With the World Cup kicking off today, here’s our Top 10 football stadium tours
Wembley Stadium, London
Climb 107 step to the Royal Box and lift a replica FA Cup before visiting the England dressing room, walking down the player’s tunnel and sitting in the hot seat where Roy Hodgson gets grilled post-match.
Hamden Park, Glasgow
Tour the stadium, see the Scottish Football Museum and check out the Hall of Fame featuring 89 legends, including Billy Bremner (above), Jock Stein and Kenny Dalglish. Stadium tours are suspended over the Commonwealth Games.
Old Trafford, Manchester
Get taken around Manchester United’s stadium, see the home dressing room and take up the manager’s seat before new boss Louis Van Gaal gets a go. Then visit the team museum in the presence of legends such as Alex Stepney
The Emirates Stadium, London
Charlie George, Lee Dixon and Perry Groves are among the Arsenal legends taking people around the Gunners temple and museum.
Elland Road, Leeds
The trophy cabinet might be on the dusty side but Leeds United are still the best-supported team outside the Premier League. Take a tour of the ground on match days.
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Combine football and rugby with a tour of Wales’ national stadium. The tour takes in everything from the Wales dressing room to details of how the retractable roof works.
Nou Camp, Barcelona
Take a place on the Barca bench, then head to the museum where you can find out the history of Barcelona, from when it was set up by young Brit expats in 1899, through the days of Gary Lineker and Terry Venables through to today’s tiki-taca geniuses.
Home to the current European Champions and the most decorated club in European history, the Bernebeu is legendary. Tours take in the trophy room bursting with silver, views of the pitch, changing rooms and the tunnel.
Alianz Arena, Munich
Bayern Munich’s third stadium on the same site in the north of the city is one of Europe’s most modern grounds. Its Bayern Erlebniswelt (or ‘world of experience’ museum) covers more than 3,000 square meters and burst with trophies and the stories of legends such as the great Franz Beckenbauer.
Estádio do Pacaembu, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Things are might be kicking off in Brazil – but there is nowhere to soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful game than at the Pacaembu Stadium’s Museum Of Football where you can relive the triumphs of true legends such as Rivelino, Socrates and, of course, Pele.