The game is often considered the most widespread and renowned sport in the modern world, as it has been played by an estimated 250 million players from numerous countries around the world. The game that embarked on its journey from the island nation of England has now turned out to be the favorite sport for several European, South American and other nations from various parts of the world.
Thus, football has spread from being an international sport to being played at the domestic club level and the clubs have made a place of their own in the hearts of football fans. However, alongside the jerseys and the famous players who donned them, even the football pitches have left their mark on the history of the game.
In this article, we discuss the 10 most iconic grounds in the world that host this beautiful game and one of these might be your favorite team’s home stadium as well.
10. Old Trafford, United Kingdom
The iconic European football ground is the UK’s second-largest football stadium and traces its roots back to 1910. Since then, it has been a pioneer in world football. Often known as the home ground for the popular PL club Manchester United, it hosts an audience of nearly 74,300.
Often referred to as “The Theatre of Dreams,” first said by Bobby Charlton, this ground has witnessed several United as well as England national stars who have brought glory to their sides and have led the most impactful careers in world football.
9. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
The official football home ground for the national team of Mexico and Club America is a remarkable stadium and the largest in Latin America. The stadium recorded a large attendance of 119,853 for a football match back in 1968; however, the original capacity today stands at 87,523.
The field remains to leave a special mark on the history of football, as it witnessed the two all-time legends of the game playing in their most famous World Cup victories. Pele won his last World Cup with Brazil in 1970 at this ground after defeating Italy, while later in 1986, Diego Maradona won the finals against West Germany, before which in the quarter-finals he scored both the Goal of the Century as well as the controversial “Hand of God Goal.”.
8. San Siro, Italy
The largest stadium in Italy is often known as the home stadium for arch-rivals AC Milan and Internazionale. Known to Inter fans as the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, this ground hosts over 80000 at its maximum strength.
The ground has hosted several World Cup matches as well as Champions League finals and is known to have a unique feature for the spectators. This ground has a similar eye symmetry to any part of the stadium, which provides maximum visibility.
7. Soccer City, South Africa
The First National Bank Stadium was renovated and expanded before South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010. With a magnificent look and a huge capacity of around 95,000 spectators now, the stadium hosted several crucial matches of the 2010 World Cup, including the finals played between Spain and the Netherlands, where, after a long struggle, Andres Iniesta found the back of the Dutch net.
6. Maracana Stadium, Brazil
Among the several iconic grounds, one can not leave the historic grounds of Maracana, as to date it remains the only ground recording that has exceeded attendance on multiple occasions, as many as 26 times. The largest attendance came back in the 1950 World Cup final, where Brazil was defied a win by Uruguay in front of the still-standing spectators and a large audience comprising Brazilian fans.
Also, it again shocked the world with the 2014 Germany vs. Argentina World Cup final, where Messi and co. were denied their World Cup glory by the ultimate extra-time goal from Mario Gotze.
5. Anfield Road, United Kingdom
Unlike the other stadiums in this list, this ground does not include iconic World Cup matches or record-surpassing attendance; however, it remains the most known grounds of modern football as this has been the ground for one of the most successful clubs in football recently, which is Liverpool. As Jurgen Klopp and co. have pulled wonders on this track, the dugouts have proven to be far more electrifying than their present audience capacity, which is nearing 61000.
4. Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Spain
The iconic stadium hosts games as the home stadium for Real Madrid, one of the most famous top-level teams in world football. Home to famous talents from Puskas to Zidane and CR7, the stadium is often shadowed by Camp Nou’s capacity.
With a capacity of 85,000, the ground is Spain’s 2nd largest football stadium, which was the first stadium in Europe to have hosted both a UEFA Euro final and a World Cup final as well.
3. Wembley, United Kingdom
Undoubtedly, Wembley is one of the most beautiful grounds in modern-day football. With a huge capacity of 90,000, the ground, since it was rebuilt in 2007, has witnessed several FA Cups as well as multiple Champions League matches and finals.
Widely known to have hosted the Olympic final games of 2012 and even several athletic games Wembley Stadium is nowadays usually referred to as the “The Home of Football.”.
2. Camp Nou, Spain
The home of the legendary football club Barcelona is Spain’s and Europe’s largest stadium, as well as the second-largest football stadium in the world. The ground’s huge capacity makes it one of the wonders of the world, with a planned seating capacity exceeding 105,000. The ground has witnessed almost the entire career of generational GOAT – Lionel Messi.
1. Allianz Arena, Germany
Known as FC Bayern Munich’s home stadium, the ground had a capacity of over 70,000, as it is the second largest stadium in Germany. However, despite being the second-largest stadium, it is the most popular one as it hosted the 2012 Champions League final and is also the declared venue for the 2025 Champions League final after it was shifted from 2023. This ground also witnessed the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The stadium is one of the world’s greatest stadiums and is widely known for its electrifying atmosphere.