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FIFA World Cup 2018 - Host Cities & Stadiums

Moscow

Population: 12.3 million
Founded: 1147
Moscow is the capital city of Russia and is one of the largest cities in the world. The city is blessed with beautiful architecture and such renowned cultural landmarks as the Bolshoi Theatre, the Kremlin, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery, to name but a few. Moscow will be boasting two FIFA World Cup venues: Spartak Stadium and Luhzniki Stadium.

Spartak Stadium

Capacity: 43,298
Year Built: 2014
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Spartak Moscow
Matches - Group Stage:
Sat 16 June - D1 vs D2
Tue 19 June - H1 vs H2
Sat 23 June - G1 vs G3
Wed 27 June E4 vs E1
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Tue 3 July - 1H vs 2G

Luhzniki Stadium

Capacity: 81,006
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: Russia
Matches - Group Stage:
Thu 14 June - Rus vs A2
Sun 17 June - F1 vs F2
Wed 20 June - B1 vs B3
Tue 26 June - C4 vs C1
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Sun 1 July - 1B vs 2A
Semi Finals: Wed 11 July - W59 vs W60
3rd Place & Final: Sun 15 July - W61 vs W62

Saint Petersburg

Population: 5.2 million
Founded: 1703
Distance to Moscow: 687 km
Saint Petersburg is the second-largest city, after Moscow and the cultural capital of Russia. Founded by Peter I the Great in 1703 as Russia’s new imperial capital, Saint Petersburg is the ultimate embodiment of artistic talent. Some of the city's most famous landmarks include the Hermitage Museum, Kazan Cathedral, the Winter Palace, Peterhof Palace and Peter and Paul Fortress to name a few. Saint Petersburg Stadium will be the official FIFA World Cup venue in this host city.

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Capacity: 68,134
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Matches - Group Stage:
Fri 15 June - B3 vs B4
Tue 19 June - Rus vs A3
Fri 22 June - E1 vs E3
Tue 26 June - D4 vs D1
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Tue 3 July - 1F vs 2E
Semi Finals: Tue 10 July - W57 vs W58
3rd Place & Final: Sat 14 July - L61 vs L62

Sochi

Population: 401,000
Founded: 1838
Distance to Moscow: 1679 km
Situated along 140 km of the coast (the longest city in Europe) and against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, this resort city is now commonly referred to as the “Russian Riviera”. The 2014 Winter Olympics resulted in new accommodation and transport infrastructure which provides a modern and tested state-of-the-art tourism environment for visitors attending 2018 FIFA World Cup matches in the city.

Fisht Stadium

Capacity: 47,700
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: Russia
Matches - Group Stage:
Fri 15 June - B1 vs B2
Mon 18 June - G1 vs G2
Sat 23 June - F1 vs F3
Tue 26 June - C2 vs C3
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Sat 30 June - 1A vs 2B
Quarter Finals: Sat 7 July - W51 vs W52

Kaliningrad

Population: 459,000
Founded: 1255
Distance to Moscow: 1235 km
Founded in the 13th century by knights of the Teutonic Order and formerly known as Königsberg, the capital of East Prussia, Kaliningrad is home to over 450,000 people and an important Russian Baltic seaport and gateway to Europe.

Kaliningrad Stadium

Capacity: 35,212
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Baltika Kaliningrad
Matches - Group Stage:
Sat 16 June - D3 vs D4
Fri 22 June - E4 vs E2
Mon 25 June - B2 vs B3
Thu 28 June - G4 vs G1

Ekaterinburg

Population: 1.4 million
Founded: 1723
Distance to Moscow: 1755 km
The city was founded by a decree of Peter I the Great. Ekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia in terms of population, and is one of twelve Russian cities with a population of over a million.
Home to one of the country's oldest football clubs, FC Ural, the stadium was built in 1953. Since then, it has been refurbished on a number of occasions and is currently being refitted for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Ekaterinburg Arena

Capacity: 35,696
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Ural
Matches - Group Stage:
Fri 15 June - A3 vs A4
Thu 21 June - C1 vs C3
Sun 24 June - H4 vs H2
Wed 27 June - F2 vs F3

Kazan

Population: 1.2 million
Founded: 1005
Distance to Moscow: 825 km
Modern Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and home to 30 of Russia’s largest universities. Kazan lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers and is often referred to as the 'Sports Capital of Russia', having previously hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade, the 2014 World Fencing Championships, the 2015 Aquatics Championships and most recently, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Kazan Arena

Capacity: 44,779
Year Built: 2017
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Rubin Kazan
Matches - Group Stage:
Sat 16 June - C1 vs C2
Wed 20 June - B4 vs B2
Sun 24 June - H1 vs H3
Wed 27 June - F4 vs F1
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Sat 30 June - 1C vs 2D
Quarter Finals: Fri 6 July - W53 vs W54

Samara

Population: 1.1 million
Founded: 1586
Distance to Moscow: 1057 km
During World War II, Samara became a “second capital” of Russia as all government departments and diplomatic corps were evacuated there from Moscow. Places of interest for visitors include the massive 37-metre deep Stalin’s bunker and the beautiful nature preserve, Zhigulevskie Hills, on the Volga River.
Samara Arena is currently being built in the Radiotsentr district and on 21 July 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in a time-capsule ceremony marking the start of construction.

Samara Arena

Capacity: 44,807
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Krylya Sovetov
Matches - Group Stage:
Sun 17 June - E3 vs E4
Thu 21 June - C4 vs C2
Mon 25 June - A4 vs Rus
Thu 28 June - H2 vs H3
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Mon 2 July - 1E vs 2F
Quarter Finals: Sat 7 July - W55 vs W56

Volgograd

Population: 1 million
Founded: 1589 (named Stalingrad until 1961)
Distance to Moscow: 941 km
Volgograd and the surrounding area saw some of the heaviest battles during World War II. The Battle of Stalingrad was a turning point in the war. The 85-metre “Motherland calling” statue is Volgograd’s landmark and can be seen from any point of the city.
Volgograd Arena will be built on the site of the site of the Central stadium, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan war memorial.

Volgograd Arena

Capacity: 45,568
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Rotor
Matches - Group Stage:
Mon 18 June - G3 vs G4
Fri 22 June - D4 vs D2
Mon 25 June - A2 vs A3
Thu 28 June - H4 vs H1

Rostov-on-Don

Population: 1.1 million
Founded: 1749
Distance to Moscow: 1109 km
Rostov-on-Don is a port city situated on the Don River and is a major transportation hub of southern Russia. Despite its profound history, Rostov-on-Don resembles a young and fresh city. In 2008 it was awarded the title of the Russian Federation "City of Military Glory".

Rostov Arena

Capacity: 45,145
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Rostov
Matches - Group Stage:
Sun 17 June - E1 vs E2
Wed 20 June - A4 vs A2
Sat 23 June - F4 vs F2
Tue 26 June - D2 vs D3
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Mon 2 July - 1G vs 2H

Nizhny Novgorod

Population: 1.2 million
Founded: 1221
Distance to Moscow: 425 km
Due to its advantageous location on the Volga River, Nizhny Novgorod developed into Russia’s key commerce centre in the 19th century. It is one of Russia’s most traditional and beautiful cities. Some of the city's main attractions include Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, Chkalov Monument, the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Chkalov Staircase. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is being built in one of the city's most picturesque locations, at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers.

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Capacity: 45,331
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: Olympiets Nizhny Novgorod
Matches - Group Stage:
Mon 18 June - F3 vs F4
Thu 21 June - D1 vs D3
Sun 24 June - G4 vs G2
Wed 27 June - E2 vs E3
Matches - Knockout Stage:
Round of 16: Sun 1 July - 1D vs 2C
Quarter Finals: Fri 6 July - W49 vs W50

Saransk

Population: 308,000
Founded: 1641
Distance to Moscow: 652 km
Saransk is the capital city of the Republic of Mordovia, Russia, located in the Volga Basin at the junction of the Saranka and Insar Rivers. Saransk was founded as a fortress on the out-skirts of the Russian kingdom and there are many buildings that still remain from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Construction on Mordovia Arena began 2010, with the arena being located in the centre of the city, on the bank of the Insar River. The stadium has been designed in the shape of an oval. Its bright range of colours, combining orange, red and white, honours the distinctive colour palette of Mordovia's arts and crafts.

Mordovia Arena

Capacity: 44,442
Year Built: Newly built for 2018
Style: Dedicated football stadium
Home Team: FC Mordovia
Matches - Group Stage:
Sat 16 June - C3 vs C4
Tue 19 June - H3 vs H4
Mon 25 June - B4 vs B1
Thu 28 June - G2 vs G3

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