Top 5 intimidating european grounds

ADO Den Haag Whilst Utrecht's Galgenwaard may at times have felt like the old Den in the 60's, ADO Den Haag as a club almost feels like the Millwall of Dutch football, with its "no one likes us" attitude and rough image. The city may be the home of the Dutch Royal family, the Houses of Parliament and European Justice, but Den Haag (The Hague) also has a reputation for being one of the most violent places in Holland. The Zuiderpark already had a reputation as a tricky away trip before 1982, but when Den Haag's own fans set fire to their own main stand following relegation, completely gutting it, it became a place that many opposition players and fans feared.

And a trip to their old ground, the Zuiderpark, often reinforced this. And when opposition fans decided against the trip, the home fans battled it out with the police instead.

Utrecht When their new Galgenwaard stadium opened it's turnstiles for the first time back in 1982 many thought the club would lose a bit of the edge that it had always had during it's time at the old stadium.

But if anything they gained even more of an edge, and despite having a moat built into it to stop the pitch invasions it was even more atmopsheric, and despite the moat it still felt like the fans were right on top of you, and that they might manage to navigate their way onto the pitch at any point.

No 10: Away teams - particularly south coast rivals Southampton - are always in for a hostile atmosphere when they visit Fratton Park, home of Pompey's chiming, ever raucous fans No 9: The home of football.

The ground was the site of one of the greatest World Cup shocks when Cameroon beat holders Argentina in 1-0 in the opening game of Italia 90, thanks to Francois Omam-Biyick's goal No 6: Home of Everton since 1892, no club has contested more seasons in the top flight.

Home advantage counts for a lot in sport, especially rugby. Stands tight to the field, crowd never anything but partisan, passionate and packed in.

But even against the lesser teams of the Eredivisie the Feyenoord fans like to make it uncomfortable experience for the opposition, and being sat next to them in the away end can make for a long 90 minutes.

However, over the years Feyenoord's hooligan element, Vak S, has also gained a notorious reputation, and their clashes with Ajax in particular have started to resemble something more akin to a war, than a football match.

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At the time of writing, Clermont Auvergne have won 76 matches at their Massif Central home.

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