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Kazan Arena, one of the venues for 2018 World Cup

11.08.2015: One of the twelve venues for the upcoming 2018 World Cup, held in Russia, is the Kazan Arena, a stadium with a capacity of 45,000. Its construction began in 2010 and took three years, which was longer than expected. Apart from this the construction also exceeded the originally proposed budget. On the site there is also a museum of Rubin Kazan, a shopping and health centre, nowadays quite a usual facility. The former Centralnyj stadion, was used from 1960 until the club moved to the new stadium, which was in 2014.

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Reconstruction of the Olympic Stadium for West Ham United


London - Olympic StadiumLondon - Olympic StadiumWest Ham United are getting ready to move to a new ground, the Olympic Stadium in London. The stadium was built to provide a venue for the 2012 Summer Olympics, with a capacity of 80,000 seats. It was designed so that once the Olympics were over, it could be rebuilt to suit the needs of West Ham United, a Premier League club. To this end, the capacity was decreased and the stands were moved closer to the pitch, through the former athletics track.

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Allianz Arena, a brightly coloured stadium

20.07.2015: Allianz Arena, the home ground of Bayern Munich and TSV Munich 1860, a club currently playing in the second Bundesliga, may be illuminated in many different colours. This is thanks to 2,760 luminous panels, which cover the stadium façade. They change colours depending on which team are currently playing a home match at the stadium. If you go to Munich and nearing the city, you see the Allianz Arena in the distance, you get the impression that a giant airship is landing there.

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2018 Russia World Cup: Yubileyniy Stadium


Mordovija - Yubileyniy StadiumMordovija - Yubileyniy StadiumOne of the stadiums, which will provide venue for the 2018 World Cup, is the future home ground of FC Mordovija Saransk, the Yubileyniy Stadium. However, as both the representatives of FC Mordovija and Russian authorities have agreed, it is necessary to continue with the construction works at a more rapid pace. Since 2013 works have not progressed much at the new stadium, though the construction should be completed in 18 months.

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Allianz Stadium to be built in Vienna


Vienna - Allianz StadionVienna - Allianz StadionThe construction of the Allianz Stadium, the future home ground of the Austrian Bundesliga club Rapid Vienna, should be completed in June 2016. The new stadium of Rapid Vienna will replace the old Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, which was officially closed in early October 2014 and completely demolished in January 2015. Although the Allianz Stadium is being built on the same site as the old stadium, one thing is going to change – the pitch will be rotated 90 degrees.

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Presentation of the Nice stadium – a venue for Euro 2016

22.06.2015: Allianz Group has given its name to another football stadium. Following Allianz Arena in Munich, there is the Allianz Riviera stadium in the French city of Nice. The home ground of OGC Nice was built in 2013, for the purpose of hosting the 2016 European Championship, which will be played at ten stadiums in France. Until 2013 Nice had been playing their Ligue 1 matches at the Stade Municipal du Ray, which could hold up to 17,415 spectators. The capacity of the new Allianz Riviera is twice as large – 35,624 seats.

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Luzhniki stadium to host 2018 World Cup Final


Moscow - Luzhniki StadiumMoscow - Luzhniki StadiumThe 21st World Cup will be played in 2018 in Russia at twelve stadiums in eleven cities. 32 national teams will take part in the tournament and one of them will win the Cup in the final played on 8th July 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium, the largest stadium in Russia with a capacity of 81,000 seats. Russia, then the Soviet Union was not awarded the 1990 World Cup, which was eventually played in Italy. It will therefore be the first World Cup in history to be played in Russia, a country situated on two continents.

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