World Cup season is now in full frenzy as we look forward to the last round of group matches before moving into the quarter-finals. However, football fever doesn’t necessarily have to end when the tournament is done. Here are some of the best football stadiums in the world where might catch a few matches while waiting for World Cup 2022.
1. Wembley Stadium
Dubbed as ‘The Home of Football, Wembley Stadium is one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world. Reopened in 2007 in place of the original Wembley Stadium, which was built in 1923, the new Wembley Stadium features an enormous seating capacity and offers an atmosphere like no other. Wembley Stadium is primarily the home of the English national football team but also hosts the FA Cup final. With 90,000 seats, it is the largest stadium in the United Kingdom and the second-largest stadium in Europe. The stadium’s most striking feature is ‘The Arch’, which is a 133m tall arch that sits above the north stand and is visible right across London.
2. Luzhniki Stadium
Located in Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium, the largest stadium in Russia, hosted the fantastic opening ceremony to this year’s FIFA World Cup as well as the first match. It will also be the stage for the final in a few weeks. This incredible stadium is no stranger to large-scale events, having previously hosted the UEFA Champions League Final, 1980 Olympic Games, and much more. Having been renovated three times since the Olympic Games in 1980, Luzhniki Stadium features a classic Soviet façade and offers stunning views of the city.
3. The Maracana
Tenants: Brazil, Flamengo, Fluminense, Botafogo
The Maracana is truly one of the greatest venues in the football world. Located in Rio de Janeiro, the iconic stadium is one of only 2 stadiums in history to have hosted two FIFA World Cup finals. As the largest stadium in Brazil, it is utilized by several domestic teams. The Maracana also hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. However, this venue is most well-known for the 1950 FIFA World Cup Final, in which Uruguay pulled off one of the greatest upsets in history by defeating Brazil. The historic match recorded almost 200,000 people in attendance.
4. Camp Nou
Tenants: FC Barcelona
The world-renowned Camp Nou is the home of FC Barcelona, one of the world’s most decorated football clubs. From Diego Maradona to Lionel Messi, the turf of this Spanish stadium has been graced by legends and superstars from the past and present. With a capacity of almost 100,000, Camp Nou is Europe’s largest football stadium. It has hosted 2 Champions League finals, five FIFA World Cup matches, and the final of the football competition of the 1992 Summer Olympics. During the offseason, this historic venue serves as a top tourist destination and offers fantastic stadium/trophy cabinet tours.
5. Allianz Arena
Tenants: Bayern Munich
The spectacularly designed Allianz Arena is one of the most stunning venues in world football. Home to one of the most successful football clubs in the world in Bayern Munich, the relatively new Allianz Arena has seen its fair share of glory. Widely known for its design, it is the only stadium in Europe to contain a full color changing exterior. The Allianz Arena’s innovative, luminous exterior concept has been subsequently adopted in sports stadiums in the US. Major events held by this venue include the 2012 Champions League Final and matches from the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In 2020, the Allianz Arena will be one of the playing venues of the European Championship.