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by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Germany played Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday, and sure enough, the very enthusiastic Ehrhoff was back on Twitter – and back in his soccer uniform – showing his support.

Before the big match, Ehrhoff sent out the below tweet. ‘Auf geht’s’ means ‘let’s go,’ and he hashtagged the word ‘immortality’ twice – once in German and once in English.

And when it was all over and Germany had defeated Argentina 1-0 to win their fourth World Cup title, Ehrhoff was ecstatic. He only had to send out one word.

Weltmeister = World Champion.

Congrats to Germany on their big win!


The Penguins added or re-signed three German players to their roster when free agency began on July 1. And with Germany beating Brazil 7-1 this afternoon to earn a berth in the World Cup Final, one of those players, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, took to Twitter to show his support for his country's soccer team - in full uniform and all.

Apparently, the win was just how he wrote it (or played it) up.

Ehrhoff, a native of Moers, Germany, has represented his country many times internationally, including Olympic appearances in 2002, ’06 and ’10. He was Germany’s captain at the 2013 World Championships, and he was named one of the German’s ‘Top Three Players’ at that tournament.

Team USA was beaten by favored Germany, 1-0, in group play on June 26. So Penguins winger Beau Bennett, born and raised in Gardena, Calif., jokingly tweeted his support for Brazil during Tuesday's match despite the lopsided score (Germany was already up 5-0 at the half).

It was the biggest margin of victory ever in a World Cup semifinal, and goalie Jeff Zatkoff, also American-born (he's from Detroit, Mich.), noted the disparity between Germany and Brazil as well.

Germany will play Argentina in the Final, scheduled for Sunday, July 13. If we see any more soccer tweets from the guys on that day, we'll post them here.
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