The 10 Most Intimidating Football Stadiums in Europe
Throughout the world, there are many different football stadiums. From stadiums that hold over 100,000 people to stadiums that hold about 5,000 people, football stadiums can come in all shapes and sizes.
In Europe, which is considered by many to be the top footballing continent of all, there are many different intimidating stadiums.
This slideshow will list what are the 10 most intimidating football stadiums in Europe in which top flight football clubs play in, and what makes them so special.
10. Celtic Park - Opened 1892 - Home of Celtic
The home of Celtic since 1892, and with a capacity of 62,832, Celtic Park is an intimidating home park for Celtic, and is a hard place for opposing Scotish Premier League teams to play.
With its reputation as one of the loudest stadiums in Europe (especially during major European competition), and with the extremely loud supporters, Celtic Park truly is one of the toughest places for an opposing team to play in.
9. Anfield - Opened 1884 - Home of Liverpool
The home of Liverpool after Everton left in 1892, Anfield has become the now legendary home of Liverpool.
During its time there, Liverpool has become one of the best teams in Europe, and their home stadium has truly been a huge reason behind their success.
Despite the constant changes in capacity (now 45,370), Anfield has become a very special venue for teams to play at, and because of their stadium size and history, Liverpool is one of the hardest football stadiums to play in.
8. Goodison Park - Opened 1892 - Home of Everton
The home of Everton after they moved out of Anfield in 1892, Goodison Park has hosted many special moments during its time.
Also, with 40,158 seats tightly enclosing the pitch, the field at times could become very noisy.
Even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called this place more intimidating than Anfield because of its noise.
Because of this, Goodison Park is one of the toughest places for an opposing team to play at.
7. Stadio Olimpico - Opened 1937 - Home of Roma and Lazio
Originally created by Mussolini to be the center of a massive sports complex, the Stadio Olimpico was opened in 1937 and became the main stadium for the 1960 Olympics.
Since then, it has become the home of Roma and Lazio, two of the most popular Italian football clubs, and with its capacity of 72,689, it truly is a tough place for opposing teams to play in.
Also, with the stadium's massive size, this makes it even harder for most team's to play in.
6. Old Trafford - Opened 1910 - Home of Manchester United
With a capacity of 76,212, Old Trafford is the second biggest football stadium in England (behind Wembley Stadium), and is the home of Manchester United.
The stadium was originally built to hold around 100,000 people, but it rapidly decreased until the early 1990's, when the capacity reached 44,000.
But Man Utd bought much of the surrounding land and got the capacity up to what it is today.
The fan noise from Stretford End (which was once measured that the roar of the crowd from the Stretford End was louder than a Jumbo Jet taking off).
Almost every seat is sold for every match, this is clearly one of the toughest stadiums to play in and very few teams ever come out of Old Trafford with a positive result of any kind.
5. Westfalenstadion (Signal Iduna Park) - Opened 1974 - Home of BV Borussia Dortmund
Considered by many to be the loudest stadium in Europe, Signal Iduna Park clearly is one of the scariest teams to play in.
With a capacity of 80,552 (Including standing room) and is the home of Südtribüne, the largest standing area in European football.
It also is the home of BV Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga, and is the largest football stadium in all of Germany.
4. Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium (Fenerbahçe Stadium) - Opened 1908 - Home of Fenerbahçe S.K.
Considered by some to be the scariest stadium in Europe, the Fenerbahçe Stadium has been a very intimidating home for Fenerbahçe S.K., and has helped make them into one of the best football clubs in Turkey.
While playing here, Fenerbahçe have become a very strong team, which was apparent during the 2008 Champions League Quarterfinals in which Fenerbahçe beat Chelsea here 2-1, which nearly got them into the semifinals.
Also with a capacity of 53,586 and the seats being closer to the pitch than any other Turkish stadium, this truly is one of the toughest places to play for any opposing team.
3. Camp Nou - Opened 1957 - Home of FC Barcelona
With a capacity of 98,772, the Camp Nou is not only the biggest stadium in Europe, but it's home to FC Barcelona, one of the greatest football teams in Spanish and European history.
Even though the stands are rarely filled (usually only against Real Madrid or an important Champions League match), this stadium's size is a major factor in most matches, which is an advantage to Barcelona.
Also, when the stands are filled, the stadium becomes extremely loud and is a major plus for the Catalans.
2. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium - Opened 1947 - Home of Real Madrid
The home of Real Madrid since 1947 and the host stadium for the 2010 Champions League final, the Bernabéu is one extremely intimidating stadium for an opposing team to play.
With a capacity of 80,354, this stadium is easily not only one of the loudest stadiums in Europe, but also one of the most intimidating, mainly because of its size.
And with Real Madrid usually having a good product on the pitch, opposing teams rarely do get a good result here.
1. Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) - Opened 1926 - Home of Inter Milan and AC Milan
The home of both Inter Milan and AC Milan, the San Siro is probably the most intimidating football stadium for a team to play in.
With a capacity of 80,074, it is not only massive but when it is filled the atmosphere gets crazy, which causes it to truly be one of the loudest stadiums in the world in any sport.
Also with the skills that both of these Italian teams posess, very few teams can win or draw here, which causes it to be even more intimidating to opposing teams.