Argentina, twice World Cup champions (1978 and 1986), and Germany, three-time champions (1954, 1974 and 1990), play for the World Cup title Sunday at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium, reports a news agency.

"Of course, I'm rooting for Argentina, without any doubt. What's more, I believe Argentina deserves to win, since they have been improving," the president said in a radio interview Thursday.

Correa, an avid football fan, said the team's last few games "have been very good", particularly their semifinal match against the Netherlands Wednesday, which Argentina won 4-2 in a penalty shootout.

Winning the final will be tough, said Correa, adding that Germany is a "great team" that exposed Brazil's weaknesses in their Tuesday semifinal match, won by the Germans 7-1.

Brazil's defeat "is a tragedy, not just for Brazil, but for all Latin America. Hopefully Argentina can avenge the game on behalf of Latin America," said Correa.


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