More tickets on sale for Albania match

An additional 1,500 tickets for the national soccer team’s crucial March 30 World Cup qualifier against Albania will go on sale tomorrow in Korai Square in downtown Athens following the Albanian Soccer Federation’s disinterest in acquiring its entitled share of tickets for local distribution. According to regulations stipulated by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, national federations of visiting teams have the right to demand a 5 percent share of tickets for local distribution no later than 14 days prior to a match. Home fan tickets for Greece’s clash against Albania had long sold out prior to the latest influx. Prospective buyers of the additional 1,500 tickets to go on sale tomorrow will be entitled to two tickets each. State identity cards will be needed for purchases. Following a slow start that included a 2-1 loss against Albania in Tirana in the opening match followed by a scoreless draw at home against Turkey, Greece, the shock Euro 2004 winner in Portugal last summer, has gradually gained ground and now lies second in its qualifying group, six points behind Ukraine, with a game in hand. Most recently, Greece beat respected Denmark 2-1 in Athens. Prior to Wednesday week’s match against Albania, Greece travels to Georgia for an away encounter on Saturday.

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