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Nearly 170,000 Argentines flock to Brazil for World Cup

The Argentine ambassador in Brazil Luis Maria Kreckler has revealed that just under 170,000 citizens have so far travelled to the country since June 12, the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the neighbouring country.

"From June 12 to the current date, 169,834 Argentines have entered Brazil. That is an official statistics from Brazilian immigration authorities," Kreckler confirmed today.

Masses of local fans have become a common sight wherever the Albiceleste, who take on Belgium this Saturday in the quarter-finals, have been in action.

Close to 50,000 Argentines were in the Maracaná stadium, Río de Janeiro, to see the nation kick off their World Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Bosnia. Thousands more watched the match from the city's iconic Copacabana beach, in the Fan Fest facility.

Another 30,000 were present in Belo Horizonte's Mineirao for a win over Iran, while an estimated 100,000 fans packed the southern city of Porto Alegre to witness a 3-2 victory against Nigeria; some 40,000 of whom obtained tickets for the Beira-Río stadium.

Sao Paulo hosted around 35,000 supporters in the Corinthians Arena on Tuesday as Ángel Di María's goal helped Argentina through to the last-eight against Belgium. Official estimates calculate up to 65,000 fans will descend on Brasilia for the match.
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