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Anfield may currently be Liverpool’s home but it was their rival Everton’s first stadium, with the Toffees departing after a rent dispute. FIFA.com looks at the history of one of English football’s most iconic stadiums.
Wembley Stadium is 90 years old today and FIFA.com takes a look back at the stadium's proud and illustrious history. The stadium has seen European showpiece finals and plenty of drama for the English national side.
Marseille's Stade Velodrome has hosted six FIFA World Cup™ matches in all, including two semi-finals 60 years apart (1938 and 1998). And the wildly exuberant fans that flock to the stadium every Sunday reflect the wide diversity of the population of this famous Mediterranean port.
The history of the Olympiastadion in München is inextricably linked with the goal-scoring exploits of Gerd Der Bomber Muller. Who else but Germany's all-time leading goal scorer could have christened the stadium in such sensational style on 26 May 1972?
The Signal Iduna Park is not just the biggest stadium in Germany, it is also one of the most beautiful in the world. The arena, which hosted FIFA World Cup matches in 1974 and in 2006, was officially opened 40 years ago today.
The San Siro - or to give its official name, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza - is the proud home of two of Italy's great football clubs, AC Milan and Internazionale. It is also no exaggeration to call it a symbol for football lovers the world over, in much the same way La Scala resonates far beyond Milan for opera aficionados.
Officially named the Estadi del FC Barcelona during construction, Barcelona's home ground has always been popularly known as the Camp Nou. Acknowledging the significance of that name, during the 2000/01 season the club conducted a postal ballot of its members, asking them to choose which of the two should be recognised once and for all as the stadium’s official name. Needless to say, the majority of the votes were for “Camp Nou”.
The story of the mythical Santiago Bernabeu Stadium leads inevitably to the history of its regal owners, Real Madrid, an institution which in 2000 was recognised by FIFA as the Club of the Century. Enduring greats such as Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas, Emilio Butragueno, Ronaldo, Raul and Zinedine Zidane have all graced the Bernabeu's sacred turf in the famous all-white strip.
The spiritual home of Swedish football, the atmospheric Rasunda stadium in Solna provided the backdrop for Pele's spectacular entrance onto the world stage in 1958 when the then 17-year-old helped inspire Brazil to FIFA World Cup™ glory.
Mexico City's fabled Estadio Azteca has been the backdrop for some of history's most unforgettable FIFA World Cup™ moments. Pele's last sparks of invention on the world stage, a final glimpse of the old Jules Rimet Cup and Maradona's famous goals against England in 1986 all took place on the lush grass of the vintage North American gem.
Maracanã - Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Rio De Janeiro
There are few stadiums in the world that can rightly claim to be truly historic monuments as well as sporting arenas. But the Estadio Jornalista Mario Filho, or the Maracana as it is popularly known, with its enormous expanse, huge seating capacity and majestic architecture, is definitely one of them.
Montevideo's Estadio Centenario stands at a profound crossroads of past and present on the face of planet football. A monument to South America's steadfast love for the game, the concrete colossus with a capacity of 100,000 was the main stage on which the drama of the inaugural FIFA World Cup™ unfolded - introducing the world to the irrefutable notion of football as the one truly global game.