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Underdog Germans hope to surprise

Updated: August 26, 2004, 1:32 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

It's one thing to play the David to one Goliath. But what about three separate Goliaths? Or seven?

Such is the task facing the Germans in the World Cup of Hockey.

Of the eight nations taking part in the most important hockey tournament this side of the Olympics, seven can make a legitimate claim to championship aspirations.

And then there are the Germans (cue the "One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others" music, please), the tournament's speed bag, on paper at least.

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