Prior to the world premiere of the film Die Mannschaft (The Team) – a documentary charting Germany’s triumphant 2014 FIFA World Cup™ campaign – on Monday FIFA President Blatter awarded the German national team and its coaching staff the FIFA World Champions Badge in Berlin. On the stage at the cinema in Potsdamer Platz, Germany’s entire FIFA World Cup winning side, German FA (DFB) president Wolfgang Niersbach and the FIFA President looked back on the unforgettable emotions the tournament in Brazil stirred up.
“Winning the World Cup in Brazil crowned the development that started with the summer fairytale of hosting the finals in 2006,” said FIFA President Blatter, who also praised the exemplary ambassadorial role the 23 members of the squad played at the tournament: “The team’s attractive and attacking playing style is symbolic of a cosmopolitan and engaging Germany that people everywhere recognise, respect and appreciate.”
FIFA first awarded the coveted World Champions Badge to Italy in 2006. In recognition of Germany’s success at Brazil 2014, and as a permanent reminder of their triumph, the team may now wear the Badge on their shirts until the Final of the Russia 2018 World Cup.
DFB president Niersbach was delighted to receive the accolade, saying: “It’s a huge honour for our national team to be able to wear the World Champions Badge on their shirt and it is visible proof that they achieved great things in Brazil. The entire footballing community in Germany is proud of this golden emblem.”
Coach Joachim Löw and World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm likewise expressed their pride at the award, as well as having lifted the country’s fourth title following the achievements in 1954, 1974 and 1990. “The Badge is a wonderful honour but at the same time I view it as an incentive and an obligation not to ease off,” said Löw.
Alongside the ceremony to award The World Champions Badge, an additional highlight of the evening was the world premiere of the film Die Mannschaft. The official documentary of the tournament in Brazil shows previously unseen footage that fans will not have had access to either in stadiums, on television or on the Internet. Die Mannschaft transports viewers to the real locations in Brazil and allows them to not only witness the unique atmosphere there, but also become part of it.
The 90-minute movie, released by Constantin Film following cooperation between FIFA, the DFB and Little Shark Entertainment, will be available in German cinemas from 13 November. Proceeds from the film will go to charitable projects run by FIFA and the DFB. A third of the profits will be used in FIFA’s wide-reaching social programme ‘Football for Hope’, while FIFA will allocate the remaining two-thirds to the DFB to invest in non-profit initiatives.