So Germany have deservedly won the World Cup, and did so whilst playing a ruthless, efficient and flowing brand of football wherein the team, and not the individual, is the true star. In doing so, they have won thousands of new fans within the footballing community. However, it is not just on the field of play where this Germany outfit have shown themselves to be Champions.
When the World Cup draw was made back in December 2013, the Germans went into planning mode. No stone was left unturned as they looked to create the perfect base from which to launch their ultimately successful World Cup campaign.
In the time between the World Cup draw being made and the Germany squad arriving in Brazil, much work had been undertaken. The German FA purchased 15000 square metres of land in Bahia , on they have built 14 two-storey houses, 65 residential units, a fitness centre, a training pitch, a restaurant and a pool area with easy access to the nearby beach. A football youth academy and an orphanage will also be built on the site.
They have also donated an ambulance. Rather than build all of this with German labourers, local construction workers were used and the entire base has created 250 jobs for local people.
Style and grace
During the World Cup, the German players would make a point of mixing with the locals who had come to watch their training sessions. They were generally approachable and accessible, taking the time to interact with fans. Following their thrashing of Brazil, the Germans showed respect and humility at all times.
They made no attempt to mock the Brazilian players or fans, and some even took to social media to send messages of support and comfort to the understandably heartbroken Brazilian public.
Leaving their mark
Now that they have left, what will become of their training base? Well, unlike some of the stadiums and facilities for this World Cup, that have been built at great expense to the Brazilian tax-payer, the German funded “Campo Bahia” will be opened to the public so that they can make full use of it. A parting gift from the worthy Champions. It's hard not to love them.
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