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Back for another; favorite Germany looking for repeat in World Cup

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Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will host the World Cup’s opening match Thursday and the championship match July 15. Soccer fans will gather at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia for the 32-day, 64-match tournament.

After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century.

Germany’s Philipp Lahm raises the trophy after the Germans defeated Argentina at Rio de Janeiro in the World Cup championship match in 2014. Germany i...

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