Germany Take Fourth FIFA World Cup Title: Scenes From the Finals

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  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre R) and German President Joachim Gauck (centre L) pose with the Germany's coach Joachim Loew (front R) and his players
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre R) and German President Joachim Gauck (centre L) pose with the Germany's coach Joachim Loew (front R) and his players after Germany beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. Reuters
  • Germany's players pose for pictures
    Germany's players pose for pictures as they celebrate with their World Cup trophy after winning their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
  • Germany's soccer players celebrate
    Germany's soccer players celebrate with the World Cup trophy after the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
  • Argentina's Lionel Messi
    Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts after Germany won their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
  • Germany's Mario Goetze
    Germany's Mario Goetze shoots to score a goal against Argentina during extra time in their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
  • Germany's Mario Goetze
    Germany's Mario Goetze kisses the World Cup trophy as he celebrates their 2014 World Cup final win against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
  • Germany's Lukas Podolski carries his child
    Germany's Lukas Podolski carries his child, Louis Gabriel Podolski, as he celebrates after extra time in the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
  • The significant others of Germany's national soccer players
    The significant others of Germany's national soccer players wait on the bench at the end of their 2014 World Cup final against Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
  • Argentina fans
    Argentina fans react after Argentina lost to Germany in their 2014 World Cup final soccer match in Brazil, at a public square viewing area in Buenos Aires, July 13, 2014. Germany broke the heart of a nation on Sunday, leaving millions of disconsolate Argentineans to contemplate a defeat that deprived the South American country of its first World Cup win in almost three decades. REUTERS
  • Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger
    Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates with the trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS
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The German National Football Team have won their fourth FIFA World Cup title in Brazil against Argentina with a 1-0 score line after extra time. This is Germany's first FIFA World Cup title since the reunification of Germany.

The first three wins came in the years 1954, 1974 and 1990. The first title in 1954 was a 3-2 win of West Germany over Hungary in Bern. The 1974 title came with West Germany's victory over the Netherlands 2-1 at home in Munich.  The most recent win in 1990 in Rome was almost a copy of the 2014 final against Argentina which also finished 1-0 in favour of the Germans.

Germany 1-0  Argentina

(Götze 113')

Date: July 13, 2014 

Venue: Maracana Stadium, Rio De Janeiro

Man of the Match: Mario Götze

The lone goal of the match came courtesy of "Man of the Match" Mario Götze who came in at the 88th minute of the match. He broke through the solid Argentine defence with the help of fellow substitute Andre Schurrle to pierce through the back line and put one over Sergio Romero.

Germany's presence of mind and perseverance were able to neutralize and keep the Argentines at bay, most particularly the man called Lionel Messi who was always going to be the man to watch in the final.

The Germans have made history as the first European team to take the title in South American soil. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in attendance to witness the historic event along with other world leaders, most notable was Vladimir Putin, who is getting ready to host Germany's title defence in 2018 in Russia.

The scenes in Brazil were the usual contrasting expressions of absolute jubilation for the Germans and their supporters and the complete devastation for Argentina and their fans. The match could have gone either way and it was by no means a walk-over. 

The German players and their families flocked to the pitch and basked in the glory for several minutes before everything could be arranged for the awarding ceremony. It may have been a low-scoring match but the tension and energy was palpable throughout with numerous opportunities at either end. When the dust settled in Brazil, it was Germany on top, a team that is the product of years of investment and careful planning and preparation by Jurgen Klinsmann and current coach Joachim Loew.

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