Are We There Yet?

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Who will take home the Cup in 2002?

I'm glad I don't live in Seoul. Everywhere you go in South Korea's sprawling capital, there are reminders that the World Cup is coming to town: the official logo is on practically every billboard, the concrete curbside flower beds are shaped like footballs and the lights from the giant new soccer stadium blaze up into the night sky. Worst of all are the electronic signboards that count down the days to the May 31 kickoff. As if it isn't hard enough waiting for the tournament to begin, you have to be reminded constantly how much longer you have to wait. Perhaps...

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