15 July 2014

Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

The plane with the players of German national soccer team arrives at Tegel airport in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team’s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin’s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Words on plane read: Winner Plane and instead of Lufthansa, Fanhansa.
Germany's World Cup-winning team returned home to share the country's fourth title with huge crowds of cheering fans on Tuesday.
The team's plane touched down at Berlin's Tegel Airport midmorning after flying low over the "fan mile" in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Captain Philipp Lahm led the team off the aircraft with the trophy held aloft, to cheers and a chorus of "Football's Coming Home" from fans on the airport's viewing terrace.

He was followed by midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, draped in a German flag and sporting a bandage under his right eye, the result of a cut in the 1-0 win over Argentina in the final on Sunday.
From the airport, the team set off for downtown Berlin in a bus painted with the years of Germany's World Cup victories: The previous occasions were in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
The team climbed aboard an open-top truck for the last part of the trip to the Brandenburg Gate, inching its way forward through cheering crowds.
Forward Lukas Podolski posted a selfie with Schweinsteiger and the trophy. He tweeted: "The Cup is in Berlin!!!"
Mario Goetze, who scored the winner in the final, tweeted: "Wow, what's going on here ... AMAZING!"
The "fan mile" started filling up hours before the arrival, with some waiting overnight to get a place at the front.
"This time, thank God, we have the cup with us," Schweinsteiger told ARD television. "It will only sink in for us in the next few days."
The team's plane was about an hour behind schedule, as its departure from Rio de Janeiro was delayed after a luggage truck hit the aircraft and damage to the paintwork had to be inspected. 
(AP)
Seven years old girl Charleen, center, arrives at the airport Tegel to welcome German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.
Three women arrive at the airport Tegel to welcome German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.
People walk in front of the team bus prior to the arrival of German national soccer team at the airport Tegel in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.
Two boys pose for a photo with a copy of the World Cup trophy as they waits at the airport Tegel to welcome German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.
A German soccer fan poses for a photo with a copy of the World Cup trophy as he waits at the airport Tegel to welcome German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.
The plane with the players of German national soccer team arrives at Tegel airport in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil, to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team’s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin’s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Instead of Lufthansa, Fanhansa is written on the plane.
The players of German national soccer team, Philipp Lahm with trophy , Sebastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira, from left arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team’s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin’s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Words read Lufthansa congratulates the World Champion, Fanhansa.
The players of German national soccer team Philipp Lahm, Sebastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller, Sami Khedira and Mats Hummels from left, arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. G Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team’s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin’s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Words read World Champion 2014.
The coach of German national soccer team Joachim Loew, 2, from left, goalie Manuel Neuer, center, and player Miroslav Klose arrive at Tegel airport in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team’s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin’s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate. Words read: World Champion 2014.
The bus with the players of German national soccer team departs from Tegel airport in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home from Brazil to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans. The team’s Boeing 747 touched down at Berlin’s Tegel airport midmorning Tuesday after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.
Fans take pictures of the plane with the German team on board that flies over the stage at the Brandenburg gate prior to the arrival of the German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title.

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