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And it certainly worked, with a whole host of top European teams all failing to handle the atmosphere and leaving defeated.
Located in Mecidiyekoy, one of Istanbul's roughest urban areas, the Ali Sami Yen is the complete package - dodgy both inside and outside the stadium.
Sited in the city's Parque Batlle area, the stadium has a great history - built to celebrate both 100 years of Uruguay's independence and also the first World Cup finals, it has been the scene of many great games.
A fortress for the national team, the beautiful game of its more celebrated rivals, Argentina and Brazil, has often come unstuck when faced with the Cetenario's cauldron of noise.
"Take a walk on the wild side" sang Lou Reed, apparently about a journey around tough New York. Situated as it is in the colourful La Boca area of Buenos Aires, a Superclasico trip into this neighbourhood for the more upper-class followers of River Plate is precarious in itself.
With an athletics track running around the pitch the fans are a bit further away from the players than most of the other grounds in the top ten, "thank God" think the players - big games in the 'Marakana' are harrowing enough for the opposition without the fans being right next to them.As England found out in October 2006, the Maksimir Stadium is not a place for the faint-hearted.Be it a game involving the Croatia national team, or a home match for Dinamo Zagreb, the Maksimir can be an extremely hostile place to be.Nicknamed 'Het Legioen' ('the Legion'), they expect their players to give everything, 110% for 90 minutes, and in return they give them full vocal backing - and that's the real difference with this stadium to many others, its the whole of the stadium that backs the team, not just a popular section behind one of the goals.Nicknamed 'Marakana', due to its resemblance to the famous Brazilian stadium, the Serbian version had a capacity of 110,000 back in the seventies.
This is something that's not lost on the Feyenoord supporters, who genuinely love their stadium, they take a pride in it that's second to none in football.