This year’s MLS season just wrapped up and Portland Timbers became the eleventh team to win the MLS Cup and add deservedly so – Not only because of their great games, but also because of their great fans. In a country where soccer still fights for the public endorsement, the Timbers Army showed just how far one team can be propelled with such excellent support. It is certainly a sight to be seen, but if you cannot wait for the next MLS season to have a great time on the Providence Park, or you simply want to have similar, top-notch soccer experience consider visiting some of these famous stadiums.
Allianz Arena, Berlin
“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” Thanks to Bayern München, this famous quote by Gary Lineker, still very much holds the truth. Although some of their fans have to travel more than 120 miles to watch their games, 75,000 seats at Bayern’s home stadium Allianz Arena are almost always filled.
Camp Nou, Barcelona
FC Barcelona is a soccer behemoth, and its home stadium is equally as imposing. With the capacity of nearly 100,000, Camp Nou is not only the largest stadium in Spain but the entire Europe as well, and Barça’s loyal fans are making sure that every single of those seats counts. All of that amounts to explosive atmosphere during some high-stakes games.
Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
How can you fit 199,845 people in the stadium with the capacity of 78,838? In order to find the answer you would first have to know that Brazilians live and die for soccer. If you have your own soccer gear, just visit some of the playing fields and make sure for yourself. After you are done, go to Maracanã, watch Flamengo, and witness just how great crowd Brazilians can be.
All English stadiums are great, but we have to point out Anfield as one of the best – if for no other reason, than because of passionate fans. Although current FC Liverpool is the far-cry from the soccer powerhouse it was couple of decades ago, its fans made sure that it is, at least, one of the best-supported clubs in Europe.
San Siro, Milan
A.C. Milan is a European legend, and its rich history was mostly written on San Siro. Now, every opportunity to watch this club live is a privilege on its own, but if you manage to catch the Derby della Madonnina between them, and their city rivals Inter, you can expect 80,000 passionate fans and rabid atmosphere.
La Bombonera, Buenos Aires
If anyone can match Brazilians, both in skill, and in their love for soccer, that would be their bitter rivals Argentinians. Their most famous stadium La Bombonera, although smaller in capacity than Maracanã, features the same passionate crowd. Wait for the Superclásico derby between Boca Juniors, and River Plate, you will be in for a treat.
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama
Of course, Europeans, and South Americans, are not the only one playing soccer. Japanese are playing too, and Nissan Stadium in Yokohama is a living testament bot to that love, and Japanese professionalism. Well-maintained grass, retractable roof, and enormous screens will put a smile on every soccer fan’s face.