A football match is not just about the 22 players on the pitch. Spectators play a huge part in the occasion. The design of a stadium and the atmosphere it generates can have an intimidating effect on players and officials which can even influence the result. As new stadiums start to dominate the sporting skyline around the world, this list pays homage to great venues which have stood the test of time.
1. Maracana, Rio De Janeiro
Home to the Brazilian national side and Rio’s Vasco De Gama club, the first side back in the 1920’s to sign African players. The Maracana was built for the 1950 World Cup Finals and at one time crowds of 200,000 were not unknown. Today capacity has been reduced to 96,000 but the stadium ช่องทางเข้า ufabet มือถือ still retains a great aura.
2. Nou Camp, Barcelona
Home to FC Barcalona, the Nou Camp has a capacity of just under 100,000 and has hosted many great games, including European finals and World Cup matches. It was completed in 1957 and with various enhancements the tiered structure now reaches to a height of 48 metres in one side of the ground.
3. Santiago Bernabau, Madrid
Built in 1947, the Santiago Bernabau stadium is the home of Real Madrid, one of the world’s most famous clubs. It was also the host for the 1982 World Cup Final and various European club finals over the years.
4. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
The Azteca has played host to two World Cup finals, one of which was the great Brazil v Italy match in 1970. The Mexican national team play here as does the Club America side. It was inaugurated in 1966 and has a capacity of 105,000. An imposing venue, it is known as “Il Coloso de Santa Úrsula” (the Colossus of Saint Úrsula).