Germany welcomes World Cup heroes

Tens of thousands of German football fans gave a hero’s welcome to the World Cup-winning team in Berlin, the BBC reports.

The main celebrations were at the Brandenburg Gate, where players displayed the cup on a large stage while performing an impromptu dance.

Many had gathered since dawn to welcome the players who touched down from Brazil on Tuesday morning. Huge crowds lined their bus route into the capital.

It was the fourth German cup win and the first since reunification in 1990.

The team arrived in an open-top bus emblazoned with the years they have won the competition – 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.

Speaking on the stage near the Brandenburg Gate, coach Joachim Loew paid tribute to his team and the German people for their part in its victory.

“For our sakes the fans suffered with us. They were nervous with us. In the end they cheered with us. Without you we would not be here,” he said.

Mario Goetze, the man who scored the winning goal on Sunday, said the experience of winning the cup was “dreamlike”.

The German victory in Brazil was the first time the competition had been won in South America by a European nation.

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