In the spirit
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World Cup Prep

IN THE SPIRIT: German fans before a pre-World Cup match with Colombia in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Oliver Berg / EPA)
HOSTING THE WORLD: Fans greet Mexico’s soccer team before a pre-World Cup match in Goettingen, Germany. (Claudio Cruz / AP)
PROJECTING THE POSITIVE: Giant images of soccer balls in Frankfurt-am-Main during a test for a multimedia show. Germany hopes to improve its image despite recent and past problems. (Frank Rumpenhor / EPA)
World Cup fans are projected on high-rise buildings in Frankfurt, Germany. (Bernd Kammerer / AP)
COUNTDOWN: A soccer ball globe sculpture glows in the light of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. Germany has been preparing for six years to host the World Cup, which begins Friday. (Markus Schreiber / AP)