A few days before Wednesday's friendly match between Estonia and Brazil, all the attention is on Dunga's Seleçao. Who will come? Who will stay on the banch? Is it worth buying a ticket for the match?
Before answering the first question, I will give you some hints for the second one.
Firstly, there a price issue or should I say there was. Tickets have suddently suffered a 50% discount and are offered at EEK 750 (approx. €50).
There are also several special offers:
With an Estonia - Brazil match ticket which cost 1500 EEK or 2500 EEK you can get a 5 EEK ticket to one of these national team games:
• 10.10.2009 19:00 Jalgpall, Estonia vs. Bosnia - Herzegovina
• 14.10.2009 21:30 Jalgpall, Estonia vs. Belgium With 1500 EEK Estonia - Brazil ticket you can buy one 5 EEK ticket!
With 2500 EEK Estonia - Brazil ticket you can buy two 5 EEK tickets!
With an Estonia - Brazil match ticket which cost 1500 EEK you can:
- buy another Estonia - Brazil ticket with 400 EEK!
- get to the next Estonian national team home friendly match for free!
It seems like the great sales announced not so long ago by the Estonian Football Association are not enough and the organisers probably fear an empty stadium which would be a shame to celebrate the 100th annivesary of Estonian football.
In most of the countries of the world, football is a popular sport and tickets for friendly matches are proposed at discounted prices since the stakes are not as important as in an official match.
For instance, the 5th of September, "le Stade de France" in Paris will hold a friendly match between France and Romania.
Tickets are for sale from 20€, higher price is 80€. The stadium is great and you get a match and a visit altogether for only 20€. Also, no need to remind that the purchasing power is slightly different...
So, can someone explain why tickets are so expensive in Estonia? (capacity of the stadium does not explain such a difference)
Estonia seems to have chosen another strategy, and once again it is a failure... "it's all about the money... "
EEK750 (€50) is still a high price for a friendly match but if you are Brazilian or a huge football fan, it is an opportunity to profit from a good sale.
Now the Seleçao:
Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar (Inter/ITA), Gomes (Tottenham/ANG)
Defenders: Maicon (Inter/ITA), Daniel Alves (FC Barcelone/ESP), Lucio (Inter/ITA), Juan (AS Rome/ITA), Miranda (Sao Paulo), Luisao (Benfica/POR), André Santos (Fenerbahçe/TUR), Filipe (La Corogne/ESP)
Midfielders: Gilberto Silva (Panathinaikos/GRE), Josué (Wolfsburg/ALL), Kleberson (Flamengo), Felipe Melo (Juventus Turin/ITA), Elano (Galatasaray/TUR), Jlio Baptista (AS Rome/BRE), Kaka (Real Madrid/ESP), Ramires (Benfica/POR)
Strikers: Robinho (Manchester City/ANG), Diego Tardelli (Atlético Mineiro), Lus Fabiano (FC Séville/ESP), Nilmar (Villarreal/ESP)
The game will be held 12.08.2009 at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia at 20.15. Gates open at 18.30 .
I will personnally enjoy the match on TV!