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Germany basks in 4th World Cup title after 24-year wait, prepares to welcome team home
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, July 14, 2014 3:28 AM EDT
It's been a long wait, and now Germany is basking in its fourth World Cup title.
Midfielder Mario Goetze, who wasn't born when Germany won its last World Cup, sealed the title with his extra-time goal. "THANK GOETZ! World champions!" screamed the mass-circulation daily Bild.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said after the match: "All of Germany is the world champion."
The theme was picked up by a top official in Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, Peter Tauber, who tweeted, "Good morning, you world champions out there!"
The team is due in Berlin on Tuesday.