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Over one million Euro 2004 tickets sold
Updated: 2004-03-05 14:51

One hundred days before the start of the Euro 2004 football tournament and over one million of the 1.2 million tickets available have already been sold, organizers said on Thursday.

"Ticket sales have surpassed our expectations. It's a huge financial success," said Portuguese Football Federation president Gilberto Madail.

Madail said that even apart from sponsorship deals and the saleof television retransmission rights for an estimated 580 million euros (707 million US dollars) the "budget is very comfortable".

Of the tickets already sold 400,000 have been purchased by the public, 130,000 by Euro 2004 partners and 350,000 distributed to football federations.

Another 108,000 tickets have been reserved for the football federations of the finalists.

Tickets for the finals, which will be held betwen June 12 and July 4, are available only through the official Euro 2004 website or the national football federations of the 16 participating countries. Organizers added that tickets are still available for 11 matches.

Tournament organizers last month warned fans not to buy their tickets through unofficial Internet sites because these were most likely either scams.

To combat counterfeiting, the tickets themselves will only be distributed two weeks before the tournament begins.

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