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Merkel to attend World Cup final in Rio

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck will attend the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday to back the German side, Berlin said.

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck will attend the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday to back the German side, Berlin said.

"President Joachim Gauck will travel with Chancellor Angela Merkel to Rio de Janeiro from July 12 to 14" and watch the final match together, his office said on Wednesday.

After Germany's historic 7-1 thrashing of hosts Brazil in the semifinal on Tuesday, they will face either Argentina or the Netherlands for the championship on Sunday.

A record 32.6 million people watched the rout on German television.

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