German soccer fans react as they watch the Brazil World Cup semifinal between Germany and Brazil at a public viewing event called 'Fan Mile' in Berlin, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Germany was Wednesday swept up in a wave of red, black and gold World Cup euphoria after its record 7-1 victory over Brazil, almost as though the mighty "Mannschaft" were already world champions."The best German performance ever in a World Cup!! Simply fantastic!!" tweeted 1990 World Cup winning striker Jurgen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third place at the 2006 finals in Italy and saw his present side the United States beaten 1-0 by the Germans in the group stage.German legend Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and as a coach in 1990, praised Germany coach Joachim Low's team-building. In a night of firsts, Germany's victory against Brazil attracted a record 32.6 million television viewers in the country of around 80 million, the specialist media site Meedia said, making it the biggest-ever TV audience figure in the football-mad country.
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