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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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Veltins Arena – home of the Schalke 04 fans

Gelsenkirchen - Veltins ArenaGelsenkirchen - Veltins ArenaThe 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 ArenaThe 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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A new stadium with a capacity of 13,000 to be built in Dunajská Streda, Slovakia

Dunajská Streda - MOL ArenaDunajská Streda - MOL ArenaThe fans of FC DAC Dunajská Streda will finally get a new stadium too – in the course of the 2017/2018 season their team will move to a new arena, which will have a capacity of 13,000 and will also house a club museum, a gift shop and a restaurant. The new MOL arena will comply with the Category 4 UEFA regulations, which means that the stadium will be able to host international matches.

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Highbury – former stadium of Arsenal

London - HighburyLondon - HighburyThe ground, named after the district of Highbury, North London, was also known as Arsenal Stadium. Highbury, built already in 1913, used to be the home ground of Arsenal F.C. until they moved to the new Emirates Stadium in 2006. The stadium capacity was 38,419 seats. However, before the stadium was turned into an all-seater, it could hold much more spectators. A record for the number of spectators was set in 1935, when more than 73,000 people came to see Arsenal play Sunderland.

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