Most intimidating stadiums
Rotterdam's a true working-class city, and they say that whilst Amsterdam is where the Dutch go to play, Rotterdam is where they go to work.This is reflected too in the football, with Feyenoord viewing Ajax, and Amsterdam in general, as a pompous, arty, arrogant bunch of canal-lovers.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.Croatia's top derby is the clash between Dinamo and Hajduk Split, the rivalry is as bitter as anywhere else in the world, and it generates the sort of atmosphere where their rivals legs can turn to jelly.The stadium itself is a non-roofed affair, which can sometimes mean a loss of atmosphere in some grounds, but not here.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 'Eternal Derby' between Red Star and Partizan Belgrade is an electric affair, real fire and brimstone stuff, an explosion of noise and colour, but one that has suffered of late from wide-scale hooliganism, becoming increasingly precarious for the 'normal' fan.
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.
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.
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.