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Homecoming for German World Cup winners

Updated 1556 GMT (2356 HKT) July 15, 2014
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There were scenes of celebration in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final. Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Flying in for a heroes' welcome on Tuesday, the plane carrying Germany's World Cup winners glides over the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin where fans gathered to celebrate their Brazilian success. Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images
Fans in the German capital of Berlin lined the streets to celebrate Germany's fourth World Cup win. Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images
Germany captain Philipp Lahm carries some very special cargo off the plane -- the Jules Rimet Trophy -- as the team land on home soil. Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images
Mats Hummels, Erik Durm, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller bring football's biggest prize onto the stage. Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images
Germany's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger kisses the trophy. ROBERT MLCHAEL,ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images
Even with sunglasses on there's no mistaking Mario Goetze (center). The Germany substitute scored the only goal in the World Cup final in extra time to seal victory. Karina Hessland/Bongarts/Getty Images
Next stop for the German team is a parade through Berlin. Defender Per Mertesacker shows off the trophy to the adoring crowd. Matthias Nareyek/Bongarts/Getty Images
The streets of Berlin turn black, red and gold as thousands of fans welcome the squad. AP Photo/Michael Sohn
Bastian Schweinsteiger channels Superman with a cape made out of the German flag as he lifts the trophy in front of a packed Berlin crowd. Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images
The team's coach Joachim Loew celebrates on stage. Markus Gilliar - Pool /Getty Images
A celebration just isn't the same without a selfie with the World Cup trophy as Lukas Podolski, Jerome Boateng and Mesut Oezil discover. Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images