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  • 15 July 2014, 13:10

Germany's World Cup Winners Arrive Home

Jubilant crowds have welcomed Germany's World Cup heroes home after Sunday's 1-0 win over Argentina.

The flight from Rio de Janeiro landed shortly after 8am with Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer tweeting a picture of himself on the flight deck, clutching the trophy.

Thousands of supporters gathered at Tegel airport to meet the plane, a Lufthansa jet rebranded "Fanhansa".

"This is a historic event," said 34-year-old bus driver Bernd Hesse, who managed to follow all the matches in Brazil on the radio when he was behind the wheel.

He pointed out that fans had waited 24 years to bask in the glory of a World Cup victory, the first since reunification.

The team's celebrations will include an open-top bus parade towards Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of German unity since the country ended its Cold War division in 1990 - the last year a German team won the tournament.

Sunday's nail-biter extra-time win over Argentina marked the first time a side representing both the west and the former communist east brought home the trophy.

Fans waved flags, with many wearing jumpers marked Mueller, Schweinsteiger, Podolski, Goetze and Lahm after the star players.

One fan, Ulrich Felgentreff, revealed he was born in 1954, the first year West Germany won the World Cup.

"Everyone has an immense feeling of pride," he said, "And that pride grows title by title."

Fellow fan, Sven Engel, 18, who was not even born the last time Germany won, was equally jubilant.

"Germany deserves this title, they were must stronger than the other teams," he said.

"But the Brazil match was still the best," he said, referring to the astonishing 7-1 thrashing of the hosts during the semi-final.  

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