Argentina Matches Dominate, As 23.5 Million World Cup Tickets Are Requested By Fans In The Latest Round Of Sales.

The world football governing body FIFA, has announced that 23.5M World Cup tickets were requested by fans to watch different matches during the end of last sales period for the tournament that starts in Qatar in November.

Most of the high demands were for Argentina's matches, Brazil, England, France, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United States the world body said highlighting the "enormous demand".

The most popular games are the final on December 18 alongside some of the group games which are already known: Argentina v Mexico, Argentina v Saudi Arabia, England v United States and Poland v Argentina, FIFA said in a statement.

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Despite the ticket prices placed on average about 30 percent higher than for the Russia World Cup in 2018, some 804,186 tickets were reportedly snapped up in the first round of sales in January-February.

For matches where demand exceeds the number of tickets available, the requests will go into a random lottery. All the succesful applicants will be told from May 31. Any remaining tickets will then go on general sale on a first-come first-served basis.

Demands has increased massively following the World Cup draw on April 1 in Doha which revealed when and where each team will play their games.

The cheapest tickets are for Qataris and the army of migrant workers in the state who will pay as little as $10 to watch a first round group match, but the final, the most expensive tickets cost more than $1,600 (a 45 percent hike on 2018).

About two million tickets are available to the general public, with 1.2 million others going to sponsors and other backers.

FIFA has faced heavy criticism for awarding the tournament to a country whose rights and treatment for migrant labourers, women has been brought to the public-eye.

Questions and concerns had also continue to arise about the safety of LGBT fans and players in the Arabic country during the event.

 FIFA President Gianni Infantino had said earlier in the month in Doha that "everyone will see that everyone is welcome here in Qatar, and it will be the best-ever tournament."

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Qatari organisers have highlighted progress on rights since the World Cup was awarded in 2010, and said critics were trying to undermine the Arab region’s right to hold the event.

Sources in Qatar, are also predicting that up to 1.4 million people will visit the wealthy Gulf state for the first World Cup to be staged in an Arab country.

Organisers added that special measures will be arranged for drinking in fan zones and other designated areas, and that leniency will be applied on social laws. 

The first match is between Senegal and Netherlands is on November 21 and the final on December 18 at the 80,000 capacity Lusail stadium.

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