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Explainer: With Brazil's World Cup Over, All Eyes Now On Russia

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Soccer's 2014 FIFA World Cup came to an exciting conclusion on July 13 with Germany's 1-0 victory over Argentina in extra time. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the final, sitting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Russia was selected to host the 2018 World Cup back in 2010, becoming the first country in Eastern Europe to hold the contest. Here are a few of the questions surrounding the next World Cup.

Where in Russia will the World Cup games be held?

Matches are scheduled to be played across European Russia. The games will be held in 11 cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Volgograd, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, and Rostov-on-Don. Two of the 12 stadiums hosting matches are in the Russian capital.

Some of the stadiums already exist -- Fisht in Sochi was built for the 2014 Winter Olympics, for example. But many others are being retrofitted for a larger capacity or being built from scratch to meet FIFA standards.

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Explainer: With Brazil's World Cup Over, All Eyes Now On Russia

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