Fisht Stadium

Fisht Stadium

Games hosted at Russia 2018: Portugal v Spain, 15 June; Belgium v Panama, 18 June; Germany v Sweden, 23 June; Australia v Peru, 26 June; Round of 16, 30 June; Quarter-final, 7 July.

History lesson This venue is no stranger to big events, having been conceived and delivered for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. When it hosts the World Cup it will become the second stadium – along with Turin’s Stadio Olimpico – to have held both events. Four Confederations Cup games were held here and Russia drew 3-3 with Belgium in a friendly eight months ago.

Star attraction The view beyond the stadium’s open north end, taking in the Krasnaya Polyana mountains, will be something to behold, while the Black Sea is visible to the south. It is a spectacular location and the sweeping roofs of its two main stands are certainly dramatic.