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					There are several soccer stadiums in the world that are historic and
majestic; others are known primarily for their size. While Europe is the
bastion of world football, no European football stadium is in the top
five. Barcelona's Camp Nou (capacity 98,772) is the largest European
soccer stadium, but comes in at number 7 in the world list. Surprisingly,
the largest soccer stadiums in the world exist in Asia.1. Rungrado May
Day Stadium, Pyongyang, North KoreaThe North Koreans do not have an
illustrious record in soccer as their southern counterparts do, but they
have the largest soccer stadium in the world. The May Day Stadium is a
multipurpose venue capable of seating 150,000 spectators in the world.
This stadium has the distinction of being the largest stadium in the
world, excluding those used for Auto Racing.2. Salt Lake Stadium,
Kolkata, IndiaWhile India is not a soccer-mad nation, it has the second
largest soccer stadium in the world. With a capacity of 120,000, Salt
Lake Stadium is also a multi-purpose venue that is used for soccer and
athletics.3. Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, MexicoThe famed Azteca Stadium
is the largest soccer-only stadium in the world - not just in the
Americas. This venue hosted two FIFA World Cup finals - in 1970 (Brazil v
Italy) and 1986 (Argentina v West Germany). The Azteca can seat 105,000
spectators and hosts the Mexican national team and Club America. At an
altitude of 7,200 feet, Azteca is a difficult venue for visiting teams to
negotiate.4. MCG, Melbourne, AustraliaThe irony of the Melbourne Cricket
Ground is that it is not even a soccer stadium. Instead, it is a cricket
stadium that the Australian national soccer team uses. Its capacity of
100,000 earns it fourth place on the world list.4. Azadi Stadium, Tehran,
IranSharing the fourth spot with 100,000 spectators is the Azadi Stadium
in Iran. Home of the Iran national team, it is the third largest soccer
stadium in Asia.4. Bukit Jalil National Stadium, Kuala Lumpur,
MalaysiaAsia continues to dominate the list with another 100,000-seater
stadium in Malaysia. It was constructed with the 1998 Commonwealth Games
in mind and could be used for athletics as well.7. Camp Nou, Barcelona,
SpainThe famous Camp Nou has the distinction of being the largest soccer
stadium in Europe and the second-largest soccer-only stadium in the
world, behind the Azteca. It can hold up to 99,354 spectators.8. Estadio
do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWith 96,000 seats at the legendary
stadium, the Maracana is the largest stadium in South America and the
second-largest in the Americas. Before it was converted to an all-seater,
it had a world record attendance of over 199,000 fans who witnessed the
1950 World Cup final.Asia clearly dominates the list of largest soccer
stadiums, although only the Azteca and Maracana stadiums have history and
prestige on their side. In terms of capacity, England's Wembley Stadium
has a capacity of 90,000, which puts it in 10th place on the world
rankings.

				
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