10+ Ranking: Europe’s top attendances (2012 edition)

source: StadiumDB.com

10+ Ranking: Europe’s top attendances (2012 edition) How many football clubs in Europe have crowds of over 10,000 per game? How does the top ten look? And how many clubs from your country are listed? You’ll find answers for all of these questions below!

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First time in English, though published in Poland since 2008, we present you with a complete list of all European clubs that have following of at least 10,000 people per home game. Thus the name 10+ and just as naming itself, we hope that putting all data in just two tables will be clear for all readers. We hope to keep it simple as every year over 200 football sides in Europe have attendances averaging above the limit.

In this case every year means of course crowds from last finished season (2011/12 for most of Europe, 2011 for Scandinavian leagues).

Why are we doing it? Because we believe reaching the 10,000 point shows potential and interest in football, which we hope will become apparent once you finish reading. Having regular crowds of that size is quite an achievement in many countries as most European states haven’t got even one stadium that fills to that point...

See also the 2013 edition of 10+!

TABLE 1. Number of “10+ clubs” per country

Ranking 10+Only 23 countries have stadiums that regularly fill above the 10,000 mark. As always, podium is reserved for England, Germany and Italy, though decrease of Italian football may clearly be seen and with numerous new stadia being built/designed in France ahead of Euro 2016, third spot seems open in upcoming seasons. Especially that Spain, another European powerhouse, is evidently running out of manpower apart from several top sides.

A dynamic change can be seen in Central and Eastern Europe with Russia having 9 clubs with crowds between 10-20,000. Interestingly, it’s not the first time that club from outside of Moscow or Saint Petersburg has largest crowds, with Kuban Krasnodar following the footsteps of Krylja Sovetov a few years back. Top Ukrainian ones (Shakhtar, Metalist, Dnipro and Dynamo) are strengthening their position with new stadiums in each city. New venues, built mostly ahead of Euro 2012, also brought a record grow in Poland with 5 clubs on the list, compared to barely one in 2009. On the downside, however, it’s clear that all of those 5 have to work harder to fill their stadia with only one having stands filled in more than 50%.

A negative trend can be seen in several other leagues. Only two Austrian sides had reasonably big crowds and none of them were the champions – Red Bull doesn’t even have every third seat taken. In Greece only Olympiacos managed to get on the list with none of their toughest competition managing to do so. Romania, Israel and Czech Republic are further countries that saw a significant decrease recently.

But before we leave you with the table, a success story comes from Serbia with Crvena Zvezda finally breaking the vicious circle that seemed to hold all four Yugoslavian superpowers (Zvezda / Partizan / Hajduk / Dinamo). Since 2009 attendances at the Belgrade’s Marakana tripled and are now reaching 20,000.

No. of clubsCountryDomestic leader
 44   England  3. Manchester United (75,387)
 33   Germany  1. Borussia Dortmund (80,521)
 22   Italy  15. AC Milan (49,020)
 21   France  24. Paris Saint-Germain (42,882)
 19   Spain  2. FC Barcelona (75,844)
 14   Netherlands  13. Ajax Amsterdam (50,147)
 9   Russia  103. Kubań Krasnodar (20,001)
 6   Ukraine  37. FC Shakhtar Donetsk (36,983)
 6   Switzerland  54. FC Basel (29,775)
 6   Belgium  68. Standard Liège (25,113)
 5   Portugal  25. SL Benfica (42,646)
 5   Poland  98. Legia Warszawa (20,928)
 5   Sweden  165. AIK Solna (13,865)
 4   Norway  153. Rosenborg BK (14,510)
 3   Scotland  12. Celtic (50,904)
 3   Denmark  141. FC København (15,148)
 2   Wales  83. Cardiff City (22,100)
 2   Austria  137. Rapid Wien (15,767)
 1   Turkey  43. Galatasaray (34,685)
 1   Greece  90. Olympiakos Piräus (21,523)
 1   Serbia  106. Crvena Zvezda (19,783)
 1   Romania  133. Steaua (16,192)
 1   Czech Republic  208. Sparta Praha (10,322)

 

TABLE 2. 10+ Clubs

As is tradition, England has a lot more clubs than any other country and this seems impossible to change with even 4th league Bradford having following of 10,171 – nowhere else in Europe this level of the football pyramid enjoys that kind of crowds. On the other hand, though, German clubs are the ones occupying more top spots, having some of European largest audiences – of 10 largest followings in Europe 6 can be found in Germany and only one of those crowds isn’t close to capacity (at Hertha’s Olympiastadion).

European podium changes barely year to year, always being settled between Barcelona, Borussia, Manchester United and Real Madrid (in alphabetic order). This time it was the German champions atop thanks to their Westfalenstadion having massive terracing instead of seats during domestic games. Manchester with sell-out crowds every season are dependent on their rivals’ attendances. This year Barcelona was one more to have larger audiences, but Real came 4th.

One surprise clearly seen in European top 10 is no Italian side. In previous years it was always either Inter (20th) or Milan (15th) at San Siro having one of largest crowds in Europe.

France, despite having impressive number of 22 clubs on the list also doesn’t have any powerhouse close to the top. Best season in years for PSG was only enough for 24th spot. France is bound to have a new leader soon with reconstruction of the Velodrome ongoing in Marseille and Lille having broken their all-time high for season tickets.

Similar record was also the case for Galatasaray who are seemingly outgrowing domestic rivals with their ticket sales. Though this is the only club that actually publishes attendance data in Turkey, it’s almost sure that neither Fenerbahce, nor any other side may compete as news was released that over 40,000 season tickets have been sold for the new season, meaning a further leap of “Galata” in next year’s 10+ Ranking is almost certain.

No.ClubStadiumAttendance
 1   Borussia Dortmund  Signal Iduna Park 80,521
 2   FC Barcelona  Camp Nou 75,844
 3   Manchester United  Old Trafford 75,387
 4   Real Madrid  Santiago Bernabeu 74,564
 5   Bayern Monachium  Allianz Arena 69,000
 6   FC Schalke 04  Veltins Arena 61,218
 7   Arsenal FC  Emirates Stadium 60,000
 8   VfB Stuttgart  Mercedes Benz Arena 55,090
 9   Hamburger SV  Imtech Arena 53,465
 10   Hertha BSC  Olympiastadion Berlin 53,449
 11   Borussia M-gladbach  Borussia Park 51,847
 12   Celtic FC  Celtic Park 50,904
 13   Ajax Amsterdam  Amsterdam ArenA 50,147
 14   Newcastle United  St. James Park 49,936
 15   AC Milan  San Siro 49,020
 16   1. FC Köln  RheinEnergie Stadion 47,482
 17   Manchester City  Etihad Stadium 47,035
 18   Rangers FC  Ibrox Stadium  46,362
 19   Hannover 96  AWD Arena  44,826
 20   FC Inter  San Siro  44,806
 21   Feyenoord Rotterdam  De Kuip 44,605
 22   Liverpool FC  Anfield  44,253
 23   Club Atlético de Madrid  Estadio Vicente Calderón  43,038
 24   Paris Saint-Germain  Parc des Princes 42,882
 25   SL Benfica  Estadio da Luz  42,646
 26   1. FC Kaiserslautern  Fritz-Walter-Stadion 42,434
 27   1. FC Nürnberg  easyCredit Stadion  41,968
 28   Chelsea FC  Stamford Bridge  41,478
 29   Werder Bremen  Weserstadion  40,808
 30   Olympique de Marseille  Stade Vélodrome  40,445
 31   SSC Napoli  Stadio San Paolo 39,808
 32   Sunderland AFC  Stadium of Light  39,095
 33   Valencia CF  Estadio Mestalla  38,263
 34   Eintracht Frankfurt  Commerzbank Arena  37,641
 35   Juventus FC  Juventus Stadium  37,545
 36   Real Betis Balompié  Estadio Benito Villamarín 37,405
 37   FC Shakhtar Donetsk  Donbass Arena  36,983
 38   AS Roma  Stadio Olimpico  36,219
 39   Tottenham Hotspur FC  White Hart Lane  36,026
 40   Sevilla FC  Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán  35,684
 41   FC Porto  Estádio do Dragão 35,177
 42   Athletic Club de Bilbao  Estadio San Mamés  35,053
 43   Galatasaray SK  Türk Telekom Arena  34,685
 44   Sporting CP  Estádio Jose Alvalade XXI  34,490
 45   Aston Villa  Villa Park  33,873
 46   PSV Eindhoven  Philips Stadion 33,376
 47   Everton FC  Goodison Park  33,228
 48   Olympique Lyonnais  Stade de Gerland  33,067
 49   1. FSV Mainz  Coface Arena  32,910
 50   SS Lazio  Stadio Olimpico  32,410
 51   Fortuna Düsseldorf  Esprit Arena 31,900
 52   West Ham United  Upton Park  30,923
 53   FC Augsburg  Impuls Arena  30,259
 54   FC Basel  St. Jakob Park  29,775
 55   Málaga CF  Estadio la Rosaleda  28,619
 56   Bayer Leverkusen  Bayarena 28,494
 57   1899 Hoffenheim  Wirsol Rhein-Neckar Arena  28,026
 58   FC Twente  De Grolsch Veste  27,707
 59   VfL Wolfsburg  Volkswagen Arena  27,614
 60   Stoke City  Britannia Stadium  27,226
 61   FK Metalist Kharkiv  Metalist Arena 26,663
 62   Norwich City  Carrow Road  26,548
 63   Southampton  St. Mary's Stadium  26,419
 64   Derby County  Pride Park  26,020
 65   Wolverhampton Wanderers  Molineux Stadium  25,672
 66   SC Heerenveen  Abe Lenstra Stadion  25,306
 67   Fulham FC  Craven Cottage  25,293
 68   Standard Liège  Stade de Sclessin  25,113
 69   Real Zaragoza CD  Estadio de la Romareda  24,947
 70   Dynamo Dresden  Glücksgas-Stadion  24,848
 71   West Bromwich Albion  The Hawthorns 24,798
 72   Club Brugge KV  Jan Breydel Stadion  24,344
 73   Real Sociedad de Fútbol  Estadio Anoeta  23,728
 74   RCD Espanyol de Barcelona  Estadi Nou Sarria  23,682
 75   Bolton Wanderers  Reebok Stadium  23,670
 76   Leeds United  Elland Road 23,379
 77   FC Sankt Pauli  Millerntor-Stadion  23,220
 78   Leicester City  King Power Stadium  23,036
 79   TSV 1860 München  Allianz Arena  22,898
 80   SC Freiburg  Glücksgas-Stadion  22,676
 81   Blackburn Rovers  Ewood Park 22,551
 82   RSC Anderlecht  Constant Vanden Stock Stadion  22,349
 83   Cardiff City  Cardiff City Stadium  22,100
 84   Nottingham Forest  City Ground  21,969
 85   KRC Genk  Cristal Arena  21,942
 86   FC Groningen  Euroborg 21,819
 87   RC Lens  Stade Félix-Bollaert 21,774
 88   Real Sporting Gijón  Estadio El Molinón  21,660
 89   Granada CF  Estadio Nuevo los Carmenes  21,526
 90   Olympiakos Piräus  Stádio Georgios Karaiskakis  21,523
 91   AS Saint-Etienne  Stade Geoffroy-Guichard  21,478
 92   Toulouse FC  Stadium de Toulouse  21,446
 93   ACF Fiorentina  Stadio Artemio Franchi  21,412
 94   Eintracht Braunschweig  Eintracht-Stadion  21,396
 95   Sheffield Wednesday  Hillsborough 21,336
 96   FK Dynamo Kyiv  Stadion Olimpijski 21,288
 97   BSC Young Boys  Stade de Suisse  21,104
 98   Legia Warszawa  Stadion Wojska Polskiego  20,928
 99   UC Sampdoria  Stadio Luigi Ferraris  20,733
 100   Stade Rennais FC  Stade de la Route de Lorient  20,725
 101   Girondins de Bordeaux  Stade Chaban-Delmas 20,712
 102   Brighton and Hove Albion  AMEX Stadium  20,029
 103   Kubań Krasnodar  Kuban Stadion  20,001
 104   Swansea City  Liberty Stadium  19,946
 105   Zenit Sankt Petersburg  Petrovskiy Stadion  19,892
 106   FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd  Marakana  19,783
 107   FC Utrecht  Stadion Galgenwaard  19,595
 108   Bologna FC 1909  Stadio Renato dall'Ara  19,257
 109   Reading FC  Madejski Stadium  19,219
 110   US Palermo  Stadio Renzo Barbera  19,218
 111   Birmingham City  St. Andrew's Stadium  19,126
 112   Spartak Moskwa  Łużniki 18,854
 113   Hull City  KC Stadium  18,790
 114   Sheffield United  Bramall Lane  18,701
 115   Genoa FC  Stadio Luigi Ferraris  18,698
 116   Wigan Athletic  DW Stadium 18,634
 117   Alemannia Aachen  Tivoli  18,612
 118   Udinese Calcio  Stadio Friuli  18,595
 119   Ipswich Town  Portman Road  18,266
 120   NAC Breda  Rat Verlegh Stadion  17,686
 121   Middlesbrough  Riverside Stadium 17,557
 122   Vitesse Arnhem  Gelredome  17,529
 123   Montpellier Hérault SC  Stade de la Mosson  17,492
 124   Charlton Athletic  The Valley  17,485
 125   Lechia Gdańsk  PGE Arena Gdańsk  17,317
 126   Queens Park Rangers  Loftus Road  17,295
 127   Villareal CF  Estadio el Madrigal  17,263
 128   LOSC Lille Metropole  Stadium Nord  16,971
 129   Śląsk Wrocław  Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu  16,627
 130   Rubin Kazań  Centralnyj Stadion Kazań 16,415
 131   AS Cesena  Stadio Dino Manuzzi  16,410
 132   AZ Alkmaar  AFAS Stadion  16,365
 133   Steaua Bucureşti  Stadionul Ghancea  16,192
 134   1. FC Union Berlin  Alte Försterei  16,124
 135   CA Osasuna Pamplona  Estadio El Sadar 15,852
 136   FK Dnipro Dniepropietrovsk  Dnipro Arena 15,829
 137   Rapid Wien  Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion  15,767
 138   Wisła Kraków  Stadion im. Henryka Reymana  15,690
 139   FC Lorient  Stade de Moustoir  15,643
 140   Atalanta BC  Stadio Atletti Azzurri d'Italia  15,492
 141   FC København  Parken Stadion 15,448
 142   Calcio Catania  Stadio Angelo Massimino  15,387
 143   Valenciennes FC  Stade du Hainaut  15,373
 144   AS Nancy Lorraine  Stade Marcel Picot  15,328
 145   SM Caen  Stade Michel d'Ornano  15,280
 146   Crystal Palace  Selhurst Park 15,219
 147   Karlsruher SC  Wildparkstadion  15,173
 148   Sporting Braga  Estadio Municipal de Braga  15,169
 149   Coventry City  Ricoh Arena  15,118
 150   Lech Poznań  Stadion Miejski w Poznaniu  15,099
 151   Portsmouth FC  Fratton Park  15,044
 152   Torino FC  Stadio Comunale di Torino  14,914
 153   Rosenborg BK  Lerkendal Stadion  14,510
 154   Terek Grozniy  Achmat Arena  14,447
 155   Roda JC Kerkrade  Parkstad Limburg  14,351
 156   Lokomotiv Moskwa  Stadion Lokomotiv  14,282
 157   Anzhi Makhachkala  Dynamo Stadion  14,273
 158   Krylia Sovetov Samara  Metallurg Stadion  14,257
 159   FC Luzern  swissporarena  14,180
 160   Huddersfield Town  Galpharm Stadium  14,131
 161   FC Sochaux-Montbéliard  Stade Auguste Bonal 14,079
 162   Hansa Rostock  DKB Arena  14,053
 163   Burnley FC  Turf Moor 14,048
 164   Bristol City FC  Ashton Gate  13,907
 165   AIK Solna  Råsunda  13,865
 166   Hellas Verona  Stadio Marc Antonio Bentegodi  13,848
 167   FK Chornomorets Odesa  Stadion Chernomorets  13,842
 168   VfL Bochum  rewirpowerSTADION  13,756
 169   Parma FC  Stadio Ennio Tardini  13,646
 170   Dijon FCO  Stade Gaston Gérard  13,597
 171   Stade Brestois 29  Stade Francis-Le Blé 13,542
 172   MSV Duisburg  Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena  13,461
 173   FC Nantes  Stade de la Beaujoire  13,419
 174   Heart Of Midlothian FC  Tyncastle Stadium  13,381
 175   Vålerenga IF  Ullevål Stadion  13,337
 176   Levante UD  Estadi Ciutat de Valencia  13,224
 177   Real CD Mallorca  Iberostar Estadi  13,205
 178   SK Brann  Brann Stadion  13,012
 179   Stade de Reims  Stade Auguste-Delaune  12,851
 180   Pescara Calcio  Stadio Adriatico  12,835
 181   Brøndby IF   Brøndby Stadion 12,782
 182   Blackpool FC  Bloomfield Road  12,764
 183   Watford AFC  Vicarage Road  12,710
 184   Malmö FF  Swedbank Stadion  12,388
 185   NEC Nijmegen  McDOS Goffertstadion  12,158
 186   ADO Den Haag  Kyocera Stadion  12,154
 187   AJ Auxerre  Stade de l'Abbe Deschamps  12,123
 188   Vitória SC Guimarães  Estádio Dom Afonso Henriques  12,078
 189   De Graafschap  De Vijverberg  12,038
 190   Real RC Santander  Estadio el Sardinero  11,878
 191   Energie Cottbus  Stadion der Freundschaft 11,272
 192   Helsingborgs IF  Olympia Stadion  11,203
 193   Aarhus GF  NRGi Park  10,972
 194   Navara Calcio  Stadio Silvio Piola  10,957
 195   KAA Gent  Jules Ottenstadion  10,936
 196   SpVgg Greuther Fürth  Trolli Arena  10,909
 197   Rayo Vallecano de Madrid  Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas  10,849
 197   IFK Göteborg  Gamla Ullevi  10,849
 199   Sturm Graz  Stadion Graz-Liebenau 10,827
 200   ES Troyes AC  Stade de l'Aube  10,785
 201   Cagliari Calcio  Stadio Sant'Elia 10,698
 202   Servette Genève  Stade de Genéve  10,697
 203   FK Krasnodar  Kuban Stadion 10,620
 204   KV Mechelen  Achter de Kazerne 10,582
 205   FC Zürich  Letzigrund 10,512
 206   FK Karpaty Lviv  Arena Lviv / Stadion Ukraina  10,503
 207   Barnsley FC  Oakwell Stadium 10,331
 208   Sparta Praha  Generali Arena  10,322
 209   FC Sion  Stade Tourbillon  10,276
 210   Viking FK  Viking Stadion  10,250
 211   SC Paderborn 07  Paderborner Stadion  10,248
 212   Bradford City  Valley Parade  10,171
 213   AC Siena  Stadio Artemio Franchi  10,128
 214   IF Elfsborg  Borås Arena  10,029

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