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A Look at Russia’s 2018 World Cup Stadiums


Saint Petersburg StadiumSaint Petersburg StadiumNext summer a total of 32 teams will play 65 matches across 12 venues in Russia to decide who will be the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners. The action will start and finish in the 81,000 capacity legendary Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with each of the 12 venues hosting an average of 5.3 matches.

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Five Classic Spanish stadiums from the 1982 World Cup


Sevilla - Benito VillamarínSevilla - Benito VillamarínAfter winning the vote to become hosts of the 2018 World Cup, Russia has been a hive of activity preparing for the tournament and most of the twelve venues are completely new constructions, spread amongst eleven host cities. The bidding process has varied considerably over the decades and not without some considerable controversy. Continental rotations applied and then pushed aside, numerous changes in bidding policy and practices; even the widely reported scandals that rocked FIFA following the most recent voting process to choose the 2018 and 2022 hosts.

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Mordovia Arena – another Russian gem to be found in Saransk


Saransk - Mordovia ArenaSaransk - Mordovia ArenaMordovia Arena is the new home ground of Mordovia Saransk and also another playing venue of the Russian World Cup. It is yet another example of a stadium, which will have a reduced capacity after the World Cup. In this particular case, the capacity for World Cup matches will be nearly 45,000 seats and subsequently, it will be decreased by 15,000. Nevertheless, the new stadium will still be a nice change for Mordovia fans. The current home ground – the Star Stadium – has a capacity of 10,000 spectators, as well as the unpopular athletics track.

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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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