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10 most intimidating venues in the world

Ajax in particular, found this a tricky game, and it's a testament to the Galgenwaard and its fanatical support, that many Ajax fans still consider Utrecht as more of a rival than PSV.

Before FC Groningen moved to their new Euroborg Stadium at the start of 2006, their home was the legendary Oosterpark Stadion, sited in a rough neighbourhood in the north east of the city.

Jan Wouters orchestrated the teams physical game on the pitch, and the Galgenwaard's Bunnik Side orchestrated things in the stands.

This combination made for some epic, gruelling battles (off pitch, as well as on it), particularly in the Dutch cup, and the club and fans revelled in this no-nonsense reputation, with Utrecht-away becoming a tough fixture for the big 3.

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.Their main rivals are obviously Ajax, and when their players step onto the pitch they know they're going to be given the bird for the full 90 minutes.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.Leicester Tigers are renowned for their hard-nosed approach to the game, from the days of the ABC club in the front row to tales of training-ground brawls all designed to produce rough, tough forwards who will never take a backward step on the field. In 2009, to open their new Caterpillar Stand, they hosted the Springboks and beat them on a cold midweek night that reminded everyone of the value of midweek tour matches and the kind of atmosphere they can generate.At the time of writing, Clermont Auvergne have won 76 matches at their Massif Central home.

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