The Coolest Soccer Stadiums in the World

Soccer is the world’s most popular sport, watched by billions of people in practically every country. While watching on TV is fun, there’s nothing quite like seeing the beautiful game live in a large stadium with thousands of people. All the major soccer clubs have stadiums, but the following have stood the test of time and become as renowned as the teams that play there.

These stadiums all have certain things in common, which include excellent seating, high capacity, and high quality painting jobs that were done by professional painting companies.

Wembley Stadium (London)

Wembley Stadium is known as the “home of football”, and is also the home of the English national football team. Since the 90,000 capacity stadium reopened in 2007 (built over the 1923 original), it’s been the site of several major sporting events including the 2012 Olympic football final and the 2011 and 2013 Champions League finals. No question about it, Wembley Stadium is one of the greatest soccer arenas in the world.

Camp Nou (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)

Home of FC Barcelona, Camp Nou was opened in 1957 and since that time, the 98,757 capacity stadium has hosted several championships including the 1999 Champions League final and the 1989 European Cup final. Camp Nou is the largest soccer stadium in Europe, and during the 1982 World Cup finals, the stadium’s capacity reached 120,000, but it was reduced to the present level to meet new regulations.

Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)

Home of Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team, the 85,454 capacity stadium opened its doors in 1947, and it’s been the home of several memorable spectacles, as the 2010 Champions League finals, the 1957, 1969 and 1980 European Cup finals were all held here.

The Bernabeu has been renovated twice, the first in 1982 and the second in 2001, which is the reason why in spite of its age, is still one of the most modern stadiums in terms of design. Because it is home to Real Madrid, it is ranked among the best places to play in.

Old Trafford (Manchester, England)

Old Trafford was built in 1910. With a seating capacity of 75,731, it is well known for being the staging ground for the 2003 Champions League final, and of course for being the home of Manchester United. Regardless how one feels about the team, there’s no question that “The Theatre of Dreams” is an icon. Part of what makes it so is definitely the paint job, as the colors make the stadium instantly recognizable.

The Maracana (Rio de Janeiro)

Built in 1950, the Maracana is the home of the Brazilian national football team and is rightfully regarded as one of the best soccer stadiums in the world. With a capacity of 78,838, the Maracana ably hosted the 2016 Olympic Games football final as well as the 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals. The stadium is also famous for hosting the 1950 World Cup group-stage match between Chile and Brazil, which drew a mind boggling 199,854 fans.

Allianz Arena (Munich)

Last but not the least is the Allianz Arena. The Arena was opened in 2005 and is the official home of Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich, and while it is relatively new compared to the others on this list, it’s

The Top 5 Soccer Players in Canada

Soccer is now one of the most popular sports in the world. FIFA is arguably the most watched sporting event in recent history. Some would claim that FIFA is much more famous than the Olympics. Millions and millions of people around the world watched the 2014 FIFA World Cup as Germany took the gold home and saw Manuel Neuer rose to great fame.

In Canada, soccer is also a beloved sport, though it may not be as famous as hockey. There are a lot of soccer players in Canada that are internationally known and loved. They have received their fare share of awards and winnings in different soccer events. Here are the top 5 soccer players in Canada, according to

  1. Atiba Hutchison

Atiba Hutchison has been awarded three times as Canadian Player of the Year, in the years 2010, 2012, and 2014. He is also declared as the Danish Superliga Player of the year in 2010. He has certainly earned these titles as a central midfielder and right back position.

  1. Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario is ranked #2 in the top Canadian soccer players in the world. He has certainly earned this title claiming the MLS Most Valuable Player in 2011 and received the MLS Golden Boot in the same year.

  1. Will Johnson

Will Johnson is the #3 top soccer player of Canada. He has been awarded the 2013 Canadian Player of the Year, 2013 Timbers Supporters Player of the Year, and 2008 MLS Goal of the Year.

  1. Julian de Guzman

As a midfielder, Julian de Guzman is the #4 top soccer player of Canada. He holds the Canadian Player of the Year in 2008 and Canada Soccer Player of the Month in June 2012.

  1. David Edgar

With the defender position, David Edgar holds the #5 in the top soccer players in Canada. He has been awarded the 2006 Canadian U-20 International Player of the Year establishing himself in the list.


FIFA World Cup Russia: Will Russia Rise to the Occasion or Will We Have a Repeat of Sochi?

As Germany took the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the torch of hosting the next World Cup passes to Russia. Russia won the bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and now people are worried. It’s difficult to forget the controversies that arose during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Will the 2018 FIFA World Cup be a repeat of the Sochi Olympics?

Controversies Surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics

Even before the Sochi Olympics began, people are skeptical about the choice of host. Russia was criticized for its policies regarding the LGBT community. Its politicians even passed a law that criminalized the distribution of any material that promotes non-traditional sexual relationships. This sparked outrage from the international LGBT community.

Others viewed rampant corruption regarding the funding of the Sochi Olympics due to the severe costs overruns. Sochi Olympics is currently the most expensive Winter Olympics in history. The government defended the expenses as not merely for the Winter Olympics, it’s also a long-term investment for the improvement of Sochi as a tourist destination.

Accommodation was also a concern since only 6 out of the 9 hotels were available for the accredited members of the media. There were also reports of lack of supply of water, contaminated water, unclean rooms, and missing furniture in the hotel rooms.

How Russia Responded after Winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid

Despite the controversies surrounding the 2014 Winter Olympics, Russia still won the bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. People are now concerned whether it would just be a repeat of the Sochi Olympics. Maybe it won’t!

As early as 2013, Russia has already passed the 2018 FIFA World Cup law. This law is a preparation for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, allowing for visa-free entry to Russia for fans and spectators of the World Cup. Ticket holders would have free over-the-ground public transportation 18 hours before and after any match.

Football stadiums are also being made or renovated all around Russia. The government chose different locations to help visitors and players for reduced travel time. Some of the places where stadiums would be located are: 2 stadiums in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, and Yekaterinburg.

With the preparation currently underway, it seems that Russia won’t make the same mistake they had in the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Who knows? Maybe 2018 FIFA World Cup would be the best one ever, and Russia take the gold!

Top 5 Tips for Stadium Security

Soccer sports stadiums are meant to be places where people can enjoy and share their passion for the beautiful game. To make it even more so, stadiums should implement the highest form of security possible and prepare for any eventuality. Here are some suggestions.

  1. Have a Clear Alcohol Policy

One of the keys to designing a well secured stadium is to set the rules clearly for alcohol use. Policies vary from venue to venue, but one thing they all share in common is that anyone wishing to buy an alcoholic beverage in the stadium must present an ID proving he or she is 18 or 21 years old.

  1. Set Limits to Banner Size

Banners are used by fans to express support for their team, but banner messages need to be related to the game and doesn’t contain any offensive content. To avoid obstructing views of others, banners mustn’t be larger than 3 x 3 feet.

  1. Specify How Video Cameras are to be Used

Video recorders and cameras are usually allowed in stadiums, but they are only for personal use and must not obstruct the views of other fans. Game footage cannot be taped and posted on the Internet as this is violation of copyright rules. Second, security needs to be strict and forbid the use of camera stands, tripods and long phone lens.

  1. Carry-in Items

To ensure security, most stadiums discourage fans from bringing in bags of any kind. Stadiums that do only allow specific types such as those made of PVC, clear plastic or vinyl. There must also be a clear policy about size limitations (i.e., only bags not exceeding 12” x 6” x 12” are permitted).

The maximum storage bag size usually allowed is one gallon, and clutch bags cannot exceed 4.5” x 6.5”. As far as food and water bottles are concerned, they are usually permitted provided the water is in a factory sealed bottle and no more than 20 oz.

  1. Use Quality Locksmiths

Finally, a stadium will benefit greatly by hiring the services of a quality Toronto locksmith. True locksmiths are best known for unlocking doors and making duplicate keys, but they can also install CCTVs and other security systems so stadiums should think of getting one.

Finally, emphasize that all items carried by fans into the stadium may be searched and if they do not meet the security standards will be denied entry.