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Gallery: Shocking State Of Iconic International Stadiums

After looking at the sorry state of some of South Africa's iconic stadiums, here are some well-known international arenas, including Brazil's historic Maracana, that are in shocking condition today.

Click through the gallery above to see the shocking state of some international stadiums.

The FIFA World Cup took place in Brazil in 2014, but quite a few of the arenas used for that showpiece have since been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

In 2017, sad images of the iconic Maracana Stadium, which hosted the 2014 World Cup final, emerged, showing the sorry condition of the 87 000-seater, which had been renovated for £500 million (R10 billion).

According to The Sun, stray cats could be found inside the stadium, with many seats around the infrastructure ripped out and the ground being in such a poor state that no Rio de Janeiro-based professional club could play there anymore.

The Maracana did recover, though, and hosted five games during the 2019 Copa America before it was revamped into a field hospital with 400 beds in order to help fight the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Meanwhile, the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha was the most expensive stadium built for the 2014 World Cup. It was completed in 2013 at a cost of £600 million (R12.6 billion).

In the absence of a local first division team in the area, though, the Garrincha is running at a loss and is now being used as a bus depot.

Gallery: Shocking State Of SA's Iconic Stadiums

Brazil is not the only country with stadiums in an abysmal state. The Bezigrad Stadium in Ljubljana hosted Slovenia's national team fixtures between 1995 and 2004, and was the home of NK Olimpija Ljubljana between 1945 and 2005.

However, a new stadium was built in the town in 2010, and the Bezigrad Stadium has been abandoned ever since.

Scroll through the gallery above to see some iconic international stadiums that are in a shocking state today!

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