Photos: FIFA World Cup champs Germany arrive home to heroes' welcome

 Photos: FIFA World Cup champs Germany arrive home to heroes welcome

Germany edged Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final to lift their fourth title. The players were given a grand welcome by the fans as they arrived home. The plane transporting the German national football team flies over the "Quadriga" statue on the Brandenburg Gate at the "Fanmeile" area, where fans gathered to welcome players and members of Germany's football national team at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to celebrate their title win. AFP

Germany's defender Philipp Lahm (front) holds the World Cup as he and Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (2ndR) get off their airplane at Berlin airport Tegel as they arrive from Brazil after winning the World Cup. AFP

Germany's defender Philipp Lahm (front) holds the World Cup trophy aloft as he and Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (2ndR) get off their airplane at Berlin airport Tegel on their return from Brazil: AFP

German national football team players cheer as they ride in an open-deck bus to Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the title win. AFP

German national football team players cheer as they ride in an open-deck bus to Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to celebrate their title win. AFP

The man in charge of building this strong German machine:  Coach Joachim Loew celebrates during a victory parade. AFP

The man in charge of building this strong German machine: Coach Joachim Loew allows himself some rare emotion as he celebrates during a victory parade. AFP

(L-R) Bastian Schweinsteiger, Per Mertesacker, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Grosskreutz and Lukas Podolski hold the most revered piece of gold and celebrate on a stage at the "Fanmeile" area. AFP

One for social media: (L-R) Bastian Schweinsteiger, Per Mertesacker, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Grosskreutz and Lukas Podolski wrap themselves in national flags and pose with the trophy on a stage at the "Fanmeile" area. AFP

German fans celebrate as (L-R) Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos (L), Germany's midfielder Mario Goetz (2ndL) and Germany's striker Miroslav Klose (R) walk across the stage installed for a victory parade. The players were enjoying every moment of the celebrations. AFP

German fans celebrate as (L-R) Germany's midfielder Toni Kroos (L), Germany's midfielder Mario Goetz (2ndL) and Germany's striker Miroslav Klose (R) walk - or rather skip - across the stage installed for a victory parade. The players were enjoying every moment of the celebrations. AFP

Germany's unsung hero, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger wears the national flag as he celebrates in full flow. AFP

Germany's unsung hero of the World Cup, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger wears the national flag as he drinks in the adulation: AFP

Golden Glove winner, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer jumps on the stage and performs a jig during the parade. Just like on the field, he was having a ball during the parade. AFP

Golden Glove winner, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer demonstrates his more than impressive leaping skills. Just like on the field, he was having a ball during the parade. AFP

Too much class in one picture. Germany's top goal scorer, Thomas Mueller, and the Golden Glove winner  'sweeper keeper' Manuel Neuer celebrate in full force. AFP

Too much class in one picture: Germany's top goal scorer, Thomas Mueller, and Golden Glove winner 'sweeper keeper' Manuel Neuer are still celebrating: AFP

Wonder if they are singing the Arsenal song! Germany and Arsenal teammates Lukas Podolski (R) and Per Mertesacker hold the German flag during the parade. AFP

What are they singing? Germany and Arsenal teammates Lukas Podolski (R) and Per Mertesacker engage in some epic fist pumping while carrying the German flag during the parade. AFP

Updated Date: Jul 16, 2014 11:24:15 IST