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SAO PAULO---Nearly 900,000
tickets were allocated to fans
from 188 countries in the ran-
dom selection draw for the 2014
World Cup, the highest number
ever in the first phase of sales,
according to FIFA.
FIFA said yesterday that Brazil-
ians received 625,276 of the
889,305 available tickets. Amer-
ican residents were awarded
66,646 tickets, while the English
followed with 22,257 and the Ger-
mans with 18,019.
More than 6.2 million tickets
were requested, nearly double the
amount of total tickets available.
The next stage of sales begins
Monday on a first-come, first-
served basis. Fans will be allowed
to make purchases again begin-
ning on December 8, after the
World Cup draw determines
where and when each of the 32
teams will play.
Only about 230,000 tickets will
be available in the upcoming sales
phase, but none for the high
demand matches that include the
June 12 opener in Sao Paulo, the
July 13 final at the Maracana Sta-
dium in Rio de Janeiro, the two
semifinals and all of Brazil's
Fans will have another chance
to buy tickets for the high
demand matches only after the
World Cup draw in December.
900,000 WCup tickets go
to fans from 188 countries
ZURICH---FIFA President Sepp Blatter says World
Cup qualification should not involve playoffs, despite
the drama they provide.
Blatter has suggested finding "a solution where at
the end of the qualification you are in or out, and
not this playoff."
His comments in a FIFA website interview were
made before first-leg matches next week in four
European playoffs, and two intercontinental play-
Blatter has recently urged some FIFA confederations
to seek more guaranteed entries in the 32-team World
Cup at Europe's expense.
UEFA President Michel Platini suggests a 40-team
World Cup, as entry quotas shape up as an issue in
the 2015 FIFA presidential election. (AP)
Blatter suggests scrapping playoffs
DUBLIN---Martin O Neill has confirmed he will
become the new coach of Ireland s national team
and will have former Manchester United captain
Roy Keane as his assistant.
The 61-year-old O'Neill returns to management
eight months after being fired by Premier League
club Sunderland, while Keane has been a TV pundit
since leaving as Ipswich manager in 2011.
Keane's appointment is a surprise, as the former
midfielder has had a volatile relationship with the
Football Association of Ireland and walked out of
the 2002 World Cup without kicking a ball.
O'Neill, the former Northern Ireland international,
tells British broadcaster ITV on Tuesday "I'm the
bad cop and he's the bad, bad cop. We're excited by
it and I'm looking forward to it greatly."
Giovanni Trapattoni left the Ireland job in Sep-
KIEV--- Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko has
dropped injured midfielder Denis Harmash from
the squad to face France in the World Cup playoffs.
Fomenko will instead rely on Anatoliy Tymoschuk
and Ruslan Rotan to contend with France's Paul Pogba
and Blaise Matuidi.
At the back, defenders Viacheslav Shevchuk and
Yaroslav Rakytsky will team up with Yevhen Khacheri-
di and Artem Fedetsky. Also, forward Marko Devic
will return and will be joined by wingers Andriy
Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konopolyanka.
Ukraine finished second to England in its group
and will host France on November 15 in the first leg
of the playoffs. The return leg is four days later. (AP)
midfielder Jonathan dos Santos
will be sidelined for six months
because of right knee surgery.
The Spanish champions say the
Mexican player underwent arthro-
scopic surgery on his right knee
Dos Santos, who has made three
appearances this season, injured
his knee on October 23 during a
training session. (AP)
Ukraine drops injured defender Harmash
O'Neill set to take over Ireland with Keane
Sepp Blatter...Fifa president
Barca midfielder Dos Santos out 6 months
in Cyprus edged toward unifica-
tion yesterday, though their pro-
visional deal still leaves Turk-
ish-Cypriot clubs denied access
to the Champions League.
The tentative agreement offers
hope for a political breakthrough
on the Mediterranean island,
which has been divided since 1974
into an internationally recognized
Greek-speaking south and a Turk-
Still, the accord fell short of
inviting clubs from the north into
the league organized by the
Cyprus Football Association,
whose champions and cup win-
ners qualify for Europe's top com-
"It doesn't satisfy me 100 per-
cent but later meetings will be
able to satisfy me 100 percent,"
Cyprus Turkish Football Associ-
ation president Hasan Sertoglu
told The Associated Press through
After nearly 60 years of sepa-
ration for the two football bodies,
Sertoglu hailed the progress which
should lead to his organization
joining the CFA, which is a FIFA
and UEFA member.
Cyprus's head of state, Presi-
dent Nicos Anastasiades,
expressed his "deep satisfaction"
with the agreement which must
be ratified at the assemblies of
both football bodies. (AP)
Divided Cyprus moves toward unity
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