Top 10 most intimidating stadiums

31-Mar-2016 10:56

And it certainly worked, with a whole host of top European teams all failing to handle the atmosphere and leaving defeated.

Located in Mecidiyekoy, one of Istanbul's roughest urban areas, the Ali Sami Yen is the complete package - dodgy both inside and outside the stadium.

Sited in the city's Parque Batlle area, the stadium has a great history - built to celebrate both 100 years of Uruguay's independence and also the first World Cup finals, it has been the scene of many great games.

The stadium's full name is actually Estadio Alberto J.

Armando, but is commonly referred to as La Bombonera, meaning the Chocolate Box, a reference to its shape - one totally flat stand along one side and then 3 other sheer sides, rising up almost vertically, giving the stadium fantastic acoustics.

This, combined with Boca's frenzied support, make it a venue to fear for the club's rivals and has lead to Boca's fans being nicknamed La Doce, "the 12th man".

The pure horror of the Ali Sami Yen Stadium came to the forefront of the British media in the 1990's, as Galatasaray unearthed a decent team and started to do well in Europe.

Televised games from the ground left viewers stunned - pictures taken hours before the kick-off showed a stadium already packed with delirious fans, jumping up and down in unison, with friendly messages such as "Welcome to Hell".And their was no let up, the atmosphere reaching fever-pitch shortly before kick off, continuing throughout the entire game, a relentless mass of male bodies moving and chanting.

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