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Stadio Sant'Elia

Teams: Cagliari
Capacity: 23,486
Built: 1970
City: Cagliari

The Stadio Sant’Elia lies in the beautiful setting of Sardinia and must be one of the most picturesque venues in the whole of Italy.

The stadium itself was built in 1970 following Cagliari’s first and last Scudetto triumph and has been recorded to have held 70,000. The ground went through major refurbishing for the 1990 World Cup Finals in which the capacity was reduced to 39,905. Fans from the UK may recognise this stadium as the England team were based here and played their group matches here in the aforementioned World Cup.

In the last 20 years the form of the team has seen the club bounce between two divisions and the attendances have dropped. A controversial move was made to erect two new stands over the running track in the North and South ends of the stadium so that the fans had a better view and the capacity was dropped to 23,486. This effectively has created a stadium within a stadium and certainly gives it a strange appearance.

The atmosphere in this stadium can be quite a laid-back one for the Italian game, although against rival teams the Cagliari Ultras, especially the Sconvolts 87 can produce some excellent choreographed displays. The form of the team really does have an effect on the feeling in the stadium, although as an island people the volume can be cranked up when necessary.

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