Confederations Cup tickets selling well
13 June 2005, FRANKFURT - The match between hosts Germany and Argentina is sold out but there are still tickets available for all other Confederations Cup games including the 29 June final, local organisers said on Monday.
13 June 2005
FRANKFURT - The match between hosts Germany and Argentina is sold out but there are still tickets available for all other Confederations Cup games including the 29 June final, local organisers said on Monday.
Organising committee spokesman Jens Grittner said that 515,000 of 620,000 available tickets have been sold two days ahead of Wednesday's tournament kickoff.
The eight-team tournament is played in five German cities (Cologne, Nuremberg, Hanover, Leipzig and Frankfurt) on 15-29 June featuring hosts Germany, World Cup winners Brazil, Australia, Argentina, Tunisia, Mexico, Japan and Greece.
Grittner said that ticket sales had picked up in a major way on Monday.
Organisers in Nuremberg said that the Germany-Argentina game on 21 June is a sellout and there are only few tickets in the highest category left for the 25 June semi-final in the Bavarian city in which Germany would play if they win their group.
Meanwhile organising committee spokesman Jens Grittner said on Monday there won't be any wrong words in national anthems played ahead of Confederations Cup matches, in the wake of two embarrassing incidents in Germany.
Grittner said that the anthems of the eight teams will not be sung live by artists, but played via tape in the arenas.
German pop singer Sarah Connor caused a stir when she didn't sing the German anthem properly ahead of the opening match at Munich's World Cup stadium on 31 May.
A similar incident occurred ahead of a German basketball league final last weekend, with tenor Luciano Rondine getting it wrong this time.
"Doesn't anyone know our national anthem anymore?," asked mass circulation paper Bild on Monday.
[Copyright DPA with Expatica 2005]
Subject: German news