There are only a few days to go before the initial sales phase for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ ends at 12.00 CET/07.00 BRT (Brasilia time) on 10 October 2013. To date, more than 4.5 million tickets have been requested for the 64 matches to be played from 12 June to 13 July 2014.

“This impressive total so far underlines the extraordinary level of interest in this 20th FIFA World Cup being played next year in the country of the five-time world champions,” said Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director, who is in charge of ticketing. "However, football fans who apply by next Thursday have as good a chance of obtaining tickets as those who have already applied, as all applications made from the beginning to the end of the sales window are collected together and drawn on a lottery basis when the number of requests exceeds the tickets available."

Some 77 per cent of requests were received from Brazil, amounting to more than 3.4 million tickets. The host nation is followed by Argentina (223,686 requests) and the USA (175,122) among the 200 plus countries whose fans have submitted applications to date.

Not surprisingly, the most popular matches are the opening match, the final and the Brazil matches. Also very popular are the venue-specific and team-specific tickets.

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