International Preview: Russia – Argentina

We are finally here, and I don't know about you but with the newly refurbished Luzhniki Stadium at long last finally open, it seems like the excitement for the World Cup is full steam ahead. As such, Russia's International Friendlies take a real turn during this break, with two daunting opponents in Argentina and Spain, who have both qualified for the 2018 World Cup already. If Russia is to progress beyond the Group Stages of the tournament, they'll likely face teams of this calibre later in the … [Read more...]

Gallery: An Insight Look at Luzhniki Three Years Before the World Cup

When Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow stood ready in in July, 1956 it was clear for everybody that it was a unique stadium. Back then the stadium was known as Central Lenin Stadium, and it was built after the Soviet Union had experienced great success at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. The USSR won 71 medals, only five less than the United States, and it was decided that the country should have a stadium that would allow them to host the world’s biggest sports competitions. Since then the … [Read more...]

Stadiums

(1) LUZHNIKI STADIUM - MOSCOW Estimated cost: €480m Seating capacity: 81,000 History: Luzhniki officially opened on July 31, 1956, intended for use as the Soviet Union's central stadium. In 57 years, the facility has undergone two major renovations - prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics  and in 1996-1997, when a roof was added to comply with UEFA standards. The stadium has hosted the Summer Olympics, UEFA Cup and Champions League finals, and numerous Russian national team matches. It has … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye to Luzhniki

Ever since I arrived in Moscow on Tuesday, the weather has been gorgeous. Balmy temperatures, sunshine and a cool breeze for five days now - not the type of good fortune generally associated with the Russian capital. When I left last December after a three-month stay, I think I'd seen a total of five days of sunshine during the fall. Otherwise, rain, sleet, snow, chilling winds and grey skies overhead dragged on and on and on. It was pretty foolish, then, of me to bring my jacket along to the … [Read more...]

Spartak Welcome Anzhi to Historic Luzhniki

Luzhniki Stadium, Spartak's makeshift home since the 1970s, will be closed in a few weeks so that a grass pitch can be installed in time to host the Rugby World Cup Sevens in late June and Track & Field World Championships in mid-August. After tomorrow's clash with Anzhi, the Red-Whites have just one more match at Luzhniki this season, against Krylia Sovetov on May 10. They'll host Alania on May 26 across town in Torpedo's cozy Eduard Streltsov Stadium. Despite a cavernous design that … [Read more...]