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View Poll Results: Which city(s) do you prefer?
Ekaterinburg 1 9.09%
Kaliningrad 1 9.09%
Kazan 4 36.36%
Nizhny Novgorod 3 27.27%
Rostov-on-Don 2 18.18%
Samara 1 9.09%
Saransk 2 18.18%
Sochi 6 54.55%
Volgograd 2 18.18%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 11. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-07-2018, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Manila
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I was in Kazan last week to watch the France vs Argentina game! It was great! The city was really into the tournament (helped by the fact most of the games that were played there were actually very good ones at that)! Locals were taking pictures with foreign fans who were lugging around or wearing their flags! It was surreal watching Bauman Street (the main pedestrian road in the city) empty out when Russia played Spain in the R16, only for it to spontaneously fill up with revellers after Igor Akinfeev saved the day for the host country!
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Old 07-07-2018, 12:51 PM
 
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Interestingly enough the only city where every match this World Cup have sold out is Moscow. Both of their stadiums have been full houses for all of the games played there.
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Old 07-12-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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I think that just comes down to ease of access and income levels, and also I think the teams playing in Moscow have been more traditionally popular/travel well. Thanks to other posters who have shared information about the other Russian cities, and to the poster who posted about his positive experience in Kazan.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:57 AM
 
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And I just read that Kazan has gained a moniker during the World Cup as well - "The Graveyard of Champions". The name is a nod to the fact that three of the World Cup's traditionally greatest teams (Germany, Argentina, and Brazil - who collectively have 11 of the 21 titles between them) ALL crashed out of the tournament in the said city. I do not know of any other World Cup stadium besides Kazan Arena where so many teams with such pedigree have crashed out in the SAME tournament - let alone before the Final Four are revealed!

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-s...-idUSKBN1JX0RZ
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:06 AM
 
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Hey, that is pretty interesting! Well, I'm sure the bars in Kazan made a good profit on those drowning their sorrows! LOL
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Hey, that is pretty interesting! Well, I'm sure the bars in Kazan made a good profit on those drowning their sorrows! LOL
Not sure if you know of this, but Kazan is also somewhat of a unique city in Russia (and the world) in that it has a very large Muslim and Christian population who live peacefully with one another and have lived among each other for the past 500 years or so.

I don't know the exact numbers, but 42% are ethnic Tatars which are predominantly Sunni Muslims and 50% are ethnic Russians which are predominantly orthodox Christians.

When you look at the entire Republic of Tatarstan, 33.8% follow Islam, 30.5% follow Orthodox Christianity, 21% are non religious but spiritual, and 8.7% are atheist/irreligious.





Even Hillary Clinton visited Kazan in 2009 as a case study of interfaith relations.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interf...tions_in_Kazan
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Old 07-19-2018, 09:29 PM
 
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Hey, that is pretty interesting! Well, I'm sure the bars in Kazan made a good profit on those drowning their sorrows! LOL
LOL! True! But don't forget also the joys of the fans of teams (South Korea, France, and Belgium respectively) that upset those three! Hehehe...

Anyway, hopefully one day UEFA will consider holding the Champions League Final there! The said competition has become a bit too predictable for my liking, and maybe whatever makes the stadium so conducive to great matches and upsets will infect the rest of the league of the season it would be held there to make things more interesting! LOL!

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