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World Cup ticket applications soar

The first ten days of the third ticketing sales phase for the 2010 World Cup has seen the number of tickets applied for hit the 500,000 mark, FIFA revealed on Monday.

According to football's governing body, 386,300 of those tickets were requested by South African residents (77% of the total applications), while 114,237 tickets applied for came from the rest of the world.

In comparison with the previous editions of the FIFA World Cups, the latest ticket applications figures are impressive," Horst Schmidt, chairman of the FIFA ticketing sub-committee, said in a statement.

"The number of domestic applications have increased significantly. By buying a ticket, South Africans buy not only a seat to watch a match, but also their spot in South African history", added Danny Jordaan, Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.

The United States heads the list of foreign countries for this phase with 22,942 tickets, followed by the United Kingdom (20,232), Mexico (7,981), Germany (7,697) , Australia (6,277) and Brazil (4,760).

The current sales phase, where around 1 million tickets are available, runs until January 22, 2010.

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