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Real Madrid C.F.

Not many teams go to the Santiago Bernabeu and get a result, even fewer believe they actually can. Since 1944 the steep inclines of the Bernabeu terraces have loomed down on the hallowed turf to the chants of Hala Madrid. And with it has come unprecedented success.

Not only has the ground welcomed some of the great players on the planet, but Madrid fans have been treated to 30 league titles, 10 Copa del Reys, and 10 Champions League titles.

The noise which rings out on a weekly basis creates one of the most intimidating atmospheres in Europe, and they’re not afraid to turn on their own players too with Gareth Bale on the end of a flurry of abuse during the 2014/15 season.

The El Clasico of course sees the decibel levels turn up a notch, and many a Barcelona side has fallen when Madrid have had the 12th man on their side.

Our History

Madrid, Spain “Ultras Sur” Founded: 6 March 1902
Club Chant: Hala Madrid

Our Home

Santiago Bernabeu Santiago Bernabeu Built: 1947
Capacity: 81,044

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 18 Games Drawn 11-1 Record Home Win
vs Barcelona (1942/43)
0 Games Won 19 Games Lost 121 Longest Unbeaten League Run:
1956/57 to 1964/65

F.C. Barcelona

From pigs’ heads to the magical Lionel Messi, Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium really has seen it all. Of course it’s remembered as a special ground for many clubs, not least Manchester United who lifted the Champions League there in 1999.

But for teams going head-to-head with Barcelona, it’s an energy sapping stadium, with the fans on top of you, and the team passing it around you like they’re on the training field just down the road.

For Luis Figo however, it’s an arena which will no doubt bring up mixed emotions. Having spent five years with Barca and lifting a number of trophies, he returned to the Nou Camp as a Real Madrid player in one of the most memorable El Clasico’s of all time. Not for what happened on the pitch, but the infamous pig’s head which was flung at the corner flag, defining the intense rivalry between the clubs, and the huge passion of the Barcelona fans which strikes fear into even the most hardened player.

Our History

Barcelona, Spain “Boixos Nois” Founded: 29 November 1899
Club Chant: El Cant del Barca

Our Home

Nou Camp Nou Camp Built: 1957
Capacity: 99,354

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 21 Games Drawn 10-1 Record Home Win
vs Basconia (1962), and vs Gimnastic Tarragona (1949)
0 Games Won 11 Games Lost 67 Longest Unbeaten League Run:
1973 to 1977


A lot has changed at Juventus over the past decade. A return to the top has been more than welcome for fans of the Old Lady and alongside that their new stadium, only four years old, has become more than a fortress.

Built on the site of the former Stadio delle Alpi, it has already become a stadium to fear with Juventus having won the league title every season since they moved in. Banners are constantly draped across the stands adding to an atmosphere the Juventus Ultras already make incredibly intimidating. And with the likes of Pogba and Morata on the ball it makes for a terrifying pitch to walk out onto.

However, the first team to walk into the Turin stadium had somewhat of a surprise result with Notts County - yes NOTTS COUNTY - picking up a 1-1 draw to officially open the ground. Not even Real Madrid could manage that, falling 2-1 to the Old Lady last season in the Champions League Semi-Final.

Our History

Turin “Drughi” Founded: 1 November 1897
Club Chant: Storia Di Un Grande Amore

Our Home

Juventus Stadium Juventus Stadium Built: 2011
Capacity: 41,475

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 12 Games Drawn 7-0 Record Home Win
vs Parma (09/11/2014)
0 Games Won 2 Games Lost 47 Longest Unbeaten League Run:
2013 to 2015

Borussia Dortmund

Players from all over the world watch on in awe as the Borussia Dortmund players are worshipped like heroes stepping out in front of over 80,000 adoring fans at the Westfalenstadion. A sea of yellow, an incredible sound reverberates around the stadium, creating without a doubt one of the greatest atmospheres in football.

Their success under Jurgen Klopp in recent years has only made it a harder stadium to visit with Thomas Tuchel taking over in 2015 and keeping its fortress status.

The Westfalenstadion is the largest stadium in the Bundesliga and its standing area is much the envy of Premier League clubs, with it said to have boosted the atmosphere significantly in the South Terrace, which has been handed the nickname, Yellow Wall.

Our History

Westfalenstadion “Desperados” Founded: 19 December 1909
Club Chant: Heja Heja BvB

Our Home

Westfalenstadion Westfalenstadion Built: 1974
Capacity: 81,359

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 42 Games Drawn 11-1 Record Home Win
vs Arminia Bielefeld (1982/83)
0 Games Won 33 Games Lost 24 Longest Unbeaten League Run:

Manchester United FC

For over 100 years the Red Army have been walking through the streets of Salford into one of the most famous football stadiums on the planet. Old Trafford is nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams, but for many an opposition dreams turn well and truly into nightmares.

Over the past 20 years United have won 28 trophies and have become a worldwide phenomenon with fans from all corners wanting to experience the atmosphere of the Stretford End as the likes of Beckham, Cantona, Ronaldo, and Giggs walk onto the hallowed turf.

Now entering a new era, the 75,000 seater stadium is seeing plenty of changes on the pitch but the sounds of Matt Busby’s Aces and Glory Glory Man United continues to ring out.

Our History

Manchester “Red Army” Founded: 1978
Club Chant: Glory Glory Man United

Our Home

Old Trafford Old Trafford Built: 1910
Capacity: 75,635

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 19 Games Drawn 10-0 Record Home Win
vs Anderlecht (26/09/1956)
0 Games Won 22 Games Lost 36 Longest Unbeaten League Run:

S.S. Lazio

Whether you be watching Lazio or Roma, Stadio Olimpico is one of the loudest and proudest stadiums in Europe. Reminiscent of the Colosseum, just a short drive away, the players are treated like gladiators as they walk out, with the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Hernan Crespo, and Giuseppe Favalli all being worshipped by the Ultras.

Over the years, the fans have contributed to some unbelievably feisty affairs, often crossing the line between right and wrong, but all the while making the Stadio Olimpico an extremely intimidating environment.

The Curva Nord is the home of the Ultras and Lazio have even retired the number 12 jersey, dedicated to this headstrong group of diehard supporters. They have a huge rivalry with Roma, and have also formed rivalries with the likes of Atlanta, Livorno, and Juventus.

Our History

Rome “Ultras Lazio” Founded: 9 January 1900
Club Chant: Vola Lazio Vola

Our Home

Stadio Olimpico Stadio Olimpico Built: 1937
Capacity: 73,000

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 44 Games Drawn 9-1 Record Home Win
vs Modena (1931/32)
0 Games Won 43 Games Lost 40 Longest Unbeaten League Run:

Celtic F.C.

There’s nothing that quite beats a European night at Celtic Park; ask any professional that’s played there. You’ll Never Walk Alone bellows out as loud as the Anfield Kop and The Celtic Song even louder, as the cold weather of Glasgow and 60,000 cheering Scotsman really puts pressure on the opposition.

Their derbies with Rangers have become renowned as one of the greatest rivalries in football with the Old Firm – as it’s known – getting a little tasty both on and off the pitch.

Celtic Park is one of the oldest grounds in football and has been home to the Bhoys since 1892, although naturally it’s had plenty of renovations since, most recently in 1998, ensuring it still sits as one of Europe’s best over 100 years on.

Our History

Glasgow “The Bhoys” Founded: 6 November 1887
Club Chant: The Celtic Song

Our Home

Celtic Park Celtic Park Built: 1892
Capacity: 60,411

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 28 Games Drawn 11-0 Record Home Win
vs Dundee (26/10/1895)
0 Games Won 11 Games Lost 77 Longest Unbeaten League Run:

A.C. Milan

A.C. Milan will only have a few more seasons in the San Siro with a new 48,000-capacity stadium being given the greenlight earlier in the year, and for the away fans who get penned in the top corner of the 80,000 seater, they will be more than a little pleased.

A frightening place to go to, many teams have succumbed to Milan on the outskirts of the city. During their time there – almost 90 years – they’ve become one of the most successful clubs in Europe, lifting 47 trophies during their time at the top.

The concrete pillars and deep red metalwork make the San Siro look really threatening, a feeling which is bound to change once they move into their eco-friendly stadium, filled with greenery, glass, and modern facilities.

Our History

Milan “The Rossoneri” Founded: 13 December 1899
Club Chant: Forza AC Milan

Our Home

San Siro San Siro Built: 1926
Capacity: 81,277

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 39 Games Drawn 13-0 Record Home Win
vs Audax Modena (04/10/1914)
0 Games Won 29 Games Lost 33 Longest Unbeaten League Run:

Red Star Belgrade

Red Star Belgrade may not be the powerhouse they once were in Europe, but that hasn’t stopped the fans from chanting. The Serbian outfit are one of the most vicious on the planet with 55,000 preying fans deafening opponents week in week out.

The Eternal Derby between themselves and Partizan Belgrade is renowned in world football and regularly causes clashes. Flares line the stands, and riot police line the concourses, making it a derby like no other.

The side won the Champions League in 1991 and dominated the Yugoslav First League, later becoming one of the best sides in the Serbian SuperLiga producing the country’s best talents.

Our History

Belgrade “Delije” Founded: 4 March 1945
Club Chant: Red is the Colour of Happiness

Our Home

Red Star Stadium Red Star Stadium Built: 1963
Capacity: 55,538

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 16 Games Drawn 8-0 Record Home Win
vs Linfield F.C. (17/09/1969)
0 Games Won 14 Games Lost 96 Longest Unbeaten League Run:

Galatasaray S.K.

Visit the Turk Telekom Arena on a matchday and you’ll see in huge lettering the words, ‘Welcome to the Hell’. And it really couldn’t be more apt. Galatasaray have only recently moved into the Turk Telekom Arena but they’ve certainly brought the incredible atmosphere from the Ali Sami Yen Stadium with them.

Fans will congregate in the stands hours before kick-off chanting from end to end at eachother. Many clubs have snuck out of the back door of Istanbul airport to avoid the fans but come the match there is no hiding.

The UltrAsan are louder than any fans in the world, breaking 131 decibels against Fenerbahce, their bitter rivals. But they don’t get quieter for other clubs either, easily being one of the most intimidating crowds in football.

Our History

Istanbul “UltrAslan” Founded: 30 October 1905
Club Chant: Night in Nevizade

Our Home

Türk Telekom Arena Türk Telekom Arena Built: 2011
Capacity: 52,652

Our Record

In the last 10 years
0 Games Played 12 Games Drawn 6-0 Record Home Win
vs Bursaspor (02/02/2014)
0 Games Won 8 Games Lost 18 Longest Unbeaten League Run: