These venues make the hearts of soccer fans all over the world beat faster.
The journey to Europe’s most fascinating soccer stadiums takes us across the continent. Unique backdrops, historic buildings and noisy fans make these 10 stadiums so attractive.
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- 1 Best Soccer Stadiums
Best Soccer Stadiums
So, whenever is your next international trip, we recommend visiting these soccer stadiums once.
Camp Nou, Barcelona
The Camp Nou in Barcelona has a capacity of 99,354 spectators. This means that the home of FC Barcelona, which is located directly in the city centre, has been awarded the title of Europe’s largest soccer stadium. If you want more than just a live match, you should join a guided tour of the stadium. The tour starts at the club’s own museum and leads along a Catholic church inside the stadium to the cabin corridors and even onto the lawn of the legendary Camp Nou.
To make it onto the grass at Camp Nou as a player, you have to take a hard road. Many of today’s professionals come from La Masia Youth Academy, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the stadium. Although a modern complex replaced the country house built in 1702 in 2011, the historic building served as accommodation for later Champions League winners such as Messi, Piqué and Iniesta.
Allianz Arena, München
The arena, which was built shortly before the 2006 World Cup in Germany, is without a doubt one of the most modern stadiums in Europe. In particular, the foil cushions on the façade make up the unmistakable design of the Allianz Arena. These are illuminated in red for home matches of FC Bayern Munich, in blue for matches of TSV 1860 Munich and in white for neutral matches.
Unfortunately, the fans of both Munich clubs could only experience a competitive derby in the Allianz Arena. Philipp Lahm’s goal at the opening game of the World Cup in his own country and the drama of FC Bayern Munich at the “Finale dahoam” in the Champions League season 2011/2012 will remain unforgotten.
Anfield Road, Liverpool
Anyone who actively follows soccer wants to watch a Liverpool FC game in this atmospheric stadium at least once in their life. Named after the Liverpool district of Anfield, the stadium is a Mecca for soccer fans and known far beyond the borders of England for creative and vocal fan chants. The legendary “You’ll never walk alone”, celebrated by the 45,362 enthusiastic supporters of Liverpool FC, gives you goose bumps time and again.
Perhaps the unique atmosphere at Anfield Road can be explained by the fact that many here see the origin of modern fan chants. When the spectators in the huge Kop stand at a match in 1967 could not recognize the Liverpool goal scorer because of the thick fog, they all shouted together: “Who scored the goal?” Shortly afterwards, it rang out from across the hall: “Hateley scored the goal!” thus the first individual chants were established in European stadiums.
Old Trafford, Manchester
It is not for nothing that Old Trafford is called the “Theatre of Dreams”. This term was coined by the great soccerer Sir Bobby Charlton, as the home of Manchester United has been a venue for numerous spectacular games since it opened in 1910: Here championships were celebrated and legends were born.
The players of the English record champion can always count on the support of loyal fans. Despite the huge capacity of 75,731 spectators, the audience sits very close to the edge of the pitch. The excitement of the crowd has ensured that Manchester United players have already won a few close matches.
Although this jewel is actually called Giuseppe-Meazza Stadium, it is widely known under the name of the neighboring district – San Siro. As in Munich, two local teams have to share this venue. While local derbies are extremely rare in Munich, they are one of the highlights of every season in the Italian league.
When Inter Milan meet AC Milan, the stadium is usually filled to capacity and fans passionately support their teams. But if you want to attend a game of AC Milan in San Siro, you should hurry. The club plans to move to a newly built stadium for the 2018/2019 season.
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund
On Europe’s largest standing grandstand in Signal Iduna Park, every home game of Borussia Dortmund is a thrill. The “Yellow Wall”, which includes almost 25,000 fans in the imposing south stand, whips the team forward and does everything to encourage people on the seats to sing along. If this is successful, a powerful choir of more than 80,000 spectators is created – which leaves no opponent cold.
In the former “Westfalenstadion”, the European Cup matches under floodlight are particularly fascinating. Until the last minute of the game the fans of Borussia Dortmund believe in the team and have as a
“12th Man” has played many a game. Just recently – in April 2013 – the audience experienced one of these legendary evenings, when the “Dortmunder Jungs” made it to the Champions League semi-finals with two goals in injury time.
Craven Cottage, London
The Craven Cottage of the London cult club FC Fulham inspires above all soccer romantics. In the middle of a residential area on the banks of the Thames hides the inconspicuous stadium, where the first matches were played as early as 1896. Inside, however, Craven Cottage impresses with its unique idyll thanks to the many wooden grandstand elements and the eponymous hunting lodge from the 18th century.
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
If you want to visit the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on a city trip to Madrid, you don’t have to go far from the city centre. However, since the playing field is located in the basement, the external view is not sufficient to completely capture the impressive dimensions of the 85,454-seat stadium. Rather, you should buy a ticket as soon as possible to see the “White Ballet” of Real Madrid live.
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
The name of the Stade Vélodrome comes from a cycling track that was located below the grandstand when it opened in 1937. During the renovation, which increased the capacity to 67,000 seats in preparation for the 2016 European Championships, the characteristic curves of the grandstands were retained.
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Not only Liverpool FC but also fans of Scottish series champion Celtic Glasgow have dedicated themselves to the famous fan song “You’ll never walk alone”. Once you have visited both stadiums, you don’t want to judge which fan group sings along louder and more enthusiastically – but goose bumps are always guaranteed.