5. The Maracana
When you mention football, Brazil is the country that first comes to your mind with its rich heritage and passion towards the game. The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro is one iconic stadium in the country. It is the same stadium where Uruguay triumphed against Brazil in the 1950 World Cup in front of 200 thousand fans. It is the same stadium where Mario Goetze scored 2014 World Cup winning goal against Argentina. Brazilian legend Pele has scored number of goals at the stadium and also Brazil won the Olympic Gold at the very stadium in the 2016 final against Germany. One has to visit a stadium with such a rich history.
4. Camp Nou
Surely Barcelona aren’t having the greatest of times right now but we surely know things will get better with time. Camp Nou is the home stadium for the Spanish giants Barcelona. The stadium has the largest capacity in European football with more than 99,000 fans being able to watch the game live at the stadium. The stadium hosted the 1989 Champions League final between AC Milan and Bucharest where Milan won 4-0 and also the epic 1999 Champions League final between Manchester United and FC Bayern where United won 2-1 with two late goals in the stoppage time.
3. Santiago Bernabeu
From one Spanish giant to another, Real Madrid have their home stadium at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Los Blancos are arguably the most successful club both in the La Liga and the Champions League by winning 33 and 12 titles respectively. It has a capacity of 81,000 spectators and it has hosted 4 European finals including the one between Inter Milan and FC Bayern in 2010 where Inter won 2-0. It is also used for Spain’s national team games as the nation doesn’t have a specific home ground assigned to it.
2. Estadio Centenario
The Centenario is referred as the home ground for the Uruguayan national team with the stadium located in the capital of Uruguay, Montevideo. It hosted the first ever FIFA World Cup in 1930 and that is why along with Argentina, Uruguay have requested to host the 2030 World Cup marking the 100 years of the tournament. The atmosphere is quite intimidating at the stadium as Uruguay normally enjoy a dominant spell at the stadium.
1. Estadio Azteca
Pele and Maradona are two of the greatest players to bless the sport. Both these players had special moments at the Estadio Azteca in the Mexican capital Mexican City. Pele won the World Cup with Brazil in 1970 at the very stadium scoring a header and assisting in another in the final while Maradona scored the famous “Hand of God” goal at this stadium and also one of the goals of the 20th century dribbling past English players and scoring past the goalkeeper. The stadium has a capacity of 87,000 and is one of the most iconic stadiums in the football world.