FIFA 2018 has come to a glorious end with thousands of travellers now bidding adieu to their fabulous host city, Moscow. Ever wondered which FIFA World Cups drew the maximum crowd? Here’s a list. By Payal Das

 

  • Russia

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On July 15, the world was divided by two teams, as it often happens in football. In the end, France managed to bring the cup home by defeating Croatia (4-2). It was truly a remarkable game in the history of football that took place at the Luzhniki Stadium, Russia. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is reportedly the highest-scoring final since England beat West Germany (4-2) in 1966. More than 1.5 million of people had booked the tickets for the World Cup this year out of which more than 1,32,000 were present for the finale.

Travel tip: Apart from the Luzhniki Stadium, make sure to not miss these extravagant football stadiums if you are visiting Russia: Spartak Stadium, Krestovsky Stadium, Kazan Arena, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, and the Volgograd Arena. Also, if you are planning to visit Russia, the best time to visit would be now since it’s spring and the days are longer. A must-do is to take a design tour of Moscow that’s replete with jaw-dropping heritage buildings. And if you are looking for a quiet afternoon all by yourself, the Gorky Park is the best city park to visit.

 

  • Brazil

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In 2014, the FIFA World Cup was won by Germany against Argentina (1-0) in Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has reportedly been said to be one of the toughest match in World Cup Finals as Germany defeated Argentina (1-0) in extra time with the only goal being scored by Mario Götze. A record breaking of over 1 billion attendance on FIFA’s Global Stadium out of which 51,54,386 people only attended the fan fests of World Cup!

Travel tip: If you are a football fan and are visiting Brazil anytime soon, the Mane Garrincha, Morumbi, Castelao and Esrádio do Arruda stadiums are a definite must visits. The best time to visit Brazil would be in February as the Carnival falls in the same month.

 

  • South Africa

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In 2014, the FIFA World Cup was won by Germany against Argentina (1-0) at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. It is often said to be one of the toughest matches in World Cup Finals as Germany defeated Argentina (1-0) during extra time, the only goal being scored by Mario Götze. A record breaking attendance of 1 billion was reported at the FIFA Global Stadium, out of which 51,54,386 people only attended the fan fests organised in Rio at the time!

Travel tip: If you are a football fan and are visiting Brazil anytime soon, the Mane Garrincha, Morumbi, Castelao and Esrádio do Arruda stadiums are a definite must visits. The best time to visit Brazil is February as the Rio Carnival falls in the same month.

 

 

  • Germany

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The 2006, FIFA World Cup was yet another unforgettable match. France lost to Italy, (3-5) on penalties after the match ended in a tie. A shocking number of 3.4 million people attended this World Cup live in the stadiums out of which more than 52,609 people attended the finale that was held at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Travel tip: Needless to say, every football fan must be aware of these stadiums which fall in the must-visit category in Germany, including the Signal Iduna Park, Allianz Arena, Veltins Arena, Müngersdorfer Stadion, and the Volksparkstadion. And since you are planning to visit these stadiums, the perfect weather with sunshine and suitable temperatures is late spring or early autumn falling in the months of during May and between September and early October.

 

  • Japan

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With Japan being the host to the 2002 FIFA World Cup at the International Stadium in Yokohama, Brazil won the match against Germany (2-0). In this match, Ronaldo scored two of the 15 World Cup goals in the second half of the match! He had also won the Golden Boot award that night! This World Cup had a total attendance of about 34,29,873 people with an average of 53,592 people per match.

Travel tip: Since the International Stadium is already a star, the New National Stadium, Saitama Stadium, Stadium Ecopa, and the Ajinomoto Stadium are worth the visit. The best time to travel to Japan? Late spring which is between March and May and late autumn between September and November. The skies are generally clear and the temperature, very soothing.

 

  • France

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As the host country, France made it a point that they would bring home the World Cup beating Brazil by 3-0 at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The match was played at the State de France in Saint-Denis, France. It was the first time that France had ever won the World Cup that too, just two days before the to Bastille Day. That year, the World Cup pulled a crowd of about 28,59,234 people, with per match average at 44,676.

Travel tip: Apart from the host stadium of the 1998 World Cup, you can check out the Stade Vélodrome, Stade Felix Bollaert, Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Parc des Princes and the Stade de Gerland stadiums. Make sure you visit France in spring, April-June or during fall between September and November. Do avoid July and August since those two months are extremely crowded.

 

  • United States

In the 1994 FIFA World Cup match, Brazil had beaten Italy, 3-2 on penalties. The match finished at 0-0 after extra time at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, United States. US had an attendance of more than 35,68,576 people and each match saw a crowd of about 68,626.

Travel tip: We all know there is an endless list of must visit football in the US, so we have picked out the 3 best stadiums you can visit. The New Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, and Century Link Field. North America’s summer is ideal to hit the beaches or go hiking in the national parks. Spring and autumn are the preferable seasons to visit.

 

 

  • Italy

The 1990 FIFA World Cup was a match played by West Germany against Argentina where West Germany won by 1-0 with a late penalty kick by Andreas Brehme. The match took place at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy and drew more than 48,411 people at the stadium. The total number of people who attended the World Cup was 25,27,342.

Travel tip: The top 5 football stadiums in Italy are the Stadio Olimpico, San Siro Stadium, Juventus Stadium, Stadio San Paolo and the Stadio Artemio Franchi. And the best time to visit Italy is April and May, and September and October when the crowd is less.

 

 

  • Mexico

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The 1986 FIFA World Cup reportedly had one of the most crowds at the time with 24,07,431 travelling from Europe and other parts of the world for the matches and over 46,297 people per match. Argentina won the match against West Germany by 3-2 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Travel tip: As Mexico is relevantly a huge country, its weather varies by season and region. The ideal time to visit Mexico would be between December and April when it’s dry. As for the must visit football stadiums in that region, visit the Estadio Jalisco, Estadio Chivas, Estadio BBVA Bancomer and the Estadio Nemesio Díez.

 

  • Spain

The 1982 FIFA World Cup was the 12th FIFA World Cup. Italy won the match against West Germany by (3-1), bringing the cup home thrice in a row. The match was played at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Spain. Ten years ago, this World Cup had pulled a crowd of 18,56,277 people and an average of about 35,698 people per match.

Travel tip: These football stadiums are not only the best but also the most visited ones in Spain throughout the year. The Camp Nou Stadium, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, and the Wanda Metropolitano stadium have created legends. And as we absolutely need no reason to visit Spain, the best time to travel would be in spring or during Fall because of the good weather it affords. April, May, June, September and October are the ideal months to travel.

 

Now that we gave a visit to the memory down the lane, do you know where the 2022 World Cup will be held? Well, it’s Qatar, the first ever Arab state to host the World Cup.