Football World Cup And the World Cup trophy goes to...

Berlin! At least symbolically, since the German national team cannot take the original trophy back home with them. But the title instead: Football World Champions 2014.

And the title was celebrated: thousands of fans awaited the arrival of the team in Berlin on 14 July 2014 to greet the players. Our photo gallery shows the best scenes.
 
  • After waiting for a long time at the street entrance, fans throng the Strasse des 17. Juni. In the end, hundreds of thousands turn out to see the homecoming team. In the background, the bronze Victoria atop the Siegessäule (Victory Column) looks on as if presiding over Germany’s 1:0 victory against Argentina. Photo: Malte Oberschelp
    After waiting for a long time at the street entrance, fans throng the Strasse des 17. Juni. In the end, hundreds of thousands turn out to see the homecoming team. In the background, the bronze Victoria atop the Siegessäule (Victory Column) looks on as if presiding over Germany’s 1:0 victory against Argentina.
  • Not everyone was wearing a Germany “home jersey” that day or a black-red-and-gold garland. “Only the time of day shouldn’t be shown in the picture,” say football fans Sebastian and Micha, as it’s pretty early for a beer. Photo: Malte Oberschelp
    Not everyone was wearing a Germany “home jersey” that day or a black-red-and-gold garland. “Only the time of day shouldn’t be shown in the picture,” say football fans Sebastian and Micha, as it’s pretty early for a beer.
  • Fans watching the team’s plane touch down at Berlin-Tegel Airport around 10am on huge screens. On the left, Brandenburg Gate, where a stage was set up for the homecoming team, far away from most of the spectators. Photo: Malte Oberschelp
    Fans watching the team’s plane touch down at Berlin-Tegel Airport around 10am on huge screens. On the left, Brandenburg Gate, where a stage was set up for the homecoming team, far away from most of the spectators.
  • For Giovanni Palitot, “What was his name again? Hummels!” was the best German player on the German team in Brazil. This Berliner would definitely cut a fine figure at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, too. Photo: Malte Oberschelp
    For Giovanni Palitot, “What was his name again? Hummels!” was the best German player on the German team in Brazil. This Berliner would definitely cut a fine figure at the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, too.
  • In the meantime, the open-top trailer carrying the national team inches its way forwards into the centre of Berlin, where the route from the airport is lined with thousands and thousands of cheering fans. Photo: Malte Oberschelp
    In the meantime, the open-top trailer carrying the national team inches its way forwards into the centre of Berlin, where the route from the airport is lined with thousands and thousands of cheering fans.
  • The team crossing the River Spree, where a great many spectators await them on the water as well. Now they have only a few hundred more yards to go to Brandenburg Gate. Photo: Malte Oberschelp
    The team crossing the River Spree, where a great many spectators await them on the water as well. Now they have only a few hundred more yards to go to Brandenburg Gate.
  • Li Yisong (2nd from right) and her friends are from China, but they’ve been stocking up on memorabilia during their stay in Berlin. They celebrate together with the fans in Berlin. Photo: Malte Oberschelp
    Li Yisong (2nd from right) and her friends are from China, but they’ve been stocking up on memorabilia during their stay in Berlin. They celebrate together with the fans in Berlin.