FIFA World Cup: Four-star celebration in Berlin for title winners
Germany 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. Even a two-hour delay in their 11-hour flight, caused after a baggage carrier had touched the plane, did not dampen the spirits of the Germans who indulged in carefree partying on Monday. The Lufthansa jet in which the team arrived had been re-branded “Fanhansa” and “Victors’ Plane”, as thousands of supporters waited on a viewing platform. 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 :-) #DFBTeam #happy."
Germany coach Low held the trophy aloft to the sound of much cheering and applause as the truck slowly made its way through the thick crowds with hundreds of fans following behind as they hailed their heroes. On the side of the Mercedes truck was painted the years of Germany’s triumphs at the World Cup, "1954, 1974, 1990, 2014!"
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
The squad danced about and played air-guitar, then kicked out mini replicas of the Brazuca into the mass of supporters before they began to do the Conga around the stage.