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