Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach

Borussia Mönchengladbach, the soccer club of Mönchengladbach, Germany, was once playing at an epic stadium called the Bökelberg. Legendary fights are recorded from that times. A lot of stories could be told of that place (like when in 1971 the goal post broke in a match against Werder Bremen). What is left? The Bökelberg still exists even though the stadium was destroyed from 2005 on. It defended itself and withstood the first explosives – but today it is converted into a residential zone. You can still see the terraces and the structure of the stadium.

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BayArena, Leverkusen

The BayArena at Leverkusen, Germany is a soccer stadium I saw multiple times – when passing by on motorway A1 directly next to it. As Leverkusen itself feels like a giant chemical plant with a city around it, I never had the desire to go there. Doing it nevertheless was a good decision as the stadium is really great in its design and services. It is home to the ‘Werkself‘, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, a club owned by this giant chemical plant (the Bayer AG). A club that never won the German championship but ended five times on the second place – and is therefore often called ‘Vizekusen‘.

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Wembley, London

Wembley Stadium is the second-largest soccer stadium in Europe, home to the English national team and visible from far away because of its 133 meters high arc. It can host up to 90000 spectators and was opened in 2007 on the grounds of the former stadium (with its iconic twin towers) built in 1923. For soccer fans this is holy ground – not only because of the final of the world championship held here in 1966.

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Olympiastadion Berlin

Olympiastadion, Berlin

The olympic stadium of Berlin, Germany is a multi-sports arena in the west of the city, belonging to the area of Charlottenburg-Willmersdorf. It is home to the soccer club Hertha BSC Berlin, hosts the annual final of the DFB soccer cup and was the place of the final of the Soccer World Championship in 2006. Nearly 75.000 spectators can watch matches here at the same time.

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Westfalenstadion, Dortmund

The Westfalenstadion (nowadays called “Signal Iduna Park”) is a soccer stadium in Dortmund, Germany and home to the Ballsportverein Borussia (BVB). It has been built in 1974 and has space for 80.000 supporters. Special feature is the “yellow wall” on the south side, huge stands for the frenetic supporters of BVB, forming an impressive background.

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