Most intimidating stadiums
2006 saw renovation work start and this will include a retractable roof and and extra 12000 places, making it an even more unpleasant environment for opposing players.Its actual name is the Feijenoord Stadion, buts its universally called de Kuip (meaning the Tub - a reference to its shape).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.For the opposition, there is literally nowhere to hide.
The stadium itself is a non-roofed affair, which can sometimes mean a loss of atmosphere in some grounds, but not here.
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.
Rotterdam's a true working-class city, and they say that whilst Amsterdam is where the Dutch go to play, Rotterdam is where they go to work.
This is reflected too in the football, with Feyenoord viewing Ajax, and Amsterdam in general, as a pompous, arty, arrogant bunch of canal-lovers.