The German football federation (DfB) has admitted that the FIFA World Cup trophy has been "chipped" during celebrations after the national team arrived in Berlin on a special flight after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final at Rio on July 13. According to reports, it is not clear who damaged the trophy.
The FIFA usually presents a replica of the World Cup to the champions. When Germany won their fourth World Cup to become the first European side to win a world championship in Latin America, Philipp Lahm and his team were presented with a look alike golden Cup. The original trophy remains at the FIFA headquarters. It is worth 8 million Pounds.
Germany's players have been accorded heroes' status with players parading on bus tops. But the celebrations have had a controversial touch too. The German players were criticized for mocking the Argentinians with a dance act led by Mario Goetze, the man who scored the only goal in the final.