If you want to understand a country and its culture, then you have to go to a soccer (football) game in that country.
I stopped in Stuttgart on my way to Slovenia and stopped by the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which holds just over 60,000 passionate fans. Unfortunately the team was out of town that Saturday afternoon, but I did look around, take some photos and went to the fan store.
Soccer stadiums are the new European cathedrals where men women and children go to worship their favorite team.
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Stuttgart's soccer stadium
VfB Stuttgart plays in the Bundesliga, the top division in German soccer, and they play their home games at the Mercedes Benz Arena. The stadium holds over 60,000 fans.
Outside the stadium they have this sculpture that has a soccer ball, and the logo of the all the teams that participated in the World Cup that Germany hosted back in 2006. For the USA, Claudio Renya's name is on the sculpture since he was the captain.
Stadiums throughout Europe are always very interesting and most have some kind of statues or sculptures or artwork on or around it.