News Alert: KTVA is On-Air - Watch Now - Read More
  • Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
3m 31s

Germany’s World Cup party gets underway at home

By Associated Press 6:11 PM July 13, 2014
BERLIN –

A quarter of a million German football fans reacted with unbridled joy, mixed with shock, on Sunday when Mario Goetze struck late in extra-time for Germany to win the World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Argentina.

The supporters, packed into the “fan mile” in front of the German capital’s famous Brandenburg Gate, screamed as one when Goetze took the ball on his chest and let fly inside the far post from a narrow angle.

Fans cheered, clapped and shouted, with groups of fans hugging and jumping into the air together, making so much noise the commentary on the large screens they had come to watch could no longer be heard. Flares illuminated the stage and sent plumes of smoke into the sky.

“We’re going to be world champions! We’re going to be world champions!” yelled the compere of the public viewing event, despite seven minutes of extra-time remaining in Brazil.

The party was already underway in Berlin, though there were a couple of nervous moments before the revelers could really let themselves go.

Cars were on the streets with drivers beeping their horns, whooping and yelling, before  captain Philip Lahm had even lifted the trophy at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

Once he did, a massive fireworks display took place around the Brandenburg Gate, where fans had begun gathering for the game six hours before kick-off.

Not even the rain or ominous thunder rumbling overhead could put them off. Police closed a number of entrances to the “fan mile” at least four hours before kickoff due to the sheer volume of fans attending. With three hours to go, police said it was full.

Other public viewing venues also filled up, despite forecasts of heavy rain across the country. Showers and summer storms were due to move in from the southwest.

Some 50,000 fans attended the Fan-Arena at St. Pauli’s stadium in Hamburg, while supporters brought their sofas to watch the World Cup games at Union Berlin’s Alte Foersterei stadium.

Standing on thousands of discarded plastic beer cups, the fans at the Brandenburg Gate cheered loudly before kickoff came when the clouds gave way and the sun briefly broke through.

The long wait took its toll on some overindulgent supporters, however, keeping the Red Cross busy throughout the match.

There was a solitary scream, followed by stunned silence, when Gonzalo Higuain thought he’d scored for Argentina in the first half, only for wild cheering to erupt when the effort was disallowed for offside.

The fans applauded record goalscorer Miroslav Klose when he went off after possibly his last game, but otherwise there few opportunities for fans to let loose until Goetze finally broke the deadlock.

“They made it exciting,” Leon Tober of Fuerstenwalde, east of Berlin, told The Associated Press. “It was a long wait, especially after twice coming third (in previous World Cups). It’s great for the young generation. They’re a super troupe of players. They can go on now and win even more.”

It was Germany’s fourth World Cup and its first as a reunified country.

West Germany’s triumph in 1990 came several months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which passed in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which will host more celebrations Tuesday when coach Joachim Loew’s team is scheduled to display the World Cup trophy to fans.

“Better Germany than Argentina,” said Tibo Medici from Switzerland. Both his and his friend Nicolo Butzze, who said they were in Berlin to cheer on the side “because Brazil is too expensive,” had German fathers.

Not everyone had been supporting Germany. A Berlin tax-driver with an Argentina flag flying from his window riled fans on Kastanienallee Street in Prenzlauer Berg by beeping at them as he passed.

“I’ve been cursed at and spat upon,” said Cihan Goz, laughing as he relayed the story. He said he was a fan of Maradona, revered among Argentines as the world’s best ever player. Coz was still picking up passengers despite the flag.

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who watched the game in Berlin with Argentina’s ambassador in Germany, said, “We dreamed of becoming world champions and that dream came true.”

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Latest Stories

  • News

    Alaska Federation of Natives Convention: Day 1

    by Rhonda McBride on Oct 24, 7:00

    The theme of this year’s Alaska Federation of Natives convention, “Rise as One,” reverberated through its opening day on Thursday, in both big and small ways. AFN organizers say the theme is a call to action. At a noon rally outside the Dena’ina Center in downtown Anchorage, marchers chanted, “Free the four. Free the four.” […]

  • News

    Native art fair draws crowds to Dena’ina Center

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 23, 22:27

    The Alaska Federation of Natives convention brings Alaska Native leaders from around the state, but it also brings crafters and artisans. For many people, the Alaska Native Customary Art Fair is one of their favorite parts of the AFN convention. This year, the selection is better than ever. Hundreds of booths line the first floor […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Oct. 23

    by Carlos Faura on Oct 23, 22:22

    Kenai Peninsula – There will be isolated rain and snow on the Kenai with scattered showers from Anchorage north. Southeast - Expect rain to the south and a shower or two for the northern areas, with snow at pass levels. Interior & North Slope – It will be mostly dry with a flurry or two, […]

  • News

    Totem pole artist carves out a piece of history

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 23, 21:28

    A totem pole isn’t just a work of art for Tommy Joseph; it’s carving out a little piece of history. “That’s what a totem pole is all about is I’m telling someone’s story,” he said. “Everyone has a story.” On a warm morning in Sitka, he methodically chips away at a 10-foot cedar pole. He […]

  • Politics

    Show Me the Money: Marijuana Legalization

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 21:00

      Show Me the Money: Alaska’s Fiscal Future Four issues that could change the fortunes of Alaska… Four issues that have divided us… Four issues that will unite us as we go to the polls Nov. 4th… How can you prosper in the ever-changing landscape of living life in the 49th state?   Oct. 9 @ 9 […]

  • News

    Investigators focus on pilot error in deadly 2013 plane crash

    by Dave Leval on Oct 23, 20:22

    It’s been more than a year since two people died in a plane crash at Merrill Field. Rob Lilly and his girlfriend, Jessi Nelsen, died when they tried to land after taking off from Wasilla Aug. 24, 2013. The second phase of a federal investigation into the crash found no mechanical errors with the plane. […]

  • News

    Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

    by Associated Press on Oct 23, 15:49

    A remote Alaska village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide to receive a share of more than $352 million in grants and loans for upgrades to rural water and wastewater systems. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska’s $12.6 million share of the funding from the U.S. Department of […]

  • News

    Governor signs bill to recognize Native languages

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 23, 15:39

    The number of official languages in the State of Alaska has gone from one to 21 with a single stroke of a pen. Gov. Sean Parnell signed HB216 in front of a cheering crowd at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention Thursday morning. The bill recognizes 20 Native languages, and adds them to English as […]