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Superfan Who Has Visited Over 500 Stadiums Thinks 'Celtic Park' Is Best Atmosphere

Superfan Who Has Visited Over 500 Stadiums Thinks 'Celtic Park' Is Best Atmosphere

ITV commentator Clive Tyldesley isn't the only person who thinks Celtic Park has the best atmosphere in European football.

Federico Roccio is an Italian superfan who spends his life travelling around the world. He has visited a variety of football stadiums in countries like England, Spain and Germany.

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But a game in 2013 will always rank the highest in terms of atmosphere and quality.

Roccio has been to 25 countries in total, watching a variety of different teams at different levels.

So when he was asked what stadium was best in an interview with The Daily Mail, the Italian reminisced about a match that made him cry,

"Without a doubt, especially for the atmosphere, I can't not say Celtic Park in Galsgow." Roccio said fondly.

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Image: Federico Roccio/Instagram
Image: Federico Roccio/Instagram

Roccio went on to speak about how excited he was to finally visit the famous Celtic Park. when AC Milan beat the home side 3-0 thanks to a brilliant display from Mario Balotelli.

"I remember at the end of a Celtic vs AC Milan game, with the Rossoneri victorious, the home fans came to the away section throwing their scarves. A beautiful gesture in today's football.

"I've been to 25 countries including Germany, France, Spain and England. The stadium that excited me most of all was Celtic Park.

"I even cried. Despite a heavy 3-0 loss, the fans just kept singing and they invited us to drink with them. It was fantastic."

Image: Federico Roccio/Instagram
Image: Federico Roccio/Instagram

As we mentioned earlier, Roccio isn't the only person who believes Celtic Park has the best atmosphere in world football.

Having been a broadcaster for more than three decades, Clive Tyldesley has worked on some of the most memorable football matches in British history, including Manchester United's famous treble win in Barcelona back in 1999.

He's sampled atmospheres all over the continent, but reckons nowhere beats a European night in the East End of Glasgow.

Tyldesley was a guest on Irish show Off the Ball on Thursday, and when asked about his thoughts on the incredible aura created throughout the Liverpool v Man City clash the night before, he gave an interesting insight.

He said: "I think there are certain atmospheres abroad that are just different.

Celtic standing
Celtic standing

"You'll have experienced different nights in Turkey and In Greece, and it's just different. But Celtic Park and Anfield on European nights take a little bit of beating, they really do.

"But if I was really pushed, I think Parkhead might just have the edge on it [Anfield] on a big European night.

"Liverpool is less raw. I'm not talking about the incident before the game - which is actually totally unrelated to football passion - it was just criminal activity.

"It was ridiculous the way it was whipped up to give Manchester City a reception. Sometimes we have to watch the hyperbole in sport, let alone football, because the consequences can be pretty dire.

"But within the stadium, Liverpool has almost a melodrama for a big game at Anfield. [The] incredible banners on the Kop; it makes you wonder how many hours and days people have spent [on them], particularly the haunting image of Bob Paisley which has been on a flag there for years and years.

"There is that sense of occasion at Celtic Park and Anfield which almost demands a show: put on a show for us, we're putting on a show for you, you put on a show for us."

Topics: Football News, Celtic, Football, fan, Atmosphere

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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