2018 World Cup site - Yekaterinburg, Russia

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The city of Yekaterinburg is a key stop on the Trans-Siberia railway but is actually in the Ural mountains, which separate Russia's European and Asian territories. The Ural Federal District, of which it is a part, directly borders Siberian land, or for the most part, ice.

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Indeed, Yekaterinburg, which is one of the 12 venues scheduled to host tournament games in 2018, has a climate in keeping with the place most associated with frosty and inhospitable conditions – and for most of the year is just as chilly as Manaus was sweltering.
Martin Rogers

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