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THEY'RE THE FUTURE YOU IMAGINE

Supporting this particular juggernaut may not come naturally, but there's so much to admire here. German soccer is what American soccer strives to be, from its modern stadiums and forward-thinking academies to the connections clubs forge with their communities and national federation. Bundesliga teams welcome U.S. teenagers like Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie, and they produce talent at a prodigious rate. (At most, nine players from their 2014 squad will play in Russia.) And Die Mannschaft delivers high-octane, enjoyable soccer. In each of the past three World Cups, Germany has been the highest-scoring team.