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Germany's World Cup heroes take to silver screen
Publish Date : 2014-11-09,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 9
Berlin, Nov 8: Memories of Germany's World Cup triumph will be rekindled on Monday when 'Die Mannschaft' (The Team) hits cinemas and Joachim Loew's squad receive the country's highest sports award.
After the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sunday, Germany's capital is preparing to relive the football-mad nation's Brazil 2014 triumph.
The 90-minute long movie gets its premiere when the behind-the-scenes story of Germany's fourth World Cup triumph is told.
Earlier on Monday, the 23-man squad, who clinched the title in Brazil, will receive the Silver Laurel Leaf -- the country's top award for sports success -- from president Joachim Gauck at his Schloss Bellevue residence.
Loew's squad will also receive their official World Cup winners badge from football's governing body FIFA which they will wear for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar on November 14 and away friendly in Spain four days later. 
The documentary, which goes on general release next Wednesday, promises to tell the story from Germany's pre-World Cup training camp in north Italy through to their extra-time victory over Argentina at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Maracana.
The project was filmed by the German Football Federation (DFB), who had planned to use the footage for motivation purposes, but was turned into a documentary after Germany's triumph.
"Brazil have Neymar, Argentina have Messi, Portugal have Ronaldo, Germany have a team," is the quote from England captain Steven Gerrard following Germany's 7-1 semi-final drubbing of hosts Brazil which opens 'Die Mannschaft'.
As well as footage of team talks, motivational sessions and player interviews, the film promises to capture some of the pranks and humour from within the squad.
A teaser clip shows winger Thomas Mueller wearing a traditional Bavarian Dirndl dress as a forfeit at a team breakfast.    AFP

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