Federation Internationale de Football Association said that its own website was the only legitimate place to buy World Cup tickets, which are on sale until July 15 - the final day of the tournament.
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On June 22, 2014, Team USA played Portugal in a group stage match and 24.7 million people watched it - making it the most watched soccer match in US history.
Ominously for Japan, Gracenote singled out the team's Group H opponents Colombia as a team that could shock.
The value of the deal has not been revealed, but it is said to be the same as for the 2014 World Cup, which was $7 million, or even lower.
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But there is still concern over the situation and England defender Danny Rose said on Wednesday that he has told his family not to attend the World Cup because he feared they may be racially abused.
'I have many dreams for all the games and I am looking forward to the start of the matches, to see how the fans celebrate and to see the most lovely spectacle in the world, ' he said.
Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, which are slightly less data-driven, have Germany ranked first, with Brazil, Belgium and Portugal ranked second, third and fourth, respectively.
The 44,000-seater will host Russia's key Group A game with Uruguay as well as two knock-out matches.
Russian Federation said Wednesday it was ready to thwart any threats to the World Cup, which kicks off in Moscow next week, as a massive security effort ramps up.
Before all that, Iran will face Lithuania on Friday in a freindly match at Spartak Stadium, which is one of Moscow's two World Cup host venues, the other being Luzhniki. They have never progressed to the knockout stages. "As of today a total of 105 representatives of 48 special services and law enforcement agencies from 30 countries have confirmed their participation", Gusev said at a press conference on the World Cup security. Queiroz and his team were the first team from Asia to qualify for Russian Federation 2018.