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Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

Germany World Cup heroes return to huge fan party

German soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates on stage at the German team victory ceremony, near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Tuesday July 15, 2014. Germany's World Cup winners shared their fourth title with hundreds of thousands of fans by parading the trophy through cheering throngs to celebrate at the Brandenburg Gate on Tuesday. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Alex Grimm, Pool

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s World Cup-winning team has returned home to celebrate the country’s fourth title with huge crowds of fans.

The team’s plane touched down at Berlin’s Tegel Airport on Tuesday midmorning after flying a lap of honor over the “fan mile” in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

It was about an hour behind schedule, its departure from Rio de Janeiro delayed after a luggage truck hit the plane and damage to the paintwork had to be inspected.

From the airport, the team will drive to the Brandenburg Gate, making part of the trip on an open truck. The “fan mile” started filling up hours before the arrival, with some waiting overnight to get a place at the front.

Germany won its three previous World Cups in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
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