FIFA World Cup: Are Germany the best world champs ever?
Germany have more points (2196) than any team in history in the highly touted World Football Elo Ratings, which places it ahead of Ferenc Puskás' 1954 Hungary team, Pele's 1962 Brazil team, and Spain's 2012 Euro and World Champion team, in that order, according to slate.com.
Front pages of German newspapers celebrating their win. Pic/AFP
Most important, it is a team that has won Germany's first major trophy in 18 years and its first World Cup crown since beating Diego Maradona's Argentina in 1990.
"I think this is one of the best generations we ever had in Germany, at least the best generation I saw in Germany," Mats Hummels, was quoted as saying by slate.com.
He elaborated: "You see in the Champions League, half of our team won the Champions League."
2014 Germany 2196 pts
1962 Brazil 2153
2010 Spain 2140
1970 Brazil 2127
1958 Brazil 2100
1974 W Germany 2097
1938 Italy 2070
1998 France 2053
2006 Italy 2051
2002 Brazil 2046