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The Top Four Traditional Stadia in the English Championship


London - Loftus RoadLondon - Loftus RoadFor the traditionalist football fan, many are of the opinion that the brand-new stadia in English football has failed to capture the atmosphere and character of older grounds. Some regard the ‘bowl-shaped’ stadiums as soulless, while others accept that these new stadia are a necessity to provide a cost-effective home that’s supremely safe for supporters.

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Fiorentina hatching plans to build a new stadium


Florence - new stadiumFlorence - new stadiumConsidering present day standards, the Fiorentina stadium may be deemed as quite outdated, just like most stadiums in Italy. In comparison with other European countries, it is clear that Italy lags behind in the matter of building new stadiums or renovating the old ones. The obvious exception is the new Juventus Stadium, opened in 2011, and the renovated stadium in Udine. However, lack of financial means mars or at least postpones these plans, which, for the most part, exist only in theory. A new home ground would certainly please AS Rome, Lazio Rome, Palermo, as well as Fiorentina.

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The oldest stadium in the world – Bramall Lane


Sheffield - Bramall LaneSheffield - Bramall LaneAlthough Bramall Lane is the oldest stadium in the world, it still hosts professional matches. It is the home ground of Sheffield United, and was opened on 30th April 1855! However, in the first seven years following its construction it served only as a cricket ground. The first football match was played at Bramall Lane on 29th December 1862 – Sheffield F.C. tied 0-0 with Hallam F.C. In the following years, local clubs from Sheffield played their matches regularly at the stadium.

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Things you did not know about the Sydney football stadium


Sydney - Allianz StadionSydney - Allianz StadionThe formerly largest football stadium in Sydney and all of Australia had its moment of fame in 2000, at the Summer Olympics. It was built in 1988 and currently has a capacity of 45,500 spectators. It provides venue mainly for rugby matches. The stadium, named Allianz Stadium since 2012, is well-known for having provided a playing venue of the Olympics as well as thanks to its wave-shaped roof.

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Volgograd Arena – a diamond of the first water among Russian stadiums


Volgograd - Volgograd ArenaVolgograd - Volgograd ArenaThe 2018 World Cup will be played at twelve venues in eleven cities in Russia. Two of those stadiums stand in Moscow, the other ten are in cities all over Russia. The fifth largest venue for the 2018 World Cup is situated in Volgograd, a city with a population of more than a million people, located in the South European part of Russia on the river Volga. A new football stadium, with a capacity of 45,000, is being built there mainly for the purpose of providing venue for the World Cup.

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Kirov Stadium – the former home of Zenit Saint Petersburg


St. Petersburg - Kirov StadiumSt. Petersburg - Kirov StadiumThe construction of the Kirov stadium was done as a part of a larger project aimed at reconstruction of Saint Petersburg (then called Leningrad) ravaged by the World War II. The stadium was built on the end of Krestovsky Island, on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Initially it could hold up to 100,000 spectators. The Kirov stadium was inaugurated on 30th July 1950, with a match between two Leningrad teams.

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