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German joy

Published:Monday | July 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer lifts the trophy amid his teammates after the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.
Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and head coach Joachim Loew embrace after the final. Ap photos
Germany's Mario Goetze celebrates after scoring.
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Marc Stamp, Staff Reporter

Local Germany fans celebrated yesterday as the SportsMax Zone ended its month-long showing of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a sold-out crowd at its Old Hope Road, St Andrew, venue.

From as early as noon, supporters of the two teams competing for the trophy at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Argentina and Germany - turned out in their colours with dreams of glory.

In the end, the many Germany supporters were euphoric as substitute Mario Goetze's 113th-minute goal made the difference in a 1-0 victory, making his team the first Europeans to win the Cup on South American soil.

Germany lifted the World Cup for the fourth time in the competition's history, following championship victories in 1954, 1974, and 1990.

"Well, it has been 24 years since we (Germany) lifted the World Cup trophy. It has been a long time," Neil Bennett, a long-time Germany fan, told The Gleaner at game's end.

"I am over the moon, over the clouds," he added.

Tony Afflick, who has supported Argentina since the South Americans won the World Cup for the first time in 1978, naturally, was disappointed that his team did not add to its two titles.

"We did our best, but they missed a great chance early in the game, and it showed that if you don't take the chances, you could lose the game. And that was what happened to Argentina," said Afflick, whose team last won the World Cup in 1986.

marc.stamp@gleanerjm.com