Germans jubilant after World Cup victory
Germans at home and abroad will be celebrating all day and all night (depending on where they are) after their national football team defeated Argentina 1-0 to claim another World Cup crown.
New Zealand didn't miss out on the party this morning as Germans danced on the table tops of bars in Auckland and Wellington, while Argentinians just put their heads in their hands.
"No German is working in Wellington today," Katja Klopser promised after her team found the net to win the biggest sporting event in the world.
After watching the game at The Grand bar in Wellington she promised: "It's going to be a massive party today. We are just going to drink some beer and play some soccer."
German Ambassador Dr Anne-Marie Schleich may not have taken to the table tops but she was nevertheless overjoyed and promised a post-game celebration at the Embassy.
For Matias Tesolin at the Argentinian Embassy, however, the 1-0 scoreline was "very sad".
"We did what we could, we played very well," he said.
"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, both Germans and Argentinians, packed into The Grand before sunrise this morning to watch the game live with the South Americans the more vocal during game time.
However, as German supporter Alistair Webb explained at half time: "Germans are quite low key - but when they score it will be full noise." And so it proved at full time.
Back home, Germany's media is understandably jubilant after the victory.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hailed Mario Gotze as the "redeemer" for coming off the bench to decide the "intense final".
Süddeutsche Zeitung declared "Super Mario Gotze" as an idol and said a party had erupted on Germany's streets.
Frankfurter Rundschau announced coach Joachim Loew as a national hero who had created history by clinching Germany their "fourth star" - one of which is added to their team emblem for each World Cup victory.
Der Tagesspiegel also celebrated the team's fourth star and said it was a "well deserved success".
Handelsblatt ran the headline "Four stars for a Hallelujah" and said the German side held their nerve the better until their super-sub Gotze secured a "consummate triumph".