In my interest for a World Cup ticket, I inquired the company offering tickets about how it could be that they could offer them. This was their reply:
I understand you are looking for tickets to the following match,
to which we have a limited number available now.
informed on our site, we are a company reselling tickets in the
secondary market, being now the biggest one in Europe after 16 years
doing it. We are getting all tickets from the official suppliers so we
guarantee them as official and original ones.
Gold/Platinum are our best alongside seats, as close as possible to the
pitch and the half line, and the best view of the match (VIP Platinum is
1st floor and VIP Gold is 1st or 2nd floor). These tickets do not
include any package.
Category 1 can be any seat alongside, any tier or side of the pitch, not necessarily central.
Category 2 can be any seat located in a corner of the stadium.
Category 3 can be any seat behind the goal, any tier and either end.
Best Available tickets are the best available price, and can be anywhere in the stadium.
Away section tickets will be with the visiting team supporters, and
this section is usually located in the corner or behind the goal.
you have a special request for a more specific location within the
category you have selected, we recommend you write a comment in the
comment box, and we will do our best to match your request.
will be delivered up to two weeks before the event to your home
address, be it local or abroad. You can include the shipping address in
the specified shipping address section when placing an order. In the
case of a late release of tickets from the official supplier, we will
contact you to request a shipping address in Brazil, such as a hotel
address. This is also an option if you are going to be travelling (you
can let us know your arrival date and hotel details). We ship tickets
exclusively with registered express courier companies, the safest way to
ensure you receive your tickets on time, and at your door.
you decide you want the tickets, please order ASAP, because the price
will be higher soon, and the availability is limited for this highly
For anything else, please contact us by e-mail or by phone.
Of course, I should not let these guy's message stand alone, and asked FIFA pretty much the same question. This was FIFA's reply:
Thank you for contacting the FIFA Ticketing Centre.
other websites or parties have any rights to legitimately sell Tickets
for the Competition. If you see any other website offering Tickets for
the Competition you can be certain that this is not a legitimate sales
channel. Please note that any Tickets obtained from any other source
(for example, unauthorised intermediaries such as ticket brokers,
internet auctions, internet ticket agents, internet or other unofficial
ticket exchange platforms)can be automatically rendered void and invalid
and do not entitle the Ticket Holder to enter the Stadium or to any
refund or further compensation. Upon request from FIFA, Ticket Holders
must explain how, from whom, for what consideration and from where they
obtained their Tickets.
The company you have identified does not
have any legitimate tickets to sell, and is not authorized to sell
tickets. We have reported them to consumer protection authorities, and
suggest that you do the same. Acquisition of tickets from such sites
poses the risks that are identified on www.FIFA.com/tickets on the page
identified as “Authorized Sales Channels.”
All information about ticket availability and sales phases is posted on www.FIFA.com/tickets.
I do not know what to make of all this. I think FIFA is honest in the sense that they are the only authorised to sell tickets, but at the same time they are not saying something about them knowing that many tickets are out there. I think the company is honest about them guaranteeing the tickets, but they are not saying something about there being a risk that it may not be honoured by FIFA....
I do not think I will be going to the World Cup.