World Cup 2014 attendance second highest of all time

A general view of the stadium during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014
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An average of 52,762 people have attended World Cup 2014 games, ensuring that this year's tournament is the second highest ever recorded behind the United States.

The average attendance at World Cup 2014 matches in Brazil is now the second highest of all time.

The record of 68,991 set in the United States in 1994 remains untouched, but with a figure of 52,762 in Brazil, this year's tournament narrowly surpasses Germany's average attendance of eight years ago with four games still to go.

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said in a statement: "We think that [the 1994] record will stay for quite some time due to the huge capacity of the stadiums in the US."

A total of 3,165,693 have so far attended World Cup matches at Brazil 2014, setting an average of 98.3% capacity across the event.

Honduras' goalkeeper and captain Noel Valladares handles the ball to score an own goal from a shot by France's Karim Benzema during a Group E football match between France and Honduras at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cu
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