20 New Football Stadiums to Look Forward to

For fans of state-of-the-art football stadiums, there’s never been a better time to be alive. 

Not only did Tottenham finally open their brand new ground (which it must be said is absolutely gorgeous), but on 2 April Real Madrid ?unveiled their renderings for the €525m renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu.?

However, Los Blancos aren’t the only side who have plans to improve their ground, with a host of clubs announcing their own renovation designs, or even plans to build new stadia altogether

We’ll cover all of them below – enjoy!


Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabeu)?

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We begin with the aforementioned plans from Real Madrid to improve their famous home, which will cost between €525m and €575m to complete.

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See a full article on the ?Bernabeu’s redevelopment here.


Barcelona (Camp Nou)

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Barcelona’s ambitious ‘Espai Barça’ redevelopment project will see Camp Nou’s capacity increase to 105,000 (which will make the venue the second biggest football stadium in the world), the addition of a roof, as well as the incorporation of 5g mobile technology (the first stadium in the world to do so).

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The remodelling – which will occur between 2020 and 2023 – will be done without Barcelona having to find a new home, and will incur an estimated cost of €360m.

See a full article on ?Camp Nou’s redevelopment here.


Everton (Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium)

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Plans for Everton’s new 52,000 seater stadium were ‘leaked’ in February by Everton fan group Everton Aren’t We, who released the concept pictures after the supporter site received a PDF document with plans for the new ground.

The plans predict the Toffees will move into their new stadium in 2023 – finally saying goodbye to Goodison Park, their home ground since 1892 – though the club’s chief executive Robert Elstone said last year that the project will cost ‘significantly more’ than the initial £300m projected cost.


Crystal Palace (Selhurst Park)

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The Eagles have already been granted the green light (in principle) to expand Selhurst Park’s capacity from 26,000 to over 34,000.

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If that all goes to plan, then Palace will start work on the main stand this summer to have it ready by the beginning of the 2020/21 season.


Napoli (Stadio San Paolo)

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When the owner of your club calls your stadium a ‘cesspool’, its probably time to find a new home. 

Such is the case for Napoli, with president Aurelio De Laurentiis currently looking at options to finance the building of a new stadium (including a McDonald’s backed venue as one possibility). Good thing too, since the third tier of the ground is currently off limits to the public.

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The Stadio San Paolo is currently going through a €23m redevelopment phase in preparation for the 2019 Universiade (international student and youth competition), but De Laurentiis is pushing hard for a new stadium altogether. However, obtaining building permits and financial investment from the city is proving difficult.


Feyenoord (Feyenoord Stadium)

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We all love a stadium next to a body of water – they just look better. Don’t believe me? Take a gander at the renderings of Feyenoord’s new home in Rotterdam below.

Feyenoord’s ground – which will replace the historic but ageing Stadium de Kuip – will sit on the banks of the river Maas, and with a capacity of 63,000, will be the largest football ground in the Netherlands when it opens in 2023.


AS Roma (Stadio della Roma)

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The Serie A giants will be moving into their new ground in 2022 (scheduled), saying goodbye to the Stadio Olimpico, which they currently share with rivals Lazio.

??The inspiration for the Stadio della Roma is the Colosseum, which will be reflected in the stone “scrim” that envelops the outside of the stadium. The seating capacity will be 52,000, though this can be extended to 60,000.

While the designs and concept of the new venue are amazing, construction hasn’t actually begun yet. In March, Football Italia reported that Marcello De Vito – President of Rome city council’s assembly – was arrested after he allegedly took bribes from Luca Parnasi, contractor for the Stadio della Roma before he was detained himself last year. Despite the news, the club have insisted that construction on the new ground will go ahead as planned.


Liverpool (Anfield)

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In 2016 the Reds completed the expansion of the new Main Stand at their historic ground to increase Anfield’s capacity to just over 54,000. 

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But Liverpool aren’t quite finished tinkering just yet. In October, club chief executive Peter Moore revealed that the Merseyside outfit were considering adding a further 6,000 seats to the Anfield Road End, taking the ground’s total capacity to over 60,000.

However, the clock’s ticking, as Liverpool must submit detailed blueprints for the next stage of the expansion by September 2019 – yet Moore has indicated that the club are still reviewing their options and plans.


Celta Vigo (Abanca Balaídos)

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O Celtiña have been in their home ground since 1982, and has undergone several redevelopments over the years – including in 2002/03 when the club qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

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Since 2015 Balaídos has been undergoing major renovations, which will become a fully covered stadium with capacity for 31,000 spectators (current capacity is 29,000), and, according to ?Marca, will include: 

“A new facade where images can be projected, the flights of stairs on the exterior will be removed and the press room and changing rooms will be relocated to the central part. In addition, the stands will be nearer to the pitch – eight metres away instead of 35.”


Inter Miami CF (Inter Miami CF Stadium)

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David Beckham’s new MLS expansion team will kick off in 2020, with its permanent home due to open in Miami a season or two later (pending financial and location decisions).

Beckham’s ownership group negotiated a real estate deal with the city of Miami to redevelop the city’s only golf course into a 25,000 seat capacity ground, mall and office park.


Forest Green Rovers (Eco Park)

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Forest Green Rovers of League Two are doing a solid for the planet by building a new venue which they claim will be the ‘greenest football stadium in the world’.

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A statement on the club’s website reads: “Designed by world renowned architects Zaha Hadid and made almost entirely out of wood, it’ll be the first of its kind in the world. With a capacity of 5,000, Eco Park, would be sited in parkland where some five hundred trees and 1.8km of new hedgerows would be planted.”

The plans for the stadium are yet to be approved by Stroud District Council, and fire safety might be an obvious concern, but if the Green do pull it off they will be playing in the most unique ground in world football (and one perfectly suited to their name).


Manchester United (Old Trafford)

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The Theatre of Dreams is one of the most iconic grounds in sports, but club officials at United have decided Old Trafford needs a lick of paint and greater capacity.

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Plans have been drawn up three times in the last 10 years to expand the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, which would take the stadium’s capacity to just over 80,000.

Those plans keep getting delayed, adjusted or cancelled because of the logistical issues with redeveloping Old Trafford (there’s a railway line behind the stadium with houses just beyond), as well as the cost (over £200m for around 10,000 extra seats with limited additional corporate facilities). Furthermore, the Red Devils would likely have to vacate the ground whilst work is being done, so it may be some time before Old Trafford gets redeveloped


AC Milan & Inter? (San Siro)

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Reports earlier this year suggested that AC Milan were ‘fully embracing’ the idea of moving to a new stadium after almost 100 years at the San Siro.

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The news suggested that Milan are sold on the idea of investing €600m in a ‘new San Siro’ just a few hundred yards from their current location, and the only thing missing is confirmation from the city of Milan.

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It’s not clarified whether Inter are on board with the idea, but if plans go ahead, it’s expected that they will continue to share, as the report details plans for separate entrances for the two sides.

See a full article on ?AC Milan building a new stadium here.


Empoli (Stadio Carlo Castellani)

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The fantastically named Stadio Carlo Castellani has been home to Empoli since 1965, but in 2018 the Serie A outfit announced that it would be launching a complete overhaul of the ground in a project financed through a public-private partnership – the first of its kind in Italy.

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The new ground – well, almost new (three of the four stands will be rebuilt) – will accommodate 20,000 fans, and Empoli have stated that the ground will be “be sustainable from a social, economic and environmental perspective thanks to a configuration that will make it a zero emissions facility.”


Valencia (Nou Mestalla)

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If you thought Tottenham took a while to build and move into their new ground, you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on with Valencia.

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In 2007 – yes, 2007 – Valencia began construction on Nou Mestalla, a 54,000-seat stadium intended to replace Estadio Mestalla. Work carried on for two years, but was then halted for financial reasons, and Valencia has continued to play in their old ground since.

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However, Los Ches signed an agreement with Deloitte last year to help their transfer to the new ground, and the club are expected to finally move into their new home ahead of the 2020/21 La Liga season.


Bologna (Stadio Renato Dall’Ara)

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In January this year Serie A outfit Bologna announced plans to completely redevelop the Dall’Ara, which first opened in 1927.


The work will involve reducing the stadium’s capacity to 27,000 (from 31,000), with room for expansion to 29,000, as well as the installation of a new roof and stands closer to the pitch. The project is expected to take five years to complete.


Real Sociedad (Anoeta Stadium)

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La Real’s stadium has undergone significant work since 2017, which involved enlarging the ground and removing the running track around the pitch.


The first phase of redevelopment – including the removal of the track and a new south end stand – was finished just after the start of the 2018/19 season,

the removal of the track and insertion of lower rows of seats on the side stands, and a completely new south end stand. When work is finally completed on the north stand, the stadium will hold 42,300 spectators. 


Atalanta (Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia)

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Atalanta will begin renovation work on their ancient stadium this year, after the club bought the ground from the local council for €11.2m.

The project will boost the stadium’s capacity from 21,300 to 24,000, and, according to the ?Stadium BusinessAtalanta has previously outlined that other key features of the initiative include, “‘squaring off’ the two end stands of the stadium to connect them with other sections of the venue, as well as building a commercial area in the underground part of the stadium.”


Fiorentina (Nuovo Stadio Fiorentina)

Fiorentina currently play their football at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, though the club have been looking to leave the ancient ground (opened in 1931) since 2008.

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Though construction has not yet begun on the ground – thanks to a corruption scandal and difficulties in securing a new site for the stadium – Florence’s mayor has said that the arena could be ready for use by 2023.

The stadium would be built on the Mercafir site in Florence, and would cost around €420m. And holy heck, if the video is anything to go by, it’s going to look absolutely stunning.


Raja Casablanca & Wydad Casablanca (Grand Stade de Casablanca)

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This stadium was meant to be part of Morocco’s World Cup in 2010 (had they won the bid instead of South Africa), and then again for the 2026 tournament, but unsuccessful bids meant that it will just have to be used by the city’s two club sides, as well as the Moroccan national team.


Undeterred, Morocco now plan to use the stadium – which will have a capacity of 93,000 once it’s completed in 2025 – for the 2030 World Cup. Third time’s the charm lads


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Granit Xhaka Targeted by Inter as They Prepare Squad Overhaul to Challenge Juventus Next Season

?Inter have identified Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka as one of their summer transfer targets as they look to build a squad to compete with Juventus for the Serie A title.

The Nerazzuri have been linked with several high-profile signings in recent weeks, including targeting the likes of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte for the managerial role at the club, as they seek to end Juventus’ reign of dominance in Italy.

Granit Xhaka

According to ?Correire dello Sport, ?Inter scouts have visited London on a number of occasions to watch Xhaka and could soon look to sign him, but only if they fail to secure their other transfer targets.

?Real Madrid’s ?Toni Kroos is one of their top priorities, and a move for the German may be feasible after ?Zinedine Zidane failed to confirm whether Kroos has a future with the club.

If Real are prepared to part ways with Kroos at a feasible price, Inter will certainly pursue a deal, although they face competition from both ?Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

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Another name high on their wish list is ?Ivan Rakitic of ?Barcelona. The 31-year-old has been linked with an exit from the Camp Nou for months, and Inter will look to capitalise on that uncertainty with a bid this summer.

However, if they fail to land either Kroos or Rakitic, they will turn their attention to Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder recently admitted that Arsenal ?may not be the final step for him in his career, casting doubt over his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium.

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Xhaka has been a regular part of Unai Emery’s starting lineup this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions. Despite this, it has been rumoured that the club could be willing to part ways with Xhaka if a sizeable offer arrives, given the club’s recent lack of transfer funds.

They were restricted to just loan signings during the January transfer window and, with ?Aaron Ramsey leaving for ?Juventus at the end of the season, the opportunity to raise some much-needed funds could certainly tempt the Gunners to sell.

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Pep Guardiola ‘Open’ to Ilkay Gundogan Sale as Contract Extension Talks Reach Breaking Point

Manchester City seem to have run out of patience with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan’s contract situation, with manager Pep Guardiola reported to be open to listen to offers for the 28-year-old. 

The Germany international has been used frequently by City so far this season as they chase a clean sweep of trophies, but with his contract expiring next summer, much has been made of his ?apparent reluctance to put pen to paper on a new deal.

?City were reported last month to have ?intensified efforts to tie him down, with Guardiola then reported to see him as a part of his plans going forward, but the prevailing belief was that the midfielder had concerns over what his long-term role would be. 

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Though it was previously thought City were prepared to be patient, Italian outlet ?FcInterNews now say their tune has changed.

The claim now is that there is ‘black smoke’ between Gundogan and his employers, and if things don’t change before the summer, Guardiola is considering sanctioning his sale for around €25m to avoid losing him for free in a year. 

Unsurprisingly, the report goes heavy on ?Inter’s interest in the German. The Serie A side are thought to be at the front of the queue, along with Borussia Dortmund, and have already tabled an offer of a four-year deal worth €6m per season.

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The news comes days after Guardiola ?bit back at Gundogan’s claims that his side ‘lacked bravery’ in their Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat at Tottenham during the week. 

“I don’t agree with him. Absolutely not,” the manager said. “He can say whatever he wants. I like when they express what they believe.  

“But it’s happened many times in my career in specific games when they lost a little control. Regarding this specific game, it did not happen.”

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Despite the growing unease between Gundogan and the club, he did feature for 90 minutes against Spurs and then again in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. For now, then, it seems the tension is set to a light simmer. 

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Frosinone 1-3 Inter: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Nerazzurri Secure Unconvincing Away Win

Inter strengthened their grip on third place in Serie A with an important yet unconvincing 3-1 win over lowly Frosinone on Sunday evening.

Inter started well and took a deserved lead after 18 minutes. Danilo D’Ambrosio whipped in a dangerous cross on to the head of Radja Nainggolan, who directed the ball into the far corner with impressive accuracy.

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The visitors doubled their lead 15 minutes later, as Ivan Perisic converted from the penalty spot after Raman Chibsah brought down Milan Skriniar in the box.

Inter looked to be going through the motions in the second-half and their lacklustre approach cost them a goal as Frosinone pulled one back on the hour mark through Francesco Cassata, whose strike from distance had just enough power to get past Samir Handanovic.

Frosinone pushed to find an equaliser, but they were left undone in the final moments as Matias Vecino scored a third goal for Inter in added time.


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?Inter have been unable to maintain any sort of consistency this season, but they are still in a fantastic position to secure Champions League football, which would have been the minimum requirement at the start of 2018/19.

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The scoreline may suggest otherwise, but the win was by no means convincing for the Nerazzurri. They were slow in possession, notably lacked finesse in the final third and were far too complacent after going two goals to the good. A win’s a win, but Inter certainly made hard work of it.

Luciano Spalletti’s side have built a six point advantage over Roma in fifth position, which looks to be enough at this late stage of the season, but that gap will soon decrease if they don’t improve on their performance. 


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Handanovic (5); D’Ambrosio (6*), Skriniar (6), De Vrij (6), Asamoah (5); Vecino (5), Valero (5), Politano (5), Perisic (6), Nainggolan (6); Icardi (4).

Substitutes: Balde (5), Gagliardini (5), Joao Mario (N/A).


Star Man – Danilo D’Ambrosio

It wasn’t a particularly memorable performance from D’Ambrosio, but he put in a decent shift down the right flank and produced the most telling moment of quality in the match when he delivered a superb cross for Nainggolan’s opening goal.

The Italian has been able to keep Cedric Soares out of the side after the Portuguese joined the club in January and performances like this should ensure that he’ll remain in the starting XI until the end of the season.


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Looking Ahead

Inter have a crucial match against Roma to come on Saturday, and Spalletti’s side will be well aware that a win could all but seal their place in the top four.

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Mauro Icardi to Refuse Inter Contract Extension & Pursue €60m Switch to Real Madrid

?Mauro Icardi will reportedly reject Inter’s attempts to renew his contract and demand a cut-price move to Real Madrid.

Initial contract talks stalled in January, and Icardi was ultimately stripped of the club captaincy shortly after. He then missed the next ten games with what was described as a knee injury, before making his long-awaited return to the first team in early April.

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?Inter wanted to increase his release clause to a whopping €220m but, according to ?AS, ?Icardi was unhappy with that as it would obstruct a dream move to ?Real. He may have returned to action, but he still wants out.

In order to get his move, Icardi will reject any of Inter’s attempts to renew his contract, which expires in 2021, in the hope of forcing the Nerazzurri to grant him his wish. By doing so, sources close to the player believe he could be available for just €60m.

However, the only stumbling block in Icardi’s plan is that Real do not view him as a major priority for the summer. He is one of many targets currently being considered by Los Blancos, but AS claim they are not planning to make a move at the end of the season.

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Icardi will do all he can to secure a move to Real, but may be forced to settle for a transfer elsewhere. ?Chelsea and ?Atletico Madrid have both been touted as potential suitors of the Argentine, but AS claim ?Juventus are most likely to sign Icardi if Real decline to make an offer.

Juventus have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old in the aftermath of his clash with the club. Sporting director Fabio Paratici has previously ?confirmed that they enquired about Icardi last summer, and they could look to reignite their interest and take advantage of his contract situation.

This season, Icardi has racked up 16 goals in 30 appearances, helping Inter to third in the ?Serie A standings. They are currently locked in a battle for ?Champions League qualification, with ?AC Milan, Roma and Atalanta all close behind Luciano Spalletti’s side.

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