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Germany's World Cup heroes return home to celebrate 4th title win with crowds of fans

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    Seven years old girl Charleen, center, arrives at the airport Tegel to welcome German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    Three women arrive at the airport Tegel to welcome German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    A German soccer fan poses for a photo with a copy of the World Cup trophy as he waits at the airport Tegel to welcome German national soccer team in Berlin Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win its fourth World Cup title. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

Germany's World Cup-winning team has returned home to celebrate the country's fourth title with huge crowds of fans.

The team's plane touched down at Berlin's Tegel Airport on Tuesday midmorning after flying a lap of honor over the "fan mile" in front of the landmark Brandenburg Gate.

It was about an hour behind schedule, its departure from Rio de Janeiro delayed after a luggage truck hit the plane and damage to the paintwork had to be inspected.

From the airport, the team will drive to the Brandenburg Gate, making part of the trip on an open truck. The "fan mile" started filling up hours before the arrival, with some waiting overnight to get a place at the front.

Germany won its three previous World Cups in 1954, 1974 and 1990.