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World Cup final lures A-list celebrities, heads of state

Celebrities from around the world rubbed shoulders at the World Cup final


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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Vladimir Putin chatted with Angela Merkel, and David Beckham hugged Pelé at the World Cup final Sunday.

Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife, Gisele Bundchen, brought the trophy on the field before the match.

Mick Jagger and LeBron James were also at Maracana stadium to see Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time.

Celebrities rubbed shoulders at the stadium, with Shakira singing and Carlos Santana playing guitar during the closing ceremony.

At the final whistle, German Chancellor Merkel jumped from her seat and raised both arms in triumph. She embraced German players as they collected their medals.

Merkel turned to her right and was kissed on both cheeks by Brazil President Dilma Rousseff.

Russia President Putin and FIFA President Sepp Blatter were next in line with congratulations.

Brady was seated about 10 yards from Putin and the New England Patriots quarterback was standing and clapping like a regular fan when his wife delivered the trophy.

Bundchen joined Brady to watch the match in a section with World Cup-winning players and the closing-ceremony musicians with their families.

Violence in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons to restrain young people who hurled rocks and vandalized stores. The violence occurred at a rally in Buenos Aires to acknowledge Argentina’s gutsy performance.

Parents with young children could be seen running down streets after police, who at first were passive, tried to take back the area near the city’s iconic Obelisk.

Police said 20 officers were injured and at least 60 people were arrested.

Meanwhile, in Rio, about 20,000 Argentina fans gathered on the golden sands of Copacabana beach to watch the final.

More than 70,000 Argentina supporters packed into Rio in recent days, many traveling upward of 40 hours by car and seemingly all wearing their team’s jerseys and chanting day and night.

Some isolated fights broke out both on Copacabana beach and outside Maracana. The scuffles appeared to involve young Brazilian and Argentine men — bitter rivals on and off the pitch.

Reports: Scolari is out

SAO PAULO, Brazil – Brazil’s soccer confederation has decided to drop Luiz Felipe Scolari as coach after the team’s fourth-place finish, according to media reports.

Globo TV and other news outlets said Scolari, 65, will not remain as coach. He guided Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title.

Brazil, playing without injured standout Neymar, lost its last two matches by a combined 10-1.



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