จีคลับคาสิโน สมัครคาสิโ 2018 City Guide: Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don at a glance:

Population: 1.08 million
Stadium: Rostov Arena
Number of matches: 5

Uruguay – Saudi Arabia
Iceland – Croatia
Brazil – Switzerland
Korea Rep. – Mexico
G1 – H2 (Round of 16)

Rostov-on-Don is situated on the River Don, tucked away in the south-west of Russia. Situated in the Rostov Oblast, the city, often known as “the Gateway to the Caucasus”, had a large role to play in the history of the cossacks, but nowadays is best known for being the birthplace to former Miss Russia, and จีคลับคาสิโน สมัครคาสิโ ambassador Victoria Lopyreva. A city without a sparkling footballing history, Rostov-on-Don was thrust into the limelight in 2016, when the city’s biggest club, FC Rostov, surprised the whole country to finish second in the league. They then went on a glittering European run which saw them beat Ajax and Bayern Munich, before eventually being beaten by Manchester United. 

The จีคลับคาสิโน สมัครคาสิโ Stadia

Rostov Arena

The Rostov Arena is a 45,000 seater stadium which was finally completed in April 2018 after five years of work, before being tested three times by home side FC Rostov. Unlike some of the other cities, Rostov are a well established RFPL side and so while the capacity will be reduced,to around 25,000 seats, there are no real fears of the stadium becoming a white elephant. Initial tests of the stadium have seen good attendances, with 37,000 turning up in a game vs FC Tosno. The home side currently have a 100% record at the stadium.

Ground was broken back in 2013, but work was stopped almost immediately upon the discovery of five unexploded bombs from World War II. Like with most stadia, there were costs cut, and the eventual budget was set at 3bn rubles.

Photo: Светлана Бекетова

Situated on the south bank of the River Don, the Arena is separated from the bulk of the city which lies on the north bank. With no metro, and the city’s tramways limited to the north side of the river, travel to the stadium will be via buses (free with a Fan ID), taxi’s, marshrutka’s and walking over the Voroshilovskiy Bridge. The stadium’s location places it around an hour walk from Teatralnaya Square, the location of the official FIFA Fan Fest.

The first goal at the stadium was scored by Rostov’s Icelandic forward Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson in the stadium’s inaugural match in April. Sigurðarson will be back in Rostov during the จีคลับคาสิโน สมัครคาสิโ, with Iceland to face Croatia here in the group stage.

Rostov-on-Don’s History

Rostov’s location makes it a major transport hub and it’s referred to as the “Gateway to the Caucasus” thanks to it’s easy access to Ukraine, Russia’s Black Sea coastline and Georgia to the south. It’s location at the mouth of the River Don means that the location has always been populated, with earliest known settlers including Ancient Greeks and the Ottomans.

However the city has been known under it’s current name since the early 1800’s, when it established itself as a trade hub thanks to it’s river connections.

In 1918-1920, during the Civil War, Rostov played an important role as one of the centers of the White (anti-Bolshevik) movement. It was captured several times by the White Army and Red Army. Later, after the implementation of the New Economic Policy, “Rostelmash”, the giant of the Soviet agricultural machinery, was founded (in 1926). Rostov-on-Don became the capital of the region in 1928. The previous capital of the region was Novocherkassk (the capital of the Cossacks).

The city was heavily damaged during the Second World War. The German army captured Rostov-on-Don twice (in 1941 and 1942). February 14, 1943, after the victory at Stalingrad, during the general retreat of the German army on the Eastern Front, Rostov-on-Don was liberated by the Soviet army – however it took over a decade to rebuild the city.

In 1987, Rostov-on-Don became one of the cities of the Soviet Union with a population of over one million people. After the collapse of the USSR, Rostov-on-Don became the 10th largest city of the country in terms of population. In the 1990s, despite the economic crisis, Rostov-on-Don continued to develop. Today, the city is a major center of business activity.

Football in Rostov-on-Don

FC Rostov are currently the big side in the city. Having been in the top flight of Russian football now since 2009, Rostov are well established in the top flight now, though rarely threatening to reach the upper echelons. This changed in 2015/16 under the management of Kurban Berdyev, when Rostov took the title race down to the final day, and eventually wound up with a 2nd place finish in the league behind CSKA Moscow – the highest in the club’s history, even outdoing any finish under the club’s previous name – FC Rostselmash.

This lead to Champions League football for the first time in the club’s history. Berdyev’s tactical brilliance combined with the Rostov squad’s work ethic lead to some stunning results, as Rostov brushed past Anderlecht and Ajax, destroying the Dutch side 4-1 in the Olimp-2 Stadium, the clubs former home.

Photo: Светлана Бекетова

In the group stage, Rostov continued to impress, beating Bayern Munich 3-2 at the Olimp-2, drawing twice against PSV Eindhoven, and succumbing to very late goals to lose to Atletico Madrid twice. After finishing 3rd in their group, they dropped into the Europa League where they faced Sparta Prague and Manchester United. A 1-1 draw against the English giants – again at the Olimp-2 – will go down as one of their most historic results, but they eventually fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.

In the current season, Rostov narrowly avoided finishing in the bottom four – the relegation places – under the management of Leonid Kuchuk, who was sacked, and eventually Valery Karpin. The squad has three Icelanders, the aforementioned Sigurðarson, as well as defenders Ragnar Sigurðsson (ex Fulham) and Sverrir Ingason. All three are in their nations จีคลับคาสิโน สมัครคาสิโ squad.

The city’s other side, SKA Rostov, are somewhat of a fallen giant, having once achieved a 2nd place finish in the Soviet League back in the 1960’s, but now playing in the southern region of Russia’s third tier, the PFL.

What to do in Rostov-on-Don

Like most of the river based cities, the embankment and riverside area is the place to be in Rostov. With summer temperatures in the city able to get as high as 40 degrees, the plethora of bars, restaurants and clubs, combined with the idyllic location makes it the place to be. If you are east of the bridge, you’ll also have a lovely view over to the Rostov Arena.

The Fan Zone is being hosted at Teatralnaya Square, which can accommodate up to 25,000 fans. In the middle is the Obelisk, known affectionately by locals as “Stella”, which will tower over fans as they soak up the summer sun. It’s location is relatively central and around 30 mins from the riverside. There is an adventure park nearby for anyone looking to kill time, and you can also easily access Pushkin Street, a long road/park which runs through the heart of the city which is lined with shops, food stands and trees.  The Rafinad cafe on Pushkin street is as a ideal place to check out a traditional Russian breakfast

In terms of food, Rostov’s is known for it’s seafood thanks to it’s proximity to the River Don and Sea of Azov. The riverside is dotted with a variety of restaurants which offer western and local food, some with a cossack influence. There are docked riverboats which double as restaurants, which on a warm evening will offer a fine experience.

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Author: David Sansun

Arsenal and Rubin Kazan fan. Possibly too optimistic for Russian football which means I’m left disappointed a lot.

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