Having sold more than 1.3 million tickets to World Cup 2014 games, Brazil is definitely dominating the market as the host country. That’s to be expected.
But the foreign country with the most buyers may surprise you.
According to an infographic created by Global Post, the United States has bought nearly 200,000 tickets for World Cup games – more than three times the number of tickets purchased by runner-up Argentina, which has bought roughly 61,000 tickets. The diagram is below, and it’s clear the U.S. is a little more soccer-crazy than we’re led to believe:
I wasn’t surprised to see this chart because I’ve been reading articles like this for months. Long before the games began, news outlets were warning us that Americans were outbuying the other nations in terms of World Cup tickets.
And it isn’t just the crowds in the stadiums that are fired up for U.S. soccer. Sunday night’s USA-Portugal game that ended in a 2-2 draw was the most viewed match in the history of U.S. soccer, with more than 18 million tuning in to watch the home team compete, according to a Deadline.com report.
So take your narrative about American soccer fans and shove it.