Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

As the World Cup begins, Joachim Löw is the longest-serving manager in the tournament, but he’s still pondering a question that probably should hav(...)

German players Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Erik Durm, Benedikt Hoewedes and Thomas Mueller (L-R) play air guitar during celebrations in Berlin to mark the team’s World Cup victory. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter 1:49

The sun set on Germany’s summer fairytale yesterday when half a million people cheered the coronation of Kaiser Jogi Löw and his princes in Berlin.Aft(...)

Construction workers take pictures as Germany’s 2014 Brazil World Cup squad proceed in an open-top truck through Berlin during a parade to mark the team’s victory over Argentina in Brazil. Photograph:   Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters 1:49

Joachim Löw and his four-star movement were given a heroes’ welcome as the World Cup joined forces with the Love Parade for a glorious Berlin comeback(...)

Germany’s players and head coach Joachim Löw celebrate in their dressing room with Chancellor Angela Merkel following their victory in the World Cup final on Sunday night. Photograph: Lars Baron/Fifa/Getty Images.

Germany’s Boys from Brazil arrive in Berlin at 9am today to present their fans with “Das Ding” – their affectionate term for the World Cup – and to ge(...)

Rioters clash with police in Buenos Aires following Argentina’s defeat to Germany in Sunday night’s World Cup Final in Brazil. Photograph. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

‘Tell Me How You Feel Now’ was Monday’s gloating front page headline of Brazilian sports daily Lance!All month the Argentine fans at the World Cup hav(...)

Argentina captain  Lionel Messi  takes his medal off during the prize giving ceremony for the World Cup Final in Rio. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Diego Maradona has declared that Lionel Messi did not deserve to be chosen as the best player of the 2014 World Cup, suggesting the Argentina forward (...)

German players Christophe Kramer (C), Kevin Grosskreutz (L), Manuel Neuer (rear) and Shkodran Mustafi (R) take a selfie after winning the FIFA World Cup 2014 final. Photograph: Antonio Lacerda/EPA 6:03

Chatter, celebrations and commiserations after Germany’s World Cup win over Argentina in last night’s final broke records on Twitter and Facebook, acc(...)

 Germany supporters celebrate their World Cup Final victory over Argentina in Berlin. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Berliners came together last night for the happiest finish in their history. As Brazilians go, this fourth World Cup victory – the first as a united G(...)

Philipp Lahm lifts the World Cup trophy with team-mates after final win over Argentina at the  Maracana. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Manuel Neuer hailed an “unbelievable” moment as Germany won the World Cup thanks to Mario Götze’s extra-time winner over Argentina in the final at the(...)

Germany’s Miroslav Klose celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Ghana. The strike tied Ronaldo’s all-time World Cup record of 15 goals. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

“Spectators always say a good game is one that goes end to end, with lots of chances and goals. Players see it differently. “If a game is hurtling bac(...)