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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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Zenit Arena – a spaceship landed in Saint Petersburg


Saint Petersburg - Zenit ArenaSaint Petersburg - Zenit ArenaZenit Arena, resembling a giant spaceship on the ground, will be one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup – the stadium, with a capacity of 69,000 seats, has been built for this particular purpose. The Petersburg Arena is now the second largest stadium in Russia, Luzhniki being the largest one. The stadium and organizers will have an opportunity to rehearse before the World Cup as Russia will be hosting the 2017 Confederations Cup. Before that, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg will have moved to their new home ground.

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History of Philips Stadion, the one and only home of PSV Eindhoven


Eindhoven - Philips StadionEindhoven - Philips StadionThe second most successful team in the history of Dutch football, PSV Eindhoven, have been playing their matches at Philips Stadion, formerly known as Philips Sportpark, since the club was founded in 1913. At first, there was merely a pitch, and in 1915 a wooden stand was added, which could hold 550 spectators. Seventeen years later, the stadium capacity was increased to 900. The Phillips Sportpark, as it was then called, became a real stadium in 1941 when it was turned into an athletics stadium with a capacity of 18,000.

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Atlético Madrid is to move to a new stadium in 2017


Madrid - Wanda MetropolitanoMadrid - Wanda MetropolitanoWanda Metropolitano, originally planned to provide venue for the Olympics, will become the new home ground of Atlético Madrid in 2017. A new, giant arena, which will have a capacity of 68,000 seats, is now being built at the site of the original athletics stadium. Only the frame of the main stand of the original stadium will remain at the new one. The original Estadio La Peineta, built in 1994, was supposed to be the main venue for the 2016 summer Olympics, or the 2020 summer Olympics.

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Villa Park, a traditional stadium in England, has been in use for 120 years


Birmingham - Villa ParkBirmingham - Villa ParkAston 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 - DundeeThe 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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Marakana, the legendary stadium in Belgrade


Belegrade - MarakanaBelegrade - MarakanaThis 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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