More than 4.5 million tickets have been requested for the World Cup next year in Brazil a week before the first sales phase closes.

Some 77 per cent of requests — or 3.4 million tickets — have come from host nation Brazil, football’s governing body FIFA said on Thursday.

Requests from Argentina (223,686 requests) and the United States (175,122) are next highest.

“This impressive total so far underlines the extraordinary level of interest in this 20th FIFA World Cup being played next year in the country of the five-time world champions,” Thierry Weil, FIFA marketing director, said.

The first sales phase for the June 12-July 13 tournament ends at 1000 GMT October 10.

Tickets will be decided by lottery if there are more requests than tickets available for a particular match or category of matches.

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