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The biggest football attendances ever recorded

Footballing giant Barcelona has the biggest stadium in the whole of Europe with a capacity of 99,345, however, it recently announced plans to expand the stadium by a further 10,000 seats, this despite it having an average attendance of 77,000. Barcelona's plans to increase its capacity made us review some of the biggest stadiums in the world and their record attendances.

Wembley Stadium (official attendance: 126,047)

England's national stadium has entertained some huge crowds from time immemorial but nothing comes close to the 126,047 spectators who watched the FA Cup Final between West Ham and Bolton in 1923. Though the official figure reads 126,047, some of those who attended actually state that the figures could easily eclipse 300,000. In 1923, England had just won the First World War thus football probably provided the main source of entertainment. It's unlikely that will we see such a huge crowd at Wembley Stadium again in the near future as the Football Association reduced the stadium's capacity to 90,000. England has some of the world's biggest stadiums and provides more information on these.

Maracana Stadium (official attendance: 199,854)

The biggest crowd to watch a World Cup match was at Maracana Stadium in Brazil in the 1950 World Cup. The hosts Brazil and South American rivals, Uruguay, played the Final. Brazil won the match by a solitary goal scored by Alcides Ghiggia. Interestingly, Alcides Ghiggia was the last surviving player from both sides before his death in 2015. The Maracana Stadium recently hosted the World Cup Final in 2014 that was won by Germany before a capacity crowd of 78,838.

The Maracana

Hampden Park (official attendance: 149,415)

Hampden Park has hosted some great matches over the years and most of them have been between England and Scotland. In 1937, these two neighbouring nations played an entertaining game before a crowd of 183,725. Hampden Park's seating capacity has since been reduced to 52,063 for security reasons. In addition to being the national stadium of the Scotland national team, Hampden Park is also the home stadium for Scottish Premiership side Queens Park F.C.

Estadio da Luz (official attendance: 135,000)

The most beautiful stadium in Europe according to France's L'Equipe played host to an entertaining three - 1 win for Benfica against Porto in 1987 before a crowd of 135,000 spectators. At that time, the Estadio da Luz had an official capacity of 150,000, a capacity that it never filled until it was reduced to the current 64,652 seating capacity in 2003. The Estadio da Luz is Benfica's home ground and it has over the past years hosted some big matches including the 2004 UEFA Euro Final and the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final.

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