Champions League final and finished second in the German Bundesliga. Their match day revenue increased by 32% from the previous year as a result of increased attendance. Also the Champions League matches added to the total match day earning.

The average attendance at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park is 79,893. Undoubtedly this is the highest stadium capacity especially in this list of richest soccer clubs in the world. Capacity does not seem to be the issue at Dortmund in terms of match day earning. Their relatively affordable ticket prices compared to other successful clubs is what sees them further down in this earning parameters. Despite its large attendance, Borussia Dortmund ranks eighth in terms of match day revenue per game amongst the twenty richest football clubs.

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06. Chelsea

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Match day revenue: $118.15 Million annually

The third English club on this list, Chelsea is ranked sixth in terms of match day revenue in this highest earning football clubs with $118.15 million generated last season. The last season saw those finishing third in the league and win the Europa League. Unbelievably Chelsea ranks at number six though they are playing in a stadium with a attendance capacity of only 41,837.

Their average attendance at Stamford Bridge was 41,462 for league matches last season. This limited capacity of Stamford Bridge limits Chelsea’s ability to match the revenue generated by the clubs above them. Currently Chelsea is exploring options to build a new stadium or redevelop their present stadium for bigger amount of match day revenue.

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05. Bayern Munich

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Match day revenue: $124.83 Million annually

Bayern Munich is obviously the richest football club in Germany. And they rank at number 5 in this list of highest earning soccer clubs for 2014-2015. Bayern Munich’s match day revenue was $124.83 million in 2013-2014 season. The previous year was a historic season for Bayern in which the club won the league, Champions League and Domestic Cup.

This unprecedented success led to an increase in average home attendance eventually earning per match, which became an average of 71,103 fans attending home games at the Allianz Arena. This is the fourth biggest amongst the clubs on this article. The continuing success of Bayern at the start of the 2013/2014 season will definitely ensure that match day revenue’s stay competitive with other richest football clubs in the world.

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04. Arsenal

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Match day revenue: $155.08 million annually

Arsenal is the third club situated in London to make the 4th in this list of top 10 highest earning football clubs per match. At the beginning of the 2006/2007 season, they moved from their Highbury stadium to their current Emirates stadium. This stadium’s attendance capacity jumped from 38,419 to 60,338. As a result they were able to generate much stronger match day revenues after the shipment.

Last season Arsenal generated a grand total of around $155.08 million in match day revenue with average attendance at league matches of 60,080. They finished fourth the previous season. Arsenal’s match day revenue is larger than their commercial or broadcasting revenue streams comparatively. Arsenal is the only club within the top twenty richest soccer clubs whose match day revenue is their largest source as considering earnings.

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03. Barcelona

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Match day revenue: $168.45 Million annually

Barcelona is one of two Spanish clubs in the top ten highest earning soccer clubs per match. Barcelona rank third in terms of match day revenue with $168.45 million generated in last season. This figure represents a 1% increase from the previous time. Barcelona won the Spanish league title and made the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2012-2013 season. They had an average league attendance of 71,232 that time.

Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium has an attendance capacity of 98,787. This is of course the largest stadium in Europe. Though, the former board President Sandro Rosell decided to increase the capacity, we know now that to generate more match day revenue from their home matches both from Spanish La Liga and Champions League.

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02. Real Madrid

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Match day revenue: $170.45 Million annually

Real Madrid is undoubtedly the most valuable club in the world. They are the number one club in terms of total revenue yearly generated. However, they come in second in terms of match day revenue considering the last season. Madrid generated $170.45 million from match day tickets, which was 6% lower than the previous season. Their average league attendance was 65,268, which was 8% lower than the last season.

Their disappointing league campaign, they finished a distant second to Atletico Madrid was one reason definitely. Their total attendance anyway declined at their Bernabeu stadium. This Bernabeu stadium has an attendance capacity of 85,000 which makes it the third largest stadium in Europe. The Camp Nou and Wembley Stadium is larger than this. Real Madrid started a stadium redevelopment project to increase stadium capacity to 90,000 in 2013.

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01. Manchester United

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Match day revenue: $182.32 Million annually

England’s Manchester United generated $182.32 million in match day revenue last 2012-2013 season. They remain the top richest football club in terms of match day revenue currently. United’s match day revenue increased by 11% from the previous season. Though they had to be kept aside the Champions League, this year they are definitely going to miss some great match day revenue for 2014-2015 season.

United’s average league attendance was 75,530 after Borussia Dortmund. This was quite a major contributor to their increased match day revenue. United’s Old Trafford stadium hosted nine Olympic matches. Their hold on the top spot is in jeopardy for the following season as they have performed inconsistently in the Premier League. But the all-time favorite Manchester United is trying to get back their fame with the present day legend manager Luis Van Gaal. The highest earning football club per match is currently a bit shaky at their expectations.

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Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World

Football is a game of beauty. The spirit and magic of football transcends age and time. Unforgettable stories are passed down through the generations of the eminent football players along with the most wonderful atmospheres of most memorable matches. It would be unwise without mentioning the role of great players and their respective teams as well as fans, but if there is no stadium to host the game and encapsulate all that sticks in our mind, the mere memories would be gone forever.

Keeping that in mind, Sporty Ghost will rank the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. In our consideration, the size of the stadiums, the overall atmosphere and visual appeal play important role. All these largest football stadiums have their own legacies and impact both on the football and their individual countries.

Biggest Football Stadiums in the World:

The best part of all these largest soccer stadiums is the opportunity to tie the football and travel together. So, take a short break from your regular monotonous 9 to 5 working schedule, hop on a plane and visit some of these beautiful countries and most importantly, enjoy the football.

10. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 : Algiers, Algeria

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Stade 5 Juillet 1962
Stade 5 Juillet 1962——————image via: commons.wikimedia.org

This football stadium is located in Algiers, Algeria and has a massive capacity of 95,000. After inaugurated in 1972, the stadium has arranged several sporting events including 1975 Mediterranean Games, 1978 All-Africa Games, 2004 Pan Arab Games and 2007 All-Africa Games. The stadium also hosted 9 matches of 1990 African Nations Cup. The final match of that tournament was watched by a huge 105,302 spectators, where the home team Algeria defeated Nigeria by 1-0 to win the Cup.

The stadium had a record attendance of 110,000 in a friendly match between Algeria and Serbia in 2010. But following a new phase of renovation, the capacity of the stadium is reduced with the current seating capacity of 64,000. Stade 5 Juillet 1962 in Algeria is at no. 10 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.

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9. Borg El Arab Stadium: Alexandria, Egypt

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Borg El Arab Stadium
Borg El Arab Stadium—————–image via: records.vn

With a capacity of 86,000, Borg El Arab is the largest stadium in Egypt and the second largest football stadium in Africa. In our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world, it stays at no. 9 spot. There is a running track around the pitch with four massive floodlights. There is a roof covering one side of the stand of the stadium. The main cabin of Borg El Arab stadium is covered by an umbrella, which covers a total 35% of the stadium area. It is considered as the biggest umbrella in the Middle East. The fence surrounding the ground is 3 km long and the internal road networks run for 6 km.

The stadium is also composed of a huge parking lot, where 5000 cars and 200 buses and an airplane could easily fit. The stadium is also facilitated by 300 press conference rooms, a hotel for 200 guests, 32 cafeterias, 8 elevators for the broadcasters and 2 sub play grounds and many more.

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8. Gelora Bung Karno Stadium: Central Jakarta, Indonesia

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Gelora Bung Karno Stadium———image via: says.com

This multi-purpose stadium is named after Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. The stadium is mostly used for football with the seating capacity over 88,083. There are other stadiums in this huge complex such as the Swimming stadium and the Tennis stadium.

The Stadium complex is renamed “Gelora Senavan Complex” under the ‘de-Sukarno-ization’ policy by the former Indonesian president Suharto. We’ve consider to put the stadium at no. 8 in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. The stadium is the home of Indonesia National Football team.

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7. Wembley Stadium: London, England

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium——————-image via: www.flickr.com

The stadium was opened in 2007 replacing the original Wembley Stadium at this site, which was demolished in 2003. The stadium is a designated UEFA category four stadium with the capacity of 90,000 spectators. Wembley is the biggest stadium in the United Kingdom and also second largest football stadium in the Europe. The Wembley stadium is famous for hosting major football matches including the FA Cup Final and the home matches of England National Football team.

The Wembley stadium is designed by HOK Sports, Fosters and Partners. The Wembley arch is heighted over 440 feet, including a partial retractable roof. The overall cost to build Wembley was estimated about £798 million. With its huge capacity, the Wembley remains at 7th place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world.

The Wembley stadium is also renowned for hosting the UEFA Champions League final in 2011 and 2013, FA Community Shield, and the Gold medal match of 2012 Olympics games football tournament.

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6. The Rose Bowl Stadium: California, USA

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The Rose Bowl Stadium
The Rose Bowl Stadium———————image via: en.wikipedia.org

It is the home of UCLA Bruins Football team and it is the main site of the Rose Bowl Game, which is traditionally held on New Year’s Day. Various major sports events were hosted by The Rose Bowl Stadium, including the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, 1994 FIFA World Cup final, and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Finals. The stadium also hosted five Super Bowl games so far in the Bowl Championship Series.

With the attendance capacity of 92,542, The Rose Bowl is at no. 6 in our selection for the top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. It is also the 17th largest stadium in the world and 11th largest stadium in USA. The stadium is a true landmark in the historical point of view.

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 5.The FNB Soccer City Stadium: Johannesburg, South Africa

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The FNB Soccer City Stadium
The FNB Soccer City Stadium————-image via: www.flickr.com

The stadium is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters in Johannesburg. The First National Bank Soccer City Stadium is the largest football stadium in Africa with its huge seating capacity for 94,736 spectators . The Soccer City was mainly designed as the association football stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During the football world cup, the maximum seating capacity was ensured for 84,490 viewers leaving the reserve seating for the press and other VIPs. The FNB Soccer City stadium is the home of South African National Football team. The Soccer City stadium is also known by its nickname “The Calabash” due to the resembling design to the African pot.

The stadium hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and Netherlands. The FIFA world cup closing ceremony on that day saw the final public appearance of Nelson Mandela. The stadium is also famous for Mandela’s first speech in Johannesburg after his release from the prison in 1990. The FNB Soccer City is the 5th biggest football stadium in our list.

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4. Camp Nou: Barcelona, Spain

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Camp Nou
Camp Nou—————–image via: en.wikipedia.org

Camp Nou is the home for the Barcelona FC since 1957. With its massive seating capacity of about 99,354, it is at no. 4 place in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Camp Nou is also the biggest football stadium in Europe. Many famous sports events took place in this stadium, such as two UEFA Champions League Finals, and the football matches of 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona.

The construction started on 28 March 1954 as the previous one, Camp de Les Corts had no room for expansion. The total construction took three years with a cost of total 288 million pesetas. At the opening ceremony of the Camp Nou, Handel’s Messiah was performed and Barcelona FC defeated Legia Warsaw by 4-2 in an opening friendly match.

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3. Bukit Jalil National Stadium: Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Bukit Jalil National Stadium—————–image via: ms.wikipedia.org

Bukit Jalil National stadium is a multi-purpose sports complex with a 100,200 all-seater capacities. The stadium was opened by the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on 1 January 1998 and staged the 1998 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

Bukit Jalil is the home of Malaysian National Football team. In addition to 1998 Commonwealth games, the stadium also served as a host of Southeast Asian Games in 2001, FESPIC Games in 2006 and ASEAN University games in 2008 . By the capacity, till date, it is the 11th largest sports stadium in the world and the stadium stands at 3rd spot in our list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. This large sports complex was designed and built by the United Engineers Malaysia and finished three months ahead of schedule. The expanding 1.2 km² Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex is the most prominent sports venue in the Southeast Asia.

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2. Salt Lake Stadium: Kolkata, India

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, Salt Lake Stadium
Salt Lake Stadium————-image via: en.wikipedia.org

Salt Lake Stadium is the 2nd largest soccer stadium in the world by capacity. This multi-purpose stadium has an arrangement for the 120,000 spectators to watch the game. The record attendance of 131,000 was documented in 1997 in a match between Mohon Bagan AC and East Bengal FC.

The roof of Salt Lake Stadium is made of metal tubes and aluminum sheets and concrete. It is situated about 10 km East of Kolkata covering the area of 309,200 m2 . The stadium was inaugurated in 1984. Several important international matches were held in this stadium such as the Pre-World cup tournament in 1985, super-soccer cup in 1986, 1989, 1991 and 1994, Charminar Challenger Trophy in 1992 and 1995 Jawaharlal Nehru International Gold Cup. On 12 October 2014, the first match of Indian Super League was also held in the Salt Lake Stadium.

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1. The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium: Pyongyang, North Korea

Top 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in the World, The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium
The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium——–image via: de.wikipedia.org

This multi-purpose stadium is regarded as the largest stadium in the world. With the capacity of about 150,000 and over 207,000 m² of occupying area, Rungrado is at no. 1 in the list of top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world. Currently, the stadium is only used for football matches along with few other athletic events. It’s scalloped roof featuring 16 arches arranged in a ring like manner and is said to resemble a Magnolia blossom. It has a total floor space of over 2.2 million ft² across eight stories and the roof peak is more the 197 ft from the ground.

The stadium is also famous as the site of massive performances. In 2002, it hosted the colossal and meticulously choreographed ‘Arirang’ artistic and gymnastic performance, involving some 100,000+ participants. The game was also opened for the foreigners that time.

There are many more beautiful and larger soccer stadiums across the world. We only picked up the top 10 based on the attendance capacity. The game of football is truly glorified by all these massive stadiums.’ Top 10 biggest football stadiums in the world’ will inspire the football lovers across the world for sure.

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