Close to 175,000 fans - Which are the most attended matches in World Cup history?

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The World Cup is undoubtedly the grandest footballing event on this planet. Fans from all over the world make their quadrennial pilgrimage to the host country to voice their support.

The first phase of ticket sales of the 2022 World Cup had seen FIFA sell around 800000 tickets. Indians were among fans who applied for most tickets, seventh among the top countries. The stadiums in Qatar will be chalk-a-block and it now remains to be seen whether it can set a new cumulative attendance record.

However, the 1950 final between Brazil and Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro remains the most attended match in World Cup history with 173,850 official spectators. Whereas, there have been two other instances when the attendance figures crossed the 100,000 mark. And both of them happened to take place at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico with the host team in action.

Let us now take a look at the most attended games in FIFA World Cup history.

  • France 1998 World Cup winnersGetty Images

    1080 000 – Brazil vs France 0-3 (1998 FIFA World Cup final, Stade de France)

  • West Germany

    983 168 – West Germany vs Chile 1-0 (1974 FIFA World Cup group stage, Olympiastadion)

  • Spanish Fans

    884 490 – Spain vs Netherlands 1-0 (2010 FIFA World Cup final, Soccer City)

  • Uruguay 1930

    793 000 – Uruguay vs Yugoslavia 6-1 (1930 FIFA World Cup semi-final, Estadio Centenario)

  • Dunga Brazil 1994 World Cup champion Rose Bowl Pasadena 17071994TIM CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

    694 194 – Brazil vs Italy 0-0, 3-2 after penalties (1994 FIFA World Cup final, Rose Bowl)

  • Maradona 1982 World Cup

    595 500 – Argentina vs Belgium 0-1 (1982 FIFA World Cup opening game, Camp Nou)

  • Bobby Moore 1966 World Cup

    498 270 – England vs West Germany 4-2 (1966 FIFA World Cup final, Wembley Stadium)

  • 1970 World Cup

    3108 192 – Mexico vs Belgium 1-0 (1970 FIFA World Cup, group stage, Estadio Azteca)

  • Mexico 1986 World Cup

    2114 600 – Mexico vs Paraguay 1-1 (1986 FIFA World Cup, group stage, Estadio Azteca)

  • 1950 World Cup final

    1173 850 – Brazil vs Uruguay 1-2 (1950 FIFA World Cup final, Maracana)