Blog: Simon WarburtonMercedes basks in German World Cup victory

Simon Warburton | 16 July 2014

Mercedes-Benz has wasted no time in basking in Germany's reflected glory of winning the World Cup on Sunday night and becoming the first side since reunification to lift the golden trophy. 

"Weltmeister Fahren Mercedes-Benz" - "World Champions Drive Mercedes-Benz" - was proudly emblazoned on the front of Captain Philipp Lahm and his very worthy team's coach as it made its way through a packed Berlin yesterday (15 July). 

German flag carrier, Lufthansa, couldn't resist its share of the limelight too, repainting the team's Boeing 747-8 aircraft with 'Fanhansa' and receiving a water canon salute to boot after flying over a mile of supporters packed into Berlin's centre.

Just to ram home the point, the Mercedes-Benz coach had '1954', '1974', '1990' and '2014' in ascending size to emphasise Germany was now able to have four World Cup stars on its footie jerseys.

In contrast, my team, England, slunk home from Brazil after a mere eight days, having spectacularly failed to exit their group with a paltry one point and no wins.

Vauxhall is the official sponsor of the England team, but it looks a long time before the Luton automaker will be able to plaster its name on the front of any triumphant homecoming bus.

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