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Germany issues stamp celebrating World Cup win

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Germany has issued a stamp celebrating its soccer team’s victory at the 2014 World Cup championship.

Five million were printed before the final match was even held.

The stamp was ordered by Germany’s finance ministry which holds a large stake in Deutsche Post.

Germany has issued a stamp celebrating its soccer team's victory at the 2014 World Cup championship

Germany has issued a stamp celebrating its soccer team’s victory at the 2014 World Cup championship

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said he had “dared to hope very early on” that the national team would win.

If Germany had lost to Argentina on Sunday the 0.60 euro stamps would have had to be pulped.

The stamp will go on sale on Thursday, July 17, after the first commemorative copies are presented to the coach, players and team staff.

Graphic designer Lutz Menze told German news agency DPA that the image does not show individual footballers in order to honor the whole team.

He said that producing a stamp usually takes six months but he had been contacted by the government after the tournament had already started.

It was Germany’s fourth World Cup title after 1954, 1974 and 1990.