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Gallery: 2018 World Cup Stadiums

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup now just three days away, here is an overview of the 12 stadiums that will be hosting the 64 games throughout the showpiece in Russia.

Click through the gallery to see some colourful images of all 12 World Cup stadiums.

The biggest arena at the World Cup will be the Luzhniki Stadium, which has an official capacity of 80 000.

The stadium, which was built in 1956 and modernised for the 2018 World Cup, will host the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia on 14 June, as well as three further group stage games, one round of 16 clash, a semi-final and the final on 15 July.

Another stadium that has caught international headlines is the Ekaterinburg Arena, which can host 35 000 spectators. It has raised eyebrows because it has two stands outside the stadium after temporary extra seating was installed at the end of both goals in order to fulfil FIFA's minimum stadium capacity requirement of 35 000.

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The Mordovia Arena has also caught the attention of many South Africans because it looks quite similar to Johannesburg-based venue FNB Stadium, formerly known Soccer City. The outer layer has a similar mosaic design to the stadium in Mzansi, but, unlike the FNB Stadium, the capacity of the Mordovia Arena will be brought down to 28 000 after the World Cup, by removing the upper tier.

Click through the gallery above to see all 12 World Cup stadiums, and let us know, in the comments section below, which one is your favourite!

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