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28. Sukru Saracoglu 

Stadium facts

  • Location Istanbul, Turkey
  • Opened 1908
  • Tenants Fenerbahce
  • Capacity 53,715
  • Record attendance Unknown

The birthplace of Turkish football: the site upon which Fenerbahce currently operate was once known as the Field of the Priest – and was where the original Istanbul Football League kicked off soon after Englishman Henry Pears brought the game to the region.

It’s since ticked off numerous other records: Fener became the first Turkish club to own their stadium, which soon became the country’s largest. It has been systematically dismantled and rebuilt, one stand at a time between 1999 and 2006, but has preserved what made it special: a straightforward, straight-sided box, it’s hugely imposing, but with all the bells, whistles and legroom you’d expect from a UEFA Category 4 Arena once you’re inside.

As it’s situated in the Asian portion of the great city, very little beats arriving via ferry from the western side – dirty Besiktas territory, to the locals – and strolling up to this impressive monolith. – NM

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27. Juventus Stadium

Stadium facts

  • Location: Turin, Italy
  • Opened: 2011
  • Tenants: Juventus
  • Capacity: 41,475
  • Record attendance: 41,182

Owning their own stadium has helped Juventus set a standard the rest of Serie A has been unable to match. Although they have started the 2015/16 campaign badly, they have won the league in each of the four seasons since the Juventus Stadium opened – and as the only major Italian club to own their own home, they are reaping the financial rewards of their modern facility.  

The Turin giants were savvy enough to buy the Stadio Delle Alpi site from the local council for €25m in 2003 – and wise enough to realise that, with the city’s population falling, they didn’t need to replace the 70,000-capacity Italia 90 stadium like-for-like. As a result they have a bustling, atmospheric stadium in which even the most distant seat is only 49 metres from the action.  

That it opened in September 2011 with a match against Notts County was a nice nod to the club’s history: the Bianconeri hosted the side responsible for Juve’s switch to their now-synonymous black-and-white shirts back in 1903. – AD

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