Most intimidating stadiums
Televised games from the ground left viewers stunned - pictures taken hours before the kick-off showed a stadium already packed with delirious fans, jumping up and down in unison, with friendly messages such as "Welcome to Hell".And their was no let up, the atmosphere reaching fever-pitch shortly before kick off, continuing throughout the entire game, a relentless mass of male bodies moving and chanting.Home ground of the legendary Penarol, the Estadio Centenario is also home to bitter rivals Nacional for their big games, including the Montevideo derby.Sited in the city's Parque Batlle area, the stadium has a great history - built to celebrate both 100 years of Uruguay's independence and also the first World Cup finals, it has been the scene of many great games.Shocked by the level of hostility and abuse, the Socceroos couldn't handle it and it cost them the game.Back on the domestic front, its the Penarol-Nacional derby that the stadium almost lives for.With an athletics track running around the pitch the fans are a bit further away from the players than most of the other grounds in the top ten, "thank God" think the players - big games in the 'Marakana' are harrowing enough for the opposition without the fans being right next to them.
The Croatian and Zagreb fans are renowned for their noise and movement on the terraces, creating an almost mesmerising effect for opposition players and fans alike.And what a stadium it is - a proper football ground that, despite extensive renovation in the 90's, retains a really traditional feel to it, almost a throwback to the 60's and 70's.This is something that's not lost on the Feyenoord supporters, who genuinely love their stadium, they take a pride in it that's second to none in football.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.
It's like a gentle Sunday morning stroll down to the newsagents in comparison with trips to our 10 intimidating stadiums from around the world...