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Football: Germans world over revel in World Cup win

Last updated on: July 14, 2014 16:04 IST
Football fans supporting the German national team celebrate

Jubilant Germans celebrated in the streets on Sunday night, lighting fireworks, embracing strangers, honking car horns and revelling in their first World Cup win in 24 years.

Roars of delight soared from Berlin's massive fan zone, stretching 1.3 kilometres from the Brandenburg Gate, where 300,000 fans had braved torrential downpours and thunder storms to endure an agonising 113 goalless minutes before a Mario Goetze volley gave Germany a fourth World Cup crown.

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'Awesome feeling'

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Football fans supporting the German national team celebrate as they watch Germany win   the FIFA World Cup on a big screen in the Bavarian Beerhouse pub in London

"This is such an awesome feeling. I'm overwhelmed. The team kept us waiting for that goal, but we won in the end and that's what matters," said 23-year-old Marcus Angrick from Bernau, outside Berlin.

"This team is so good, we won't have to wait another 24 years to win again."

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Germany colours and flags hung out of windows

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German fans celebrate at the 'Reeperbahn' red light district in Hamburg after Germany won the World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday

Thousands of fans streamed down West Berlin's famous Kurfuerstendamm, waving flags and umbrellas after watching Germany become the first European team to lift the World Cup on South American soil.

On neighbouring streets, cars revved loudly and honked horns, while girls in wigs with Germany colours and flags hung out of windows and rode on car roofs.

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'1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014 -- we fought hard for our fourth win'

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Germany soccer fans celebrate with a replica of the World Cup trophy in front of Maracana stadium at the end of the World Cup final on Sunday

Others climbed lamp posts, toasting Germany's victory with beers and chanting, "Germany, Champions, Hallelujah!"

"1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014 -- we fought hard for our fourth win and it was totally deserved. Congratulations," tweeted Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert, referring to Germany's four World Cup titles. He had travelled with the chancellor to Rio de Janeiro for the final.

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'I remember the last time Germany won the World Cup, it hadn't even been reunited then'

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German fans at Hophaus celebrate the win as the cup gets lifted while watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup final against Argentina in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday

Crowds whooped with delight as they watched Merkel, nicknamed "Mutti" or 'mummy' in Germany, embrace each German player after the match.

"Yes, yes yes!!! Jogi you did it!! Huge compliment to Argentina but the best team won the 2014 World Cup!" tweeted U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann was Germany's manager during the 2006 World Cup, when current manager Joachim Loew, affectionately known as 'Jogi' in Germany, was his assistant.

"I'm really delighted," said 49-year-old Berlin nurse Simone Sieg, grinning because her name means 'victory' in Germany.

"I remember the last time Germany won the World Cup in 1990. I was watching at home in East Berlin. Germany hadn't even been reunited then.

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'It was an anxious game'

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German fans celebrate as they drive along the 'Reeperbahn' red light district in Hamburg after Germany won the World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday

"So much has changed about how we celebrate -- it is wonderful."

Football and the success of the national team since the World Cup Germany hosted in 2006, is credited with allowing Germans to take pride in their nation and wave flags and paint their faces with unprecedented ease.

Previously Germans had been highly uncomfortable at any display of nationalism because of the country's history.

"It was an anxious game. I was trembling and shaking," German President Joachim Gauck, who had also travelled to Rio, told German television.

"But now I'm thrilled," he added.

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