Europe's Must-Visit Soccer Stadiums

The 10 best venues to witness the beautiful game.

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Camp Nou

Soccer fans travel from all around the world to witness the atmosphere inside the Camp Nou when FC Barcelona walk out onto the pitch. The stadium, which opened in 1957, is the largest in all of Europe with a capacity of just over 99,000. Supporters of the Catalan club can tour the stadium on days when there isn't a game and experience multimedia exhibits and see iconic memorabilia.

Signal Iduna Park

Borussia Dortmund may not be the most successful club in Germany (FC Bayern Munich holds that honor), but when it comes to the atmosphere inside the stadium, they might have the best supporters in all of Europe. Inside Signal Iduna Park on the southern terrace, the "Yellow Wall" stands 25,000 strong, and their creative imagery and rowdy support are as intimidating as it gets.

Wembley Stadium

If you're a fan of the other kind of football, you've probably heard of Wembley Stadium. Over the past few seasons, teams from the National Football League have made the journey across the pond to play American football for their fans abroad. Typically though, the largest soccer stadium in the U.K. hosts the England national soccer team and a number of other important matches throughout the tiers of English soccer. Outside the stadium, a statue of Bobby Moore (captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup) welcomes visitors to the home of English soccer.

Parc des Princes

Shouts of "Allez Paris" can be heard around the Parc des Princes on game day. Opened in 1972 and home to Paris Saint-Germain of Ligue 1, "Princes' Park" was once the hunting ground for the royal family. Today, the ground is best known for its iconic and unique exterior design and raucous home supporters.

Old Trafford

One of the richest and recognizable soccer teams in the world call Old Trafford home. Manchester United is estimated to be worth just over $3 billion, and they have won the English league a record 20 times. Old Trafford, sometimes referred to as "The Theatre of Dreams," is the second largest soccer stadium in the United Kingdom, and fans of the Red Devils can tour the stadium and go behind the scenes.

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Located in Madrid, the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is the home stadium of one of the most iconic teams in the world, Real Madrid. The stadium opened in 1947 and since then, some of the greatest to ever play the game (Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane) have worn the famous white jersey of Real.

Anfield

"You'll Never Walk Alone" is more than a motto at Anfield; it embodies the past and present of Liverpool FC who play their home matches at the historic stadium. Prior to kickoff, supporters raise their scarves and sing those words made famous by Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963. It's an experience that will leave you with goosebumps, whether you're a fan of the Reds or not.

Celtic Park

With a capacity of 60,411, Celtic Park is the largest soccer stadium in Scotland. "Paradise," as it's referred to by Celtic FC supporters, is in Parkhead, Glasgow, and opened in 1892. To witness a rivalry unlike any other in sports, visit Celtic Park when the Old Firm (Celtic and their bitter rivals Rangers FC) get together for one of their historic clashes.

Craven Cottage

Situated on the edge of the River Thames, Craven Cottage is the oldest soccer stadium in London and has been the home to Fulham FC since 1896. The old-school ground's most unique feature is its pavilion, which was built to accommodate players since the architect forgot to add locker rooms to his original design.

Stadio Olimpico

When it opened in 1937, the Stadio Olimpico was called the Stadio dei Cipressi. It wasn’t until the 1960 Olympics in Rome that it was renamed. The venue hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the games, and three decades later it hosted the deciding match of the 1990 World Cup. Today, both SS Lazio and AS Roma of the Italian league play their home matches at the Stadio Olimpico.

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