Massive interest in 2013 FIFA Confederation Cup as most tickets sold - Over 546,000 tickets have been sold for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, to be held in Brazil in June, leaving about 246,000 tickets to be snapped up, according to organiser world soccer's governing body, FIFA.
FIFA said on its official website that public interest in the 15-30 June tournament is 'unprecedented', compared to previous editions.
“These figures prove that the FIFA Confederations Cup including four FIFA World Cup champions in the line-up is a highly anticipated event, especially for those fans and local residents hoping to experience the action live in one of the six FIFA World Cup stadiums,' the global football body said.
PANA reports that the highest ticket sales have been for the opening match between host Brazil and Japan in Brasilia (58,620); the second match between Mexico and Italy in Rio de Janeiro (60,717) and the final in Rio (58,860).
The three matches involving Africa's representative, Nigeria, have also attracted impressive tickets sales: Tahiti Vs Nigeria (11,194); Nigeria Vs Uruguay (13,796) and Nigeria Vs Spain (24,215).
Despite the huge demand, there is still a good chance for fans to secure tickets for most of the matches before the end of the current sales phase on 28 May,” explains Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director.
Tickets can be booked exclusively online via www.FIFA.com/ticketing.
The FIFA Confederations Cup, held every four years, is contested by the champions of each of the six FIFA confederation championships, along with the FIFA World Cup holder and the host nation, bringing the total number of teams to eight.
Since 2005, the tournament has been held in the nation that will host the FIFA World Cup in the following year, acting as a dress rehearsal for the larger tournament.