The sport of football is incredibly popular across Europe so it is hardly surprising that it boasts some of the most amazing stadiums, which are home to some of the most successful and best supported teams in the continent.
Football fans across Europe like to debate which stadium is the most amazing and, although the five that we describe below certainly fit the description, there are those who might want to replace their own club’s ground for one of those on our list!
In no particular order, here are five amazing European football stadiums.
1) Camp Nou
The Camp Nou (or Nou Camp, as it is known to the English) is the home ground of the Spanish club, FC Barcelona. It has the distinction of having the largest capacity of any club stadium in Europe, which stands just a few short of one hundred thousand. The stadium was officially opened in September 1957, making it the second newest of the stadiums in our list. Barcelona is located in Catalonia, many of whose inhabitants, including its football fans, consider that they should be independent of the rest of Spain. They have historically seen Madrid as a source of conflict, not only because of its position as the capital of Spain but also because Barcelona’s principal rivals in the country are Real Madrid.
2) Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Home to the legendary Real Madrid, the Bernabéu, was first opened in 1947 and has been the scene of some historic European football encounters. With a capacity of eighty four thousand five hundred it is second to the Camp Nou in terms of capacity for a European club side. The rivalry of the two stadiums, in this regard, matches the fierce competition between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Real Madrid lead the field for Champions League victories, with nine, compared to Barcelona’s four.
3) Old Trafford
England’s contribution to the list of amazing football stadiums comes from the home of Manchester United; Old Trafford. Opened in February 2010, the Old Trafford is far and away the biggest club stadium in England. It was given the nickname, “The Theatre of Dreams”, by Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the club’s leading former players. Much of the stadium was damaged by German bombers in 1941, resulting in the club having to play its home fixtures at Maine Road, the ground of its rivals, Manchester City, until it was reopened in 1949.
4) San Siro
The San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, has the distinction of being the home ground of the city’s two rival clubs, Associazione Calcio Milan (A.C. Milan) and Football Club Internazionale Milano (Inter Milan). With a ground capacity of just over eighty thousand, the stadium, which was opened in September 1926, also frequently plays host to major musical events. Star performers like David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, U2, Michael Jackson and Genesis have all played at the San Siro on various tours.
5) Signal Iduna Park
The final stadium in our list is one that some may find surprising. It is the newest of all our amazing stadiums, being opened as recently as April 1974 and is the home of the German Club, Borussia Dortmund. The stadium has a league capacity of just over eighty thousand, including standing, which is reduced to just over sixty five thousand seated spectators for international matches. It is Germany’s biggest football stadium and is renowned for the exiting atmosphere created by the throngs of Borussia Dortmund supporters who attend their home ties. For this reason it was elected best European football stadium by the Times newspaper in 2009.
These five amazing stadiums form only a small part of many legendary football venues throughout Europe. Many of them have fascinating histories and form an integral part of the fabric of the local community. Thus, for many football supporters within the continent of Europe, their football stadium is less a place to simply watch their team play than it is their second home!
Guest Author: Nathan Griffiths who wants to remind you that when travelling it is important to compare flights.