Most intimidating ground
The stadium's full name is actually Estadio Alberto J.Armando, but is commonly referred to as La Bombonera, meaning the Chocolate Box, a reference to its shape - one totally flat stand along one side and then 3 other sheer sides, rising up almost vertically, giving the stadium fantastic acoustics."Take a walk on the wild side" sang Lou Reed, apparently about a journey around tough New York. Situated as it is in the colourful La Boca area of Buenos Aires, a Superclasico trip into this neighbourhood for the more upper-class followers of River Plate is precarious in itself. If there's a more intimidating place for away fans who watch football live or opposition players to have to play it, then we've yet to come across it.An army of police were needed to calm down the aggressive crowd, with vodka bottles and knives being thrown on the pitch in protest of the former unpopular president's presence at the game.With police constantly needed to stop objects being thrown on the pitch, La Bombonera's status as an intimidating place to go and play football is easily justified.In a country full of impressively grand stadiums; the San Siro in Milan and Rome's Stadio Olimpico to name but a few, one Italian football home stands head and shoulders above its rivals in terms of its ability to intimidate.The Stadio San Paolo, the humble abode of Serie A giants Napoli, allows its uniquely NOwned by the government, the second largest football stadium in Georgia has a fearsome reputation, mainly as a result of a Euro 2004 qualifying match which saw the Republic of Ireland arrive in the capital Tblisi.
Located in Mecidiyekoy, one of Istanbul's roughest urban areas, the Ali Sami Yen is the complete package - dodgy both inside and outside the stadium.
When a stadium is named after a field marshal who was mortally wounded during the Greek war of independence, it's safe to say that there will be some acts of violence in the stands.