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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 December 2005, 11:44 GMT
Egypt 2006: Venues guide
Port SaidAlexandriaCairoIsmailia

Welcome to BBC Sport's guide to the stadiums being used for the 25th African Nations Cup finals.

The tournament will be held in Egypt for the fourth time and the hosts have invested an enormous amount of money to upgrade their facilities.

Six stadiums in four cities will be used for the 32 matches, with the opening match and the final being played at the Cairo International Stadium, that famous cathedral of football.


CAIRO INTERNATIONAL STADIUM

Cairo International Stadium
Cairo is the capital of Arab Republic of Egypt and one of the largest cities in the world with 15 million people.

It is the economic and political nerve centre of the Muslim world's second most populous country.

Opened in 1958, Cairo International Stadium has played host to many big matches over the years, including the final of the 1986 African Nations Cup, when Egypt beat Cameroon on penalties.

With seating capacity for 74,100 spectators, the ground also hosted Fifa under-17 World Championship in 1997.

CAIRO MILITARY ACADEMY STADIUM

Cairo Military Academy Stadium
This stadium has seating capacity for 25,000 spectators.

It was built mainly for use by military teams and students at the military academy in the Egyptian capital.

The second leg of the 2005 African Champions League between Ahly and Etoile du Sahel was held in the Military Academy Stadium.


PORT SAID STADIUM

Port Said Stadium
Port-Said lies some 200km away from Cairo and is located at the meeting point between Africa and Asia.

It holds 22,000 seats and is mainly used by biggest club in the city, El Masry.

The stadium has also hosted some official and friendly matches of the national team.

With a view of the Asian coastline, Port Said is a city famous for its markets and busy harbour.


ALEXANDRIA STADIUM

Alexandria Stadium
The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria is known as the 'Pearl of the Mediterranean' and is home to the oldest stadium in the country.

The ground was built at the beginning of the 20th century and hosted first round matches in the 1986 Nations Cup.

With seating capacity for 20,000 fans, this is also the home ground of the most popular club in Alexandria, Al Itihad.

HARRAS EL-HEDOUD STADIUM

Harras El-Hedoud Stadium, Alexandria
This is a brand new stadium in Alexandria's Al-Max district, one of the busiest places in the city.

It is the home ground of the Border Guards military team and has seating capacity for 22,000 spectators.


ISMAILIA STADIUM

Ismalia Stadium
Home of the historic Suez Canal, Ismailia is the city surrounded by water, situated just 120km from Cairo.

The city's 16,500 capacity stadium is the home of Ismaili, just about the only club that can stand up to Ahly and Zamalek.




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