Thinking of traveling to Brazil this summer to take in a few World Cup matches? You better hope you already have your tickets in hand.
The World Cup is three months away, and tickets are getting harder and harder to come by. FIFA opened a new stage of ticket sales Wednesday, and more than two-thirds of the matches were sold out in less than three hours.
Tickets for all Brazil matches were gone in about an hour, as were all quarterfinal games and almost all second-round matches. More than 3.3 million tickets are expected to be sold for the tournament, being played June 12 to July 13 in 12 cities across Brazil.
About 345,000 tickets were made available in this sale, which closes April 1. More tickets will be released April 15.
All matches for England, Germany and the United States also sold out quickly.
The matches with the least demand were Nigeria-Bosnia in Cuiaba and Greece-Ivory Coast in Fortaleza. Matches in Sao Paulo were the fastest to sell out. Matches still available as of Friday were Italy-Costa Rica in Recife, and France-Honduras in Porto Alegre.U.S. attack needs boost:
Still, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann can’t be feeling all that great with his team’s offense heading into crucial pre-World Cup preparations.
Dempsey’s winter loan to Fulham didn’t go as he expected, either. He didn’t play in six of 13 matches. Since last September, Dempsey and Altidore have scored a combined four goals for their club teams and the U.S. team.
Look for Aron Johannsson to play a bigger role, along with proven veteran Landon Donovan. Johannsson is an Icelandic-American who was born in Mobile to Icelandic parents. He moved to Iceland at age 3, but visited the United States often and attended high school in Bradenton at the IMG Academy.
Johannsson has been on fire for Dutch club AZ Alkmaar, where Altidore was a star last season. Johannsson last week scored his 25th goal of the season, joining Altidore as the only two Americans to reach that milestone for a European club.Costa shines: Diego Costa
Costa is a big reason Madrid is second in La Liga’s standings, between Real Madrid and Barcelona. He also has scored six goals in five Champions League matches. The 25-year-old began his career in Portugal with Braga before joining Atletico Madrid. He played two matches for Brazil’s national team in 2013, against Italy and Russia, but he is a Spanish citizen and decided to represent Spain in the upcoming World Cup. Chelsea is rumored to be wooing him.Strikers scrimmage: