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TASS, 1 may. Long queues of Russian and foreign fans lined up on may 1 at ticket centres of the International football Federation (FIFA) in Russian cities where it has launched direct sales of tickets for matches of world football championship 2018. In St. Petersburg, despite the rain and cool weather, the fans started to queue even on the morning of 30 April, the day before the opening of the ticket office.

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“I’m standing in the queue since yesterday – came in at eight in the evening and it was already the 53rd, people here from eight in the morning yesterday was. I was just hoping for some tickets – though in Moscow, though in Kaliningrad, anywhere. On the website failed to buy, so now is the last chance. Application filed November: for the first phase of sales, the second, third stages, but failed. Hope dies last, such a chance once in a lifetime”, – told TASS fan Alexander Durgin.

However, additional quotas in connection with the opening of the offices was not provided, purchase at ticket centers, only those places that are sold on the FIFA website. “Held in a queue for exactly 25 hours – couldn’t buy anything that we wanted,” says the fan of Sergey Ponkratov.

Many in the queue complain about the dealers, among the fans say that the Internet is full of advertisements about the resale of tickets for big money. “Now called the Agency, I think it’s Resellers, I even was recorded. They now have tickets for 25 000 roubles – here people say that there are many services that simply purchase the tickets. Moreover, the Agency said that there are absolutely all the tickets and that they have a lot of them” – outraged standing in line in the morning Yaroslav Maltsev.

Some fans, seeing this, decide that a bird in the hand is worth two in the Bush and resolved to buy the remaining on the FIFA website, the tickets. “Bought 4 tickets for 12600 in Volgograd at the match England – Tunisia – expensive, far away, but I want to see the world Cup at least a little. Anyway, the other ticket is not”, – told TASS Petersburger Pyotr Volkov. However, he admits he is still happy to see championship match live.

Argentine devotion in Moscow

Similarly the situation developed and in the early hours of ticket offices in Moscow. Despite the festive day to the ticket centres about 400 people came. From early morning fans stood in line, had occupied the place and changed each other, periodically departing to a nearby cafe to have Breakfast. To pass the time before the opening of the box office, some watched movies on smartphones, others read the classics of Russian literature, the others were monitored with tablets tickets on the official FIFA website.

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The intent of the fans did not even change the fact that additional tickets in the sales center are not available. Volunteers explained that the number of tickets to live fully coincides with their number on the official website of FIFA, but the number of applicants hoping to buy a coveted spine to the match only increased.

Argentine student of the Russian state University emiliano said that for the sake of buying a ticket to the world championship changed a plane ticket to the capital of Argentina is Buenos Aires. “I know that the tickets left a bit and not the fact that I get to the match for his team. Unknown, drop me the opportunity to visit the world football championship, to be held at arm’s length from me. But for the opportunity to buy a ticket directly, I even changed a plane ticket to Buenos Aires, so today I stand before closing,” said emiliano.

Sochi luck

In Sochi in time for the opening of the ticketing centre’s doorstep there were about 100 fans. Women were saved from the sun under umbrellas, men in the mass are wearing baseball caps with the symbols of your favorite football team. “We did not have time to buy tickets on the FIFA website, so we stand today in a queue to the bitter end”, – told TASS the Sochi Arthur Harutyunyan.

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An employee of the center has strictly warned the queue that that you can go only five people, but the first lucky left the center without a ticket. “I was offered tickets only to matches in Volgograd and Saransk, but I can’t go there. Moreover, the tickets were only first category”, – he said, dozens of people standing in the heat.

Hearing this, Maryam Tsekvava decided to leave without waiting for their turn. “In Saransk from Sochi I don’t go. June 15, the day of the match Portugal and Spain take the TV and will go with the family for a picnic on the river Mzymta”, – she sighed.

Among the few fans who were lucky on this day there were brothers Ivancova from Volgograd – they arrived on may day in Sochi, and leave with tickets for the matches.

“Of course, almost the whole day had to spend, but most importantly – it’s done,” smiled the brothers, demonstrating the coveted tickets.

Hope Urals

Ticket center in Yekaterinburg is located in the centre of town in a shopping center. Despite the fact that to buy tickets for matches in the capital of the Middle Urals will not work from-for absence of quotas, a few hours before the start of sales, has accumulated a few dozen people.

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In front of the office put up a sign that says that to purchase tickets for the matches in most cities, it is impossible. “You can buy (tickets) only for the matches in Saransk and Volgograd. At the moment in Yekaterinburg there, and wait for them to not make sense. Tickets are available on the website,” says one of the officers ticketing center.

Despite that unhappy fans are written to a special queue in which the account goes on hundreds of people.

“We were a company from Nizhny Tagil, but remained only one I after found out that tickets were only Saransk and Volgograd. Where are we, the pensioners, to get the money to fly back for games? We were told there are no tickets, but I will remain until, suddenly, a miracle happens”, – said the resident of this city.

The world Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities of Russia.