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26. Cairo International Stadium

Stadium facts

  • Located Cairo, Egypt
  • Opened 1960
  • Tenants Al Ahly, Egypt 
  • Capacity 74,100
  • Record attendance 120,000+

One of the largest and loudest stadiums in Africa, the Cairo International Stadium had a reputation as a wild, exciting and sometimes dangerous venue before its renovation in time for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.

Huge crowds used to cram inside, often far beyond its official capacity: at least 120,000 fans are said to have taken in the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations Final, in which the host nation defeated Cameroon. It has been tamed slightly since then, although you wouldn't have known it when Egypt won the 2006 tournament, this time against Ivory Coast, on a febrile night in the capital.

The stadium has held many Egyptian derby fixtures between Al Ahly and Zamalek – one of world football's unmissable occasions before tragic recent events intervened in the country – and remains the physical and spiritual home of a national team currently looking to scale its old heights once more. – NA 

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25. Olympiyskiy

Stadium facts

  • Location Kiev, Ukraine
  • Opened 1923 
  • Tenants Ukraine, Dynamo Kiev 
  • Capacity 70,050
  • Record Attendance 100,062

Renovated for Euro 2012, when it hosted the final, Ukraine’s 70,000-capacity national stadium was re-opened with a performance by Shakira, who is ready to open any stadium whenever, wherever.

In 1923 the venue started out life as the Red Stadium of Trotsky, later becoming the Republican Stadium of Khrushchev before being renamed the plain old Olympic Stadium in 1996. It was a justified, if delayed, moniker: the stadium had hosted some Olympic football matches during the Moscow Games of 1980.

The arena had previously been a rather sparse two-tiered bowl with no roof, not exactly aiding fans’ attempts to keep warm as winter drew near. Now it’s as modern as any top stadium in western Europe – it has a roof and everything, as well as a particularly dazzling circular exterior.

As well as Dynamo Kiev, Dnipro also played European matches at the UEFA Category 4 venue last season because of safety concerns elsewhere in Ukraine. – CF

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