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“It’s really a great event,” said Austrian Embassy spokesman Wolfgang Renezeder. He noted that the embassies of Austria and Switzerland, the two countries hosting the European playoffs, held earlier receptions for semi-final games. Sunday’s reception, he added, will be the “biggest event with highest expectations.”

Mr. Renezeder said the reception is fully booked, but fans who want to try to squeeze in at the last minute might drop by the embassy at 3524 International Court NW at 1 p.m.

At the British Embassy, Deputy Chief of Mission Dominick Chilcott will host a “Kick-Off Reception” for the annual Ambassador’s Cup, which he described as a “friendly soccer competition involving Washington embassies and local international recreation teams.”

The participants will include diplomats from Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands and Sweden. The local team includes Afghan-Americans, Iranian-Americans, McLean Youth Soccer coaches and the FC Lionheart Palace soccer team from Howard County, Md., which won last year’s cup.

The games begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Lewinsville Park in McLean.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.