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Berlin: Germany’s players will celebrate at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate if they defeat Argentina in the World Cup final. Coach Joachim Loew’s team is expected to return home Tuesday morning after Sunday’s final in Rio de Janeiro. The German football federation on Thursday said Berlin and Frankfurt offered to host possible title celebrations. The federation and the team decided on the capital.

Star cast

Rio de Janeiro: In the minutes leading up to the kick-off of the final, the World Cup Trophy will once again be unveiled. This year’s special guest primed to do the honours is Carles Puyol, one of the stand-out players of the Spain side that triumphed at the last edition at South Africa 2010. Alongside Puyol, will be Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen.

Good show

Singapore: Sales of flat panel televisions across Southeast Asia rose sharply in May as demand soared in the football-crazy region ahead of the World Cup, a report said. Nearly 957,000 units were sold across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, a 15 percent jump compared to the average sales volume in February-April.

Web world

New Delhi: On-field genius of in-form Germany and antics of passionate coaches on the touchline dominated the google searches as the World Cup leaped into the final with the conclusion of the last-four stage matches in Brazil.

Like chess

The Hague: Dutch media Thursday mourned the Netherlands’ 4-2 penalty shootout defeat by Argentina, but for some there was relief at not having to face a rampant Germany in the World Cup final. Some called the match a “chess game”, saying the “tempo was too low, with few chances to score.”