World Cup winners Germany had a bit of fun after they touched down on home soil this morning as they returned to Berlin with the much-coveted top prize in football.
Captain Philipp Lahm led his champions from the aircraft shortly after 10am local time, followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger who was wearing the German flag, and the team were greeted by excited fans trying to get a glimpse of the trophy as they made their way through the airport.
Lahm and the team had some fun when they went up on stage to show off the World Cup Trophy to the fans.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil was delighted to touch down on home turf, and said on his Twitter account: “back in the country of the world champions :-)”
Thousands of supporters lined the Fan Mile in the centre of Berlin as the team and manager Joachim Low, who were all dressed in identical winners T-shirts, took to an open-top truck to parade the World Cup trophy and show off their medals on their homecoming.
On the side of the black Mercedes truck was painted the years of Germany’s triumphs at the biggest tournament in world football, “1954, 1974, 1990, 2014!”
The team were euphoric as they were welcomed by the Berlin crowds and goal-scoring hero Mario Goetze was overjoyed to be there.
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The sea of fans were chanting for their heroes “Deutschland, Deutschland, Deutschland!” as the truck continued through the city streets with no sign of the road or pavements, just people celebrating as they made their way to the Brandenburg Gate.
“It’s beautiful. It feels very good, it’s all gone perfectly for us,” Andre Schurrle told sportbild.bild.de.
While Toni Kroos added: “It was a great World Cup.”