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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———image via: en.wikipedia.org

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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Full Details on Selected Host Cities to Stage Euro 2020; Final-Wembley Stadium

UEFA president Michel Platini had confirmed that the final three games of the European Championships Euro 2020 will be held on Wembley Stadium. The total competition will span an unprecedented 13 countries from Europe. Wembley is a famous English Stadium. It is known across the world due to its striking architecture and heritage. Wembley Stadium had been selected to host both semi-finals and the final of the event- Euro 2020.

Previously Germany’s Allianz Arena was quite probable destination for the final events. But as it has been withdrawn from the bidding, Wembley won the right to host the tournament’s showpiece matches.

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Full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020:

The full list of host cities for the tournament Euro 2020 is shown in the table below, per BBC Sport

 

City Country
Final and semi-final hosts
London England
Quarter-final hosts (in addition to 3 group games)
Munich Germany
Baku Azerbaijan
St Petersburg Russia
Rome Italy

 

In addition to 3 group games Last-16 Euro 2020 host cities:

Dublin Ireland
Brussels Belgium
Glasgow Scotland
Copenhagen Denmark
Bilbao Spain
Budapest Hungary
Bucharest Romania
Amsterdam Netherlands

A group of cities was going to be disappointed after the announcement. Among those to miss out were Sofia, Minsk, Skopje, Cardiff, Jerusalem and Stockholm.

Wales’ failure was arguably the greatest shock of the process of selecting Stadiums for Euro 2020.

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European football fans have grown accustomed to watching showpiece matches in England, especially at England’s national stadium (Wembley Stadium). Wembley Stadium had successfully hosted both the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. Notably, the famous 90,000 seater stadium also hosts all FA Cup, play-off and League Cup finals there.

England last hosted the European Championships in 1996. In that very competition Germany triumphed on the old Wembley’s hallowed turf. The last international final saw Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 in the gold-medal match at the 2012 London Olympics.

England look set to benefit from this decision. Obviously the country wouldn’t be hosting Euro 2020 matches without Platini’s plans. And the tournament atmosphere may be difficult to develop across the breadth of the continent.

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Infrastructure within the country remains primed for international events. Both the football stadia and travel routes worked excellently during the London Olympic. For both the 2006 and 2018 FIFA World Cups, England were among the favorites to win the hosting rights. But, we already know that they have failed to land either of the events.

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The Chairman of the Football Association, Grey Dyke confirmed that England will bid for the World Cup once more. He also admits (per Lipton’s report) that it will be difficult to do so while Sepp Blatter remains in charge of FIFA.

“We will bid again for the World Cup at some stage. It is quite hard to see England organizing and winning a World Cup bid at the moment, while Sepp Blatter is the president of FIFA”

He expects that the next time, World Cup decision will be taken each countries voting instead of just the executive panel of FIFA.

Blatter’s willingness to run for his fifth consecutive FIFA presidency ensures England’s hopes of hosting the global competition may be some way off. Hopefully, the Euro 2020 final landing will aid the nation’s hopes again.

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Michel Platini‘s grandiose previously planned to deliver a truly continental European competition. But it still remains controversial. ‘Move the tournament away from one host’ decision was taken by the UEFA president, which actually added eight teams to bulk the competition up to 24 nations.

The decision was previously described as ‘television-shaped and politically-driven’ – Henry Winter of The Telegraph.

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Euro 2020 Final – Wembley Stadium:

Wembley Stadium is an association football stadium in Wembley Park, London, England. The Stadium was opened in 2007, which was actually built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium. The previous famous architecture was demolished in 2003. With around 90,000 seats, the Stadium is considered as the second largest Stadium in Europe.

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It was believed that Football has the ability to turn any host nation into an all-encompassing, welcoming party for travelling fans. Probably this is the greatest achievement of football. But now a time with such decision, it definitely become difficult. For now, the month’s play will need to cross a lot more borders.

Even the supporters will face another difficulty. They will need to judge where their countries will be competing. May be we can conclude that the Euro 2020 main event is going to lose its total crowd possibility.

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Undoubtedly Wembley Stadium will provide an excellent backdrop for the latter stages of the Euro 2020 tournament. The impressive stadium creates a rapturous atmosphere at its best. Hopefully the host city will allow stars to shine, which is already arguably the most historic footballing stage of them all.

Being positive, we can expect UEFA’s decision as very important to bring the Euro 2020 final to the unparalleled footballing ground, Wembley Stadium, England.

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Proposed Qatar World Cup stadiums for 2022

Qatar has been awarded the FIFA World Cup 2022 bid. The Government of Qatar showed their upmost interest to host the2022 football World Cup. With only a population of 2 million, Qatar will be the first Arab state to host such event.

Sheikh Mohammed (Emir of Qatar) was the chairman of the bid committee for Qatar. Qatar promoted as representing the Arab World to host the tournament. They also positioned their bid as an opportunity to bridge the gap between these two different Worlds. Anyway Qatar World Cup will definitely bring football for the Middle East.

FIFA Qatar proposals:

Qatar tried to give a feel about the upcoming Qatar World Cup by holding a match between Brazil and Argentina. Of course it was a friendly match. But the point is, people from different nations visited Qatar for this match. Probably that strengthened the image that Qatar can show their interest for FIFA World Cup 2022.

First of all, Sepp Blatter (President of FIFA) endorsed the idea for Arab World Cup. In April 2010, he said that the Arabic World deserves a World Cup. Truly these twenty two countries have never got the opportunity to organize the tournament.

In other words, Qatar’s progress is praiseworthy. The two million people have already shown their strength in Asia Games 2006. In terms of infrastructure, arranging 30 event for men and women is quite something.

The Qatar committee was well aware of the Middle East summer heat. They believed that this could be a matter of their disadvantage for the other countries perspective. So FIFA Qatar proposed for a very unique stadium ideas. Finally considering all their proposals, on December 2nd it was decided that the FIFA World Cup 2022 is formally the Qatar World Cup.

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World Cup venues for Qatar 2022:

At the beginning of March 2010, the first five proposed stadiums for the Qatar World Cup 2022 were unveiled. The stadiums will employ cooling technology. It is expected to reduce temperatures within the stadium by up to 20°C. Upper tiers of the stadiums will be disassembled after the tournament. There is a plan for donating those, to countries with less developed sports infrastructure.

According to the recent statistics, the summer heat of Qatar will be unbearable for both the players and the spectators. So heat balancing technology is a must for the Qatar World Cup stadiums. It has been planned that the air conditioning systems will be totally solar powered and carbon neutral. Arup of England will provide these for the Qatar World Cup stadiums.

There have been seven World Cup venues proposed for the tournament. Here is the list of proposed World Cup venues for the FIFA World Cup 2022:

  • Lusail
  • Doha
  • Al Khor
  • Ash Shamal
  • Al Wakrah
  • Umm Salal
  • Al Rayyan

Some of the stadiums are named after the city or proposed venue. The Al-Khor Stadium is planned for Al-Khor city. The city is located 50 kilometers north from Doha. The stadium will have capacity of 45330 seats. 19830 of them will be on a temporary modular upper tier.

Al Wakrah is one of the proposed World Cup venues. The Al-Wakrah stadium is going to be located here. The stadium will have a total capacity of 45120 seats. This stadium’s temporary upper tier will contain some 25 500 seats.

Most of the World Cup venues are expected to be decorated with Islamic arts. And definitely all the stadiums are to be surrounded with large solar panels. The above two stadiums were built regardless of the Qatar 2022 conclusion. But the bid committee claims that only the upper tier is going to be added as they have been awarded the opportunity of arranging the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Proposed Qatar World Cup stadiums:

The following are the Official Stadiums to be built for the FIFA World Cup 2022 (Qatar World Cup) –

 

Lusail Iconic Stadium

 

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Location: Lusail, Qatar 

Capacity: 86,250 (planned)

Architect: Foster & Partners

 

Lusail Iconic Stadium is one of the proposed Qatar World Cup Stadiums. The Stadium will be built in Lusail and it is intended for the opening and final games of FIFA World Cup 2022. Like the other Qatar World Cup stadiums Lusail will also be air conditioned using solar power.

The proposed architect of the stadium is Foster & Partners, which is actually a British firm. The almost circular base will be surrounded by a moat. The car parking will be connected with six bridges. The Stadium will have a near-circular footprint and sits on the primary axis. The total structure will be encircled by a reflective pool of water. There will be around 86250 seat capacity for this Lusail Iconic Stadium. The stadium takes its inspiration from the sail of a traditional dhow boat. After the World Cup 2022, it will be generally used for other spectacular sporting events. Supposedly it is one of the perfect venue for the opening and final matches of any kind of tournament.

 

But the most important of all, the Stadium comes with an idea of environment friendly cooling technology. Undoubtedly this is ideal for the players and the spectators. The fans will get optimum views of the action in a cool and comfortable setting. Probably Qatar’s enthusiasm and ambition is reflected by the unbelievable eye catching design of this stadium.

Doha Port Stadium

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: Albert Speer &Partner GmbH

 

The new Doha Port Stadium will be a modular stadium with around 45000 seating capacity. The Stadium is located in Doha, Qatar. It will sit on an artificial peninsula in the Gulf. Hopefully, the design is to evoke its marine setting.

Architect Albert Speer & Partner GmbH proposed water from the Gulf will run over its outer façade. It will aid the cooling process and most of all it will be definitely visually alluring. There will be two different arriving options, by taxi or ferry. There is an uncommon plan with the very stadium. The total stadium will be disassembled after the FIFA World Cup 2022. The seats will be sent for further development of football in other countries.

Sports City Stadium

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 46,000

Architect: Dan Meis

 

The Stadium draws inspiration from traditional Arab tents. Sports City Stadium is one of the Qatar World Cup Stadiums, which will have more than around 46000 seats.

There will be a retractable roof and partly retractable pitch. The stand will also be retractable. This combination will provide Qatar’s premiere multi-use facility in the decades. Even after the FIFA World Cup 2022. The innovative ideas of the Stadium will be quite ideal venue for football. But also concerts, theatres and other athletic events can easily be arranged here.

Education City Stadium

 

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: RFA Fenwick Iribarren

 

Education City Stadium takes the form of a jagged diamond. Day by day it starts glittering and glow by night. There will be around 45350 seats at the very Qatar World Cup Stadium.

The stadium is located in the midst of several university campuses at Education City. Qatar and neighboring Bahrain fans can easily access it. They are only 51 minutes away from the stadium by high-speed rail. The stadium will retain 2500 seats after the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Umm Slal Stadium

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Location: Umm Slal, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architecht: Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

 

Umm Slal Stadium is located in the vicinity of one of Qatar’s most historically important forts. The stadium will have 45,120 seats. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Arab forts.

There is a already a ford likw the stadium nearby Umm Slal Mohammed. Fter the FIFA World Cup 2022, the stadium will be used as Umm Slal FC.

Qatar University Stadium

 

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 43,520

Architect: Dan Meis

 

The stadium is going to replace an existing track and field stadium on Qatar University’s campus. It will have 43520 seats. Being one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums, the gold facade blends traditional Arabic geometric patterns with free-form open surfaces, which conjure both the past and future.

Like almost all the other Qatar World Cup Stadiums, the stadium will be used by student athletes following the FIFA World Cup 2022. And the seat capacity will be reduced to 23000.

Al-Gharafa Stadium

 

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect:

 

The existing 21,175 capacity Al-Gharafa stadium will be expanded to 44,740 seats. Modular elements forming an upper tier will be used to serve the purpose. it is another of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. The facade will be made up of ribbons representing the nations that qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The design will symbolize football and the mutual friendship, tolerance and respect that the tournament represents. After the tournament, the stadium will be downscaled to its existing capacity.

Al-Khor Stadium

 

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Location: Al-Khor, Qatar

Capacity: 46,000

Architect:

 

Al-Khor is a brand new 45,330-capacity stadium. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums.  It has a stunning seashell motif and a flexible roof. There is a permanent lower tier which have 25,500 seats. The modular upper tier is going to have another 20,000 seats.

The stadium offers spectators a stunning view of the Arabian Gulf from their seats and will be located in a sports and recreation zone.

Al-Rayyan Stadium

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Location: Umm Al-Afai, Al-Rayyan, Qatar

Capacity: 44,740

Architect:

 

The Al-Rayyan Stadium already have a seating capacity of 21,282. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. They are planning to expand to 44740 seats meanwhile. Modular elements will be used to form the upper tier.

The stadium is designed with a special “media membrane” facade that acts as a screen for projecting news, especially updates.

Al-Wakrah Stadium

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Location: Al Wakrah, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect:

 

Al-Wakrah is one of Qatar’s oldest cities. It is one of the Qatar World Cup stadiums. It has a long history of commercial fishing and pearl diving. The Al-Wakrah stadium will be having a seating capacity of around 45,120.

The stadium takes its cues from the sea that has played such an important role in the city’s history.

Al-Shamal Stadium

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Location: Ash Shamal, Qatar

Capacity: 45,000

Architect: Albert Speer & Partner GmbH

 

Al-Shamal stadium will have a capacity of 45,120. It is one od the Qatar World Cup stadiums. There is a permanent lower tier of 25,500 seats. Another modular upper tier will be set up to extend the capacity up to 45,000.

The stadiums shape is derived from the “dhow” fishing boat used in the Gulf. Fans are expected to arrive from the Doha Expressway, water taxis, the Bahrain-Qatar Friendship Bridge and the new Metrorail.

Khalifa International Stadium

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Location: Doha, Qatar

Capacity: 68,030

Architect: Foster & Partners

 

The stadium was redesigned for Qatar’s successful hosting of the 2006 Asian Games. it is one of the Qatar World Cup Stadiums. Khalifa International Stadium’s current capacity of 50,000 will be expanded to 68,030 for the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The stadium includes sweeping arcs and partially covered stands. This is probably the centerpiece of Aspire Zone. The sports complex includes the Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, ASPETAR Sports Medicine Hospital and many other sporting venues.

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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.

Top 10 highest earning football clubs per match:

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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