Germany World Cup Heroes Return to Huge Fan Party

Captain Philipp Lahm holds the World Cup trophy aloft as the German national team arrives at Berlin's Tegel airport on Tuesday after flying home from Brazil. Lahm led the team off the aircraft to cheers and a chorus of "Football's Coming Home" from fans on the airport's viewing terrace.

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Supporters gather on the so-called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to wait for the return of the victorious team. The team's plane was about an hour behind schedule, as its departure from Rio de Janeiro was delayed after a luggage truck hit the aircraft and damage to the paintwork had to be inspected.

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Fans throng a street along the river Spree in central Berlin to cheer Germany's World Cup squad as they proceed in an open-top bus painted with the years of Germany's World Cup victories: The previous occasions were in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

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Germany's coach Joachim Loew, center, celebrates alongside assistants Hans-Dieter Flick and Andreas Koepke during the victory parade.

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Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, one of the stars of Sunday's 1-0 victory over Argentina, celebrates on stage in front of thousands of cheering fans. "This time, thank God, we have the cup with us," Schweinsteiger told ARD television. "It will only sink in for us in the next few days."

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Members of the victorious German squad appear on stage at a 'fan mile' public viewing zone in Berlin.

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The team climbed aboard an open-top black truck for the last part of the trip to the Brandenburg Gate, inching its way forward through a crowd estimated by parade organizers to be at least 400,000.

-- The Associated Press

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