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It's time for the beautiful game to draw us back in

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It's remarkable how blasé people in Germany, the home of the defending World Cup champions, have seemingly been in the days and hours leading up to the 2018 tournament in Russia.

"Are you looking forward to it?" one coworker asked another the other day.

"Not really," the other replied without giving the matter a second thought. And without taking a representative survey, that's been the general mood observed in the workplace and out on the streets in recent days.

Another typical response to the above question is something like: "I'm sure I'll get into it once the tournament actually gets going."

So what's the problem? Why do so many people seem to be less than enthused just hours before the opening game and days before Joachim Löw's men launch their title defense against Mexico?

There's no easy answer, but there are plenty of factors that haven't helped stir the emotions in a positive way.

DW Sports editor Chuck Penfold

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