What makes a great football match? Is it the players, is it the occasion, is it the fans, the stadium?
Well, it is really a combination of all four—at least, this is what most ardent football fans who do the hard miles between states and countries to follow their teams will tell you.
''Remember that incredible game with the flares?'' ''That was the season when we went to that amazing stadium in The Ukraine,'' ''That was a must win game—I remember the tension in the build-up'' are some of the things you may hear these fanatics say about particularly memorable games.
But there really are certain venues which are awesome, which can brighten up even the dullest matches; where the lights, the sights, smells and sounds combine to create an intangible energy and sense of anticipation.
In the First Part, I took you on a journey to five continents and 25 extraordinary and important grounds and places:
In the following slideshow, I introduce you to the greatest 25 of football arenas and locations, places where history has been written and which will bear witness to many more pulsating encounters, controversy and glory.
Feast your eyes!