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


Volgograd - Volgograd ArenaVolgograd - Volgograd Arena23.04.2017: The 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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Villa Park, a traditional stadium in England, has been in use for 120 years


Birmingham - Villa ParkBirmingham - Villa Park18.04.2017: Aston Villa, a traditional English club currently playing in the Championship, the second level of English football, was founded in 1874. The Birmingham-based club moved to their “castle”, called Villa Park, twenty three years after the club had been founded and they have been playing there ever since. In the course of the 120 years of its history Villa Park has witnessed great many events.

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Two stadiums just across the street can be found in Dundee


Scotland - DundeeScotland - Dundee10.04.2017: The home grounds of both Scottish Premier League clubs based in Dundee are situated unusually close to one another. They stand a few metres apart, just across the street. Tannadice Park, the home ground of Dundee United with a capacity of over 14,000, was built as early as 1883. The home ground of Dundee FC, called Dens Park, was built sixteen years later, in 1899.

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Fiorentina hatching plans to build a new stadium


Florence - new stadiumFlorence - new stadium03.04.2017: Considering present day standards, the Fiorentina stadium may be deemed as quite outdated, just like most stadiums in Italy.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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Marakana, the legendary stadium in Belgrade


Belegrade - MarakanaBelegrade - Marakana26.03.2017: This is the place which saw Antonín Panenka’s famous penalty, his chipping the ball lightly into the middle of the net – a penalty, which went down in football history. Thanks to Panenka’s legendary kick Czechoslovakia won sensationally against West Germany in the 1976 European Championship final. The stadium, which is the home ground of the Serbian football club Crvena Zvezda (‘Red Star’) Belgrade, was officially renamed in December 2014 to Stadium ‘Rajko Mitić’, in commemoration of the club legend.

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Veltins Arena – home of the Schalke 04 fans


Gelsenkirchen - Veltins ArenaGelsenkirchen - Veltins Arena19.03.2017: The fourth largest stadium in German Bundesliga is situated some forty kilometres away from Dortmund and the border with the Netherlands. This time we are going to see Gelsenkirchen and its famous Veltins Arena. Obviously, we are talking about the home ground of Schalke 04, which is one of the few stadiums boasting of a retractable roof and a slide-out pitch. How did Veltins Arena come to exist?

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Amsterdam Arena after renovation in 2020


Amsterdam - Amsterdam ArenaAmsterdam - Amsterdam Arena12.03.2017: The Ajax stadium, built in 1996, was considered to be one of the most modern arenas in the world at that time. To preserve its reputation as one of the most modern grounds in the world, it has to undergo some changes from time to time. And that is why Ajax presented their project of a progressive redevelopment of the arena which will go on until 2020. Another reason for launching the project is the fact that Amsterdam intends to be one of the venues for the 2020 World Cup.

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