Spot the Difference: 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow vs 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Nearly 40 years after the Summer Olympics brought festive crowds and top athletes from all over the world to Soviet Moscow, the Russian capital is again in the spotlight, hosting another major sports event, the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Check out Sputnik's gallery to discover how these epic tournaments have changed the city.

On June 14, the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia for the first time in the country's history with a colorful opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Football matches will be played all throughout the country until July 15, when the final takes place. At this very stadium, on July 19, 1980, the Olympic flame was lit, commencing the 1980 Summer Games. This is not the only thing that these two sports festivals have in common, although a lot has changed over the last four decades even the country's name is different. From happy fans to top athletes and celebrations — Sputnik's has picked the highlights.

© Sputnik / Alexander Makarov / Go to the photo bankNigeria and Kuwait competed in a football match during the Games of the XXII Olympiad, hosted by Moscow in 1980.
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Nigeria and Kuwait competed in a football match during the Games of the XXII Olympiad, hosted by Moscow in 1980.
© Sputnik / Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankRussia's Alexander Samedov prepares for a corner kick during a round of 16 match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Spain, which was eventually beaten by the Russian national team. The teams met at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1.
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Russia's Alexander Samedov prepares for a corner kick during a round of 16 match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Spain, which was eventually beaten by the Russian national team. The teams met at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1.
© Sputnik / Alexander Makarov / Go to the photo bankA little girl cheers at a basketball match between the USSR and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Little fan cheers for basketball players at 1980 Summer Olympics - Sputnik International
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A little girl cheers at a basketball match between the USSR and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia at the 1980 Summer Olympics.
© Sputnik / Eugene Odinokov / Go to the photo bankA little girl cheers for Russia ahead of her the Russia-Uruguay match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The teams met in Samara on June 25, with Uruguay beating Russia 3-0.
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A little girl cheers for Russia ahead of her the Russia-Uruguay match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The teams met in Samara on June 25, with Uruguay beating Russia 3-0.
© Sputnik / Valeriy Shustov / Go to the photo bankPhotographers prepare for competitions at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
Photographers prepare for competitions at 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow - Sputnik International
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Photographers prepare for competitions at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Alexander Vilf / Go to the photo bankPhotographers at the match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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Photographers at the match between Portugal and Morocco at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
© Sputnik / Alexander Lyskin / Go to the photo bankForeign guests of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow have a look at the Red Square.
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Foreign guests of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow have a look at the Red Square.
© Sputnik / Cyril Kallinikov / Go to the photo bankFootball fans on Moscow's Red Square during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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Football fans on Moscow's Red Square during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
© Sputnik / Vladimir Vyatkin / Go to the photo bankDancers of the People Friendship theater performing at the opening ceremony of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
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Dancers of the People Friendship theater performing at the opening ceremony of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Alexey Filippov / Go to the photo bankDancers performing at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
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Dancers performing at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.
© Sputnik / Sergey Subbotin / Go to the photo bankA beauty in a Russian traditional dress and headband, called a "kokoshnik," during a medal ceremony at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
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A beauty in a Russian traditional dress and headband, called a "kokoshnik," during a medal ceremony at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Anton Denisov / Go to the photo bankA fan wearing a traditional Russian kokoshnik, at the 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16 match between Russia and Spain at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1.
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A fan wearing a traditional Russian kokoshnik, at the 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16 match between Russia and Spain at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1.
© Sputnik / Alexander Makarov / Go to the photo bankThe USSR and Venezuela met in a football match during the Games of the XXII Olympiad, hosted by Moscow in 1980.
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The USSR and Venezuela met in a football match during the Games of the XXII Olympiad, hosted by Moscow in 1980.
© Sputnik / Vitaliy Belousov / Go to the photo bankRussia's Alexander Samedov prepares for a corner kick during a round of 16 match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Spain, which was eventually beaten by the Russian national team. The teams met at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1.
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Russia's Alexander Samedov prepares for a corner kick during a round of 16 match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Spain, which was eventually beaten by the Russian national team. The teams met at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 1.
© Sputnik / Solomon Lulishov / Go to the photo bankForeign guests of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, parading at Luzhniki Stadium, then named after USSR founder Vladimir Lenin.
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Foreign guests of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, parading at Luzhniki Stadium, then named after USSR founder Vladimir Lenin.
© Sputnik / Kirill Kallinikov / Go to the photo bankMorocco's fans taking over Nikolskaya street in Moscow, which turned into a fan magnet during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Morocco fans taking over Moscow's center at 2018 FIFA World Cup - Sputnik International
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Morocco's fans taking over Nikolskaya street in Moscow, which turned into a fan magnet during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
© Sputnik / Rudolf Alfimov / Go to the photo bankWoman wearing headscarves with the 1980 Summer Olympics emblem.
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Woman wearing headscarves with the 1980 Summer Olympics emblem.
© Sputnik / Alexey Kudenko / Go to the photo bankVolunteers with "Zabivaka" hats on, inspired by the official 2018 FIFA World Cup mascot.
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Volunteers with "Zabivaka" hats on, inspired by the official 2018 FIFA World Cup mascot.
© Sputnik / Yuriy Somov / Go to the photo bankDoctors helping a track and field athlete, injured during competitions at the Games of the XXII Olympiad, hosted by Moscow in 1980.
Doctors helping injured athlete at 1980 Summer Olympics - Sputnik International
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Doctors helping a track and field athlete, injured during competitions at the Games of the XXII Olympiad, hosted by Moscow in 1980.
© Sputnik / Vitaliy Belousov / Go to the photo bankPoland's defender Jan Bednarek, injured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup game between Poland and Senegal, receives medical help.
Doctors helping injured  defender Jan Bednarek at the 2018 FIFA World Cup - Sputnik International
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Poland's defender Jan Bednarek, injured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup game between Poland and Senegal, receives medical help.
© Sputnik / Yuriy Somov / Go to the photo bankA Mexican athlete posing in a traditional hat during the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
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A Mexican athlete posing in a traditional hat during the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
© Sputnik / Aleksey Filippov / Go to the photo bankMexican football fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup group game between Mexico and Germany.
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Mexican football fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup group game between Mexico and Germany.
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