FIFA says 76 percent of Confederations Cup tickets sold

Rio de Janeiro, May 17 (IANS) More than 76 percent of tickets available for next month’s Confederations Cup in Brazil have been sold, world football’s governing body, FIFA said.

The South American country is on target to break the record set by Germany in 2005 when the tournament’s attendances reached 83 percent of capacity, according to FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke, reports Xinhua.

“The response from Brazilian fans to the Confederations Cup has been unique and already makes it one of the most successful ever,” Valcke said during a press conference Thursday.

Among matches not yet sold out is the battle for third place in Salvador June 30.

Three-time FIFA world player of the year and World Cup ambassador Ronaldo said it was time to focus on football, not stadium delays.

“We are 30 days away from the Confederations Cup and I don’t think there is anybody who doesn’t think we won’t have the stadiums ready. It’s a certainty, however we need to completely change our focus.”

Brazil will open the Confederations Cup against Japan at Brasilia’s Mane Garrincha stadium June 15.

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