Biden to attend World Cup in June

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Vice President Biden will travel to Brazil in June to watch the U.S. men's soccer team compete in the World Cup, the White House said Monday.

Biden said earlier Monday he was amazed by "how not just interested, but how deeply, deeply, deeply passionate every country is about the World Cup."

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"You know, we have our Super Bowl, we have our World Series, we have the NBA Finals, we have March Madness, but my Lord, it is nothing quite like the World Cup," Biden said. "And it not only brings countries together, it generates a sense of enthusiasm that's hard to believe, except, maybe the Olympics. But even there, there seems to be a greater intensity among countries about the World Cup."

The vice president and Secretary of State John Kerry were shown the World Cup trophy at an event Monday in Washington, part of a four-city American tour for the championship hardware.

Kerry said the trophy "represents the shared hopes and dreams of billions of people around the world."

"And I can't think of anything that unifies people as much, brings out the best and shows our commonality, the common spirit of sportsmanship, the common spirit of competition, the common spirit of great athleticism," Kerry said.

The U.S. team will face Germany, Ghana and Portugal in its opening group — among the toughest in the tournament. 

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