Monday, February 23, 2009

300 000 applications received as World Cup tickets go on sale

By Mikhaila Crowie
23 February 2009

South African soccer lovers are gearing up for next year’s FIFA World Cup and the proof is definitely in the pudding. FIFA is said to be overwhelmed by the huge amount of applications they have received, just three days after the 2010 World Cup tickets went on sale.

On Friday at 1pm South African time, the World Cup tickets went online for sale.

This is the first of five ticketing phases. FIFA’s Delia Fischer said what they found most amazing was that they received application forms from 133 countries in 48 hours.

“The strongest number of applications came, not surprisingly from South Africa followed by Great Britain and very interestingly the USA, then Germany, Brazil, Australia and Mexico.”

Fischer also said they received applications from as far as Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and from Argentina.

“It is a strong indication and that’s why we urge South Africans to apply for these tickets as soon as possible so not to miss out a unique experience in June/July 2010.”

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