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FIFA World Cup 2018: Guide to the 12 host stadiums

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Russia will be hosting the FIFA World Cup for the first time

With Russia set to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world - the FIFA World Cup 2018 - football fans around the globe can't wait for it to get started.

A total of 64 matches will be played amongst 32 teams across 12 different venues, located in 11 different cities. All the host cities are in or just outside the European part of Russia, to reduce the travel time for teams and the fans.

Defending champions Germany, 5-time champions Brazil, Spain and Argentina are among the favourites to lift the trophy, but the other teams cannot be ruled out either. Who knows? We might even get a surprise winner this term.

Russia has spent a huge chunk of their resources towards the success of the World Cup, and that being said, here's a brief look on all the 12 host stadiums.

Fisht Olympic Stadium

will be the host for six World Cup matches

Location: Situated in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia

Construction cost: $779 million

Capacity: 47,659

Opened for the first time in 2013, Fisht Olympic Stadium will be the host for six World Cup matches (4 group stages, 1 round of 16 match, and one of the quarterfinals).


Originally built as an enclosed facility, this stadium has gone through a lot of renovations recently, before finally re-opening as an open-air stadium in 2016.

Situated in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, it's capacity will temporarily be increased to 47,659 from 40,000 for the World Cup, and will later be restored to 40,000 after the World Cup.

This stadium has also hosted many other popular sporting events like the Winter Olympics, the Paralympics and the FIFA Confederations Cup.

The stadium will become the second stadium in the world to host both, the Winter Olympics and FIFA World Cup matches.

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