PICTURES: Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

Germany players and fans

Germany players and fans

Germany’s World Cup-winning team returned home Tuesday to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans.

The team’s plane touched down at Berlin’s Tegel Airport midmorning after circling the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

Captain Philipp Lahm carried the trophy off the aircraft to cheers and a chorus of “Football’s Coming Home” from fans gathered on the airport’s viewing terrace.

He was followed by midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, draped in a German flag and sporting a bandage under his right eye, the result of a cut in the 1-0 win over Argentina in the final on Sunday.

Germany players

Germany players

From the airport, the team set off for downtown Berlin in a bus painted with the years of Germany’s World Cup victories: The previous occasions were in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

They were to make the last part of the trip to the Brandenburg Gate on an open truck. The “fan mile” started filling up hours before the arrival, with some waiting overnight to get a place at the front.

Germany players

Germany players

“We’re all excited to see what it will be like,” Schweinsteiger told ARD television. “This time, thank God, we have the cup with us.”

“It will only sink in for us in the next few days.”

Germany

Germany

The team’s plane was about an hour behind schedule, its departure from Rio de Janeiro delayed after a luggage truck hit the aircraft and damage to the paintwork had to be inspected.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. benny says:

    Ghana had everything to go all the way but as Bob Marley said, there’s an abundance of water but the fool is thirsty.
    We had the players,support but clueless coach and stomach technical team,mafia GFA and management team ,stupid players
    Who could not see the glory and opportunities that would have come their way if they had exercise a little restraint and not let the selfish parameters of AA,Nyantakyi and his criminal gang get to them ,who knows Ghana would probably be kissing the world cup.

  2. Capo di Capi says:

    What next KPB? What have you got to say about the Germans now that they are world champion?
    Congrats will be appreciated, bro.

  3. Selfmade says:

    We sent donkeys, apes, baboons, chimpanzees, dogs and pigs as players to the world cup with Gorrilas and Kingkongs as ex-co members.
    How can we progress with such a contigent?

  4. Selfmade says:

    + supporters who went their for Asylum (psychiatrick hospital ) to seek medication for mental illnesses?

  5. He-goat says:

    Ghana was the only team that drew with Germany and who could post two goals
    into their net during the world cup. We deserved to play the final with them as a
    token of our perfomance but football is not mathematics.
    Prince Boateng was busy insulting the Germans that they did not have a leader
    while he was busy insulting hsi leaders. Yes, they are are leaders. Goat.

  6. Jojo says:

    @Benny! Very well said I agree. Ghana had a team that could go far but poor leadership.

  7. Tanko says:

    My Mallam was right! Ghana and Germany won the cup….. We the only country to have drawn our game with Germany and so we are co-winners. Pure logic!