10 Best Stadiums to Watch a Match in World Football
It's a tough life being a football fan sometimes.
From the luxury of watching great matches unfold right there in front of you to the freedom to hurl abuse whenever you want, the joy of being a football fan is one that few would deny or deem not needed.
It has always been the fans around the world that have made certain clubs, moments and, indeed, entire stadiums themselves into the icons that they are today.
So, then, with the fans in mind, what are the best stadiums across the globe to watch world football? Which are the grounds and the venues that simply take the beautiful game to that next level and create an experience which few other things in life can parallel?
Read on to see the top 10 grounds to watch a match in world football. Note that these are not necessarily the best stadiums as such in world football, but specific in relation to the history and the experience that fans receive when they watch a world football match.
So, with that, let's begin.
10. Estadio Municipal De Braga
Location: Braga, Portugal
Kicking off our list is the Estadio Municipal de Braga in Portugal, which is home to Sporting Braga.
Not only is the atmosphere of this ground great, but with two open ends—one of which has a sheer rock face and a huge screen—the ground itself is brilliantly designed and is a true test of modern architecture.
9. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro)
Location: Milan, Italy
The history behind the San Siro is simply incredible, with Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan making their home ground as iconic as the clubs themselves.
It is a mecca for football lovers around the globe and, with a local derby in the house, is one of the greatest places to take in a football match.
8. Estádio Do Maracanã
Location: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Maracana Stadium is one of the most iconic grounds in world football history, but falls a little down this list here because it isn't one of the greatest places to watch football.
Well, not yet, anyway.
The ground is currently under renovations in order to be right for the 2014 World Cup, which will no doubt provide some spectacular viewing for those going along.
7. Estadio Azteca
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
The fifth-largest stadium in the world is also one of the most incredible places to watch football, with the Estadio Azteca turning into a cauldron when the Mexican national team takes the field.
Mexico boast an incredible winning record at the ground, and with over 100,000 screaming supporters rocking the tight-packed stadium, it's little wonder why. Watching one of the Mexican national games there would truly be a sight to see.
6. Santiago Bernabeu Stadium
Location: Madrid, Spain
The Bernabeu Stadium is one of the most famous grounds in the history of world football and is a fantastic stadium to take in when Real Madrid take flight.
Be it against rivals Barcelona or crosstown foes Atletico Madrid, the 85,000-strong crowd at the Bernabeu provides for one of the most memorable viewing experiences and a night that you will surely never forget anytime soon.
5. Old Trafford
Location: Manchester, England
Old Trafford is home to Manchester United—England's most iconic club and one of the most iconic teams in world football—and the ground itself is simply a must-see for all football fans. If only to be able to say that a football game was watched at this stadium.
4. Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion)
Location: Dortmund, Germany
Borussia Dortmund's rise in German stature is due largely in part to the home ground support they have at the Westfalenstadion, which is truly a sight to see in full flight.
Called The Yellow Wall, Dortmund's supporters pack in for a sight of black and yellow that rivals few other fanbases in world football history and makes for one incredible viewing experience for the fans.
Providing you support Dortmund, that is.
3. Estadio Alberto J. Armando
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Commonly known as La Bombonera, this ground is one of the great classics in world football, and it will go down as Argentina's most famous stadium ever.
The lone vertical stand beside the U-shaped stand has been known to shake when the home fans get in full flight, which, for passionate South American fans that pack the Bombonera, is every week.
An experience that would never be forgotten.
2. Nou Camp
Location: Barcelona, Spain
The Nou Camp is one of the most iconic grounds in world football and is a true spectacle in full flight, with 100,000 fans packing into the Spanish cauldron to witness some of the greatest mastery ever displayed by guys like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.
The Blaugrana's status in world football has made this stadium and viewing experience even more incredible than it already was to begin with, and it will no doubt continue to do so as the years pass by.
1. Wembley Stadium
Location: London, England
However, there is no greater stadium in the world and no better place to watch football than Wembley Stadium in all of it's majestical glory.
As iconic as the sport itself, Wembley makes for one of the most amazing viewing experiences for footballing fans around the world—a mecca for the English game and the FA Cup Final in particular. Itwill no doubt go down as one of the greatest sporting venues in history.
What do you think are the greatest stadiums to watch football?
Have you been to any on our list? Were there any obvious one that were missed?
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