The World Cup is drawing near – so near that the ticket scramble has begun. According to a Miami Herald report, more than two-thirds of the matches for the World Cup are already sold out. They also report that the matches with the least demand are Nigeria–Bosnia; Greece–Ivory Coast; and France–Honduras. What about Uruguay? The England-Uruguay match is sold out, in fact all matches involving England were sold out and to further compound the issue, all matches taking place in Sao Paulo are sold out. Uruguay–Italy is also close to being sold out. Which means the only match still available is Uruguay–Costa Rica in Fortaleza.

Fortaleza will host Uruguay vs Costa Rica.

Fortaleza will host Uruguay vs Costa Rica.

If you already got your tickets – well good for you… how does it feel to be so special? ;) Truth be told though, attending a World Cup is something special which all of us must do at least once in our lifetime… well probably a Champions League match as well but a World Cup is special indeed.

I remember the only World Cup I attended, the 1994 World Cup which was held in my backyard… Anywhere USA. The ticket sales was different back then, so when Me and Me Pop bought tickets, we wanted to see Argentina’s matches which were to be played in Massachusetts which is about 3 and 1/2 hours from New York but we got stuck with 3 matches for Detroit instead. Yes, Detroit. Bankrupt Detroit, and back then it was probably worse than it is today. So off we went to the watch the World Cup at the Pontiac Silverdome. We saw Romania – Switzerland; Sweden – Russia; and Brazil – Sweden. Right away we saw the speed the World Cup tournament was nothing we had ever seen before; and this you cannot appreciate from television. The crowd atmosphere is also something television doesn’t really do justice.

We were then able to snag tickets for the quarterfinal between Bulgaria and Germany which was played at the Old Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Stoichkov’s free kick is still a thing of beauty twenty years later.

From what we’ve seen since the Confederations Tournament, this World Cup will probably be a little chaotic. They say though that Brazil knows how to throw a party so maybe worrying at all won’t really matter when the tournament kicks off.

Now if you’re like me and have no intention of attending this World Cup, you should be fine. Television will be there to guide you through the madness.

Yorugua Yorugua 1 likes

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  1. AussieCeleste AussieCeleste says:

    I am an inveterate sports tourist.

    In 2010 I went to the World Cup in South Africa, with a hospitality package for the First Round.

    In 2012 I went to the Olympic soccer tournament to see the Quarter and Semi Final at Old Trafford and the Final at Wembley. Last year I flew with my son from Australia to Wellington in New Zealand to watch three days of a cricket match.

    And here’s the thing.

    I enjoyed the World Cup last time, but between international airfares, domestic airfares, hotels, transport, tickets and restaurants I spent almost $60,000. To watch five Group stage matches.

    FIFA steadfastly refuse to let groups be based in one area (which is why I am looking forward to Qatar).

    I had a minimum 15 night stay at my Cape Town hotel – which cost $15,000 for a nice but not great hotel.

    For the other towns (Johannesburg, Durban and Bloemfontein) I had to buy a hotel room from FIFA’s official travel agency, who had reserved almost every room in the country. And even though I was paying $1,000 per night for my Cape Town hotel, the FIFA ones were $1500 per night (for 2 star hotels), minimum stay 3 nights.

    And the domestic flights were all around $1000 return for flights which normally sell for around $250 return.

    I earn a good wage, and I’d been saving for years. But I finished off paying the credit card bill for this in 2013.

    And I concluded that I would be willing to spend a fortune on a World Cup again – but only if I was seeing the Semi-Finals and Final.

    So I applied for 2014′s latter stages, using addresses and credit cards that I have in several countries.

    And failed.

    And I realised that FIFA probably only put around 200-1000 tickets for the World Cup Final on sale.

    Probably 20,000 of the 80,000 seats went in hospitality packages, and probably 10,000 more were given to invited guests.

    And of the other 50,000 seats, I would bet that at least 49,000 were bought by sponsors such as Visa, Emirates and Coca Cola.

    FIFA is not an open transparent organisation. It is a secretive organisation dedicated to profit, whose senior executives seem in many cases to be driven by personal greed.

    This World Cup could and should have been so different.

    Even if Brazil was going to travel the country to play its matches, I would have arranged the seeds to be based as follows:

    Porto Alegre: Argentina to play all 3 matches here.
    Curitiba: Uruguay
    Sao Paulo: Spain
    Rio: Germany
    Fortaleza: Colombia
    Natal: Belgium
    Brasilia: Switzerland

    That would have allowed visitors to base themselves in one part of the country and keep costs under control.

    I gave up when my initial application was rejected. I bought return airfares from Australia to England, and will watch the matches up to the Quarter-Finals in England and the last four matches in California.

    At least the time zone will be correct. I took a month off work to watch France’98 in Australia, and matches from midnight to 7 am every day nearly drove me mad.

    The indoctrination of my kids is about to start: this week the Panini World Cup sticker album is released, and each of my kids is expected to do it so that they can tell me who all the players are!

    Current score: 2

  2. AussieCeleste AussieCeleste says:

    Personally, I agree with Blatter that the World Cup should be every two years.

    I would abolish World Cup qualifying.

    In odd years, I would have the Euros from 20 May to 18 June, the Copa America from 19 June to 3 July, the Concacaf Gold Cup 3 July to 17 July and the Asian and African Cups in January.

    The 4 Euros Semi-Finalists, top 3 from the Copa America, and winners from Asia, Concacaf and Africa would go straight to the World Cup (10 teams).

    And that December (6 months before the World Cup) there would be InterContinental qualifiers in the Middle East with 6 groups of 4 teams, each of which had 1 European team, 1 South American and the rest from the other confederations, with the top 2 from each group going to a 24 team World Cup.

    Sports tourists would be well-catered to: there would be a mid-winter club break in Europe, but with the eyes of the World on the play-offs in Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other cities.

    In terms of this World Cup, from Europe the 4 direct qualifiers would have been Italy, Germany, Belgium and Spain.

    And last Christmas England, Portugal, France, Netherlands, Switzerland and Russia would have joined Ecuador, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Australia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand in 6 groups of 4 with the top two going to the World Cup.

    It would be a great spectacle.

    Current score: 3

    • Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

      Great idea Aussie,and very fine elaboration.Send this proposal to FIFA.It is absolutely shame that some top world players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Gareth Bale could not play the WC because their national teams didnt qualify.I think this just impoverish the quality and charm of the World Cup.

      Current score: 1

  3. NicoGF NicoGF says:

    I got a dog called messi so this video really touched me

    Current score: 0

  4. Farerets Farerets says:

    I got a couple of tickets for all three Uruguay group matches, plus Argentina-Bosnia in Rio, as I want to experience a game at Maracanã. That was through FA of my tiny country. We have open flight tickets back, as we hope that some people holding them would want to give them away, if their teams are eliminated (and Uruguay is in play offs).

    For the final itself, should Uruguay be part of it, we decided to travel to Montevideo and be will all the people on Plaza Independencia. After all, I did experience a world cup final in Johannesburg, as well as both semifinals, quarterfinals Germany-Argentina and, of course, Uruguay-Ghana! :-)

    Current score: 2

  5. Farerets Farerets says:

    I got a couple of tickets for all three Uruguay group matches, plus Argentina-Bosnia in Rio, as I want to experience a game at Maracanã. That was through FA of my tiny country. We have open flight tickets back, as we hope that some people holding second stage tickets them would want to give them away, if their teams are eliminated (and Uruguay is in play offs).

    For the final itself, should Uruguay be part of it, we decided to travel to Montevideo and be with all the people on Plaza Independencia. After all, I did experience a world cup final in Johannesburg, as well as both semifinals, quarterfinals Germany-Argentina and, of course, Uruguay-Ghana!

    Current score: 2

    • Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

      Farerets!

      You are so special guy.If you were not existed,somebody should invent you.
      My deep respect.

      Current score: 6

    • Farerets Farerets says:

      Maldoror!

      I should maybe add a fact about me, you maybe don’t know yet :-)

      Last year, in connection to my wedding, we change our last names in order to start a new dynasty. The name is Eysturland, not owned by anyone else in the world and it means “Eastern Land” or “Tierra Oriental” and is inspired by… you could probably guess ;-)

      Current score: 3

  6. Maldoror55 Maldoror55 says:

    “you could probably guess”
    I know Farerets;Uruguay no mas !

    If you need some knights of round table,I am applying for one chair…..
    And what shall we do with Dutchfun? You already have your Guinevere,so she could be lets say Lady of the Lake.

    And we put all the story in Uruguay?And at the end is the cup of Holy Graal,given to Parsifal.The cup will be given on Maracana,and Parsifal will be Luis Suarez.Holy Graal will be the title of the World Champion.Regained.

    Current score: 1

 

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