Most intimidating football grounds

Estadio Azteca is the only stadium which has been able to host two FIFA World Cup finals.

The pure horror of the Ali Sami Yen Stadium came to the forefront of the British media in the 1990's, as Galatasaray unearthed a decent team and started to do well in Europe.

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.

And it certainly worked, with a whole host of top European teams all failing to handle the atmosphere and leaving defeated.

There is some good news for rival fans though - despite spending money on renovating the ground in recent years, they are now contemplating a move to a state-of-the-art stadium in another area of town. 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.Around the world, sports fans can be relentlessly intimidating.It’s not just all the stadium paraphernalia that visually exhibits their love for their team and the game It’s also the vigor and bottomless passion that you can hear from the earth shattering uproar that they effortlessly create to intimidate the opponent as exemplified by our 25 Most Intimidating Stadiums In The World.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.A fortress for the national team, the beautiful game of its more celebrated rivals, Argentina and Brazil, has often come unstuck when faced with the Cetenario's cauldron of noise.

Tags: , ,