Serie A: Top 5 Stadium Atmospheres in Italy

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Serie A: Top 5 Stadium Atmospheres in Italy
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Stadiums have recently been a topic of conversation in Italian soccer.

In a press conference reported on by ESPNFC before last week's international friendly between Italy and Argentina, Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi spoke about the state of the Italian game as compared to other countries in Europe.  

He first mentioned the acrimony between rival fans as the biggest reason the Italian game has fallen from its perch as the world's best league, but then went on to say, "Italian football is a long way behind compared to England, Spain and Germany on this subject, and also in terms of stadia...and the pitches."

De Rossi is right to decry the stadium situation in Italy.  Most Italian stadia are decades old and in desperate need of renovation or replacement.  Another problem is that, with a lone exception—one we'll get to presently—they are all owned by the municipalities in which they are located, depriving the clubs of much-needed revenue.

Despite their age, some of the stadiums in the Serie A are renowned for having a great matchday atmosphere.

Make your home ground your fortress goes the adage, and the fans in these five stadia do just that for their favorite clubs.

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