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Column: The World Cup? Fan-bloomin’-tastic
MOSCOW (AP) There was high drama even before the first game, when Spain fired its coach. There’ll be drama, promise, at the last game, too, with France aiming to block Croatian membership in the small club of World Cup winners. There were upsets so massive they shook soccer’s established order – Auf wiedersehen, Germany! – and teams so bad – Saudi Arabia in its 5-0 opening-game loss to Russia – that they made a poor advertisement for the future expansion of the showcase tournament.