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Borussia Dortmund's stadium ranked best in the world

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The English might cringe when it comes to taking penalties against Germany, but that didn’t stop British daily The Times from naming Borussia Dortmund’s imposing Westfalenstadion the best place in the world to watch a football match.

Now officially going by the less-enthralling corporate moniker of Signal Iduna Park, the stadium still managed to top such epic venues as Liverpool’s Anfield, Madrid’s Bernabéu and Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera. Bayern Munich’s futuristic Allianz Area had to make do with fifth place.

The Times hailed BVB’s home as a “classic” football temple flinging “noise down at the playing area with deafening intensity” each match.

“This place was built for football and for fans to express themselves,” the paper gushed recently. “Every European Cup final should be held here.”

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The Westfalenstadion's 80,000-seat capacity and the consistently huge turnout by Dortmund supporters can make it a daunting place for visiting teams. But as its top ranking by The Times acknowledges, few stadiums can so consistently provide a setting sure to set any true football fan’s heart aflutter.

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