Fisht Stadium, Sochi

Capacity: 47,700*

Opened: 2013

Climate: Average highs of 26C and lows of 18C with a 40% chance of rain

Time Zone: BST +2 hours

Approximate distance from Moscow: 1,040 miles

Location: Situated on the coast of the Black Sea, Sochi stretches for 140km, making it the longest city in Europe – second in the world behind Mexico City. Sochi is the most southerly venue for the tournament and also set against the backdrop of the Caucasus mountains.

Background: The Fisht Stadium was built as the centrepiece venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which helps explain its unique sloping look, designed to resemble snowy peaks. The Fifa website states that “Fisht Stadium was originally named after Mount Fisht, a peak in the Caucasus range of mountains. In the local language, Adygeyan, ‘fisht’ means ‘white head’.”

The two ends of the venue were previously open, allowing a view of the Krasnaya Polyana mountains to the north and the Black Sea to the south. But these have been filled with temporary seating for the World Cup, in order to boost capacity to Fifa stipulations.

Group matches: Portugal v Spain (Friday, 15 June, 19:00 BST), Belgium v Panama (Monday, 18 June, 16:00 BST), Germany v Sweden (Saturday, 23 June, 19:00 BST), Australia v Peru (Tuesday, 26 June, 15:00 BST).

Knockout matches: Last 16 – winners of Group A v runners-up of Group B (Saturday, 30 June, 19:00 BST), quarter-final 3 (Saturday, 7 July, 15:00 BST).

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