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Top Ten Football Grounds

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-09-10
Selecting the top ten football grounds of the world is no mean feat! There is a lot of variety right from cozy, compact grounds to massive set ups. So it’s a rather subjective view of what makes the top ten. Often it’s not just the game or the players but also the ground that drives your desire to be there and watch it for yourself. Keep reading to know the ten best football grounds:

10 Old Trafford, Manchester

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These are hallowed grounds with a seating capacity of 76,000. It is home to Manchester United, and is owned and operated by them as well. Old Trafford is also the second largest football stadium in the world. More info on Wikipedia

9 Anfield

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This has been the home of Liverpool Football Club since 1892. It has a seating capacity of roughly 45,000. It isn’t as massive as other grounds but it makes for one of the difficult grounds in the world to play. Anfield has hosted a series of international matches and has been a venue for other events as well. One of the historic moments associated with this stadium is onw ehen players enter the stadium by passing under a sign that simply reads “ This Is Anfield!” More info on Wikipedia

8 Parc des Princes

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Built in 1897, this has a capacity of about 48,000 roughly. It’s an all seater stadium and is owned by the City of Paris. It had actually started out as a velodrome for cycling but then metamorphosed into the heart of French football. It’s not just a stadium, for the French it’s an iconic symbol of their football culture and tradition. The stadium also boosts of hosting the first live sports report in France and also music concerts. Quite the medley! It has hosted 128 matches of the French national Football team! More info on Wikipedia

7 San Siro (Milan)

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It is located in Milan, Italy and is home to both A.C. Milan and Inter. It seats around 90,000 roughly and is one of the most heavily and ruthlessly used stadiums in the world. The field is not shabby, though it can get choppy at times. San Siro is also one of Europe’s premier tourist destinations. This stadium has been renovated quite a few times and started from a capacity of 26,000 in 1926. More info on Wikipedia

6 La Bombonera

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Formally known as Estadio Alberto J Armando, it has a capacity of 61,000 and is located in Buenos Aires. It is famous for its shape, having a flat stand on one side of the field and three steep stands on the other sides. This stadium just makes the minimum length required under FIFA guidelines 105mm x 68mm. it’s situated on one of the world’s most magnetic grounds and this just adds to the charm. Fans make the ground shake with their wild stomping and cheering. Its one hell of an action packed game every time. More info on Wikipedia

5 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

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This has been the home of Football Club Barcelona and of course is Barcelona’s home ground. And it is larger than the rival Bernabeu stadium. Both have great histories though. It has a capacity of roughly 96,000 and is the largest stadium in Europe. It was renovated in 1994 and 2008. And for the uninitiated, it currently plays host to the best team on the planet. More info on Wikipedia

4 Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

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This stadium located in Spain is owned and operated by Real Madrid Club be Futbol. It has a capacity of 86,000 and is one of the world’s most prestigious football stadiums. It is an all seater football stadium with a capacity of 85,000 roughly. Inside the stadium is Real Madrid’s trophy room, a glass- walled area holding all of Real Madrid’s nine European cups and 31 Liga trophies. Bernabeu has played host to the 1964 European Nations’ Cup and the 1982 World Cup. More info on Wikipedia

3 Azteca

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It is Mexico’s national stadium. It’s jinxed because the national team has never been defeated there except for once by Costa Rica. Such histories add more glamour and mystery to the stadium itself. This stadium is where Diego Maradona in 1986 scored his famous/ infamous Hand of God goal. Also it is the only stadium in the world to have hosted two FIFA world cup finals. Estadio Azteca is the largest football specific stadium in the world! More info on Wikipedia

2 Olympiastadion

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This huge stadium in Berlin was home to the Nazi Olympic Games of 1936. The Olympiastadion or the Olympic Stadium is a flat stadium and looks almost endless. It retains some of the creepy Nazi architecture, so visiting here is also a lesson in history and humbles you. This stadium has a strong footballing tradition, being an Olympic stadium is sometimes considered just secondary to its identity. It played host to the 2006 World Cup Final. More info

1 Marcana (Rio de Janiero)

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Since its football, let’s start with Brazil! It is Rio’s national stadiums playing host to one of the greatest teams in the world. It was opened for the 1950 World Cup and is currently under renovation for the 2014 World Cup. It was the central venue for the 2007 Pan American Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies and the football matches as well. The current capacity of the stadium is 85,000. And after the renovation will look like quite the work of art! But recently, the stadium is also open to volleyball and other sports and also to plays, concerts and other forms of entertainment. More info on Wikipedia

These stadiums have won the hearts of millions of football fans won over and will continue to do so. However there may be many more that you feel are just as worthy. There’s no contesting a subjective opinion, but these field do make your feet football.

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