Germany’s WC win immortalized in film
BERLIN, NOVEMBER 11
Germany’s World Cup winners were given the Hollywood treatment for the premiere of a film celebrating their victory.
Players, coaching staff, football emissaries and invited guests gathered at glitzy Potsdamer Platz in Berlin yesterday to see “Die Mannschaft” (The Team), a film that reveals some of the more intimate details from the side’s tournament success.
“You will learn that you can only be successful as a team,” coach Joachim Loew said on the red carpet, repeating the mantra that carried his side to victory in Brazil four months before.The players arrived all wearing dark suits, shirts and ties — perhaps an attempt to help the golden trophy that they proudly carried shine even more.
Fans were lined up outside the cinema to greet the arrival of the players. Mario Goetze, whose goal in extra time in the final against Argentina secured the trophy, received the loudest screams from those who braved the November chill to collect autographs.
Christoph Kramer in particular was looking forward to seeing the film, in part because he couldn’t remember the final after suffering a head injury during the game.
Before the film started, FIFA president Sepp Blatter paid tribute to Brazil for hosting “the best World Cup in years, despite all the negative things that were said before it.”
“As soon as the first ball was kicked, 200 million Brazilians were suddenly football fans again,” Blatter said.
The film itself revealed small behind-the-scene details that helped contribute to Germany’s fourth World Cup win – its first as a reunified country.