The 20 Best Soccer Stadiums in the World

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As the FIFA World Cup wrapped up with one of the most exciting final games in the history of the sport, we're taking a look at the best soccer stadiums in the world.

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Soccer has s0me of the top environments in all of sports and one of the main reasons why is the stadium atmosphere. From Madrid to Melbourne. Buenos Aires to Berlin. Atlanta to Amsterdam. Stadium culture makes soccer a unique experience for everyone involved no matter where the matches are taking place.

Fans arrive hours before matches, chant the names of their favorite superstars and sing club anthems. The beauty of football being a global sport is that many stadiums are vastly different, but the supporters inside them share the same passion.

Today, we're taking a closer look at the best soccer stadiums in the world.

1. Wembley Stadium

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London, England

Team Who Plays Here: England national team

Year Opened: March 2007

Notable games: 1966 World Cup final, Barcelona vs. Manchester United (2011 UEFA Champions League final)

No list of best soccer stadiums is complete without this iconic venue! Wembley annually hosts the FA Cup final as well as numerous other big soccer matches. It's also home to England national team, who won the FIFA World Cup back in 1966 on their home soil at this venue.

2. Estadio Azteca

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Mexico City, Mexico

Team Who Plays Here: Club America, Cruz Azul and Mexico national team

Year Opened: May 1966

Notable games: 'Hand of God' 1986 World Cup Argentina vs. England

The Azteca is one of the most challenging venues to play at in the world. The altitude of the venue makes it tough for opposition and the fans are consistently some of the loudest and most passionate.

Mexico plays all their home national team matches here and often have a huge home-field advantage.

3. Ibrox Stadium

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Glasgow, Scotland

Team Who Plays Here: Rangers

Year Opened: December 1899

Notable games: Rangers home matches

Scotland has several big clubs including Celtic and Rangers, who have a bitter rivalry.

4. Estadio BBVA

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Monterrey, Mexico

Team Who Plays Here: Monterrey

Year Opened: August 2015

Notable games: 2026 FIFA World Cup

This is one of the most picture-esque stadiums in the world with the mountains directly behind.

5. Camp Nou

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Barcelona, Spain

Team Who Plays Here: Barcelona

Year Opened: February 1910

Notable games: 1982 World Cup semifinals

Barcelona has built one of the strongest rivalries in global soccer with Real Madrid. The Camp Nou has hosted so many contentious matches between the two sides.

6. La Bombonera

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Team Who Plays Here: Boca Juniors

Year Opened: February 1910

Notable games: 1978 FIFA World Cup

La Bombonera is an eccentric stadium that features so many passionate Boca Juniors fans. Their rivalry with River Plate is one of the best in the world.

7. Old Trafford

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Manchester, England

Team Who Plays Here: Manchester United

Year Opened: February 1910

Notable games: 2008 UEFA Champions League final

Man United is one of the legendary English clubs and their home venue regularly hosts incredible soccer matches.

8. San Siro

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Milan, Italy

Team Who Plays Here: AC Milan and Inter Milan

Year Opened: September 1926

Notable games: 1990 FIFA World Cup

San Siro has hosted so many amazing Serie A matches including various matches during the 1990 World Cup.

9. Santiago Bernabeu

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Madrid, Spain

Team Who Plays Here: Real Madrid

Year Opened: December 1947

Notable games: 1982 World Cup final

Real Madrid is one of the biggest and most well known clubs in the world and the Bernabeu is named after a club legend. Santiago Bernabeu was one of Madrid's first incredible talents and later went on to become club president.

10. Signal Iduna Park

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Dortmund, Germany

Team Who Plays Here: Borussia Dortmund

Year Opened: April 1974

Notable games: 2006 World Cup semifinal

Signal Iduna is known for its 'Yellow Wall' which is an ode to the amazing supporters that watch their Dortmund side.

11. Parc des Princes

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Paris, France

Team Who Plays Here: Paris Saint-Germain

Year Opened: May 1972

Notable games: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

PSG have become of the biggest clubs in European soccer and their home matches have an electric atmosphere.

12. Estadio da Luz

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Lisbon, Portugal

Team Who Plays Here: Benfica

Year Opened: October 2003

Notable games: 2014 UEFA Champions League final

Benfica is one of the top team in Portugal and their venue is definitely one of the best soccer stadiums. Their fans are super passionate and they have witnessed some magical moments for Benfica and the Portuguese national team.

13. Maracana Stadium

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Team Who Plays Here: Fluminense and Flamengo

Year Opened: June 1950

Notable games: 2014 World Cup final

The Maracana has hosted a World Cup final and it's one of the largest in the world with over 100,000 seats.

14. Metropolitano Stadium

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Madrid, Spain

Team Who Plays Here: Atletico Madrid

Year Opened: September 2017

Notable games: 2019 UEFA Champions League final

The Metropolitano has hosted contentious matches between Real and Atletico Madrid over recent years. It's truly a marvelous venue that's one of the most modernized in soccer.

15. Estadio Monumental

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Team Who Plays Here: River Plate and Argentina national team

Year Opened: May 1938

Notable games: 1978 World cup final

The Monumental normally has frantic matches whether it's at the club or international levels. Argentina has played some significant games here during World Cup qualifying and during the 1978 World Cup.

16. Johan Cruyff Stadium

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Team Who Plays Here: Ajax

Year Opened: August 1996

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The Dutch side named the venue after legendary Netherlands superstar Johan Cruyff and his legacy lives on. Ajax produce some of the best young players in the world on a yearly basis which is why they're so popular.

17. Centenario Stadium

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Montevideo, Uruguay

Team Who Plays Here: Uruguay national team

Year Opened: July 1930

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The Centenario hosted the first ever World Cup and is one of the oldest South American stadiums.

18. Anfield

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Liverpool, England

Team Who Plays Here: Liverpool

Year Opened: September 1884

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Anfield has hosted some of the best Premier League matches we've seen and Liverpool is often at the center of it. The Merseyside club has the famous Kop, where the club's most passionate fan are seated.

19. Allianz Arena

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Munich, Germany

Team Who Plays Here: Bayern Munich

Year Opened: May 2005

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Bayern Munich is the most successful German club and they regularly win the Bundesliga title. Allianz Arena does a phenomenal job of innovating and using colorful light displays to highlight important causes and obviously their beloved club.

20. San Mames Stadium

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Bilbao, Spain

Team Who Plays Here: Athletic Bilbao

Year Opened: September 2013

Notable games: Bilbao home matches

Spain has several beautiful venues but Bilbao's one of the more modern stadiums in the country. It houses all of Athletic Bilbao's games and was supposed to host several Euro 2020 matches before the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans.

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