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CAPTION ONLY: BOLIVIA STUMBLES AS THE WORLD CUP KICKS OFF IN CHICAGO

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Thousands of balloons are released during opening World Cup ceremonies at Chicago's Soldier Field Friday, above, where Bolivian soccer fans, left, their faces painted with the national colors, watched their team fall to defending champion Germany 1-0 in the first game - the first time a champ has triumphed in the opener since 1970. The Germans triumphed before a global TV audience of 750 million and a sellout crowd that included President Clinton. The U.S. team makes its historic opening today in Detroit against Switzerland. The Americans, who have not won a World Cup game since 1950, lost three quick games in Italy in 1990. "The last time, we were tourists," midfielder John Harkes said. "We're not tourists anymore." In Friday's co-opener, South Korea scored twice in the final six minutes to tie Spain 2-2 in Dallas. See Page D1.