For many fans, witnessing a live event at their team's stadium is milestone in fan ship. For soccer fans specifically, home stadiums are often considered sacred ground.
If you're an avid soccer fan -- or just a fan of sports and culture -- experiencing certain soccer stadiums is a must for your bucket list.
Here's our list of the greatest 7 soccer stadiums in the world:
Azteca Stadium (Mexico City, Mexico)
The Azteca Stadium is home to the Mexican National Team. The stadium was built for the 1968 Olympics and is the only stadium in the world that has hosted two World Cup finals. Pele and Maradona, the two best players in history, raised the cup for their respective countries at those two World Cup finals. It was also where Maradona scored “the goal of the century”. Its capacity is 105,000 people.
Wembley Stadium (Wembley Park, England)
Home to the English National Team, it is a very modern stadium inaugurated in 2007. It has been host to many UEFA Champions League finals and an Olympic final. The stadium construction was worth 798 million euros. It is known as “the venue of legends”. It is the second largest stadium in Europe with a capacity is 90,000 people.
Maracana (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
This stadium hosted one of the toughest defeats ever for the Brazilian National Team. The stadium was built for the 1950 World Cup and it will always be remembered for the 1950 world cup final in which the heavily favored Brazil lost to Uruguay 2-1. This tragic event for Brazilian soccer is known as “the maracanazo”. This venue will be the host for the 2014 World Cup final. After it’s remodeling, the capacity now stands at 77,000 people.
Old Trafford (Manchester, England)
Home to the famous Manchester United F.C, it is nicknamed “theatre of dreams”. This team was, for 20 years, under the leadership of Sir Alex Ferguson, a soccer genius. Old Trafford celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. The stadium was bombed during the Second World War and had to be rebuilt. Its capacity is 76,000 people.
La Bombonera (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
It is home to the most successful Argentine team: Boca Juniors. The stands are extremely close to the pitch. The stadium was built on a small piece of land and therefore has an odd vertical structure. This makes the atmosphere inside the stadium very loud and explosive. Many consider it the best stadium to experience a soccer game. Its capacity is 41,000 people.
Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid, Spain)
It is home to the most successful soccer team of the 20th century: Real Madrid. Real Madrid is also the most expensive soccer team in the world. It is located in “Paseo de la Castellana”, which is one of the most famous streets in Madrid. Its capacity is 86,000 people.
Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany)
It is the home of the famous club Bayern Munich and the 1860 Munchen. This modern stadium resembles Germany’s technological development. This stadium has a feature where it can change color depending on the team who plays. It can change to red, blue and white. The color white is only used when the German national team plays there. Its capacity is 72,000 people.
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