CHRIS UHLMANN: On South American soil - Europe has
Germany has won the 2014 World Cup, beating Argentina one-nil at Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana Stadium
Germany's win follows its thrashing of the host nation Brazil.
And in Australia throngs of football die-hards braved the pre-dawn cold to watch the match.
Lexi Metherell reports.
LEXI METHERELL: As the sun rises over Sydney, city sports bar Cheers is packed with fans holding beers, their eyes trained on 对准 the big screens.
(Sound of cheering)
Some are in suits ready to go straight to work after the game.
Others have their team's jerseys on.
(to Matthias) You're obviously going for Germany today, what's the connection there?
MATTHIAS: Ah yeah, I'm German.
LEXI METHERELL: Well, that makes sense! How's the last month or so been for you have you been you pretty bleary eyed?
MATTHIAS: Oh yeah, pretty stressful for us, yeah we have to organise our social life.
LEXI METHERELL: And it has been a bit of a juggle for Matthias because his girlfriend Natalia happens to be Argentinean.
NATALIA: Well it's been a 2:00 AM boyfriend in my living room cheering... and so it's been a month with non sleep.
LEXI METHERELL: Did you think that you two would end up in the World Cup final playing each other?
NATALIA: I never thought about it.
LEXI METHERELL: And so how are you feeling today now?
NATALIA: It's very exciting, I would say (speaking Spanish)
LEXI METHERELL: What's that mean?
NATALIA: That means the best team will win.
LEXI METHERELL: And how do you say it in German?
MATTHIAS: Ah (begins speaking German) Vamos!
NATALIA: Vamos! (speaks Spanish)
LEXI METHERELL: It's been a long month for them and it's also been a long month for the bar's sports manager Vanessa, who's seen it all.
VANESSA: Argentinean fans are very, very passionate, they have all their songs. England fans were just crazy.
LEXI METHERELL: What about German fans?
VANESSA: We've had German fans for the last month. Um... they're not? they're very? they're not very excitable.
LEXI METHERELL: Not very excitable, perhaps, but no doubt a few German heart rates were raised in the first half when Argentina scored in the 30th minute but the goal was ruled offside.
(Sound of crowd booing)
COMMENTATOR: ..gone onto the right hand side... and Lassi's?? found it and it goes (inaudible) Oh, it's offside... No goal, it's no goal...
LEXI METHERELL: It was a tense game which went into extra time after scoreless first and second halves.
COMMENTATOR: It has been absolutely remarkable, the number of games that have needed extra time, really starting with the first knockout game in the second round Brazil - Chile.
LEXI METHERELL: Finally a goal.
COMMENTATOR: There's a chance here. And a goal from Mario Gotze - Super Mario! For Germany in extra time. Angela Merkel is on her feet.
LEXI METHERELL: And that was it - the 2014 World Cup is Germany's, 1:0.
COMMENTATOR 2: .. suddenly it's got back with it, they've won it. That's it, Germany are world champions. The winners of the World Cup 2014.
LEXI METHERELL: And for thousands of football diehards in Australia, that means a month of sleep deprivation and excitement is over.
What have you thought of this World Cup? How would you rate it as a World Cup, has it been a good one?
WORLD CUP FAN: Oh it's fantastic, it's really fantastic. I think it's the best, the best... For me it's the best World Cup which I've seen so far, you know.
WORLD CUP FAN 2: Probably been the best World Cup I remember, just sitting here watching, I've been watching since about '92 I think was the first one I sort of really remember. Definitely been the best World Cup we've had so far.
WORLD CUP FAN 3: Oh it's incredibly, yeah, it's so many surprises and yeah it's awesome. Awesome to watch and it's good for everyone, hey?