The stadiums with football’s best atmospheres – by people who know


first_img 12 BEST OF Harry Kane’s winner against Croatia sparked an amazing reaction at Wembley “To hear that atmosphere at Wembley today was superb,” match winner Kane tweeted. “What a year it has been in an England shirt and even more exciting times ahead.”Dier added: “That atmosphere [on Sunday] was the best I have had playing for the national team at Wembley by far and I think to be honest, after the World Cup that is the kind of atmosphere we deserve here.And between them, the following Sun reporters have watched a lot of live football, both as a fan and in a professional capacity, but one stadium or match usually stands out and talkSPORT.com wanted to know what atmosphere left a lasting impression on them.Graeme Bryce – Marakana Stadium (now the Rajko Mitic Stadium), Belgrade“Rangers were gubbed 3-0 in front of 82,500 crazed Serbs back in 1990 as fireworks, flares and flaming torches rained down on the track. It was blood-curdling, bonkers, and Graeme Souness’s Gers – including some of England’s Italia ’90 heroes – absolutely bottled it!” 12 Leicester’s Tim Flowers feels the heat during a UEFA Cup game in 2000 against Red Star Belgrade The old White Hart Lane was rocking under Harry Redknapp on European nights where memorable wins included the 3-1 triumph against Inter Most Popular Football News 12 no dice 12 Celtic and Rangers fans make the Old Firm derby unique Neil Custis – Seoul, South Korea“It was the final group game and a draw would have taken both through, but South Korea won it to top the group and ended up reaching the semi-finals.“I watched this game not in the ground at Incheon but in the centre of Seoul itself where one million people filled the streets to watch the game on big screens, sides of buildings, everywhere on an incredible night.“The constant chanting and singing began hours before kick off and the noise when future Manchester United player Ji-Sung Park scored was something else as fireworks filled the sky. I went on to cover their wins over Italy on a golden goal and Spain on penalties before Germany stopped them in the semi-finals.“An incredible time to be in a host country for a World Cup.” 12 Sao Paulo fans made the concrete bowl very noisy as they supported their side 12 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 12 When Man United overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Barcelona, Old Trafford was electric 12 Celtic fans always ensure Parkhead is bouncing, no matter the opposition Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mike McGrath – White Hart Lane, Tottenham“The old White Hart Lane was rocking on European nights during the Harry Redknapp era. Luka Modric and Gareth Bale were taking on the Champions League and the crowd was electric.” getty Phil Thomas – Old Trafford, Manchester“To those of us of a certain vintage, nothing has come close – even in the treble-winning year – to the night Manchester United overturned a two-goal first leg deficit and beat Barcelona 3-0 in the Cup-Winners’ Cup quarters. It was full volume, high intensity for the entire 90 minutes and to see Bryan Robson at his inspirational best against a side which included Diego Maradona was a privilege. Nothing has beaten it since.” 12 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 12 Peru fans travelled across the globe to see their team at the 2018 World Cup and they made sure everyone heard them England’s players raved about the atmosphere at Wembley Stadium in the Nations League.Harry Kane and Eric Dier were among those to hail the way fans roared them to victory against Croatia and seal a place in the semi-finals next summer.center_img Tom Barclay – Mordovia Arena, Saransk“My ears are still ringing from the deafening cacophony of the thousands upon thousands of Peruvian fans who had travelled across the globe to see their nation compete in their first World Cup for 36 years. There were tears all around during the national anthem amid stories of fans selling their cars and quitting their jobs to be there. Sadly they did not get the result their support deserved [Denmark won 1-0] but the memory of being in that amazing stadium in one of Russia’s more provincial tournament towns will stay with me forever.” huge blow REVEALED Partizan supporters make every opponent feel very unwelcome Ben Hunt – Pacaembu Stadium for Sao Paulo v  Chapecoense in 2017“A bit far from home and not rivals by any stretch but what an atmosphere! There were 40,000 Sao Paulo fans cramped into a concrete bowl that was built in 1940. The whole place vibrated whenever the home team scored. It was a health and safety nightmare, but what an experience.” Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY Paul Jiggins – Partizan Stadium, Belgrade“The best atmosphere I have experienced in Europe is Partizan Belgrade. The noise is incredible despite three sides of stadium being uncovered. All football should be played in an hostile atmosphere.” Ji-Sung Park kick started the party in Seoul and in Incheon where South Korea saw off Portugal to top their group RANKED You’ll Never Walk Alone could be heard for miles when Liverpool fans sang it in 2005 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Rob Maul – Upton Park, London“For personal reasons, it has to be Upton Park. I grew up watching West Ham in the 1990s. And for the big games, against the top sides, midweek under the floodlights, there were few better atmospheres in British football. On those occasions when the fans didn’t overstep the mark, they could create amazing noise and support for their beloved Hammers.“The last game – West Ham 3-2 Man United on May 10, 2010 – despite the violence beforehand, the place was rocking and there was a huge outpouring of emotion. One other memory is West Ham 2-2 Man United on December 8, 1996. A Julian Dicks penalty capped a comeback from 2-0 down and I was in the upper tier of the Centenary Stand (latterly the Trevor Brooking stand) and had a great view of Dicks’ penalty. It’s shame the old stadium is now rubble and turning into flats.” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE 12 12 Martin Lipton – Seoul World Cup Stadium/Celtic Park“There was a relentless wall of noise from first kick to last South Korea’s semi-final defeat to Germany. You could not hear yourself think, let alone hear the ball. Astonishing evening.“Ahead of Celtic v Arsenal [in 2009], there was an incredible sound, brilliant build-up and a stadium which was bouncing – until the game started and the gulf was huge!” West Ham fans created the noise and atmosphere for their beloved Hammers at their former home MONEY Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Dan King – Anfield, Liverpool“There was a crackle in the air from long before kick-off in April 2005. You’ll Never Walk Alone was unbelievably loud and the overall atmosphere unnerved even the hardest-nosed Chelsea players. The game and tie was in the balance right until the end so it was like being on a white-knuckle ride for 90-plus minutes.” Charlie Wyett – The Old Firm derby“Red Star Belgrade v Liverpool this season was incredible, but Rangers v Celtic is still unique.”last_img read more