The German national team received a hero's welcome upon returning home after a successful World Cup journey to Brazil. The Mannschaft defeated Argentina in the championship match courtesy of a goal by Mario Gotze in the 113th minute.
Any concerns about the team's capabilities were immediately eliminated as it dominated Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 4-0 in the opener. That was only the side's second most impressive result, as it went on to destroy host nation Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals.
The final wasn't nearly as easy, as a defensively strong Albiceleste squad was able to close down space and make it a much tighter encounter. Germany was the best team throughout the tournament, however, and Gotze provided the late winner to secure the crown without needing penalty kicks.
It marked the fourth time the Germans raised the most coveted trophy in international football. On Tuesday, they returned home to celebrate with a huge gathering of supporters.
Sky Sport News provided a look at the crowd in one portion of the celebration, which shows fans as deep as the eye can see:
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil showcased the trophy they all came to celebrate:
Footy provided a cool photo of workers taking a quick break as the parade cruised by:
The Associated Press captured some video of the proceedings, which showcased crowds several deep on each side of the road:
Golden Glove winner Manuel Neuer had a strong grip on the trophy as they passed through the capital:
Purely Football showed off the genuine joy from both those riding in the specially designed truck and those on the ground:
Brilliant scenes in Germany right now. pic.twitter.com/L5SvSiTHYi— Purely Football (@PurelyFootball) July 15, 2014
Andrea Thomas of The Wall Street Journal passed along a Vine of the crowd as it followed behind the players once they went by:
Here they are: German football team arrives by bus in Berlin Mitte. Fans lining up, a few more meters to th... https://t.co/SSWpyNwBtX— Andrea Thomas (@berlinfraut) July 15, 2014
Ozil provided an Instagram video for a firsthand look at the parade:
Once the parade finished, The Sun shared a look at the massive crown in Berlin:
BuzzFeed UK highlighted the memorable moment when the trophy was brought onto the stage:
Germany display their World Cup trophy in the coolest way imaginable http://t.co/C1QnPA4Ag2— BuzzFeed UK (@BuzzFeedUK) July 15, 2014
The German national team supplied a different look at the celebration, showing how a small trophy can lead to a huge party:
NDTV Sports noted it wasn't only the players who received raucous cheers. The coaching staff, led by Joachim Low, did as well:
Of course, in this day and age the entire event wouldn't be complete without a selfie. Thomas Muller probably provided the best of the bunch:
Waaaaaaaahhhhnnnnnssiiiiiiinnn! Danke für diesen großartigen Empfang! Liebe Fans, ihr seid weltmeisterlich! pic.twitter.com/Wt8ULyVyEm— Thomas Müller (@esmuellert_) July 15, 2014
Another key element? Dancing, this time courtesy of Per Mertesacker via Football Funnys:
Per Mertesacker https://t.co/Ng5wklpQPL— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) July 15, 2014
More dancing, this time with the trophy, from BVB Turkiye:
Humba, Humba, Humba, Täterä https://t.co/I2UQgfJ4Ex— BVB_Türkiye (@BVB_Turkiye) July 15, 2014
Gotze, who should remain a sports hero in Germany for the rest of his life, passed along a more simple old-school photo:
Finally, it seemed like every player wanted to capture a moment with the crowd before the celebration, at least this part of it, wrapped up.
Danke!!! pic.twitter.com/XakMX1F024— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) July 15, 2014
All told, it was likely an experience the players and fans will never forget. But they may only have to wait four years to do it again. WhoScored.com passed along some numbers to show exactly how good the Germans were in Brazil:
The Mannschaft feature a young roster with a vast majority of players expected to take part in another World Cup cycle. If any do decide to step away, Miroslav Klose being the most notable, the coaching staff will have plenty of depth to choose from over the next four years.
Winning a World Cup is an extremely difficult task. That said, if there's one nation in position to create the latest international football dynasty, it's Germany.