Germany coach Joachim Loew claims his side’s 2014 FIFA World Cup success is the culmination of ten years of hard work.
The Germans lifted their fourth World cup title after a goal from Mario Goetze in the 113th minute handed them a 1-0 win over Argentina in the final at the Estadio do Maracana on Sunday.
Speaking after the match the Loew said his team worked hard for their success and they deserved every second of it.
“We started this project ten years ago and what has happened today is the result of many years' work, starting with Jurgen Klinsmann,” said Loew.
“We've made constant progress, we believed in the project, we worked a lot and, if any group deserves it, it's this team.
“We've always played good football and I believe that over this tournament, over seven matches, we've shown the best performances of any of the teams here in Brazil.
“The boys have also developed a team spirit which is unbelievable.
“They have fantastic technical capacity and they also have the willpower that's necessary to do what is necessary.
“We're the first European team to win a title in South America and that makes us very proud.
“Every player in this team gave everything they had.
“I told them before that they would have to give more than they ever had before because they were looking to achieve something new.
“We always knew that we would need 14 players during this match and everyone in top shape, and all the players had to be ready.
“It was good that we had played who could come on and make an impact, and [Mario] Gotze is a miracle boy - a boy wonder. I always knew he could decide the match.”