Friday, November 15, 2013

World Cup 2014: Update

We are 208 days out from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. This week FIFA released the second phase of tickets for the tournament. Within 7 hours of their release, close to 230,000 were sold. FIFA is very content with the continued interest level among buyers, quelling the fear there would be a lack of interest by citizens of other countries as a result of the continuous concern for safety and stability within Brazil. The first stage of the World Cup ticket release saw the sale of 890,000 tickets. So far, FIFA has sold approximately 1.1 million tickets between phases one and two. The next phase of tickets will be released on December 8th, once the 32-team draw has been slated. FIFA will ensure that 8% of the tickets being released for the third phase be reserved for supporters specific to the 32 teams selected. Of the 1.1 million tickets sold, 66% have been claimed by Brazilians. 

In other World Cup news, below are the teams to have already qualified:
Asia: Japan, Australia, South Korea, Iran
North and Central America: Costa Rica, United States, Honduras.
Europe: Spain, Holland, England, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Russia, Belgium
South America: Argentina, Brazil (hosts), Chile, Colombia, Ecuador

World Cup Qualifying continues today with the following matchups:
Iceland v. Croatia 1:55 pm
Greece v. Romania 2:40 pm
Ukraine v. France 2:40 pm
Portugal v. Sweden 2:40 pm

The final draw will take place on December 6th, 2013.

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