Germany president Joachim Gauck (left) was joined by Chancellor Angela Merkel to decorate the World Cup winning squad with national honour following their “convincing performance” in Brazil.

Joachim Löw’s side who won Germany’s fourth FIFA World Cup title after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final in July courtesy of Mario Goetze’s goal were presented with the Silver Laurel Leaf in a ceremony at the head of state’s Bellevue Palace.

Captain of the side Philipp Lahm, who retired from the national team after the tournament, thanked Gauck and Merkel for their support.

Guack, speaking a day after the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, noted that Germany’s fourth World Cup is its first as a reunited nation – with West Germany winning the title shortly before reunification in 1990.

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