Volgograd Arena

Volgograd Arena

Games hosted at Russia 2018: Tunisia v England, 18 June; Nigeria v Iceland, 22 June; Saudi Arabia v Egypt, 25 June; Japan v Poland, 28 June.

History lesson The stadium is new, but the site can tell a tale or two. Here used to stand the Central Stadium, home to Rotor Volgograd and venue for the goalless first leg of their famous Uefa Cup win over Manchester United in 1995. That was a classic Soviet bowl; its replacement, where work began in 2015 after the old ground’s demolition, looks very different and its exterior design is intended to resemble basketwork.

Star attraction The finished article should have a light, airy feel that sits well with visitors; it will be worth a pilgrimage, too, for anyone wanting to remember one of the more enduring European shock results of the 1990s.