Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, but for one reason or another has taken its time to capture the imagination of fans in the United States. Why? It’s hard to pinpoint. Partially, it could be that the NFL and NBA dominate the sporting landscape in the States and for good reason. They themselves are juggernauts and are beginning to spread their reach across the globe.
Both leagues have recognised the value of playing games abroad as the NBA have played in China and the United Kingdom, while the NFL has also utilised London and Mexico City to reach out to international fans. Americans have seen Premier League teams from England play pre-season friendlies, but competitive fixtures have not been played overseas yet. Therefore, Americans wanting to experience the Premier League and the other leading teams in Europe have to travel abroad. We’ll now tell you the best stadiums to visit to see elite competitive football in Europe.
Home of the reigning Premier League champions, Liverpool, the stadium is located in the heart of the city. Anfield has recently been extended and now boasts a capacity of 54,074, which is lower than Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium. However, Liverpool fans make up for that fact with the atmosphere produced inside the ground.
The Reds are greeted by a cauldron of noise every time they take to the field, especially in recent years where they’ve enjoyed success on both domestic and European fronts. Jurgen Klopp’s men are backed in the football betting odds at +225 to win the Premier League again next season.
Tickets can range from $65 upwards, which can be an expensive day out if you add food and drink into the mix – and you’ll certainly want to do that. Watching Liverpool work at the peak of their powers in the famous Kop end is quite an event and in no time you’ll be belting out their anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as an adopted fan.
Borussia Dortmund is one of the few clubs in Europe that can match the atmosphere created by Liverpool. You’ll need to travel to western Germany to do it and reaching Dortmund itself can be a task, although the transport hub Dusseldorf is the vicinity where trains and other modes of transportation can be utilised to travel to Signal-Iduna Park.
The stadium has a capacity of 81,365, dwarfing domestic stadiums in England. Tickets again can reach the $60 range for the better matches against the leading teams in Europe and their rivals Bayern Munich. You’ll definitely want to get a ticket in the ‘Yellow Wall’ – a stand with a complete block of 25,000 spectators.
It’s where the atmosphere is generated and is second-to-none for a single stand across Europe. There are benefits to watching a game in Germany rather than the UK, as beer can be taken into the seating areas. Therefore, you can watch players of the ilk of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland with a brau and bratwurst in your hands. If that doesn’t get you thrilled about soccer, nothing else will!
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