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The 18 Most Architecturally Striking Soccer Stadiums in Europe

by Rick Anderson

Soccer, the world’s most popular sport, packs passionate supporters into stadiums around the globe. And while it’s debatable which continent has the best fans, it’s in Europe—where storied teams such as Manchester United, F.C. Barcelona, and Bayern Munich play—that we see the most architecturally stunning stadiums. And with soccer being a lifeline for many Europeans, all of these structures are sure to be packed to capacity on a weekly basis with devoted fans. From the craggy rocks in the south of France that surround Stade Louis II in Monaco to the colorfully lit Allianz Stadium in the Germany, AD survey’s all fifty countries in Europe to whittle down the top eighteen soccer stadiums in throughout the continent.

Parc des Princes, Paris, France

Team: Paris Saint-Germain Built: 1972 Architect: Roger Taillibert Capacity: 47,929

National Stadium Warsaw, Poland

Team: Polish National Soccer Team Built: 2012 Architects: JSK Architekci, gmp, Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, sbp Capacity: 58,145

Luzhniki Stadium Moscow, Russia

Team: Russian National Soccer Team Built: 1956 (most recently renovated in 2017) Architects: PA Arena, Gmp Architekten and Mosproject Capacity: 81,000

Spiros Louis Stadium, Athens, Greece

Team: AEK Athens F.C. Built: 1982 (renovated in 2004) Architect: Santiago Calatrava Capacity: 70,000

Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania

Teams: FC Steaua București and FC Dinamo București Built: 2011 Architect: Gerkan, Marg & Partners Capacity: 55,700

St. James' Park, Newcastle, England

Team: Newcastle United F.C. Built: 1892 (expanded in 2000) Architects: TTH Architects, Gateshead UK Capacity: 52,000

Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

Team: S.L. Benfica Completed: 2003 Architect: Damon Lavelle (Principal at Populous) Capacity: 65,000

Stade Louis II, Monaco, France

Team: AS Monaco FC Built: 1985 Architects: Henri Pottier, Philippe Godin, and Jacques Rechsteiner Capacity: 18,480

Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

Team: F.C. Barcelona Built: 1957 (renovated in 2008) Architects: Francesc Mitjans Miró and Josep Soteras Mauri, and Lorenzo García Barbón Capacity: 99,355

Allianz Stadium, Munich, Germany

Team: Bayern Munich Built: 2005 Architects: Herzog & de Meuron, Arup Capacity: 71,000

Wembley, London, England

Teams: Various Built: 2007 Architects: HOK Sport, Foster + Partners Capacity: 90,000

San Siro, Milan, Italy

Teams: AC Milan, Inter Milan Built: 1926 (renovated in 1990) Architects: Alberto Cugini, Ulisse Stacchini Capacity: 85,000

Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Team: Borussia Dortmund Built: 1974 (renovated in 2006) Architect: Planungsgruppe Drahtler Capacity: 80,667

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain

Team: Real Madrid Built: 1947 (renovated between 2001 and 2006) Architects: Manuel Muñoz Monasterio, Luis Alemany Soler, Antonio Lamela Capacity: 85,450

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Team: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg Built: 2017 Architect: Kisho Kurokawa Capacity: 68,000

Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France

Team: Olympique de Marseille Built: 1937 (renovated in 2014) Architects: Henri Ploquin, SCAU Capacity: 67,400

Anfield, Liverpool, England

Team: Liverpool Built: 1884 (renovated in 1998) Architect: Archibald Leitch Capacity: 45,522

Old Trafford, Manchester, England

Team: Manchester United Built: 1910 (renovated in 2006) Architect: Archibald Leitch Capacity: 75,730

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