The beautiful game is called that, and it is not only because of the theory of the game itself. There is much more behind it, including history, ups and downs, entries in larger championships and even dealing with the tabloids. But those who love soccer have, above all else, a purpose in life, one that I am going to help you clarify and achieve today.
Discover with me which are the stadiums that, as a footballer, you should visit, and start convincing whoever it is that the next trip is going to be sports tourism (at least to a large extent), either in free visits or through excursions.
Old Trafford, Manchester (Inglaterra)
It is the stadium of Manchester United, a great among the greats with fans in all countries of the world. It is in the top 10 largest stadiums in the world, being the second in the country, and it really imposes, an emblem at a global level.
It calls itself the Theater of Dreams, a place that opened to the world in 1910 and, with a capacity for more than 75,000 people, has seen and shown a lot, a lot. So much so that he even witnessed the ravages caused by World War II, when it was bombed, causing his team to share a stadium with their great rival for a while.
It is the work of an architect specialized in football and rugby stadiums, A. Leitch, who put special care, by direct order of country influences. You can see it almost complete, including the stands and the courts and the trophies won by his team are shown.
Allianz Arena, Munich (Germany)
He is the youngest of those named and, possibly, for this reason, the most spectacular visually, since the taste and customs that we have today are far from the unimpressive way of life of decades ago. The Allianz Arena opens its doors this same millennium, in 2055.
It has a curious shape, like an inflatable boat (translated from German), something that is enhanced by the color-changing light panels, which have been placed very appropriately for this. And this “unsinkable” houses 75,000 soccer fans. It is curious that it is the official stadium of two teams, Bayer Munich and also 1860 Munich.
It is open 362 days a year to any visitor and with the ticket you can see all the space inside and in the field area as well as a museum of the emblematic club of which it is home.
Maracana, Rio (Brazil)
It is curious that the stadium of one of the top teams in the world is not enabled for matches to be held there, but, unfortunately, this is the case. Its 75,000 seats have seen more than 7 decades of football but now they are only decorative or are used to host other events on a few occasions.
And it is that you can enter, as a tour, to see the Maracana stadium. This has become a kind of museum, if you will, where we can truly contemplate the history of football. Keep an eye on the schedules, as they can change over time as it is a guided activity.
Goals and other unforgettable moments for the history of football on a global level have been experienced here. Some are the final of the 1950 World Cup itself (with which it was inaugurated as a stadium for this event, built that same year), the place where the considered best World Cup goal was scored or the first place where Germany became World Cup champion. .
Wembley, London (England)
Although, compared to the rest, it may not offer much, I think that if you are a true lover of football as such, of the sport itself and not of the athletes or the entertainment that is generated around them, this one cannot be missing.
It turns out and it happens that this is the place where the first official soccer match in the world was played, in 1923, so it couldn’t be more special. It is thanks to this playground that today it has been possible to create a business for the elderly around the planet and a sport that people of all ages love. Of course, it is important to know that this was demolished and rebuilt in 2007, so, literally, we are not visiting the same place that gave birth to the king of sports.
Knowing that, renovated, it is still used for this purpose, of course; it has not been abandoned. Being, with capacity for 90,000 people, the headquarters of the country’s selection. In addition, you can enter to visit, upon payment and with an accompanying guide, since architecturally it is a quite interesting piece.
Camp Nou, Barcelona (Spain)
The Camp Nou is undoubtedly one of the best stadiums in Spain. But in addition to being it as such, it also stands out for the personalities that have played in it. And it is that his team, the Fútbol Club Barcelona, has counted in its ranks with athletes of the highest stature, including Ronaldo, Maradona, Cruyff, Romario, Ronaldihno or Messi, who have given him more and more popularity with the passing of of the years.
In addition, it is bigger than the rest, with capacity for almost 100,000 attendees, considered one of the most important in all of Europe. It has also seen the famous 1982 World Cup as well as the 1992 Olympic Games, making Spain live a very good heyday.
If you visit it you will be able to enter the field of play, go down the same tunnels that the stars tread, contemplate all the cups that the team has won and even enjoy the Messi Spacea special place for the Argentine.