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World Cup tickets still available for more than 15 matches a day before the opener

  • FILE - In this June 2, 2014, file photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Joseph Blatter stand during the playing of the Brazilian national anthem during a ceremony where Blatter presented the 2014 World Cup trophy to Rousseff, at Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. For Rousseff, who has seen her approval rating steadily fall as she gears up for a re-election run, hosting the World Cup has become a potential political liability reminding voters of her failure to deliver on promises and live up to a reputation for being a hard-driving manager. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres,File)

    FILE - In this June 2, 2014, file photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff and FIFA President Joseph Blatter stand during the playing of the Brazilian national anthem during a ceremony where Blatter presented the 2014 World Cup trophy to Rousseff, at Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, Brazil. For Rousseff, who has seen her approval rating steadily fall as she gears up for a re-election run, hosting the World Cup has become a potential political liability reminding voters of her failure to deliver on promises and live up to a reputation for being a hard-driving manager. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Final preparations are made one day before the opening World Cup soccer match in Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. If Brazil wins the opening game, the fact that Itaquerao stadium isn't even fully finished yet will quickly be forgotten. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Final preparations are made one day before the opening World Cup soccer match in Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. If Brazil wins the opening game, the fact that Itaquerao stadium isn't even fully finished yet will quickly be forgotten. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)  (The Associated Press)

A day before the World Cup opener, tickets remain available for more than 15 matches, including some involving Germany, Italy and France.

FIFA said it already sold more than 2.9 million tickets, but some were still on sale Wednesday.

There were plenty of tickets for matches between less prominent nations, including Bosnia-Iran and Greece-Ivory Coast, but it was also still possible to watch some of the more traditional teams. Fans can still get tickets on FIFA's website for matches such as Germany-Ghana, Switzerland-France and Italy-Uruguay.

Only tickets for the highest-priced categories remained available for the better matches.

FIFA said a total of about 3.1 million tickets will be sold for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950. Brazil plays Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday in the opening game.