It's said that home is where the heart is and, for fans around the world, their teams' stadiums invariably hold a great deal of emotional significance.

Many of these grounds, in fact, are as an integral a part of a club or nation's tradition as the most momentous matches and iconic players, and have become a source of immense pride as a result. Think, for example, of the fabled and soon-to-be-revamped Camp Nou, the definitive symbol of Catalan pride, or of Wembley, whose gleaming, distinctive new arch looks set to replace the famous twin towers in English hearts.

These stadiums in Barcelona in London are, in fact, typical of an elite group that can be considered veritable works of art in engineering terms, with Milan's San Siro, Berlin's Olympiastadion, Madrid's Bernabeu, Manchester's Old Trafford, Lisbon's Estadio da Luz and Munich's Allianz Arena other prime examples.

Yet a stadium cannot, of course, be judged merely on its size and physical appearance, with atmosphere surely at least as important in deciding what is a truly great arena. There will doubtless be plenty of users, for example, who declare that no football experience can compete with an Old Firm derby at Celtic Park, a Superclasico at the Bombonera or hearing the Anfield Kop in full voice during a UEFA Champions League match.

Others will surely point out that few stadiums can replicate the intensity on show at Olympiakos' Karaiskakis Stadium or Galatasaray's Ali Sami Yen Stadi, while Feyenoord's De Kuip, Marseille's Velodrome and Borussia Dortmund's Westfalenstadion may all feature on the basis of their atmospheres alone.

Brazilians, meanwhile, are sure to protest that legendary venues such as the Maracana, Mineirao or Morumbi should come into contention, while their South American neighbours in Uruguay are just as proud of Montevideo's Centenario. Mexico's magnificent Azteca must also feature prominently in the reckoning, while African users may well opt to stress the merits of Cairo International Stadium in Egypt or South Africa's FNB/Soccer City.

There are no shortage of contenders in Asia either, with Tehran's Azadi Stadium an obvious example, while our North American users have a plethora of magnificent modern arenas from which to choose should they opt to look within their continent. Indeed, with such a vast variety of truly superb stadiums dotted around the world, it is near-impossible to provide a definitive answer on which of them is the best.

That is why we at are once again leaving it down to you, our users, to debate the issue and will be looking on with great interest to see if a consensus is reached.