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Almost 2.96 million tickets sold out for Fifa WC

MUMBAI: The 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil has seen an upsurge in ticket sale with a total of 2,961,911 tickets being sold, including more than 2.2 million directly via Fifa.com to the general public, the Local Organising Committee for the Fifa World Cup said.

The organisers had received more than 11 million requests to date for about 3.1 million available tickets.

There are a few tickets left for just 27 of the 64 matches, with tickets for the opening match, semi-finals and final being sold out. However, fans still on the lookout for tickets should keep checking Fifa.com/tickets, as potential resales or unpaid purchases mean that some tickets may go back on offer to the general public.

Overall, 60 per cent of the tickets were bought by Brazilians and 40 per cent by fans from the rest of the world. After host Brazil (1,363,179), the USA leads the international pack with 196,838 tickets, followed by Argentina (61,021), Germany (58,778), England (57,917), Colombia (54,477), Australia (52,289), Chile (38,638), France (34,865) and Mexico (33,694).

“For every fan, it is a dream to be able to experience live a Fifa World Cup in the country of the only five-time world champions—never before have we sold so many tickets directly to the general public, and this was important to us. The opening match and the final were even oversubscribed ten times. The long queues of people who turned up at the ticketing centres early yesterday morning to buy World Cup tickets shows the high level of interest that Brazilians and international fans have in the 2014 Fifa World Cup,” says Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke.

Fifa is bearing the entire operational costs for staging the 2014 Fifa World Cup amounting about $2 billion, with half of this figure being directly invested in the Brazilian economy through the hiring of local services.

This latter figure covers the entire Local Organising Committee budget, team travel and lodging, TV production costs, ticketing operations, accommodation, the IT solution and the overall competitions management, i.e. the entire organisation of the matches, plus refereeing and the marketing operations.

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