Germany's Mesut Ozil has paid for the surgeries of 23 children as a "thank you" to Brazil for its hospitality during the World Cup.
As Germany celebrates returning home with the World Cup, a few hard lessons for England on how their success could be replicated.
Social media users quickly made light of Brazil's turmoil as they were knocked out of the World Cup by Germany in a crushing defeat.
The appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president is a "very good sign" for Europe's ability to act, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, after a meeting with leaders of south east European countries in Croatia.
Ms Merkel added: "I would like to congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker on his election as EU president with a clear result in the first round of voting [...] It will inspire us to resume the work with the European commission."
A clutch of Germany's World Cup stars - including Arsenal's Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mezut Ozil - danced on stage to the cheers of thousands of fans in Berlin this afternoon.
The celebrations marked Germany's fourth World Cup victory - the first since the re-unification of Germany in the early 1990s.
Germany's World Cup stars are currently on parade through the capital Berlin after returning home with the Jules Rimet trophy.
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski is pictured with the trophy alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger on the bus.
Masses of fans have lined the streets to welcome the side - who beat France, Brazil and Argentina on their way to victory.
The German national team has tweeted a picture of head coach Joachim Loew with the pilots of the team's flight back to Germany - who are given a "golden opportunity" to hold the World Cup trophy.
Germany's Mezut Ozil has tweeted a picture of himself and his teammates following their return to the country as World Cup winners.
Germany's victorious football team have returned to the country following their World Cup win.
Fans have amassed in their thousands to greet the nation's football team as they return to Berlin with the World Cup trophy.
The victory is the nation's first since the reunification of East and West Germany in the early 1990s.
Germany told the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave the country today in a dramatic display of anger from Chancellor Angela Merkel after officials unearthed two suspected US spies.
The scandal has chilled German relations with Washington to levels not seen since Merkel's predecessor Gerhard Schroder opposed the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:
The German government has poured scorn on the alleged espionage by the US that prompted a CIA official to be asked to leave Berlin.
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the information the United States appeared to have obtained was "laughable", contrasting that with the "disproportionate and serious political damage" the scandal had caused.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was "not amused", Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said, adding: "This is so stupid, it can only make you weep."
Tensions between the longtime allies have risen since revelations last year stemming from documents leaked by Edward Snowden, a contractor with the US National Security Agency.
Those caused Berlin to demand a mutual "no-spy deal", which Washington has resisted.
Chancellor Merkel called US President Barack Obama last year after revelations that the US may have spied on her mobile phone.