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  • Brazil's first football museum opened September, and covers 7,000sq-meters
  • The UK has lots of museums for its clubs, including Liverpool, Manchester Utd
  • The museum at the San Siro commemorates both Inter Milan and AC Milan
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By Greg Duke
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Last month, Brazil opened their first-ever football museum in the newly-renovated Pacaembu Stadium in Sao Paulo, where Corinthians play their home matches.

CNN's Simon Hooper traveled to the Red Star Belgrade football museum to see their impressive trophy collection.

The museum, which was created to tell the history of the most famous football nation on earth, has 17 rooms of exhibits, and covers nearly 7,000 square meters spread across three floors.

However, impressive as it is, it is by no means the first of its kind around the world. Here are 10 of the best football-themed museums.

1) Manchester United

Visitors to Old Trafford can see the museum and its exhibits, where memorabilia from the club's famous past and present is on display.

A special exhibition charts the historic treble-winning season of 1998 to 1999, while there is a roll of honor of every player to have worn the Manchester United shirt. The story of the Munich air disaster of 1958 is also told.

2) Barcelona

One of the biggest and best. Opened in 1984 and expanded on three occasions, the Nou Camp is the most visited museum of any kind in Catalonia, welcoming more than 1.2 million visitors a year.

The museum is separated into three sections:

1) The history of Barcelona FC, which is a superb collection of photos, documents and trophies detailing the club's illustrious history.

2) The Art Gallery, which exhibits priceless works by famous local artists including Dali, Miro and Tapies.

3) The Futbolart Collection, which is a fascinating display of football memorabilia throughout history.

3) Liverpool

The Anfield museum is packed full of trophies and memorabilia stretching over 100-plus years. Among the highlights are a jersey dating back to 1892, the five European Cups won by the club and the First Division trophy, won a record-breaking 18 times.

4) Glasgow

The Scottish Football Association museum is based at Hampden Park, the home of the Scotland national team. It houses over 2000 objects of football memorabilia, including the world's oldest football cap and match ticket, from the first official international football match of 1872. You can also see the world's oldest national trophy, the Scottish FA Cup, which was made in 1873.

5) San Siro

Unlike the other museums, the San Siro celebrates two clubs, AC Milan and Inter. Both clubs have proud footballing traditions and the museum tells the histories of both clubs with memorabilia including cups, medals and shirts as well as life-size replicas of some of the great players that have starred for both clubs.

6) Arsenal

One of the newest football museums, Arsenal opened theirs just two years ago in October 2006, following their move to the Emirates Stadium. Among the exhibits is a customized trophy that was presented to the club by the FA Premier League for remaining unbeaten throughout the whole of the 2003-2004 season.

7) Real Madrid

The Bernabeu museum contains a wealth of treasures from one of the world's greatest clubs. The museum has lots of written history about the team and a wall full of photos, which features every player to have ever pulled on the famous white shirt, as well as hundreds of trophies. There are detailed histories written on the walls next to each section of the displays.

8) Boca Juniors

The "Museum of Boca Passion" is a large-scale celebration of Argentina's biggest club. Spread over two floors, the museum chronicles Boca's rise from neighborhood club in 1905 to its current position as one of the world's biggest teams. Among the exhibits is a giant football containing 360-degree footage of screaming fans and players, creating all the passion of a match. Trophies, videos and jerseys are also present, together with a huge mural of Diego Maradona, Boca's most famous player.

9) Red Star Belgrade

The museum in Belgrade honors Serbia's most successful club to date, and boasts an impressive array of trophies, including a European Champions Cup, an Intercontinental Cup and a staggering 24 Serbian national Championship trophies.

10) Preston

The National Football Museum in northern England is unique in two ways. Firstly it is a celebration of all football and is not affiliated to a particular club, although is based at Preston North End FC, and secondly entrance is completely free of charge. The museum charts the development of football, from its early years to present day, a Hall of Fame and rare exhibits. It is also the official home of theFIFA collection, which chronicles the history of the World Cup.

Have we missed one out?. Is there a better football museum we don't know about? If so let us know in the Sound Off box below, or send your photos or video to iReport and we will make a gallery of the best ones.

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