Football Fans Guide to Football Stadiums in Europe
If you are a football fan, you are probably already familiar with the fact that this noble sport originated in England and quickly became #1 entertainment on the Old Continent. It soon spread worldwide, and people from every part of the Earth accepted it and fell in love with it.
However, its cradle is still Europe, and it seems that Europeans have a specific passion for it – especially when it comes to nurturing the culture that revolves around football.
Stadiums of Europe are the epicentres of the biggest football events in the world. Here are some of the most famous stadiums.
Barcelona is a beautiful city with a rich history and amazing architecture. Apart from the Gaudi’s buildings, another important architectural giant is Camp Nou, home to Barcelona Football Club. It is probably the biggest stadium in Europe, and it can take a total of 99,354 spectators. If you happen to be in Barcelona during a home match of the club – feel free to visit it and feel the thrill.
Wembley is the national stadium of the English football team. However, with a slightly different history, the stadium grabs as much attention – it is the stadium on which many celebrities are doing their concerts, some of which are pretty memorable as well. The stadium can take up to 90,000 people and is one of the many stadiums that you need to visit when in London.
Stade de France
The French had their national stadium built way before the English (Wembley was built in 2007, Stade de France in 1998). The stadium was initially built for the purpose of playing the FIFA World Cup finals in 1998 on this very stadium. However, they also use it for various other purposes, including the Rugby World Cup finals.
The eternal enemy of the FC Barcelona is Real Madrid, a football club coming from the capital of Spain. Their stadium is called Santiago Bernabeu, and it takes up to 81,044 spectators. It is also home to the national football team of Spain. The same goes as for Camp Nou – if you are in Madrid, this is one of the architectural wonders that you must visit.
The original name of Luzhniki is Central Lenin Stadium, and it was opened in Moscow back in 1956. At the moment, it takes up more than 80,000 spectators and was the main stadium of 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia. At one point, the attendance of the game between the USSR and Italy in 1963 was more than 100,000.
Italy also has its stadium-representative, and it is home to AC Milan from Milano. It is actually a really old venue, built back in 1925. However, Milan is not the only club to use this venue. In fact, Inter Milan also uses it for official games. When the two teams play – you are up for a great atmosphere in a duel called Derby Della Madonnina. The stadium takes up to 80,000 spectators.