Germans give world champions heroes' welcome in Berlin
Brandenberg Gate is scene of jubilation as hundreds of thousands of fans hail national team's success
Germany coach Joachim Loew on Tuesday told hundreds of thousands of jubilant fans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate celebrating his team's World Cup victory that they shared the title with his players.
"We are all world champions," he said at the massive street party after their arrival from Rio de Janeiro.
"Of course, we are all overjoyed now to be with the fans," he added, as the crowd at the venue behind the landmark symbol of national unity waved black, red and gold German flags.
Captain Philipp Lahm hoisted the World Cup trophy to a giant roar from the crowd. "What a mood here, thanks so much to everyone," Lahm said as he passed the trophy to fellow players.
Team members wearing black shirts emblazoned with the No 1 greeted fans.
They carried a giant banner reading "Obrigado Fans", "thank you" in Portuguese in a nod to host Brazil, and "the fourth title is ours".