With Euro 2016 in full swing, the world’s attention is firmly fixed on football with the passion and elation it creates with every shot and pass. Nations great and small come together under one belief to will their team onto victory providing some of the greatest moments a nation can ever experience. Underdogs defy the odds to progress, legends are created and supporters brim with excitement and unite in despair.
Stadiums are the theatres where this high drama of football is played out with moments of brilliance reverberating around the stands forever more. They become places of worship enshrined in a nation’s history as the scene where champions were born. From Marco Van Basten wondrous goal in 1988 to Paul Gascoigne in 1996, stadiums tell a story like no other football fan. They are the setting for great victories and heroic defeats, the epicentre where dreams are fulfilled and broken in an instance.
Here is our definitive guide for stadiums in Europe that will be sure to have your students brimming with excitement-
Regarded as the most famous and daunting stadium in the world to play in, Camp Nou is home to the tika-taka masters, Barcelona FC. Once home to the likes of Diego Maradona, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and the current residing place of Leo Messi, Camp Nou is the ultimate stadium experience for any football fan. The heartbeat of Barcelona and a Mecca for football fans around the world, the Camp Nou Stadium Tour and Museum is a shrine to football.
Home to the one of the fiercest rivalries in the world, the San Siro is synonymous with the teams of Internazionale Milan and AC Milan. Learn about the two different cultures of the team and experience how their changing rooms are completely different in style and nature to suit their beliefs as a team. Take a walk around the museum and appreciate the historic traditions of the club as well as the many famous players who entertained the fans at the San Siro.
National stadium of France, the Stade de France is the scene where Les Bleus and Zinedine Zidane made footballing history winning the World Cup in 1998. Follow in the footsteps of Zidane, Henry, Desailly and Le Blanc and experience the magic of a stadium still very much ringing with emotion. Now venue for the 2016 European Championship final, will France again rewrite the history books and pick up the Henri Delaunay Trophy?
Formerly the twin towers, Wembley has been modernised and brought into the 21st century to meet the ever growing popularity of football on our shores. Home to the England National Team and the most famous football league competition in the world, the FA Cup, Wembley is a modern day masterpiece. It even showcases our one and only triumph, the World Cup from 1966!
Home to one of if not the most famous team in the world, Real Madrid, the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is an architectural masterpiece and is the pride of Madrid. The stadium owes its names to the legendary president of the club and on a stadium tour you can get to experience where the likes of David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo have scored goals and celebrated great victories. Students will have the chance to see the team’s impressive trophy room as well as visit the presidential box and changing rooms used by the players. A must see when visiting Madrid!
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