#10. Estadio do Maracana (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 89,000)
The stadium was built in between 1948 and 1950, and hosts many of Brazil National Team’s matches as well. The stadium was originally built for the 1950 World Cup, which Brazil had unluckily lost to Uruguay. Although its capacity is little less than 89,000, it is estimated that nearly 200,000 people had gone there to see the World Cup final between Uruguay and Brazil. It also served as the stadium for different high profile clubs of Brazil.
#9. Azadi Stadium (Tehran, Iran, 90,000)
Built in the mid 1970s, the Azadi Stadium originally means ‘Stadium of Freedom’, and had been built to host the Asian games. It also has become the home stadium of Iran and its domestic clubs such as Esteghalal FC and Persepolis FC. These clubs are from the highest tier of Iranian football.
#8. Wembley Stadium (London, UK, 90,000)
The New Wembley Stadium, will always be accused of housing less “energy” and “spirit” of football than what the earlier Wembley had, but nevertheless, it is still one of the largest stadium of the world. It also ranks among the elite stadiums of the world, listed by UEFA. It is currently, the home of England National Football Team and also has world class furnishings/equipments/amenities as well.
#7. Soccer City (Johannesburg, South Africa, 94,700)
Originally built to host the 2010 World Cup final, the Soccer city stadium has more seats than the Wembley, and had its capacity extended from an earlier 78,000. The stadium is designed in such a manner than none among the audience would be more than 100 meters of the arena.
#6. Camp Nou (Barcelona, Spain, 98,772)
With a capacity little less than 100,000, the Camp Nou is the home ground of F.C Barcelona, and has witnessed many major accomplishments as well. In 2007, F.C Barcelona had also announced of its plans to extend the capacity to 112,000 on the occasion of completing 50 years since its construction. The stadium houses the unique Catalan culture.
#5. Bukit Jalil National Stadium (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 100,000)
With a stunning capacity of 100,000 people, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium is built in the ‘highly modern’ city of Kuala Lumpur. The stadium is a world class construction, and has even hosted teams such as Manchester United. The world class stadium was built to host the 1998 Commonwealth Games and has become the home of the Malaysian National football team.
#4. Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne, Australia, 100,018)
Just by having 18 seats extra, the stadium comes to number 4 spot in our list. Originally a cricket stadium, the MCG is the largest stadium of Australia, which even houses to the Australian National Football team as well. Moreover, the atmosphere here is never short of electric, be it a football game or a cricket match. However, it is not an elite stadium as listed by UEFA.
#3. Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico, 105,000)
The Azteca Stadium of Mexico City, is the third largest football stadium in the world. It hosted the 1986 and the 1970 World Cup final, and is hence held dearly by football fans of Mexico. Players such as Pele, Carlos Alberto, Rivelino and Jairzinho have all played in this wonderful stadium. This was also the place where the infamous “Hand of God” event took place.
#2. Salt lake Yuva Bharati Krirangan Stadium (Kolkata, India, 120,000)
It’s quite interesting that a country, more known for cricket over football, houses the second largest football stadium in the planet. Mohun Bagan AC, Mohammedan Sporting Club, East Bengal FC and the India national football team have all formed their nests here. The rapid development of Football in India has also led towards modernization of the stadium.
#1. Rungrado May Day Stadium (Pyongyang, North Korea, 150,000)
The Rungrado May Day Stadium of North Korea is the largest football stadium in the world, it is more known for the execution of a number of North Korean Army Generals, who were found guilty behind the assassination attempt of Kim Jong-il.