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UEFA sanctions Champions League games at newly-opened CSKA stadium in Moscow

September 05, 2016, 19:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The 30,000-seat stadium was built for the Russian football club in the center of Moscow

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MOSCOW, September 5. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) officially issued the Russian football club CSKA on Monday a permission for hosting international fixtures of the Champions League tournament at its newly-opened home stadium.

CSKA FC 30,000-seat stadium was built for the Russian football club in the center of Moscow and was commissioned in mid-August. 

"Matches are scheduled to go ahead at the following venues: CSKA - Stadion CSKA Moskva, Krasnodar - Stadion Kuban," UEFA said in a statement addressed to TASS.

Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football championship after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010. The victory came following a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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