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Nearly 900,000 tickets have been allocated to fans from 188 countries following the random selection draw for the first phase of sales for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA announced yesterday.

Nearly 900,000 tickets have been allocated to fans from 188 countries following the random selection draw for the first phase of sales for the 2014 World Cup, FIFA announced yesterday.

Football’s global governing body said that 71.5% of tickets were sold to Brazilian residents, while 28.5% went to fans from other countries. All applicants for the 6.2 million requested tickets will be notified by November 10 via email or SMS whether they have been successful.

Outside the host country, where 625,276 tickets were allocated, the highest number of tickets drawn was for residents of the United States (66,646), followed by England (22,257), Germany (18,019), Australia (15,401), Canada (13,507), France (11,628), Colombia (11,326), Switzerland (8,082), Japan (5,021) and Argentina (4,493). For the 2006 FIFA World Cup, out of the eight million requests received, 652,521 were successful in obtaining tickets, and in 2010, out of 1.8 million requests, 381,559 tickets were granted.

“The whole draw procedure worked smoothly,” FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil said. “Of course, we would have liked to please even more football fans at this stage, but there will be other ticket sales windows, with the next one starting in less than a week. By using the electronic random selection draw, we were able to guarantee that the whole procedure remained fair and all applicants had an equal chance. This is very important to us.” The next sales window will start on November 11.

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