German players damaged the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro last week, according to a report from ESPN.com.
German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach admitted that a piece of the trophy had been “chipped off” amid wild celebrations in Berlin following the country's World Cup success.
The team was welcomed home by thousands of fans in the capital, but the celebrations apparently got a little out of control.
“At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped off,” Niersbach told Die Welt, a German national daily newspaper. “But do not worry! We have specialists on the case who can fix it. We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result.”
The damaged trophy was just a replica of the original given to the team by FIFA in Brazil. The real trophy, which contains more than six kilograms of 18-karat gold, is estimated to be worth over 10 million euros,
The recent World Cup title marked the fourth for Germany, which also won in 1954, 1974 and 1990.