Tickets huge global demand for Brazil World Cup

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Fifa will hold a random draw to allocate 2014 World Cup tickets after six million applications were made, almost double the total available.

A total of 6,164,682 requests came in from 203 countries, with more than 70% from the host nation Brazil, Fifa said.

Brazil’s first fixture had 726,067 requests and the final 751,165, with 80,000 seats free for each match.

Organisers expect a total of nearly 3.3 million tickets to be available for the tournament.

The opening match will be in Sao Paulo on June 12 next year and the final at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

Top ticket applications by country

  • Brazil: 4,368,029
  • United States: 374,065
  • Argentina: 266,937
  • Germany: 134,899
  • Chile: 102,288
  • England: 96,780
  • Australia: 88,082
  • Japan: 69,806
  • Colombia: 55,379
  • Canada: 49,968