To be precise, so far 2,961,911 tickets have been sold, including more than 2.2 million directly via FIFA.com to the general public.
“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.
Overall, 60% of the tickets were bought by Brazilians and 40% by fans from the rest of the world. After hosts 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).
There are a few tickets left for just 27 of the 64 matches: the opening match, semi-finals and final are sold out. However, fans still on the lookout for tickets should keep checking www.FIFA.com/tickets, as potential resales or unpaid purchases mean that some tickets may go back on offer to the general public.
FIFA is bearing the entire operational costs for staging the 2014 FIFA World Cup amounting to $2 billion, with half of this figure (US$1 billion) being directly invested in the Brazilian economy through the hiring of local services. The 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 like the entire organisation of the matches, plus refereeing and the marketing operations.
Chile will be the fourth FIFA World Cup team to arrive in Brazil on Wednesday, after Australia, Croatia and Iran. The last teams to arrive will be Ghana, Korea Republic and Portugal on 11 June. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil will also serve as a benchmark in the development of a new strategy in the fight against doping, with the introduction of player biological profiling including blood and urine samples for the first time at a FIFA World Cup.
Every single player will be tested prior to the competition in addition to the routine anti-doping tests taken during the competition. The 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil promises to be a celebration of friendship and passion for the beautiful game. Recent incidents of racism have emphasised the need for concrete action to tackle this scourge of the game head on. The FIFA World Cup, which will be viewed all over the world, is the ideal platform from which to signal a clear rejection of any form of discrimination.
FIFA said it has launched a social media campaign today inviting people around the world to unite against racism by posting messages with the #saynotoracism hashtag. “As the most popular sport in the world, football is a powerful tool to spread the message that racism has no place in sport, or in society at large. FIFA’s “Say No to Racism” campaign is our commitment to drive racism from the game and to set an example of equality for all to society,” said FIFA President Blatter.