World's worst football (soccer) stadium tragedies

Some of the world's worst football stadium tragedies, followed by recent disasters in Africa:

1902 - Ibrox Park, Glasgow: 25 are killed and 517 injured when the West Stand collapses during an international between England and Scotland. The game ends in a 1-1 draw but is later erased from official records.

1946 - Burnden Park, Bolton: 33 die and 500 are injured when a wall collapses during a cup tie between Bolton and Stoke.

1955 - Santiago, Chile: Six people died when 70,000 tried to jam into the stadium for the finals of the South American soccer tournament. Argentina beat Chile 1-0.

May 24, 1964 - Lima, Peru: 318 people are killed and another 500 injured in riots at National Stadium.

June 23, 1968 - Buenos Aires, Argentina: 74 people are killed and more than 150 injured when fans try to leave stadium by closed exit and are crushed by other fans.

Jan. 2, 1971 - Glasgow, Scotland: 66 people are killed and 140 are injured when barriers in Ibrox Stadium collapse near the end of a match.

Oct. 20, 1982 - Moscow: 340 are reportedly killed at a European Cup match after fans try to re-enter the stadium, crushing one another.

May 11, 1985 - Bradford, England: 56 people die when a cigarette stub ignites a stadium's wooden terrace section and fire engulfs the structure.

May 29, 1985 - Brussels: 39 fans killed before European Cup final when Liverpool fans breach segregation and charge their Juventus counterparts, who are crushed against a wall that then collapses. English clubs serve a five-year ban from European competition.

March 12, 1988 - Katmandu, Nepal: At least 93 people are killed and more than 100 injured when fans fleeing a hailstorm stampede into locked stadium exits.

April 15, 1989 - Sheffield, England: 95 people are crushed to death when police open gates to alleviate crowding, resulting rush of people onto the already filled terrace. The disaster leads to the dismantling of the fences and the introduction of all-seated grounds in English topflight football.

Oct. 16, 1996 - Guatemala City: 84 people died and about 150 others were injured during a stampede at a stadium before a World Cup qualifying match.

Disasters in Africa

June 16, 1996 - Lusaka, Zambia: Nine soccer fans were crushed to death and 78 others injured during a stampede.

April 6, 1997 - Lagos, Nigeria: five fans were crushed to death and more than a dozen injured when crowd heads for exits to find most of them locked.

April 23, 2000 - Monrovia, Liberia: Three people suffocated to death and others were injured as thousands of fans forced their way into an overcrowded stadium.

July 9, 2000 - Harare, Zimbabwe:
13 fans died after police fired tear gas into a crowd estimated at 50,000 to quell growing unruliness.

April 11, 2001 - Johannesburg, South Africa: 43 people were killed and 155 injured as fans try to push into an overcrowded stadium.

April 29, 2001 - Lubumbashi, Congo:
seven people are crushed to death in a stampede after police fired tear gas into unruly crowd.

May 9, 2001 - Accra, Ghana:
at least 123 people died in a stampede after police fired tear gas into the stands in response to fans who threw bottles and chairs on the field. The worst stadium disaster in Africa.

Oct. 11, 2004 - Lome, Togo: four people are killed and another eight injured during a stampede at the end of a World Cup qualifier between Togo and Mali. A power outage shut down the lights and prompted panicking fans to run for the exits.

June 3, 2007 - Lusaka, Zambia: 12 fans are crushed to death as a crowd rushes from the stadium after Zambia's victory in an African Cup qualifier against Republic of Congo.

March 29, 2009 - Abidjan, Ivory Coast:
thousands of fans pushing to get into a game between Ivory Coast and Malawi set off a stampede that killed 19 people and injured more than 100.


  1. I dont believe this

  2. I am never to a soccer game

  3. seems like half of those were due to locked exits....

    .....maybe a solution to these tragedies is to not lock exits?....

  4. 96 died at hillsborough
    Also how can anyone describe these tragedies as "cool"???? You inhuman beasts

  5. i never ferget this in my tyer live

  6. i never egry with this i dont now nothing i heard about it but it is crazy to see 96 people di in deth

  7. hillsborough which is the sheffield one was 96 dead not 95

  8. Dead are dead but do you know where you will go after you die THINK?LORD JESUS is the only way to heaven accept him as ur personal saviour or else.........ETERNAL FIRE.THINK?

  9. Yeah, I'm not entirely sure hiw Hillsborough missed this list.

    1. Hillsborough = Sheffield, 1989. One person died 4 years after the disaster, so if the website used a source dating from 1989-1993, then the death toll would've been reported as 95.

  10. Absolutely ridiculous..!!

  11. what r u guys talkin about
    just say that is sad then build a bridge and get over it

  12. It seems that you missed the Tripoli Libya tragedy during the match against Malta. The date was 10th March 1988 when Libya were playing a friendly match against Malta. Libya were leading 1-0 when in the 42nd minute of the first half part of the stadium collapsed.

  13. You missed the 1970's Ibrox disaster

  14. what about the Liverpool champions league game where the stadium collapsed?

  15. 96 Liverpool supporters (please correct this) died in 1989 at Hillsborough stadium. At this day, 22 years have gone...
    Justice for the 96, You'll Never Walk Alone!

  16. ultras Ahlawy :We were the pioneers of the movement, and repudiation of intolerance at the end of what is going on in the country of revolutions betrayed and killed in Port Said

  17. Note that none of these were in the United States. Really people suffocating in a crowd!

  18. Isolated stadium stampedes are bad enough. Imagine the prospect of a dominipede --- multiple, simultaneous stampedes driven by a mass cellular hoax (likely a bomb threat or emergency evacuation order).