In pictures: Germany football World Cup homecoming

Germany's national football team received a hero's welcome on Tuesday as they returned from Brazil after beating Argentina to win the World Cup for the fourth time. Thousands of fans lined the streets of the capital dressed in national colours to greet the team members who paraded the city by bus before celebrating on stage at the Brandenburg Gate.

Germany's national football team arrives at Berlin after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil at Tegel Airport on 15 July 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

Fans started gathering at Berlin's Tegel airport from dawn to witness the team's arrival on the specially-branded "Fanhansa" jet.

German fans await the arrival of the German national team at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to celebrate their FIFA World Cup title on 15 July 2014

Thousands also arrived early to secure the best viewing spots at the main venue of festivities in Berlin, the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

Members of the German football team wave to fans after the arrival of the German national soccer team in Berlin on 15 July 2014

The team travelled the streets of Berlin in an open-top bus emblazoned with the years they have won the competition - 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.

An overview taken with a fisheye lens shows German fans gather in front of a stage installed for a victory parade of Germany's football national team on 15 July 2014 at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate

Hundreds of thousands gathered in front of a stage installed for the team's victory parade at Brandenburg Gate.

Germany's Roman Weidenfeller, Shkodran Mustafi, Andre Schuerrle, Miroslav Klose, Mario Goetze and Toni Kroos (L-R) appear on stage during celebrations to mark the team's 2014 Brazil World Cup victory, at a "fan mile" public viewing zone in Berlin on 15 July 2014.

The players performed an impromptu dance to celebrate their fourth World Cup win and the first since reunification in 1990.

Germany coach Joachim Loew arrives at Brandenburg Gate to celebrate on stage at the German team victory ceremony on 15 July 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

"Without you we wouldn't be here. We are all world champions," Germany coach Joachim Loew told the crowd.

Germany's Mario Goetze (R) takes a photo of fellow team mates during celebrations to mark the team's 2014 Brazil World Cup victory in Berlin on 15 July 2014.

Mario Goetze (right), Germany's 1-0 goal scorer in the final, was greeted with deafening cheers in Berlin's Fanmeile (fan mile).

Germany's players perform a conga line during a victory parade of Germany's football national team on 15 July 2014 at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate

Players kicked out mini-replicas of the World Cup football to members of the crowd, before performing the Conga on stage.

Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates on stage at the German team victory ceremony on 15 July 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who got a battering during Sunday's final against Argentina, addressed the crowd wrapped in a German flag.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer jumps on the stage in front of fans for their victory parade on 15 July 15, 2014 at Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate

Germany's Manuel Neuer had even more reason to celebrate after winning the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

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