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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 16, 2014
BERLIN---At a party 24 years in the making, hun-
dreds of thousands of Germans showed their admi-
ration and adoration for their World Cup winners
in a parade to the Brandenburg Gate yesterday.
The players, in matching black T-shirts bearing the
number "1," lapped up the love by playing up to the
estimated 400,000 people packing the "fan mile" in
front of the landmark.
Fans began arriving overnight to secure good spots
to welcome home coach Joachim Loew s team and
the trophy. Germany s fourth World Cup, the first
since 1990, crowned years of work by Loew to mod-
ernize the team, and followed near misses at recent
"We re all world champions!" Loew told the crowd.
"Of course, it was a long way to the title, and an
incredibly tough one in the end. But we re incredibly
happy to be here with the fans now."
At a stage set up at the Gate, Mario Goetze, the
scorer in the 1-0 win over Argentina in the final on
Sunday, was greeted with deafening cheers by the sea
of fans waving black, red and gold Germany flags.
Midfielder Toni Kroos led the crowd in a chant of
"Miro Klose"---a tribute to veteran striker Miroslav
Klose, whose two goals took his World Cup tally to
16 and made him the tournament s all-time leading
As the players waited to take their accolades, the
fans welcomed each of them with a chant of "football
god"---giving Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller,
Goetze and Klose the loudest cheers.
"We re just mega-proud of this achievement, after
standing here in 2006 and 2008 as third and then
as second---and now we ve finally done it after this
long journey, with this sensational team," defender
Per Mertesacker said.
There were problems with the sound system, mean-
ing most of the players words were lost to the crowd.
The supporters didn t mind, though, and cheered
even louder as defender Jerome Boateng, back in his
hometown, shouted: "I can t hear you!"
Germany W Cup heroes
return to huge fan party
To the victors go the spoils and 1 per cent of
FIFA s 2014 World Cup revenue.
After Germany defeated Argentina in extra time
of the final of the World Cup, not only did it get
to hoist an 18-carat trophy, but it also hauled off
a cool $35 million.
It s fitting that the largest prize in World Cup
history was distributed in the most expensive
World Cup in history. Spain, winner of the 2010
World Cup, received $30 million.
That money is the only thing Germany gets to
keep (except for bragging rights) since the expensive
trophy stays with FIFA and teams are given a
Argentina received $25 million as the runner-
up, which is up from $24 million in 2010. The
Netherlands earned $20 million for finishing third
and Brazil earned $18 million for fourth place.
The United States earned $9 million for making
it to the Round of 16. That money will go to each
country s football federation and it is at the dis-
cretion of each nation how to dole out the win-
That prize money is in addition to the $1.5
million each nation was given prior to the tour-
nament for training, travel and other expenses.
FIFA also has a pool $70 million to pay to the var-
ious clubs that employ the 736 club players in the
tournament, which works out to $2,800 per player
per day that the player was in the World Cup.
The team plane landed at Tegel Airport in mid-
morning after flying low over the "fan mile."
Captain Philipp Lahm led the team off the aircraft
holding the trophy aloft, to a chorus of "Football s
Coming Home" from fans on the airport s viewing
terrace. He was followed by Schweinsteiger, draped
in a German flag and sporting a bandage over a cut
under his right eye, the result of a tackle in the final.
Munich also was in on the act, with Germany s
large contingent of players from Bundesliga champion
Bayern Munich heading for the Bavarian capital after
the Berlin celebrations. Bayern and the local government
planned a reception at the airport. (AP)
Mario Goetze speaks to the fans during a party at the Brandenburg gate after
the arrival of the German national football team in Berlin yesterday. Germany
beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title. AP PHOTO
Germans earn $35m
thanks to World Cup
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