How To Get World Cup Tickets -- AND Be Fashionable

Jun 10 2014, 4:57pm CDT | by

Some people use the FIFA website. Some people use StubHub. And some people destroy their clothes.

That’s Leonardo Rabelo, a Brazilian who lives in Dallas and who flew to Rio hoping to attend two World Cup games: Argentina vs. Bosnia, and Spain vs. Chile.

He didn’t have tickets, so he scrawled the matches on his shirt and walked around the beach at Copacabana hoping someone with extras would notice.

“It worked in South Africa!” Rabelo insisted.

Like a good investigative reporter, I stayed on the case — and a few days later, he had some good news and some bad news. He got tickets, but not for those matches.

Turns out, for the games he wanted, the price that people were asking for were close to $600 each, which is about as much as the average Bosnian makes in a month (it’s true — I took an unscientific survey when I was in Sarajevo in April).

In an email, Rabelo wrote: “Oh well, there is always Russia 2018…”

But, he did snag a pair of tickets to Colombia vs. Greece, which is better than nothing. He got them for a little under $200 total, and that’s a mighty fair price, even if he doesn’t wear his enthusiasm for that match on his sleeve.

Meanwhile, tickets for the games in which Brazil is playing are at jackpot levels. I saw one exchange go down for $1200 — just for one ticket. For that much money, you should get the rights to host a World Cup!


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