Last Updated on December 14, 2023 by

Football is the most popular sport in the world, and even basketball cannot compete with it in popularity. Aside from having the best football clubs and top football stars in the world, Europe also has some of the most famous football stadiums in the world.

In this post, we will explore the best ten of the most famous football stadiums in the world, including San Siro in Italy, Camp Nou in Barcelona, Wembley in England, Maracana in Brazil, Old Trafford in England, and Santiago Bernabeu, as well as the Allianz Football Stadium, Candy Box Stadium, and Westfalen Stadium in Germany.

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

1. San Siro, Italy

  • Home of Inter Milan and AC Milan
  • Five-star stadium in Europe
  • Location: San Siro district, Milan, Italy

The San Siro Stadium, also known as Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, was built in Milan, Italy, in 1925. Apart from being a five-star UEFA stadium, it is also home to two of the best football teams in history, Inter Milan and AC Milan. There is no doubt that the stadium is one of the most famous in the world. It is a five-star stadium for UEFA.

In San Siro, the stadium is supported by four traditional british-style pillars and can hold 85,700 people. Numerous world-class football matches have taken place at the San Siro Stadium, including four UEFA Champions League finals and six matches during the 1990 World Cup. It also hosted the Champions League finals in 1965, 1970, 2001 and 2016.

2. Camp Nou, Barcelona

  • Home of La Liga Barcelona
  • World’s second largest football stadium
  • Location: Spain

Barcelona’s Camp Nou was built in 1957 and is the home of the La Liga giants.

A five-star stadium and one of the most famous stadiums in the world, it is the largest football stadium in continental Europe. 

During the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Camp Nou stadium’s capacity increased to 120,000 seats, making it the second largest stadium in the world, second only to North Korea’s Wuyi Stadium. Camp Nou has hosted all Barcelona home matches since 1957, as well as the European Champions Cup, European Super Cup, King’s Cup, and semi-finals of the 1982 World Cup.

The Nou Camp is the home ground of Barcelona, where many great players have played, such as Messi, Ronaldinho, Figo, Cruyff, Maradona, who have made Spanish fans the most loyal fans of the club for generations. About 2 million tourists visit the Nou Camp each year.

3. Wembley Stadium, United Kingdom

  • British football’s symbol
  • Home of the England national team

A London stadium with a rich history dating back to 1923, Wembley Stadium witnessed England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup. The stadium hosts major domestic sports events such as the FA Cup and League Cup, and has become a symbol of British football. Known as the world’s greatest stadium and the temple of football, it is considered the best in the world.

This stadium was rebuilt in 2007 and has a diameter of nearly 300 meters. It has a 52-meter stand and the world’s largest single-arch marker is 133 meters high. It accommodates 96,924 fans. Featuring a retractable floating roof, it is the largest football stadium in the world and the largest in Europe.

4. Maracanã Stadium, Brazil

  • The world’s largest football stadium in the past
  • Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a professional football stadium that hosted the 1950 and 2014 World Cups, A world-famous football stadium, it is the most iconic stadium in Brazil, the kingdom of football. It is the largest stadium in the world, having accommodated up to 200,000 fans in the past. It is regarded as a holy place for Brazilian football fans.

For safety reasons, the Maracana Stadium’s capacity was reduced to 80,000 during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, In addition, it is the largest professional football stadium in Brazil.

Besides hosting the World Cup, the Maracana Stadium also hosted the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Olympics.The entrance of the stadium is adorned with the footprints of famous Brazilian stars. A holy Mecca for Brazilian players, the Maracana Stadium has also witnessed historic moments like Pele’s 1,000th goal.

5. Old Trafford stadium, United Kingdom

  • Home of Manchester United
  • Five-star stadium in Europe

The Old Trafford stadium was built in 1908 and is located in Stretford, Greater Manchester.

As the home of Manchester United Football Club, the “Dream Theater” is revered by Manchester United fans.

As the second largest football stadium in the UK and one of the three major UEFA five-star stadiums, Old Trafford has about 76,000 spectator seats. It is also the most famous football stadium in the world. 

Old Trafford has hosted numerous major football matches over the years, including the 1966 England World Cup, the 1996 England Euro Cup, the 2012 London Olympics football match, and the 2003 UEFA Champions League final. The “Football Dream Factory” also hosted Olympic football finals in 1948 and 2012.

6. Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain

  • Home of Real Madrid
  • Five-star stadium in Europe
  • Location: Spain

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is located in Madrid, Spain and is named after Real Madrid legend Santiago Bernabeu.

One of the most famous football stadiums in the world, it is the home of Real Madrid Football Club.Among the largest football stadiums in Europe, the Bernabeu Stadium has been expanded several times and can accommodate 88,000 spectators. In addition to the 1957, 1969, 1980, and 2010 Champions League finals, the Bernabeu Stadium also hosted the 1964 Spanish European Cup final and the 1982 World Cup final.

The Bernabeu Stadium holds a special place in the hearts of Real Madrid fans. It holds the 13 Champions League Holy Grails and the footprints of superstars such as Di Stefano, Raul, and Ronaldo.

This stadium is home to Real Madrid and can host over 1 million tourists each year, La Liga and Champions League games as well as King’s Cup matches are held here from August to May.

7. Allianz Arena, Murihe, Germany

  • Location: Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Bayern Munich Football Club plays at the Allianz Football Stadium in Murihe, Germany, one of Europe’s most modern football stadiums.Its exquisite structure and magnificent appearance have made it the pride of Munich and even Germany, and it is one of the world’s most famous football stadiums. In addition to housing more than 75,000 people, the Allianz Football Stadium is composed of 2,874 diamond-shaped structures, which resemble a white kayak. The Allianz Football Stadium also hosted the opening ceremony of the 2006 World Cup.

8. La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Logo of the Argentina football team
  • Home of Boca Juniors
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Candy Box Stadium was built in 1940 in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. It has a capacity of 49,000 people. A famous football field, the Sanctuary of Football, is a field with beautiful shapes resembling a square box filled with candy and chocolate. It is one of the symbols of Argentine football, and one of the most beautiful football fields in the world.

A candy-box-shaped stadium, Boca Juniors’ home stadium in Argentina, is home to the popular sports team.

The Brazilian legend Romario, who played here for the Brazilians, said, “I’ve been to some horrible stadiums in the world, but this is the closest thing to hell!” 

The Candy Box Stadium is an architectural marvel, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for avid football fans.

9. Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

  • Five-star stadium in Europe
  • The largest football stadium in Germany

There are 81,264 seats in the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany, also known as Signal Iduna Park Stadium. The stadium was built in 1974, and it hosted the World Cup in 1974 and 2006. It is widely considered one of the world’s best football stadiums. It is one of the five-star stadiums in Europe, the largest in Germany, and one of the best in the world.

Westfalenstadion, the home of Bundesliga giants Dortmund, is known as the Pearl of the World Cup and a world-class football temple. Westfalenstadion has always had the highest attendance rate in the Bundesliga, with more than 80,000 fans attending every game.

”A Yellow Wall” is the most famous symbol of the Westfalenstadion. With 25,000 Dormon fans cheering on the team from the open-air south stand, the Yellow Wall is Westfalenstadion’s most famous feature. In addition to wearing yellow and black shirts representing the team, and expressing their support in various patterns, the scene is quite spectacular. Europe’s Westfalenstadion is therefore known as the devil’s stadium.

10. Rungrado May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North Korea

  • World’s largest football stadium
  • Location: Ayara Island, Pyongyang, North Korea

The stadium was built on May 1, 1989, so it is called “May 1st Stadium” in Pyongyang.

With a total construction area of over 207,000 square meters and a total site area of 25,000 square meters, the complex includes over 22,000 square meters of auxiliary fields and more than 11,000 square meters of football fields. As well as 80 entrances and exits, it can accommodate 150,000 people in its entirety. This is the home of North Korean football team, with the largest stadium and football field in the world. It is a renowned venue for football matches and other events.