FourFourTwo's 100 Best Football Stadiums in the World: 90-81

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rhein energie

84. RheinEnergie Stadion

Stadium facts

  • Located Cologne, Germany
  • Opened 1923
  • Tenants Cologne
  • Capacity 50,000
  • Record attendance 76,000

It might have a name to make Cologne fans wince, but their neat RheinEnergieStadion – the third ground on the same patch of land – is one of Germany’s best.

It could have been very different had the city got its way to host matches at the 1974 World Cup. Cologne’s bid was rubber-stamped with the promise of a spanking new 80,000-capacity Mungersdorfer Stadion, but spiralling costs – almost four times as much as expected – meant it was finished late.

That’s “late” as in November 1975, meaning poor Cologne didn’t get to welcome World Cup-goers until 2006 when their renovated 61,000-capacity ground was brought down to 50,000 and purpose-built for football. Fit for Joe Cole howitzers against Sweden, for example.

inside rhein energie

These days you’re likely to find Lukas Podolski knocking about in his favourite place – the two-time Cologne hero has a box there that’s more like a small apartment. - JB 


83. Daegu Stadium

Stadium facts

  • Location Daegu, South Korea
  • Opened 2001
  • Tenants Daegu FC
  • Capacity 66,422
  • Record attendance 63,483

Daegu may be known locally for textiles and delicious apples, but in football terms the massive stadium out to the east of Korea’s third-largest city will likely be best remembered for one game.

In 2002, South Korea and Turkey enjoyed what was possibly the best third-place play-off ever, featuring two teams that still couldn't quite believe what had happened over the previous few weeks. In what was perhaps the friendliest atmosphere ever for an international match, Hakan Suker opened the scoring after just 11 seconds – the fastest goal in World Cup history – and Turkey ultimately won 3-2.

It was a fittingly attractive fixture for a very eye-catching stadium, nicknamed Blue Arc. Nestling in the mountains and retaining much more of a countryside feel than many Korean venues, it can nevertheless create a decent atmosphere when the two massive stands down the sides are full – although that rarely happens these days with the local team struggling. - JD

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