Germany World Cup Victory Parade 2014: Latest Buzz Surrounding Celebration

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2014

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.  (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Petr David Josek/Associated Press

Germany's heroes returned to Berlin on Tuesday, greeted by an audience in the tens of thousands following their 1-0 triumph over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final.

Since winning a fourth World Cup—their first since becoming a unified nation—the partying isn't likely to have halted for Die Mannschaft, but the best is yet to come.

SPOX provides a live stream of the entire event: reports that a crowd of up to 500,000 is expected to celebrate in the nation's capital with their proud representatives, where Joachim Low's side will tour the Berlin Mile.

And what better opportunity to show the Germans dominance in engineering, as well as football? Bleacher Report UK shows the imposing monolith that Germany will board before taking to "Fan Mile":

After a slight delay in Rio de Janeiro, the German team touched ground at Tegel Airport, fans already lining up in front of the Brandenburg Gate in their throngs.

The Guardian depicts captain Philipp Lahm emerging with the trophy in tow, his leadership in particular being a decisive factor in the team's victory:

Speaking to German television station ARD (h/t Daily Mail's James Rush), midfield stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger said: 

"We're all excited to see what it will be like. This time, thank God, we have the cup with us. It will only sink in for us in the next few days."

BBC Sport illustrates the hysteria that has hit Berlin on Tuesday morning:

The entertainment didn't escape Germany's players, either, with Mesut Ozil still fresh enough from his South American flight to take a selfie upon touchdown, per Eurosport:

It was far from an easy test of their global credentials, but ultimately, Die Mannschaft were undoubtedly the most deserving recipients of this year's World Cup, playing attractive and deadly football throughout.

The Germans know how to party, too, and as Paddy Power hints, the national team will now seek to best those celebrations seen by Bayern Munich earlier in the year with more all-encompassing festivities:

Berlin is happy to play host to such a prestigious and rare event once again, with the drama coming to a head at the Brandenburg Gate, one encapsulating moment of jubilation before players once again depart for their clubs' pres-season campaigns.

For now, though, it's about all matters patriotic, and Germany will rejoice as one following on from very arguably the proudest moment in their football history.