In 1970, Feyenoord became the first European football champions from the Netherlands. They have been tenants of Stadion Feijenoord, which is nicknamed De Kuip, since 1937. Feyenoord have plans to move to a new stadium, which has a proposed capacity of 63,000, within a few years. The project may be a risk more than a chance. According to a study by Tsjalle van der Burg, a sports economist, the relocation idea might not be as good as it may seem according to club estimates. High costs could threaten the existence of Feyenoord.
David Beckham, the English football legend who won top division titles with clubs in England, Spain, the United States and France, wants to start a Major League Soccer club in Miami. He received an option to own an expansion club at a discounted fee as part of the contract he signed with the top-flight football league of the United States when he joined the LA Galaxy in 2007. After four failed bids, Beckham will talk with the Miami city commission to present the latest plan for a football stadium in Miami. It is his fifth stadium attempt and the one furthest from the centre of Miami. David Beckham, who has a Major League Soccer club secured for years, has so far been unsuccessful in his effort to deliver a football stadium in Florida. The deal Beckham is proposing calls for the city to collect nearly $140 million in rent payments over 39 years. At present, it is not clear when the proposed football club from Miami could join the top division of the United States.
The future home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, one of the most popular sports clubs from the United Kingdom, is under construction. Thousands of installed seats already have to be removed. As it turns out, thousands of seats were manufactured with a flaw and need to be replaced. Tottenham Hotspur assure the operation will not delay the delivery of the venue, which is scheduled to open in September 2018. In the most recently finished Premier League season, Tottenham Hotspur played their home games at the world famous Wembley Stadium. They drew an average home attendance of 67,000 in 19 Premier League matches in that league season.
The Grand stade de Casablanca is a proposed title of a planned stadium in Casablanca. In 2013, Morocco hosted the first-ever FIFA Club World Cup matches in Africa. The world championship for football clubs was won by FC Bayern München from Germany after defeating Raja, the first Moroccan football club in a world championship final, 2-0. The FRMF, the governing body of football in Morocco, announced that it would submit a bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on 11 August 2017. It started competing with a joint bid from Canada, Mexico and the United States. The North American bid ultimately won the bidding contest.
The 2026 bid became Morocco’s fifth bid to host the FIFA World Cup. If it should have been successful, the proposed stadium in Casablanca should have hosted the final of the prestigious tournament. The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the first edition of the tournament with 48 teams. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will have 32 participants. The proposed venue has a planned capacity of 93,000. Raja Club Athletic and Wydad Athletic Club, two of the major sports clubs from Morocco, might host home games at the proposed stadium if it will be built.
In 2017, the construction of the Lusail Iconic Stadium started. When it is ready, it will be the largest sports venue by capacity in Qatar. The Lusail Iconic Stadium will have a capacity of 86,000 and it is planned to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup final at the stadium. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be played in Qatar. It will be the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, the world championship for national football teams. The tournament is scheduled for November until December because of the extreme climate in the desert country. In 2015, federal prosecutors opened an investigation into corruption and money laundering related to the awarding of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It was announced that Qatar would possibly no longer be eligible to host the tournament if evidence of bribery was proven. Qatar also faced strong criticism due to the treatment of foreign workers involved in the construction of the stadiums.
Football club Estudiantes de La Plata from Argentina currently play at the Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. They won the Copa Libertadores, the South American championship for football clubs, in 1968 for the first time in their history. The Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi, which opened in 1907, had been their home for numerous years. In 2005, the venue was closed down for league games because of new safety regulations. After the closure, the reconstruction works started. The projected opening date was delayed because of financial reasons. Estudiantes de la Plata have confirmed the ability to launch further work at their future home after they secured a loan.
The 33,000-capacity Estadio Azul, the former home of football club Cruz Azul from Mexico, will soon disappear. After the demolition, the stadium will make way for new commercial development. Cruz Azul will play their home games in the Mexican top-flight league at the Estadio Azteca, which is known as the home of their arch-rivals Club América. The world famous stadium hosted two FIFA World Cup finals. The Estadio Azul has been the home of Cruz Azul for numerous years. It will take several years before the new home of Cruz Azul will be ready.
Leicester City Football Club from England does have serious plans to expand the King Power Stadium in Leicester. The 32,000-capacity stadium opened on 23 July 2002. The plan is to increase the capacity of the venue and to upgrade facilities for the stadium itself. There are also plans to invest in the surrounding site to create an exciting events destination for the city of Leicester. Leicester City FC drew an average home attendance of 29,000 in their first league season at the stadium. In 2016, the club surprised when they won the world famous Premier League for the first time in their history.
In 2010, Joseph Blatter announced that Russia was chosen to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and that Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The world championship for national football teams in Russia is scheduled to take place from 14 June to 15 July. The matches will be played in Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, St. Petersburg, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg. Moscow will hosts the final of the tournament and it will be the only city with two 2018 FIFA World Cup venues.
The Cosmos Arena in Samara will be one of the 12 venues for the FIFA World Cup. The stadium failed to be ready in December 2017. Later, it failed to be ready in March. The latest deadline for the opening of the Cosmos Arena is in April, a few weeks before the start of the FIFA World Cup. The future home of football club Krylia Sovetov won’t be completely ready by then, but it will probably meet the minimal requirements to safely hold a game. It will host its first FIFA World Cup match on 17 June 2018, when the national football team of Costa Rica will face Serbia. Australia, Colombia, Denmark, Russia, Senegal and Uruguay will also play one FIFA World Cup group stage match at the stadium.
New York City Football Club from the United States have plans to move to a new stadium with a capacity of 26,000. The costs for building the stadium are estimated at $700 million. It is the sixth proposal for a Major League Soccer stadium in the city of New York. Finding enough land to build a football stadium is very hard in the expensive city. NYCFC are currently playing their home games at the Yankee Stadium. The stadium opened as the home of the New York Yankees, one of the major baseball clubs in the world.