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18. Stadion Feijenoord

Stadium facts

  • Located Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Opened 1937
  • Tenants Feyenoord
  • Capacity 51,117
  • Record attendance 65,427

Inspired by the old Highbury, the stadium more commonly known as De Kuip (The Tub) has been Feyenoord’s home since the 1930s and quickly became a football temple. Hosting 11 European finals over the years, it became a particularly fertile ground for English teams, hosting glory nights for Tottenham (1963), Everton (1985) and Manchester United (1991) in the Cup Winners’ Cup plus Aston Villa’s 1982 European Cup Final win against Bayern Munich.

None of this could have happened had the Nazis progressed in their plan to destroy the stadium, which had been occupied by their forces. The steel and glass structure survived and it’s one of the reasons its acoustic is unique. De Kuip is all about atmosphere. For players it’s quite special, too: the tunnel that leads to the pitch depicts Feyenoord legends lifting the European Cup, while the pitch itself reputedly has the best grass in the world.

After disappointing Dutch performances in the Euro 2016 qualifiers (all played at Amsterdam Arena), many fans want the Netherlands to play back at De Kuip. But the stadium faces its own problems, as discussions over its future continue. A year after their plans for building a new 85,000-seat stadium were rejected, Feyenoord announced the 70,000-seat redevelopment of De Kuip for 2015, but the plan was once again postponed. – MM 

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17. Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo

Stadium facts

  • Located Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Opened 1987
  • Tenants Barcelona SC
  • Capacity 75,000
  • Record attendance 102,000

From the air, it looks like a football pitch inside two giant square brackets. But once you step inside Barcelona’s massive stadium, you realise there’s much more than that. Not for nothing did Pelé call it “one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world”, a quote that now appears written on one of the walls, and signed by the Brazilian legend in 1993.

The imposing, yellowish structure is also known as El Coloso del Salado (The Colossus from the River Salado), and it was named among the most exciting grounds of the Copa Libertadores not only for the excellent construction and safety standards, but also for the atmosphere.
 

Monumental’s unusual shape also enhances the acoustic, offering an unforgettable overall experience. “Playing at El Monumental is an undescribable moment for a player,” agrees defender Frickson Erazo. “Not to mention the grass, which is like playing on a billiard table.” – MM 
 

#FFT100STADIUMS The 100 Best Stadiums in the World: list and features here