Football attracts people from all over the world. This sport is becoming popular now a day. Football means to hit a ball by the foot. Football is of various kinds. Association football is most the famous among all. It is also called as “soccer”. Football stadiums are used to play the football. There are a large number of football stadiums in the world with the different capacity. Here is a list of top 10 football stadiums in the world
10. Allianz Arena Stadium, Germany:
Allianz Arena is situated in Munich, Germany. In Germany’s biggest stadiums it comes at the third position. This stadium is a habitat of Bayern Munich. This stadium is an inspiration for all the new stadiums to be built. It was constructed by Meuron and Herzog. In May 2005 it was opened. The Final of UEF 2012 Champions league will be played there. Rights to give a name to the stadium were bought by Allianz for 30 years who is a provider of financial services. This stadium was named as FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich in the world cup of 2006 and Football Arena Munchen during the matches of UEFA club. Nickname of the stadium is “Schlauchboot” which means an inflatable boat.
9. Salt Lake Stadium, India:
Salt Lake Stadium is situated in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. This stadium was constructed in 1984. It has configuration of three-tier which can hold approximately 120,000 persons. It has an elliptical shape. It comes at the first place in the list of India’s biggest stadium and at second place in the list of World’s biggest stadiums. It is a habitat of Athletic club and club of East Bengal. Aluminum, concrete and tubes of metal are used in the construction of its roof. It has two electronic boards to display the scores. The main sport of this stadium is football but Athletics events are also played there. In 1987 SAF games were organized there.
8. Anfield Stadium, Liverpool:
Anfield was opened in 1884. It is a habitat of FC Liverpool and FC Everton. This stadium can hold 45,276 people. In 1994 stadium was converted into seater stadium. Due to this capacity of stadium got reduced greatly. In 2002 planes were made to re built the stadium with a capacity of 60,000 people. A large number of international football matches were played in this stadium. Matches of the UEFA Euro in 1996 were also played there. The first international football match was played in 1889. 61,905 was the highest strength at Anfield on February 2, 1952. Semi finals of 5 FA cup were hosted at there. In the city marathon Anfield was decided as the finish line.
7. Nou Camp Stadium, Spain:
Nou Camp stadium was opened in 1957. It is a remarkable stadium of football all over the world. It is representative of the culture of Catalan and regional identity. This stadium is one of the biggest in Europe. Two finals of the UEFA Champions league were played there. This stadium is a habitat ground of FC Barcelona. This stadium can hold approximately 95,000 people. In 2007 on the occasion of fiftieth anniversary of the stadium innovation and expansion plans for the stadium were announced. According to the new plans stadium’s capacity will be increased to approximately 112,000 people. It was also decided by the members of the club that stadium will be revamped by Norman Foster who will add the essence of his architectural style in the project.
6. Soccer City Stadium, South Africa:
Soccer City was opened in 1989. It is also known as FNB stadium. “The Calabash” is the nick name given to this stadium because it reminds you of the African gourd. Soccer city is situated in the Johannesburg, Africa. Previously it had the capacity of 94,700 people. Then it was revamped and now its capacity has become 94,700 people. Maximum strength of this stadium was 84,490 people during the world cup of FIFA 2010. Final of the World Cup of 2010 FIFA was also played in this stadium. Opening ceremony of FIFA world cup was organized here. Funeral of the Chris Hani was also organized here. It is a habitat of Kaizer Chiefs which is a football club. A large number of continental club matches were hosted by this stadium.
5. Wembley Stadium, England:
Old Wambley stadium 1923 was rebuilt as Wambley stadium. It was started in 2007. Empire stadium was the name given to the old Wambley stadium. It is also known as “The Twin Towers”. It has the capacity of 90,000 people. It is designed by the Norman Foster. It has an amazing architecture which makes it most wonderful playing ground in the Europe. This stadium is a home of national team of England. Due to its iconic structure it is one of the famous stadiums of football. It may host the world cup 2018. Cup competitions like The FA cup organized by the domestic club are also played in this stadium. London Olympics 2012 football finals were hosted by this stadium. Events other than the football matches like concerts were also organized in this stadium. George Michael gave the first concert in 2007.
4. Estadio Do Maracana Stadium, Brazil:
It is situated in the Rio De Janerio, Brazil. It was inaugurated in 1950 for the purpose of hosting the world cup. It has capacity to hold 88,992 people. Football clubs Fluminense, Batafogo, Vasco da Gama and Flamengo are the main users of this stadium. Stadium is used for many events like concerts, shows and volleyball matches. Stadium will be renewed in 2013. Mario Filho was the stadium’s original name. Macarana’s construction was greatly supported by the journalist Carioca. Macarana River was originator of the name of the stadium. Matches of 2014 world cup will be hosted by the Macarana stadium.
3. Azadi Stadium, Iran:
It is situated in the Tehran, Iran. It was established in 1970 amid for the purpose of hosting the Asian Games. This stadium is mostly used by the Iranian football club, Esteghalal football club and Persepolis football club. It has a capacity to accommodate 90,000 people. It was renovated in 2003. The local competition like Asian club championship was hosted by this stadium. This ground will be again revamped in 2013. Aryamehr stadium was the original name of this stadium. After Iranian riot it was called as Azadi stadium.
2. Estadio Azeteca Stadium, Mexico:
It is situated in the Mexico City, Mexico. It was established in 1966. Summer Olympics 1968 were played there. Finals of World cup 1970 and 1986 were hosted by this stadium. Stadium is greatly used by the National football team of Mexico and Club America. It has a capacity to hold a crowd of 105,064. “Game of the Century” was also hosted by it. Name Azteca was taken from the custom Aztec of Mexico City. Olympic events were never organized in this stadium. “Coloso de Ursula” is the nickname of it.
1. Rungrado May Day stadium, North Korea:
It was inaugurated in 1989. It is located in the Pyongyang, North Korea. It is a stadium with the largest capacity in the world. It has capacity to hold 150,000 people. Other than the football matches, athletics events are also hosted by this stadium. This stadium is built on the Rungra Islet which is responsible for its name. In presence it is similar to the magnolia flower. Instead of the football matches many cultural events are also configured there.