Germans party hard
Germany's stars partied until dawn after securing their World Cup berth with even coach Joachim Loew admitting to a cheeky pre-press conference beer following their win over Ireland.
Germany face Sweden away in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, but his stars seized the opportunity by partying until 4:30 on Saturday morning after Loew gave them the weekend off.
Germany booked their Brazil 2014 place with a 3-0 win over Republic of Ireland in Cologne on Friday with Brazilian music and a barrel of beer soon pumping out in the dressing room after the final whistle.
"It was the first time I drank a beer before a press conference, but it tasted good," quipped Loew.
There is only pride at stake on Tuesday with Germany confirmed Group C winners, while the second-placed Swedes face a World Cup play-off in November.
"We have earned the right to a bit of a party to celebrate," German captain Philipp Lahm of Bayern Munich said in Cologne.
"After all, a barrel of Cologne beer is about the same size as a (litre) mug of Bavarian beer."