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World Cup: 2.57m tickets already allocated to fans


ABUJA – A total of 2,577,662 tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil have already been allocated through all sales phases and channels to date.

A statement by the FIFA Media Office on Tuesday said these tickets included those for the hospitality programme and other constituent groups.

The second period of the second sales phase closed on Tuesday with a total of 301,929 tickets allocated.

These were from the 345,000 tickets originally available, and they had gone primarily to residents of Brazil, the U.S., Colombia, Australia, Argentina and England, in this order.

Across all general public sales’ phases, 1,591,435 tickets have been allocated to supporters, with 65 per cent to Brazilians and 35 per cent to international fans.

Brazil remains the country with the most tickets assigned so far (1,041,418), followed by the U.S. (154,412), Australia (40,681), England (38,043) and Colombia (33,126).

The statement said 261,988 tickets were sold at a discounted rate in all categories to the Bolsa Familia, as well as the elderly and students.

The Last Minute Sales phase starts on April 15 via FIFA.com/tickets and runs until the end of the tournament.

The availability per match is constantly updated in the relevant chart directly on FIFA.com.

From the beginning of the Last Minute Sales, Brazilian fans will only be able to pay by payment card.

Visa is the preferred payment method of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, while cash payment will be accepted for over the counter sales, which only start on June 1.(NAN)

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