Soccer Infrastructure

People who play football on the streets of Spain could be hit with fines of up to €1,000 ($1,350) if new proposals by the Spanish government (2 December 2013) are given the green light by the country’s parliament. For many kids in Spain’s dense urban centres the streets are one of the few places to play football. These urban spaces provide an informal training ground for a national team which currently holds the World and European champions, and for a football league considered by many to be the world’s best.

This is the home of Atlético Sevilla and the reason it makes our top 5 is because it’s situated in the beautiful island of Gran Canaria – but that’s not the only reason why. With a capacity of 33,000 this ground can get quite loud and raucous when the team is performing well. Structurally, it looks like a coliseum and we rather like that!

Despite all of the great successes that this club has undergone in recent years, its stadium still can’t quite crack the top 3. That’s not to say it’s a poor stadium, though. After all, it wouldn’t make this list if it was! What we love about the Calderon is the red, white and blue colour scheme and how the fans easily blend those colours into great-looking banners and mosaics. This is the final year that Los Colchoneros will spend at the Vicente Calderon, with a stadium move scheduled for next summer.