Germany coach Joachim Loew told hundreds of thousands of fans in Berlin yesterday celebrating his team’s World Cup victory that they shared the title with his players.
“We are all world champions,” he said at a giant celebration at the capital’s Brandenburg Gate after the team arrived from Brazil. “Of course we are all overjoyed now to be with the fans.” Earlier, more than 250,000 jubilant fans massed at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate to welcome the World Cup winners and new national heroes bringing home football’s top prize for the first time to a reunified Germany.
The flag-waving crowd erupted in applause after screens showed the flight bringing the triumphant players to the German capital from Rio de Janeiro touch down shortly after 0800 GMT. Crowds began massing in central Berlin before dawn and thousands more supporters gathered on a viewing platform under warm summer sunshine at Tegel airport to meet the plane, a Lufthansa jet rebranded for the occassion “Fanhansa” on one side and “Victors’ Plane” on the other.
Captain Philipp Lahm was the first player to emerge, clutching the golden Fifa trophy in one hand and lifting it in the direction of applauding supporters. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, his shoulders draped with the black, red and gold German flag, followed him down the steps to the tarmac, where airport employees snapped photos with their mobile phones as fans cheered.
“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 noted that Germany fans had waited 24 years to bask in the glory of a victory, the first since the reunification following three wins by the former West Germany.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor