Sunday 28 December 2014

'Thank you Germany' – World Cup winners delighted with rapturous homecoming

Published 15/07/2014 | 14:18

Berlin was sea of red, yellow and black as thousands of fans greeted the Germany players after their World Cup winning exploits in Brazil.

The victorious squad landed in the German capital shortly after 9am on a flight that was delayed by 90 minutes before take-off.

Bayern Munich midfielder Philipp Lahm was the first to step off the plane and was followed by club and German team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger with a huge crowd singing "Football's Coming Home" on the airport's viewing terrace.

While thousands lined the streets to offer their appreciation, the players too were in complimentary form, taking to social media to share their moments with a joyous crowd. 

Mario Goetze, who scored the winner in the final, tweeted: "Wow, what's going on here ... AMAZING!"

"This time, thank God, we have the cup with us," Bastian Schweinsteiger told ARD television. "It will only sink in for us in the next few days."

Bastian Schweinsteiger kisses the trophy during a fan party after the arrival of the German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Bastian Schweinsteiger kisses the trophy during a fan party after the arrival of the German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Per Mertesacker and his teammates walk onto the stage after the arrival of the German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer carries Thomas Mueller during celebrations to mark the team's 2014 Brazil World Cup victory, at a 'fan mile' public viewing zone in Berlin July 15, 2014. Germany's victorious soccer team led by coach Joachim Loew returned home on Tuesday after winning the 2014 Brazil World Cup. A triumphant Germany team landed in Berlin on Tuesday to a hero's welcome, greeted by hundreds of thousands of jubilant Germans waving flags and wearing the national colours, revelling in the nation's fourth World Cup victory on Sunday in Brazil. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer reacts during celebrations to mark the team's 2014 Brazil World Cup victory, at a 'fan mile' public viewing zone in Berlin July 15, 2014. Germany's victorious soccer team led by coach Joachim Loew returned home on Tuesday after winning the 2014 Brazil World Cup. A triumphant Germany team landed in Berlin on Tuesday to a hero's welcome, greeted by hundreds of thousands of jubilant Germans waving flags and wearing the national colours, revelling in the nation's fourth World Cup victory on Sunday in Brazil. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP)
Construction workers (R) take pictures as Germany's 2014 Brazil World Cup squad proceed in an open-top bus through the capital during a parade to mark the team's victory July 15, 2014. Germany's victorious soccer team led by coach Joachim Loew returned home on Tuesday after winning the 2014 Brazil World Cup. A triumphant Germany team landed in Berlin on Tuesday to a hero's welcome, greeted by hundreds of thousands of jubilant Germans waving flags and wearing the national colours, revelling in the nation's fourth World Cup victory on Sunday in Brazil. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm with the cup as the German national team return after winning the 2014 World Cup at Berlin Tegel Airport on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Headcoach Joachim Loew as the German national team return after winning the 2014 World Cup at Berlin Tegel Airport on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: The team leave the aircraft as the German national team return after winning the 2014 World Cup at Berlin Tegel Airport on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Headcoach Joachim Loew as the German national team return after winning the 2014 World Cup at Berlin Tegel Airport on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Mesut Oezil is all smiles as the German national team return after winning the 2014 World Cup at Berlin Tegel Airport on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Philipp Lahm holds up the World Cup as the German national team return after winning the 2014 World Cup at Berlin Tegel Airport on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Fans wait as the German national team return after winning the 2014 World Cup at Berlin Tegel Airport on July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 15: Fans enjoy the atmosphere as they wait for the players during the German team victory ceremony July 15, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil match against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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