FIFA World Cup 2014: Over 10 heads of state to attend final

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The photo provided German government shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, posing for a photo with the German national soccer team after Germany won 4-0 in the group G World Cup soccer match between Germany and Portugal at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. Merkel will be at the stadium for the final.
Rio de Janeiro, July 11: Over 10 heads of state are expected to attend the final match of the FIFA World Cup between Argentina and Germany at Rio de Janeiro's world-renowned Maracana stadium on Sunday (July 13).

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According to Agencia Brasil, besides Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, the leaders of the finalist countries - Argentina's Cristina Kirchner and Germany's Angela Merkel - are confirmed. Argentina will fight for their third World Cup title and Germany for their fourth, reports Xinhua.

Some of the BRICS leaders - South Africa's Jacob Zuma and Russia's Vladimir Putin - are also expected to be present as the Sixth BRICS Summit will take place two days later. South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup and Russia will host the next one in 2018.

In addition, the presidents of the Republic of Congo (Denis Sassou-Nguesso), the Democratic Republic of Congo (Joseph Kabila), Haiti (Michel Martelly) and Hungary (Janos Ader) are expected to be present as well. Others are yet to confirm their presence.

There will be a lunch for the State leaders before the match. Security at the Maracana stadium and its vicinities has been increased since the beginning of the World Cup.


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