FIFA is expected to smile again to the bank after it revealed prices for next years ‘ world cup that will take place in Brazil, one of the best football playing nations on earth. Brazil has won the cup a record five years and is the only country that has appeared in all 19 previous world cups.
Thousands of African football lovers will be queuing to buy some of the tickets that will be up for sale from August 20th 2013.
The cheapest ticket for overseas fans will cost a princely $90. To attend the finals, foreign nationals will have to cough up $440 for the cheapest and $990 dollars for the most expensive finals ticket.
Prices for international fans are on average, ten percent more expensive than tickets for Brazilian nationals.
The cheapest tickets for Brazilians will be only $15 dollars and this will be sold to students, the elderly and people on state benefits.
Brazil had to pass a bill through congress known as the world cup bill to get the cheap tickets. As always, the bill included some tax concessions to FIFA. The opposition has condemned the tax concessions made to FIFA, one of the most lucrative businesses on earth and is appealing in the supreme court.
Brazilians are paying slightly less than South Africans paid during the 2010 world cup in South Africa.
Despite the discounts, most of the tickets are still far too expensive for most Brazilians. The average salary in the country is $440 dollars per year
The second phase of the sales opens on December 8 after the draws for the 32 teams that will take part in the competition. Qualifying matches are on going.
FIFA has reserved 450.000 tickets for corporate clients Some corporate clients will be paying as much as $12000 dollars for special VIP seats.
Some 3.3 million tickets will be sold up to and including the finals
FIFA announced the price lists following violent protests by thousands of Brazilians against the tax dollars being spent by the Brazilian government to host the competition. The competition will cost 12.5 million dollars to the treasury purse and protesters said some of that should have been spent to improve the health service and educate more Brazilians.