Ranking the 16 Best Stadiums in Europe for Fans to Visit

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMarch 12, 2015

Ranking the 16 Best Stadiums in Europe for Fans to Visit

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    What’s your favourite football stadium? Is it the one where your own team plays, or a far-flung destination overseas?

    Stadiums provide the backdrop to the great games we watch week in week out, but if you had the chance to visit some of them which ones would you choose?

    Here are 16 of the best from Europe.

16. Telia Parken

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    We'll be honest, FC Copenhagen's Telia Parken stadium wasn't originally intended to be on this list before last Sunday, but then we saw this video.

    The club from the Danish capital released this remarkable footage which almost turns their 3-1 Copenhagen derby win over Brondby into a video game or a feature film, and it certainly makes you want to be a part of the action. 

15. Millennium Stadium

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    Cardiff's Millennium Stadium played host to English football's FA and League Cup finals when Wembley was being redeveloped between 2001 and 2006, and everyone who visited had only positive words to say about it.

    Still occasionally used for Welsh national team matches, the very modern stadium can generate an excellent atmosphere when the roof is closed and the sound is kept in.

14. Vicente Calderon

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    Atletico Madrid's home has long been considered to be one of the cathedrals of Spanish football, but the resurgence of the Rojiblancos has given it an even greater standing on a European scale, too.

    Last season's La Liga title success and run to the final of the Champions League created some magnificent atmospheres, and they only look like getting better the more the team can compete with the traditional top two in Spain.

13. Mestalla

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    The steep terracing of Valencia's Mestalla Stadium makes the 55,000-capacity venue a stunning stadium to look at, and a brilliant one to watch a football match at too.

    A part of the Valencia skyline since 1923, there have been several attempts to take Los Che away from their famous old ground in the past, but the Mestalla remains standing.

12. Stadio Olimpico

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    The home of both Roma and Lazio, the sheer vastness of the Stadio Olimpico gives every game there a sort of theatrical look.

    The Italian capital has played host to plenty of terrific battles down the years, and the atmosphere inside the intimidating bowl can often be incredibly overwhelming.

11. Stade Velodrome

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    Marseille supporters have cultivated a reputation for being amongst the nosiest and most passionate in France, and their Stade Velodrome home bears testament to that.

    L'OM aren't always the most successful French team on the pitch, and indeed they are often the subject of controversy, but you can never doubt that their fans will always be around to make some noise.

10. Old Trafford

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    The dominant force in English football in the 1990s and 2000s, in Old Trafford Manchester United have a home befitting a club of such storied history.

    Red Devils supporters have plenty of tales to tell from epic battles at their home down the years, and they can only hope that their ground returns to the Champions League arena in the near future. 

9. Sukru Saracoglu

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    The home of Turkish giants Fenerbahce, the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul is famed for its atmosphere and its ability to seemingly intimidate visiting teams.

    No away side relishes a trip here.

8. Allianz Arena

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    Built with the 2006 World Cup in mind, the Allianz Arena in Munich is a glorious example of a modern stadium and just what you can end up with if everything is done correctly.

    With its distinctive features lighting up from the outside, the home of Bayern Munich is a fantastic piece of German engineering and a perfect setting for 21st century football.

7. Celtic Park

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    They may now have become few and far between due to Rangers' slide down the league, but watching an Old Firm derby at Celtic Park must still feature pretty high on the bucket list of plenty of football fans.

    In the absence of those matches, European nights will just have to do, and Celtic supporters continue to create spine-tingling atmospheres whenever their team plays in continental competition.

6. Anfield

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    It's not the biggest, it's not the flashiest and it doesn't offer the best views available, but there is something about Anfield which makes it such a special place to watch football.

    The storied home of Liverpool has seen plenty down the years, with the iconic Kop looming behind one of the goals and the supporters cheering on the five-time European champions through thick and thin.

5. Wembley

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    Wembley remains the destination that all English clubs want to reach, and the home of both domestic cup finals as well as the English national team.

    Redesigned and refurbished to now contain a huge arch which looms over the stadium, Wembley holds a hugely significant and special place in football history, and is a venue that all football fans should want to go to.

4. San Siro

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    When you think of Italian football you tend to think of the San Siro, with the home of both AC Milan and Inter providing the backdrop for plenty of Serie A storylines down the years.

    The distinctive corners of a ground which now holds over 80,000 spectators make it recognisable the world over, and if only its two inhabitants could get back towards the summit of the European game we'd get to see a bit more of it.

3. Santiago Bernabeu

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    Real Madrid are the most successful club in European football history and probably the most glamorous, too, and so their Santiago Bernabeu home is sure to be a popular destination for football tourists.

    Open since 1947, it now holds over 80,000 spectators and has long since take its place as one of the theatres of the European game.

2. Westfalenstadion

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    The home of Borussia Dortmund, the Westfalenstadion (or Signal Iduna Park) has become synonymous with spectacular displays of fan power and wonderful atmospheres in recent years.

    To watch a game at the 83,000-seat venue is to experience the true nature of just what supporting a club means, with the stadium's spectacular displays of yellow acting as the backdrop to one of the most watchable European clubs of the modern era.

1. Nou Camp

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    There are some venues that football fans just need to go too, though, and the Nou Camp is certainly one of those.

    If you haven't been on a tour of Barcelona's stadium or watched a game there, then the chances are that you know someone who has, and it is that attraction which gives the 99,354-seat venue our No. 1 spot. 

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