A small, round, leather ball. Some goalposts. A handful of players. Football: a simple game turned global phenomenon and a multi-billion dollar industry.
10 years ago, 240 million from 200 countries played football on a regular basis...and then the game really took off!
A staggering 800 million people watched last year's FIFA World Cup final between Holland and Spain.
So just where are the most breathtaking, iconic and important places to watch the world's favourite game?
In the following slide show, I take you through 50 such places, taking into consideration factors such as stadium capacity, cultural importance, historical importance and atmosphere—with one interesting fact about each location.
Enjoy the show.