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World Champions Germany arrive home to rousing reception

Last updated on: July 15, 2014 16:47 IST

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The newly crowned football world champions Germany arrived in Berlin amidst cheer and lots of fanfare. Rediff.com gives you a glimpse of the celebrations!

For the 2014 football World champions, Germany, it was a reception that matched none!

The atmostphere was carnival-like on Tuesday as the German team, upon their arrival, made their way through the streets of Berlin as they were greeted by thousands of cheering fans.

Hundreds of thousands of jubilant Germans welcomed their triumphant national soccer team home in Berlin on Tuesday, waving flags and wearing the national colours as they basked in the nation's fourth World Cup victory.

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Image: Germany captain Philipp Lahm shows off the trophy as he leads his team out of the aircraft on arrival in Berlin on Tuesday
Photographs: @DFB_Team_EN/Twitter

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"The atmosphere in Berlin is incredible! What a feeling! We are #1! #byyourside," said a tweet from @DFB_Team_EN.

The German team arrived in Berlin at 10 am local time as huge crowds gathered on Fan Mile to give their champion team a rousing welcome!

Landing at the capital's Tegel airport, captain Philipp Lahm led the team down the plane's stairs holding above his head the golden trophy secured in Sunday's final, with midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger close behind him wrapped in a German flag.

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Image: Crowds welcome the team bus at Fan Mile in Berlin on Tuesday
Photographs: @DFB_Team_EN/Twitter

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Nearly half a million revellers packed Berlin's Fan Mile, a 1.3 km stretch of road running from the west of the capital up to the iconic Brandenburg Gate, for a massive party. Many more lined the streets in the city centre along the team's route.

"I am really excited to welcome the world cup winners during my lifetime. I am from East Germany and this is important," said Guenther Richter, 51, from East Berlin.

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Image: Germany coach Joachim Loew with the pilots on board the aircraft
Photographs: @DFB_Team_EN/Twitter

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In another tweetpic posted by the German football federation, the team bus is seen hitting the streets of Berlin.

'The #WELTMEISTER are on the way towards #Fanmeile! #aneurerseite,'  tweeted dbf_team.

Fans in Germany shirts, many with their faces painted in black, red and gold and some wearing wigs and bandanas in the national colours, had started drinking beer hours before the team's touchdown.

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Image: The team atop an open air bus making their way through the streets of Berlin
Photographs: @DFB_Team_EN/Twitter

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The crowds chanted Goetze's name along with that of Schweinsteiger, who got a battering during the final match and ended up with a bloody cut under his eye.

The ever-so-thrilled Goetze couldn't believe what he was witnessing and tweeted, "Wow what is going on here! Madness! AMAZING! #Weltmeister #PartOfGoetze" 

Germany snatched the win in extra time with a stunning goal from fresh-faced Mario Goetze, the nation's 22-year-old boy wonder.

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Image: Mario Goetze soaks in the atmosphere in Berlin on Tuesday
Photographs: MarioGoetze/Twitter

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Sunday's 1-0 victory over Argentina in Rio de Janeiro marked the first time a reunified Germany has been world champion, with West Germany having won the trophy in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

Not one to be left behind in the revelry was German forward Mesut Ozil who also clicked a selfie and tweeted, "What a crowd! unbelievable! ? #GER #Berlin #Fanmeile."

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Image: Mesut Ozil clicks a selfie
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A roar went up from the crowd when the team's plane circled overhead, and the fans counted down from 10 to its touchdown on the tarmac. "Football's coming home!" they bellowed.

Television channels blanketed the airwaves with coverage and newspapers dedicated whole editions to the victory.

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Image: Germany's national soccer team players, winners of the 2014 World Cup, board a bus after their arrival at Tegel airport in Berlin
Photographs: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters
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"It's an amazing atmosphere, it doesn't get any better than this," said Lukas Klein, 19, who drove through the night from the northern city of Bremen to be in Berlin. He told his boss he was sick.\

While celebrating, Lukas Podolski.com ‏tweeted, "The Cup is in Berlin!!! #poldi #aha #lp10."


Image: Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrate with the World Cup atop the bus on Tuesday
Photographs: Lukas-Podolski.com/Twitter

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