Travelling in itself is a passion for many but it also allows you to indulge in other passions such a food, wine, architecture and sport. For soccer (or football as it is called in the UK) fans, a European trip can easily be combined with a tour of some of the continent’s most iconic stadiums. Here are just a few that are a must-visit for any football nut.
Camp Nou – Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is an incredible city and one of the most visited in Spain. It also happens to be the home of one of the biggest football teams on the planet. FC Barcelona play their home matches at the 99,354 capacity Camp Nou stadium and despite being not much more than a giant concrete bowl, the venue still inspires awe, especially on match day when a big rival is in town. However, they are in the process of changing that as the club aims to modernise the famous stadium and expand the capacity to 105,000.
If you cannot get a ticket to a game, it is still worth doing the full stadium and museum tour where you get a real sense of the football team that claims to be “More than a club.”
Anfield – Liverpool, England
There are many good reasons to visit Liverpool with its stunning riverside architecture and a thriving art and music scene; and, of course, it was the birthplace of the biggest band in history: The Beatles. But the Merseyside city is also home to one of the world’s most revered football teams.
In 2019, Liverpool claimed their sixth elite European title and took part in an enthralling Premier League title race, missing out on the trophy by a single point to Manchester City who are the pre-season football betting favourites. Their enthralling style of play and rich history has long attracted tourists from all over the world, all keen to experience the unique matchday atmosphere on offer in the 54,074 capacity stadium with its famous Kop end.
San Siro – Milan, Italy
Home to not one but two major forces in European football, the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (San Siro) plays host to the matches of Italian Serie A clubs Internazionale and Milan. The distinctive spiral concrete walkways topped by giant bars of steel really take your breath away on first viewing and fans of architecture as well as football travel from around the world to see it in the flesh. The atmosphere on derby day is second to none as fans of both sides look to outdo each other with their flag displays knows as “choreography.”
Signal Iduna Park – Dortmund, Germany
This epic venue in Germany is home to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. It holds the European record for the largest average attendance in a single season with over 81,000 fans per game during the 2015-16 campaign.
One stand, known as the Südtribüne (South Bank) holds 24,454 spectators, the most of any single terrace in European football. Thanks to the clubs colours and the fan’s habit of bringing flags and banners to the games, the stand is known as the “Yellow Wall”.
Other stadiums worth a visit
Also recommended are the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid; Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin; and the Stade Velodrome, home of French club Marseille. Travelling to any of the stadiums mentioned on this list is sure to create memories that last a lifetime for any football fan.
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