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>> With two stadiums, the opening ceremony, the first match and the final game, Moscow is a bit of a hub for Russia's World Cup, but there are 10 other perhaps lesser known host cities. We've been asking our sports correspondents around the country what stood out for them so far.
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This Reuters' Jack Tarrant in Samara outside the very impressive stadium here in the Southern Russian city. The city is probably most famous for space exploration, it was where the rocket that took Yuri Gagarin into space, the first man into space was built in Samara.
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But people are being genuinely interested in what we're doing, genuinely happy to have us here, and that's been a real revelation. The other thing I think is the food as well which is been absolutely brilliant. This is a gray, industrial city. It's a stop on the trans Iberian express, but behind the facade of some of these communist era buildings, there's a real hipster restaurant scene.
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You can forget cabbage soup.
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We're in the media center right now. A great atmosphere with the fans out in the streets. Plenty of facilities here for them. Very warm sunshine down here on the Black Sea Coast.
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Volvograd is a city in Southern Russia. It's about 900 kilometers south of Moscow. And it's the scene of the Battle of Stalingrad, which is the city's former name. Battle of Stalingrad was one of the most important events in modern history, military history. That's why this considers to be a turning point of the World War II, when Nazi Germany began to lose the war.
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The city is dominated by memorials to that battle. It's very hard even in the middle of a World Cup to escape the memories of the World War II, here.
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I think it's fairly safe to say that the World Cup fever hasn't quite kicked off in this city yet.