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Five of the Most Picturesque Football Grounds in the World

Five of the Most Picturesque Football Grounds in the World

For some it is the history and sporting importance of a stadium like the Maracana, for others it is the ramshackle stands of countless non-league grounds found across the country. But there is definitely a magic to be found at places wherever football is played around the world.

If you are using a Bovada bonus code to claim a bonus to bet on a top team this weekend, you may not find their stadium in our list. But we have drawn together five grounds that we think are some of the most picturesque on the planet. These are just the tip of the iceberg though - there are countless others to discover and enjoy.

Estadio Municipal - Braga, Portugal

Not all stadiums with incredible scenery have to be in far-flung places with tiny football clubs that you have never heard of. The Estadio Municipal is the home of Portuguese top-flight side Braga and has hosted plenty of big continental nights as well as games at Euro 2004.

It is the seventh biggest stadium in the country, but it is better known because it has been carved into the side of a quarry. There are only two stands, with one open end providing views of the city and the other a sheer mountain face. For anyone looking for a similar view closer to home, The Rock - home of Cefn Druids in Wales - has a similar mountain feel.

Victoria Stadium - Gibraltar

Some football fans would probably turn their noses up at the athletics track that surrounds the pitch at the Victoria Stadium. But it is the fact that is located at the foot of the Rock of Gibraltar that earns it a place on our list. All the clubs in Gibraltar Football League play here due to space restrictions.

The national side, now a fully-fledged member of UEFA and FIFA, also play their home games with a view of the iconic landmark. The 5,000 capacity ground is also right next to the airport, so any visiting fans are sure to have one of their more surreal footballing experiences here.

Estadio BBVA - Guadalupe, Mexico

This was the first stadium in North America to win an honour from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for its sustainable design and the architecture of this ground is also visually stunning. El Gigante de Acero, or Steel Giant, also happens to provide stunning views of the green-topped mountains bordering the city.

The 53,500 capacity ground is home to Monterrey of the Liga MX in Mexico and hosted the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in 2022. More fans worldwide will get to see this incredible structure in a few years though, when it becomes one of the host venues of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Pancho Arena - Felcsut, Hungary

Puskas Akademia may not be one of the most well-known Hungarian top-tier clubs. But their unique stadium should definitely get some more exposure. There was some controversy over the building of the ground, due to the proximity to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s childhood home and the questions about the funding behind it.

But if possible government corruption can be forgotten, the Pancho Arena certainly deserves its place here. Some of the stands look more like a cathedral than a football ground and the 3,400 capacity structure has even seen international football thanks to a friendly between Bulgaria and Kazakhstan in 2018.

Henningsvaer Stadium - Lofoten, Norway

The Lofoten Islands off northern Norway are home to many tiny fishing villages. But there is also a football pitch that has been featured in FIFA adverts and is known all over the world as one of the most scenic and picturesque places to play the game. Even the lack of stands or seats doesn’t take away from its sheer beauty overlooking the archipelago.

The village of Henningsvaer is so small, with only around 500 inhabitants, that there is no adult team to play here. But local children are able to use the facility year-round, as well as some amateur sides. The location near the Arctic Circle also means that it can be used 24/7 at some points of the year.

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