Angela Merkel to travel to Rio to watch Germany play World Cup final

Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to the World Cup final in Brazil to watch Germany attempt to lift the trophy on Sunday.

German President Joachim Gauck's office said Wednesday that both he and Merkel would travel to Rio de Janeiro for the final against Argentina or the Netherlands, who meet in the other semifinal later in the day.

Sunday's match will be Merkel's second at this World Cup. The chancellor was in the stands for Germany's opening match against Portugal last month, which Joachim Loew's team won 4-0.

Merkel has frequently appeared at Germany matches since the country hosted the World Cup in 2006 and has become a regular visitor to the team's dressing room.