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Feature: Berlin welcomes Word Cup winners in ecstasy


BERLIN, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Berlin, about 7:00 a.m. in the morning, hours before the world championship heroes show up at the city's landmark Brandenburg Gate, a veritable sea of German football fans have already been crammed into the fan mile, eager to see the Word Cup winners.

Tuesday is the day when the world championship heroes return back to Germany after a cliffhanger victory against Argentina and their first stop is the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Instead of at 9:00 a.m. as planned, the aircraft carrying the Word Cup winners home arrived around 10:00 a.m. in the capital airport due to the consequences of a collision with a luggage cart.

However, this one hour delay and the blistering heat didn't damp any enthusiasm, as they are nothing to the football fans compared to 24 years of waiting for the fourth title.

For the German footfall fans, the championship title was hard-earned but deserved, as an excited football fan told Xinhua: "We deserve this title! Our boys deserve the honor! They have the strongest will, which no other competitors can beat! Winning the world championship means a new day in German history!"

According to the local organizers, up to 500,000 fans are expected to receive the world champion at the fan mile on Tuesday, exceeding the crowd at the championship finals, which drew about 350,000 people to Brandenburg gate.

The first wave of collective ecstasy came when the plane carrying the German national team members flew over the Brandenburg Gate at around 10:00 a.m..

As the plane landed, the Word Cup winners boarded the bus parade marching to the Brandenburg gate.

After about five hours waiting, the flag-waving crowd erupted in applause and cheering, when the open-air-bus carrying the German national football team finally arrived before Brandenburg gate.

Amid loud cheers, Germany coach Joachim Loew thanked the fans for the support from the home in an interview on the stage in front of Brandenburg Gate.

"It was of course a long way to the title and in the end it was insanely difficult, but we are insanely happy to be here now with the fans," Loew said.

"Without you we would not be here. We are all world champions," said the coach.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was also blown away by the cheering on the Berlin fan mile, as he said: "It's unbelievable what kind of reception people here in Berlin gave us."

At about 14:00 o'clock, the interactive celebration between the German football team and fans came towards an end, however, the Germany's passion for football would never do.