World Cup - German press review: ‘Goetze, you footballing god’

Following Germany’s 1-0 win over Argentina at the Maracana which saw them lift their fourth World Cup, we take a look at the reaction from their nation’s press.

World Cup - German press review: ‘Goetze, you footballing god’

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Bild front page


There is the cup! Goetze, you footballing God! We are world champions. What a battle and what a win. Now Jogi (Joachim Loew) is the coaching hero - good job he extended his contract before the World Cup until 2016. It was a gala performance, enchanting fans the world over.

Bild deputy editor Tanit Koch also tweeted the following picture showing the newspaper’s front page on the morning after each of Germany’s four triumphs.


This World Cup is the result of a long-planned and meticulous striving for success. The foundations for this victory were laid a good 10 years ago. Without the investment in training, skill and technique, in youth and centres of excellence, this triumph - the first since 1990 - would not have been possible. The Maracana title is therefore a reward for the courage to pursue this new direction.

'54, '74, '90, 2014: (Suddeutsche Zeitung)

The team tried to impose their 'Jogi Bonito' - beautiful Low football - in the final. They showed respect, but did not shirk at a defence made of granite. Joachim Low had got this highly gifted selection of players totally focused on the tournament. 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 - that is now worth four stars on the shirt.

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Mario Goetze emerged as the hero of a thrilling World Cup final in the 113th minute. His dream goal, taking the ball perfectly on his chest, turning and sending the ball in precisely with his left foot - Goetze wrote history and fired Germany to the title. Thanks to Mario Goetze, the Nationalelf are world champions for a fourth time after 1954, 1974 and 1990.

IT IS TRUE: (Die Welt)

What a game, what a battle, what drama: Germany and Argentina deliver a pulsating World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro. Substitute Mario Goetze then scores a dream goal, the decisive 1-0. The Nationalmannschaft can finally sew the fourth star onto their shirts. The rest is just endless celebration.

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And finally, one from Argentina.

NO CUP GLORY: (La Nacional, Argentina)

The pain of the fall in the final.

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