German supporters sing 'Football's Coming Home' after World Cup winners touch down

German fans rub more salt into English wounds

Tom Sheen
Wednesday 16 July 2014 12:54 BST

England and Germany have had a long football rivalry, but it has always appeared to be a pretty one-sided affair.

Bar the World Cup win in 1966, English fans have not had much to shout about in comparison to their fierce rivals, who have enjoyed much more success at international level.

Their latest victory in Brazil is the fourth time Germany have lifted the Jules Rimet trophy and their first international success since Euro 96, when they won on English soil.

That summer, England got as close as ever to lifting a major trophy as they had come since 1966, getting all the way to the semi-finals before suffering a heart-breaking loss to the Germans on penalties (as if anyone could forget).

Germany lifted their third European Championship and the anthem to that summer was Baddiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds' 'Three Lions'.

Everyone knows the words - even the Germans it would appear.

As Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Co arrived back in Germany with the World Cup trophy today, they were greeted by chants of "football's coming home" by half a million supporters packed into Berlin's fan mile to toast their success in an open top bus parade on stage near the Brandenburg Gate.

The players had already been taken on a six-mile journey to the park on an open truck through streets lined with thousands of adoring fans, many of whom had pitched up overnight to be as close to the players as possible.

Since the extra-time victory at the Maracana the squad have been going selfie crazy - and they showed no sign of letting up back home.

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