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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.