These are the 10 biggest football stadiums in the world

FC Barcelona v Hercules - Copa del Rey

There's no doubt that football is the biggest sport in the world. The game is watched by fans far and wide with many young children dreaming of one day playing in a packed out stadium in front of thousands of fans.  

Although most of the top teams play in Europe, with countries such as Spain, England, and Italy boasting some of the best leagues with world famous players, they don't actually have the best stadiums.

The biggest grounds are scattered across the globe, and here are the top 10.     

Santiago Bernabeu - Madrid, Spain

With a capacity of 81,044, Real Madrid's home stadium isn't even the biggest in Spain. It's still a fortress, though, and has hosted world class football since opening in 1944.

Some of the biggest names in the sport play there week in week out, with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale battling to bring another La Liga title back to Madrid.      

The Bernabeu has also been home to the likes of David Beckham, Luis Figo, and Zinedine Zidane, who all became Galacticos between 2000 and 2005.

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Real Madrid CF v Deportivo Alaves - La Liga

The ANZ Stadium - Sydney, Australia   

Australia's Olympic Stadium was built in 1999 and has a capacity of 83,500. It's not home to a club, but the Australian national side play their football here. 

It was the main venue for the Olympic Games in 2000 and has hosted a number of World Cup qualifiers since.  

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A-League Rd 20 - Western Sydney v Sydney

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium - Jakarta, Indonesia

The Indonesian national team can play their home games in front of a crowd of up to 88,083 people. The "GBK" stadium was built in 1962 and is one of the older stadiums on the list. 

Manchester United actually came close to playing there in 2009 but called off the Indonesian leg of their pre-season tour at the last minute. 

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AS Roma A v AS Roma B

Wembley Stadium - London, England

Wembley is the home of English football, and since re-opening in 2007, it has a capacity of 90,000. Every FA Cup final since then has been played here, and it also hosted two Champions League finals in 2011 and 2013.

England's national side also call it home, and John Terry became the first international player to score at Wembley in 2007. 

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England v France - International Friendly

The Rose Bowl - Pasadena, USA

The Rose Bowl is America's biggest soccer stadium with a capacity of 92,542. It hosted the 1994 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy.

Since then, it has held a number of CONCACAF Gold Cup games, as well as a pre-season friendly between Chelsea and Liverpool in 2016.

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Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual - USC v Penn State

First National Bank Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  

The FNB Stadium, which is also known by the more recognizable name "Soccer City" hosted the 2010 World Cup final. It holds 94,736, but only 84,490 piled in to watch Spain beat Holland seven years ago.

The South African national side and club team Kaizer Chiefs FC now call it home, but they rarely draw crowds close to 90,000.

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Azadi Stadium - Tehran, Iran    

The Azadi Stadium opened in 1973 and has been home to the Iranian national team, Esteghlal FC, and Persepolis FC who both play in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

It can hold up to 95,225 and was architecturally designed to heighten noise in the ground, in a bid to intimidate visiting teams.  

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Iran v China PR - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

Estadio Azteca - Mexico City, Mexico

The Estadio Azteca was named as a tribute to Mexico's Aztec heritage. It has a capacity of 95,000 and is home to the Mexican national side and Club America.

Diego Maradona scored one of the most famous goals ever on this pitch, punching in his "Hand of God" goal against England in the 1986 World Cup.

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Camp Nou - Barcelona, Spain 

Barcelona have the privilege of playing not just in Spain's, but in Europe's biggest stadium. 99,354 regularly pack in to watch some of the greatest ever play.

Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suarez all currently feature for Barcelona, who are one of the biggest teams in world football today.

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FC Barcelona v Hercules - Copa del Rey

Rungrado May Day Stadium - Pyongyang, North Korea

The title for the world's biggest football arena goes to the Rungrado May Day Stadium in North Korea. 

It holds a huge 150,000 people at full capacity, which is completely unmatched by any other stadium on earth. When it's not hosting the North Korean football team, it regularly puts on shows celebrating the country and the government. 

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