- Top 10 Football Stadiums in Europe
- Wembley Stadium, London
- Old Trafford, Manchester
- Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
- Allianz Arena, Munich
- San Siro, Milan
- Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam
- Camp Nou, Barcelona
- Stade de France, Paris
- National Arena, Bucharest
- Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
- UEFA 2020 with Talk Home – Football Stadiums
Top 10 Football Stadiums in Europe
Modern football has been around for more than 150 years and still remains one of the most popular sports worldwide. Europe and football have a very close connection. The game is engraved in the soul of every European and is sometimes rightfully referred to as “The unofficial religion of Europe,” and football stadiums have a strong connection with the people.
In fact, you can’t actually be wrong in believing and saying so, because football is more than just a game here. Every street and city has football fanatics with zealous and spirited hearts waiting to see their favourite stars in action.
Due to such massive support and following, it is not a surprise that there are many stadiums and fields in almost every city of Europe. In the array of stadiums, some boast structural wonders, while some are famed for hosting unforgettable football moments, and then there are some that give you the best of both. The strong memories held like wax and wane, glee and sorrow still smell fresh in our memories.
Let us dive into some of the most famous, heart touching, beautiful structures we call football stadiums in the land of palaces and castles – Europe.
Wembley Stadium, London
Wembley Stadium is the ultimate destination every English club wants to reach and is one of the most famous football stadiums in the world. The second-largest stadium in Europe, following the Camp Nou, is the conventional playing arena of the English national team. And an ultimate perfection of English football stadiums.
The stadium was rebuilt on the designs of HOK Sport and Fosters & Partners, opened to the public in 2007 with a total capacity of 90,000 people. The smart building has a retractable rooftop and the well-known Wembley Arch. While some might say the new structure doesn’t have the charm, it certainly has an electric atmosphere.
Wembley is the home of the English National team and hosts all the major domestic club competitions. The FA Cup final, the League Cup final and the FAA Community Shield, all are held at Wembley. In addition, two UEFA Champions League finals have been hosted here, in 2011 and 2013. Now the Euro 2020 cup final is also scheduled to be held here.
Similarly, the NFL International Series and many music concerts have also been held at the massive venue. Wembley has an enticing history, modern look, and facilities that make it the best stadium in the world.
Old Trafford, Manchester
The home of Manchester United, nicknamed the “Theatre of Dreams” by Sir Bobby Charlton, was built in 1909. The all enclosed stadium could seat 44,000 people back then, which was increased in 2007 to 76,000 seats. That made it the second biggest stadium in England after the Wembley stadium and the biggest club stadium in Great Britain.
The iconic ground has hosted many legendary players like Sir Body Charlton, George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who made history with their exemplary games.
For many around the world, visiting Old Trafford would be a dream come true. It symbolises the beginning of sporting events in the continent, landmarked with the first European game played against none other than the legendary Real Madrid in April 1957.
Old Trafford is among the most iconic football stadiums around the globe. After the development of the modern structure of the post-Taylor era, the stadium joined top European avenues. It hosted the 2003 Champions League final, 2012 Olympic Football, 2021 Rugby League World Cup, and UEFA Women’s Euro 2021. The Red Devils supporters have many epic tales of the battles fought at their home ground through the years.
Estadio da Luz, Lisbon
Officially named the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, it is the largest stadium in Portugal that was first opened in 1954 with a capacity of 120,000 people. But later in 2003, it was rebuilt and opened with an exhibition match between Benfica and Nacional, an Uruguayan club. Designed by HOK Sport, the stadium’s seating capacity was reduced to 64,642 but still remains the biggest in Portugal.
It is one of the biggest stadiums in Europe by capacity and falls in the UEFA category four stadium, which means it can host games in the playoffs of the qualifying stage or any main competitions. The venue also hosted three group matches during the Euro 2004 Championships and the quarter-final between Portugal and England, the final between Greece and Portugal, and the 2014 Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The current home ground of S.L. Benfica was chosen to be the most beautiful stadium in Europe by L’Equipe, a French newspaper.
Allianz Arena, Munich
Allianz Arena is an amazing architectural wonder and the most iconic stadiums of the 21st century, featuring a beacon shape. The beautiful stadium, nicknamed Schlauchboot, “dinghy”, is covered in inflatable plastic bubbles. The bubble-shaped panels adorn the sides and make it a striking sight when the colour changes, which can be ideal for hosting different football teams and colouring according to each team.
The first stadium in the world that has a full colour changing exterior, is a marvel in itself. The German champion’s hometown stadium was opened in 2005 with a seating capacity of 70,000 for international matches and 75,000 for domestic matches.
Mostly the Bayern Munich uses the arena, but 1860 Munich also plays here. The name of the stadium changes every time FIFA and UEFA events happen here due to the policies forbidding corporate sponsorship. The stadium was referred to as FIFA World Cup Stadium, Munich during the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Football Arena Munich during the UEFA club and Nations League matches.
The stadium hosted the 2012 UEFA Champions League final and is set to host the upcoming 2023 final. During the UEFA Euro 2020, the stadium will host three group and one quarter-final matches.
San Siro, Milan
San Siro or the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, is shared by two teams’ fans: AC Milan and Inter Milan. And it is among the most famous stadiums in Europe with its unique structure. The stadium was built in 1926 and opened with an inauguration match between Inter and AC Milan. It was packed with 35,000 spectators where Inter defeated AC Milan 6-3. And twice every year, the long rivalry is played out in the Derby Della Madonnina.
San Siro is the pride of Italy and a must-visit destination for football fans around the world. The stadium has a massive capacity of 81,000 people even though it was developed in 1926. The stadium was particularly designed only for football and didn’t have the general athletics track around the perimeter found in most Italian stadiums.
San Siro has hosted four different European Cup finals, including the 1934 FIFA World Cup, 1990 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Euro Cup 1980, and the 2021 UEFA Nations League finals.
Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam
The Dutch Stadion Feijenoord, better known as De Kuip, ‘the Tub’ takes its name from the local neighbourhood and the team. The stadium was first built in the 1930s to give Feyenoord a home ground and a world-class stadium. The stadium’s original capacity was 64,000, which was increased to 69,000 and then finally converted to all-seater 51,117 seats in 1994.
For hosting the UEFA Euro 2000 finals, it was heavily restored and renovated to become one of Europe’s best stadiums. During the Euro 2000, three group matches, the quarter-final between Holland and Yugoslavia, and the final between France and Italy were played here. De Kuip has been the home ground of the Netherlands national football team, and to date, has hosted more than 150 international matches.
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Camp Nou, the home ground of the Catalan champions FC Barcelona, is more than a stadium. Since its inception in the 1950s, it’s been a proud symbol of Catalonian culture and football supremacy. It is among the biggest football stadiums in the world and is the largest in Europe with a capacity of 99,354 seats with plans to reach 100,000 seats with state-of-the-art modifications, reflecting the reputation of the team.
The gigantic stadium brings back the time of the Roman Empire and the impression of the majestic gladiatorial arenas. Since 1957, the arena has hosted home games of FC Barcelona, and since 1992, the stadium serves as the base for the Catalonian national team. It has hosted two Champions League finals and the 1998/99 season Champions League final, the one where Manchester United splendidly defeated Bayern.
Spain hosted the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and undoubtedly, Camp Nou was the venue for one of the semi-finals. In the same year, 121,000 people joined the mass congregation here in the presence of the Pope for a Mass.
Stade de France, Paris
The home ground of the French National team since 1998, Stade de France is the stadium where France defeated Brazil in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final. The pride of the french people, it has hosted many Champions League finals and Euro 2016. It is the seventh-largest stadium with a capacity of 81,000 people.
Similarly, the largest stadium in Europe for track and field events, housing 78,338 people in that configuration. The venue is will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2024 Summer Olympics and matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
UEFA has listed the stadium as Category 4 and hosted the UEFA Champions League finals in 2000 and 2006, also the 1999 and 1007 Rugby World Cup. That makes Stade de France one of the only two stadiums in the world that have hosted both a football world cup final and the rugby union world cup final.
National Arena, Bucharest
Arena Nationala, generally known as the National Arena of Romania, is a retractable roof stadium built on the site of the previous national stadium. It was officially opened in 2011 with the Euro-qualifier match between Romania and France. Since then, FC Steaua has used the stadium for high-profile league matches, and since 2015, all their home games are played at the stadium. In contrast, from the start of the 2012/13 season, Dinamo has been playing their home league games at the stadium as well.
With a seating capacity of 55,634 people, it is the largest stadium in Romania, with a retractable roof that covers the playing surface. Arena Nationala is a UEFA category four stadium and has hosted the 2012 UEFA Europa League final that brought 52,347 people to the stadium. The stadium reached the highest audience at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Romania and Netherlands, bringing 53,329 spectators.
It is the home ground of the Romanian national team and hosted the 2012 Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Club Athletic. Keeping its great legacy, the stadium has been will host three group matches of the UEFA Euro 2020.
Parken Stadium, Copenhagen
Parken Stadium, generally known as Telia Parken, was built in 1992. Features a retractable roof with a maximum capacity of 38,065 people. It is the largest stadium in Denmark and the home of the national football team. It is built on the location of the previous national stadium.
Parken hosted the Cup Winners’ cup final between Arsenal and Parma in 1994 and the UEFA Cup final in 2000 between Galatasaray and Arsenal. In addition, Parken stadium will host three group matches and a round of 16 games of the UEFA Euro 2020.
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