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Honigstein: WC scandal fallout continues

By ESPN Staff

Germany's media praises 'Jogi-bonito'

Mario Gotze's extra-time goal to defeat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup leads most German newspapers' front pages on Monday morning.

- Marcotti: Teamwork pays off for Germany 
- Honigstein: Looking ahead for Germany
- Macintosh: World Cup triumph validates Germany
- Reaction: Germany reigns supreme

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ran a comment piece on its front page, next to a small picture of Gotze's strike flying past Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

"The fourth star," read the headline, while the article said: "This wonderful success in Rio is no miracle. This title did not fall into Germany's lap. This World Cup trophy is the result of a meticulously long-planned success."

Der Spiegel, Germany's biggest news magazine, echoed that sentiment in its online edition, saying: "The perfect mix of hurrah and heave-ho!" explaining that this success had been in the making for many years.

"This World Cup title is the crowning of a path that had been taken 10 years ago. [Jurgen] Klinsmann and [Joachim] Low have changed German football fundamentally. Der Weltmeister now blends the beautiful game and virtue."

Broadsheet newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung called the final "certainly not the best, but the most intense football match in history" and praised Bundestrainer Low, saying: "In the final the team tried to bring through their idea of the Jogi-bonito -- the beautiful Low football. They showed respect, but did not look intimidated by a defence made of granite."

It continued: "Joachim Low steered this squad of highly gifted players around the cliffs of the tournament. 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 -- they get the fourth star for that. And that is the achievement of this coach, who, at the age of 54, has reinvented coaching completely. An age where others believe that they have seen it all."

German football magazine kicker also singled out Low in its main editorial. Low, whose future is still undecided the day after the World Cup triumph, can coin a golden era, it said.

Kicker looked back on the defeats suffered at recent tournaments. It started with a scene from the training camp ahead of the 2006 World Cup, when then-assistant manager Low taught Die Nationalmannschaft the basics of zonal marking and moving as a unit. It was not enough that year or the tournaments that followed but a constant flow of new talent, with other players winning more experience led to the title in Brazil in 2014.

The Berliner Morgenpost, went with the headline "We'll see you in Berlin!". As many as one million people will welcome the team back on Tuesday morning.

Its editorial announced: "A star wearing Jogi's name," refereeing to a famous German song. "This 2014 World Cup was no coincidence, but a typical German product. The title is an achievement of many, but especially of Bundestrainer Joachim Low," they added.

"A star wearing Gotze's name," Die Zeit, however, claimed. They saw a "tough, patient and cool four-time champion", which was showering "the tears of a titan" in the end.

Die Welt had a picture of Philipp Lahm lifting the World Cup into the air, with his team celebrating in the back. "It is real", its headline read, with each word printed in one of the colours of the Germany flag. "What a match, what a fight, what a drama."

"1-0 World Champions. What a battle! What a victory," the biggest tabloid Bild proclaimed, while Cologne's tabloid Express ran with a dancing Bastian Schweinsteiger. "Yeeeees! There it is!" which summed it all up.


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