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Wednesday 20 August 2014

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

Published 15/07/2014 | 14:18

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

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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)
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)
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)
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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