World Cup faithful out in force

In party mode after World Cup win

TOM HUNT
Last updated 07:21 14/07/2014
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Germany fans across New Zealand celebrate their team winning the football World Cup.

Wellington World Cup final fans
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The crowds are out in force at The Grand in central Wellington for the final game of the World Cup in Brazil.

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While Germans danced on the table tops, Argentinians put their head in their hands.

''No German is working in Wellington today,'' German supporter Katja Klopser promised after her team found the net to win the football World Cup final in Brazil.

After dancing on the table tops at Courtenay Pl bar The Grand she promised: ''It's going to be a massive party today. We are just going to drink some beer and play some soccer.''

While German Ambassador Anne-Marie Schleich did not take to the table tops, her joy was equal as she promised a post-game celebration at the German Embassy in Wellington.

For Matias Tesolin, from the Argentinian Embassy, the 1-0 scoreline was ''very sad''.

''We did what we could, we played very well ... the Argentinian team, they are very young. They have a whole life to keep playing.

''They represented us very, very well. I'm very proud of our players but, what can you say, we are second place.''

An estimated 1000 supporters - for both Germany and Argentina - packed into The Grand before sunrise this morning, putting the building to the test.

The wooden floorboards shook every time Argentina got near the goal. Horns blared, streamers were thrown, and chants rung out.

By far, the most vocal, deafening support in the bar was for Argentina, which German supporter Alistair Webb explained at half time, with the score still nil-all.

''Germans are quite low key. But when they score it will be full noise.''

And, in extra time, he was proven right.

New Zealanders bet $2.085 million on the final, eclipsing the 2010 World Cup final which had $1.87m riding on it.

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