Soccer meccas

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Ranking the World's Soccer Meccas: No. 2 Estadio do Maracana

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 3-rated stadiums, Old Trafford and Anfield Road. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here. No. 2 Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Estádio do Maracanã), Rio de...

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Ranking the World's Soccer Meccas: No. 2 Estadio do Maracana

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 3-rated stadiums, Old Trafford and Anfield Road. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here. No. 2 Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Estádio do Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro Open Since:...

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 3 Old Trafford and Anfield (a draw)

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 4-rated stadium, the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here. No. 3 Old Trafford, Manchester and Anfield,...

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 3 Old Trafford and Anfield (a draw)

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 4-rated stadium, the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo, Uruguay, click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here. No. 3 Old Trafford, Manchester and Anfield, Liverpool Open...

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 4, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 5-rated stadium, the Hampden Park in Glasgow, click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here. No. 4 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay Open since:...

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 4, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 5-rated stadium, the Hampden Park in Glasgow, click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here. No. 4 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay Open since:...

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 6 Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 7-rated stadium, the Camp Nou in Barcelona, click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here.

No. 6 Estadio Bernabeu, Madrid
Open since: 1947
Capacity: 80,000
Tenant(s): Real Madrid
World Cup hosts: 1982

We have now had two stadiums in Argentina (Bombonera at No.

Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 7, Camp Nou, Barcelona

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 8-rated stadium, the Monumental in Buenos Aires click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here.

7. Camp Nou, Barcelona
Open since: 1957
Capacity: 98,000
Tenant(s): FC Barcelona
World Cup hosts: 1982

In its relatively brief (by soccer mecca standards) history, Barcelona's Camp Nou has hosted some memorable matches: a World Cup, a memorable Champions League final (very memorable for Manchester United fans) and an Olympic gold medal game, to name but a few.

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 4, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 5-rated stadium, the Hampden Park in Glasgow, click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here.

No. 4 Estadio Centenario, Montevideo, Uruguay
Open since: 1930
Capacity: 100,000
Tenant: Uruguay national team
World Cup hosts: 1930

After our three stadium sojourn in Europe for spots 5 through 7 it's back to South America with No.

Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 9, Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera), Buenos Aires

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9. Estadio Alberto J. Armando (La Bombonera), Buenos Aires
Open since: 1940 (renovated 1995-96)
Capacity: 57,395
Tenant(s): Boca Juniors
World Cup hosts: Never
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New series: Ranking the world's 'soccer meccas'

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Just like there is only one true Mecca, can really only be one true spiritual home of world soccer? Until recently, such a place existed in the form of Wembley Stadium (the most storied grounds in the capital city of the founding nation of the sport? I don't think anybody could compete with that) but the old Wembley was demolished in 2003 and replaced with a new version four years later.

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 5, Hampden Park, Glasgow

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 6-rated stadium, the Estadio Bernabeu in Madrid, click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here.

No. 5 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Open since: 1903
Capacity: 52,000
Tenant(s): Queen's Park, Scotland
World Cup hosts: Never

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Ranking the world's soccer meccas: No. 8, El Monumental, Buenos Aires

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For ranking methodology and other information about the series, see the original post. To read the about the No. 9-rated stadium, the Bombonera in Buenos Aires click here. To see all "soccer mecca" entries click here.

8. Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti (El Monumental), Buenos Aires
Open since: 1938 (renovated 1978)
Capacity: 66,000
Tenant(s): River Plate, Argentine national team
World Cup hosts: 1978
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