Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup after outlasting a rugged Argentina team in the final. The Germans are worthy winners after the way they highlighted the competition with their attractive brand of attacking football.
Now the newly crowned four-time winners of the tournament get to focus on celebrating their triumph. That means thoughts can now turn to what is sure to be a spectacular victory parade back on home soil.
Plans have already been made to honour the winning squad the right way. Here's the proposed root and schedule information for today's victory parade in Germany:
|Where||Route||Start Time (CEST)||Live Stream|
|Fan Mile, Berlin||Siegssaule to Brandenburg Gate||9 a.m.||SPOX|
In truth, plans for this parade seemed to be taken a little for granted even before the final.
The understandable hype and expectation created by the 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the semi-final, already had many in Germany taking victory in the final as a formality.
SPOX presents a live look-in on the event:
Prior to the final, Philip Oltermann of The Guardian described how sections of the press in Germany were writing as if Germany has already won: "Die Welt newspaper has already published the kind of paean usually kept in the drawer until the trophy is safely on the flight home."
Oltermann noted how that premature assumption of victory was dangerous for his nation's team:
There may be countries where the lovable losers could go on to become national icons, but Germany isn’t one of them. If the Nationalmannschaftlose on Sunday, they would have lost five out of eight World Cup finals. Embracing a self-image of Germany as the Bayer Leverkusen rather than the Bayern Munich of this world would require some tweaking of the national psyche.
Oltermann's cautious sentiment made sense when you consider Germany hadn't won a major international trophy since Euro '96. The last time the nation had claimed the World Cup was 1990.
That explains the sense of palpable tension among German supporters before Mario Gotze's winning strike deep into extra time. The skilled Bayern Munich dynamo eased the anxieties of a country that has seen more near misses than triumph in recent seasons:
Class Front Page! "There you are Finally" pic.twitter.com/xGkuu1sy4G— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) July 13, 2014
One of the intriguing aspects of this parade is the decision to move it from more familiar confines. Berlin has usurped Frankfurt as the destination of choice.
Frankfurt normally held sway for such parades as the base of the German Football Association (DFB). However, current DFB president Wolfgang Niersbach wisely opted for Berlin, hoping for a large-scale celebration, per Tom Bristow of TheLocal.de:
The fan mile [in Berlin] would be an ideal place to say thank you to the fans from all of Germany for their sensational support in case of a World Cup win, if only because there is enough room at the Brandenburg Gate.
Niersbach will certainly get a large-scale celebration along the 1200 metres, long, 48,000 square metres of the Straße des 17. Juni. (June 17), per Berliner Morgenpost.
The fan mile in the heart of the Berlin is indeed the perfect venue for a major outpouring of national football pride. It stretches between Siegessaule, known as "The Victory Column" and the Brandenburg Gate, per Berlin City Guide.
This team has certainly merited a lavish parade and celebration. Germany were the best squad at this tournament, playing the most expansive and exciting football.
That attacking verve has produced reward for a group patiently assembled and carefully molded into stars.