Germany's most prominent fan, Chancellor Angela Merkel, won't watch Thursday's match between the country and the United States.

Merkel and other European Union leaders will be holding a solemn ceremony in Ypres, Belgium, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I as the game kicks off. They will then attend a working dinner on the first day of a two-day summit.

The German government says Merkel's evening will be dedicated entirely to working with her European colleagues.

Merkel traveled to Brazil for Germany's opening 4-0 win against Portugal and posed for photos with the team.

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