Muscat: After a long, nail-biting game on Sunday night, Germans could finally breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate as their home team won the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
German nationals in Oman had been following their team with great enthusiasm ever since the tournament began on June 12, and they were elated by the victory.
"It's incredible! Unbelievable! We were screaming through half of the night from the top of our lungs. Argentina fought like lions, but we beat them in the end. We were fighting harder," said Christin Reinhold, a native of Chemnitz, Germany, who has been living in Oman for two years.
Reinhold said the match against Argentina was "better than any thriller", and it kept all the Germans focused on the TV screens, waiting desperately for a goal.
"We are very, very proud! Proud that we have such a great team because we don't depend on one or two players. The whole team was playing really well," added Kalolina Montalbetti, a German woman who also calls Oman home.
Montalbetti watched the championship match at a cafe in Shatti with friends, including a few other excited Germans, and some people who were cheering for Argentina. She said the atmosphere was tense, especially when Argentina tried to score in the last few minutes of the game.
"We had to wait a long time before they finally scored. My first reaction was, I hope it's not an offside, and when it wasn't, we were really happy and we were screaming and jumping and shouting. We were very happy!" she added.
Despite some very late nights because of the time difference between Brazil and Oman, Montalbetti watched all the matches Germany played, and was confident that her team would do well. She said the challenges put up by Algeria and Ghana against Germany made the tournament interesting and surprising.
"I was pretty sure they would make it to the semi-finals at least because they always played well in the past couple of years," she explained.
Christina Scheppelmann, director-general of the Royal Opera House Muscat and a German, too, wore her country's colours with pride over the past month and was thrilled with the victory.
"Deutschland hat es geschafft! (Germany has succeeded!) The fourth World Cup title is well deserved and so exciting after an exciting final game!" Scheppelmann said, adding her voice to the celebrations.
Heiderose Moossen, a German woman who lives in Qantab, was glued to the match, too, and described the win as a great achievement for the German team, one that reflected years of hard work and preparation as well as strong management by Juergen Loew.
"The team's winning spirit and technical brilliance proved to become an unbeatable combination. They won deservedly," Moossen said.
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