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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ticket sales for the FIFA Confederations Cup in June are closing in on the 500,000 mark after the third phase of sales began last week. Despite some initial technical problems on Friday, the hindrance has not deterred people from making this the most popular Confederations Cup in history.

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