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Initial Brazil World Cup 2014 tickets go on sale


Venue for the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup™,

and one of Brazil's main tourist attractions, the Maracanã Stadium reopened its doors on

Saturday April 27th 2013. —Photo by Erica Ramalho


by Joseph Earnest  August 21, 2013


Newscast Media RIO DE JANEIRO—The first batch of tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have gone on sale, 295 days before the tournament kicks off. FIFA officials are hoping for demand comparable to the 2006 tournament in Germany.

Fans can now apply for their tickets to the World Cup on the website of world football's governing body FIFA. The first phase of ticket sales for the 2014 World Cup began at 10.00 GMT Tuesday; but fans did not need to race to the website. All requests submitted before October 10 will be entered into a random selection draw in the likely event of demand exceeding supply.

Click here to see or download the entire 2014 World Cup Schedule. (pop-up)

FIFA hopes for demand comparable to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, outstripping the 2010 competition in South Africa. More than 3.3 million fans attended the 2006 tournament, while just under 2 million swept through the 2010 turnstiles. Roughly 3.3 million tickets are expected to be available for next summer's World Cup.

"It's always difficult to predict," FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said in Sao Paulo on Monday. "But I truly believe that it will be more toward what happened in Germany than in South Africa. We believe there will be a huge demand for this World Cup. But again, we will see after the opening."

At the request of the Brazilian government, special discount tickets will be available to less wealthy home fans for 47 of the 48 group stage matches - excluding the swanky opening fixture that will involve Brazil. People over 60, local students and members of some social programs qualify for the cut rate.  

Traveling supporters will have to part with at least $90 (67.5 euros) for group stage tickets. Entry to the final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro will cost between $440 and $990.

Any tickets that go unsold in the first round will be made available - this time on a first-come-first-served basis - on November 5. Another phase of ticket sales will begin on December 8. By this point, the World Cup qualifiers and the group stage draw will be complete - meaning fans will have a better idea of which teams they are paying to see.   Add Comments>>

Source: FIFA, Deutsche Welle




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