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World Cup ticket applications in excess of 4.5m

Fifa is reporting more than four and a half million tickets have been requested for the 64 matches to be played at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Some 77% 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.

A Fifa spokesman says: "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.

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