Match tickets selling fast

Despite stadium building delays and local protests against the World Cup, match ticket sales have been strong.

World football governing body Fifa reported that there has been an unprecedented number of ticket requests for the 3.1 million available. As of last week, there were more than 11 million such requests.

More than 2.9 million tickets have been sold, including more than 2.2 million directly via to the general public.

Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said the opening match and the final have been oversubscribed tenfold.

Overall, 60 per cent of tickets were bought by Brazilians and 40 per cent by fans from other countries.

After Brazil, the US leads the international pack with the most tickets bought, followed by Argentina, Germany, England, Colombia, Australia, Chile, France and Mexico.

Tickets for the opening match, semi-finals and final are sold out, but there are a few tickets left for 27 of the 64 matches.

Fans on the lookout for tickets should keep checking as potential resales or unpaid purchases means that some tickets may go back on offer to the general public.

Mr Marcus Tan managed to get his tickets from Fifa for $170 each, but said his Mexican friend paid around $1,000 for a similar ticket from a third party re-seller.

Mr Aaron Kok, managing director of travel agency 1896 Travel, revealed that he can get match tickets from secondary sources that cost at least $900 for group matches, $3,200 for semi-final matches and $7,000 for the final.