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Besides Brazil, USA requesting more 2014 World Cup tickets than any other nation

Oct 9, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

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On Wednesday, FIFA released a list of the top 10 countries requesting tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the U.S. is right up there.

In fact, after host nation Brazil, fans from the USA have made the second highest number of ticket requests to go to the World Cup this summer.


With Jurgen Klinsmann’s team already set for the World Cup after breezing through qualification, American fans are ready to snap up the tickets for the showpiece event in South America. Check out the Tweet below from FIFA, that shows which nations are leading the race to grab tickets for the World Cup.

Should we be surprised by U.S. fans’ eagerness to grab tickets for the World Cup? I’m not.

Brazil is the closest World Cup to the USA, geographically, in quite some time, with South Africa 2010, Germany 2006 and Japan and South Korea 2002, all proving a long trip for U.S. soccer fans to undertake. The relative closeness of Brazil makes this World Cup one that fans of the Nats can truly enjoy up close and personal, and the huge support of the band of traveling American fans will have a positive effect on Klinsmann’s side.

And that growing optimism around the national team is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for a huge surge in ticket applications, with a real feel good factor surrounding the USMNT. Between now and June 2014 tickets will be snapped up across the globe, and if U.S. fans outnumber other groups of supporters, don’t be surprised.

  1. bostonredsoccer - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    The beauty (and the curse) of diversity in the US is that many of those requesting tickets from here aren’t followers of the USMNT.

  2. randomhandle1 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    “…South Africa 2010, Germany 2006 and Japan and South Korea 2002, all proving a long trip for U.S. soccer fans to undertake.”

    Yet the U.S. was still #2 in ticket orders in 2010 and well up there in 2006 as well. So this is becoming a pretty standard routine at this point.

  3. freeridetheworld247 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    One of the reasons journalism is going down hill these days is the complete lack of research. To say that this is the “closest WC to the US, geographically” is completely wrong. First of all the US is a huge country so there is a major difference in flight time from all of the last WC locations. Lets say that a person from Boston wanted to go to the WC in Germany. Its only a 7 hour and 30 minute flight from Boston to Frankfurt. Now lets take a person living in Miami to Fortaleza, Brazil which is the closest WC venue to Miami. There are no direct flights that I could find so the fastest time to get there was 11 hours and 20 minutes! Now if we go from Miami to Rio de Janeiro then the flight time is cut down to 8 hours and 30 minutes. The term geographically may be correct if you literally do the closest point in the US to the closest point in Brazil but why in Gods name would, or even could, do that makes no sense. Next time do a little research before you make claims based on world geography.

    • onelovesoccer7 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      i’m so glad you pointed this out because that’s exactly what i thought when i read it.

  4. hildezero - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    And let’s not forget that there are already some Americans that live in Brazil, too.

  5. freeridetheworld247 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Theres that and lets not forget the 60,000+ American troops living in Europe as well as the thousands that work for the US in Germany. I was stationed 2 and a half hours from Frankfurt.

  6. rashaadjorden - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    We have no idea of knowing this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people from the U.S. buying World Cup tickets aren’t supporters of the USMNT. Apparently, the writer seems to think that those in the U.S. buying World Cup tickets are automatically USMNT supporters. He seems to forget that there are a lot of people in the U.S. that support other national sides (England, Mexico, etc.), so maybe those fans who have already bought tickets are doing so to support another national team.

    • footballer4ever - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      @ Rashaadjorden

      That’s a great point you made. (applause)

      However, the fact those buying tickets are not always necessarily blond/blue eyed Americans or someone born and raised here does not take away the fact they will not be rooting for the U.S.A as well. Personally, I was not born in the U.S., but I was raised here since my early teens. I root heavily for my hometown country and for the USA too and there’s nothing wrong with that. In the event both play against each other, I take a “neutral” side as to who plays better deserves to win and either way I end up satisfied because both are my beloved national football teams. I already experienced it and watched them played in a stadium and regardless of who won, I was satisfied to watch them play against each other. Like myself, I am sure there are others that view US National Team as their National team unlike some others who still despises football and don’t even respect/support their own National Football team.

  7. - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    This will be wonderful world cup. Many are excited about it already…Mexico aren’t in yet but many Mexican snatching tickets?

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