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!


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Windows 10 Ads Excessively Show Babies
Windows 10 Ads Excessively Show Babies
Microsoft released a series of Windows 10 commercials with lots of babies.
Barclays Fires CEO Antony Jenkins
Barclays Fires CEO Antony Jenkins
The head of Barclays has sacked Antony Jenkins. And the reasons are obvious.
Microsoft Lays Off 7,800 Employees
Microsoft Lays Off 7,800 Employees
Microsoft just announced the rumored major lay off.
Starbucks Raises Prices
Starbucks Raises Prices
The coffee company raises prices for the second time in two years.