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Fifa sells 2.45 million tickets for World Cup

Fifa sells 2.45 million tickets

According to the world soccer governing body Fifa, organizers have sold 2.45 million tickets for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. More than 500,000 of those tickets were sold during the final sales period from 5 to 16 July.

According to Fifa, the group stage matches between Cameroon and Brazil, Brazil and Serbia, Portugal and Uruguay, Costa Rica and Germany, and Australia and Denmark received the most allocations of tickets.

The largest number of tickets were purchased by fans in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, England, Argentina, Brazil, Wales, and Australia, according to Fifa.

The largest number of tickets were purchased by fans in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, England, Argentina, Brazil, Wales, and Australia, according to Fifa.

Fifa noted that the launch date for the subsequent sales phase will be revealed in late September. After the start of the final sales phase, over-the-counter sales will also begin in Doha.

The opening ceremony occurs before the host nation’s match versus Ecuador on November 20 to kick off the World Cup one day earlier than originally planned.

It will be the first World Cup held in the Middle East, and it has been moved forward from its usual June-July time slot to later in the year to avoid the region’s oppressive summer heat.

How the World Cup started

Fifa has only been around for about 120 years, but it took many more years for the concept that would eventually become the foundation of the organization to become the monolith it is today.

One of the provisions they entered into its statutes when seven nations met in Paris in 1904 to create a governing body for international soccer was, “the development of an international championship to be organized by Fifa.”

The idea originated with the Frenchman Robert Guerin, a bright journalist and football enthusiast at the French newspaper “Matin.”

At the turn of the past century, other Frenchmen had been instrumental in the establishment of international sporting organizations, with Baron Pierre de Courbetin revitalizing the Olympic movement and Henri Desange establishing the renowned Tour de France bicycle race.

Guerin believed that regular international competition was necessary and that it would also be profitable, generating enough revenue to support all of Fifa’s other endeavors.

His excitement was fueled by the growing popularity of football as an Olympic sport.

Soccer made its debut at the 1900 Paris Games and was also played in St. Louis in 1904. For the 1908 Games in London, there were eight countries competing; by 1920 in Antwerp, there were 14 competing nations, making it one of the most popular sports. 55 000 people came to watch Belgium defeat Spain in the gold medal match and take their place on the podium. There was concrete evidence that a World Cup would also be a huge success.

When the argument over whether professionalism or amateurism is preferable gained traction in 1920, Jules Rimet succeeded the Englishman Daniel Burley Woolfall as president of Fifa.

Like Guerin before him, Rimet saw with increasing conviction as the 1924 Olympic football competition, once again organized by Paris, drew entries from an astounding 22 nations and was a smashing success. Three nations traveled outside of Europe, but it was the Uruguayans’ electrifying brand of soccer—a style never before seen—that captivated the spectators.

If Rimet needed any more prodding, another group of French journalists, this time from the publication “Sporting,” came to him and asked him to resuscitate Guerin’s initial concept for a separate soccer competition that would be overseen by Fifa.

In order to appoint a commission to look into the location of a world championship, the FIFA executive council, which included Messers Bonnet (Switzerland), Meisl (Austria), Ferreti (Italy), Linnemann (Germany), Fisher (Hungary), and Delaunay of France, convened in Paris in December 1926.

The commission was given an urgent assignment and instructed to report its conclusions at a conference in Zurich two months later. It was decided to adopt a text to present to the Fifa Congress in Amsterdam in May 1928 to start the process of creating the World Cup, in spite of German Linnemann’s opposition, who did not think there could be a World Cup and a soccer competition at the Olympic Games.

The competition’s guiding principle aims to include all of the top teams in football, whether they are amateur or professional, according to the paper.

In the Congress, there were others who opposed the notion out of concern about professionalism, but in the end, the resolution passed by a vote of 23 to 5, and May 26, 1928 is remembered as the day the World Cup was formally established. Scandinavian nations including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden were all in opposition.

The Congress has resolved to organize a competition with teams representing the many connected national associations, according to the resolution that was adopted.

As French was then Fifa’s official language, it was decided to hold the tournament in Uruguay and name it “Coupe du Monde” a year later. As the biggest sporting event ever, it is now referred to as the “World Cup” and rivals the Olympics.

With the exception of the Second World War’s interruptions, the event has been hosted every fourth year in Uruguay since 1930, and there are expectations that it will return there in eight years.

A group effort has been undertaken by Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay to host the 2030 World Cup. 100 years after the first World Cup, the four South American countries aim to host the event “home” for the centennial edition.

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