Germany is celebrating Sunday’s triumphal win over Argentina – and a brilliant cup campaign in general.
As they relax, we take a look at our fantastic castles from around the world, some of which might just be big enough for today’s soccer stars. Luckily enough for the rest of us, you don’t need to be a millionaire to stay in one of these holiday homes. So start saving up the pennies, grab your mates and head off for a holiday of a lifetime in a property befitting a world cup winner.
1. Thomas Müller’s French fancy
If we’re looking at castles and chateaux then the obvious choice is France; they’ll crop up more than once on this list.
Loire Valley Chateau, France.
From: £393 nightly
2. Tony Kroos’ ‘Real’ Madrid retreat
Don’t play for Real Madrid? You could still rent this beautiful property set on its own private island to the west of Madrid.
Island Castle, West Madrid, Spain.
From: £119 nightly
3. Andre Schurrle’s country retreat
Unless you’re playing for Chelsea you might have a bit trouble finding the £11,000 for a week here. But we can dream…
Beauchamp Castle, .
From: £3,750 nightly
4. Mario Gotze’s German castle
If Mario isn’t content with sharing a retirement villa with team mate Thomas Müller, no problem: Bavaria is home to more than one fantastic castle.
Bavarian Baroque former water tower, Germany.
From: £49 nightly
5. Mesut Ozil’s traditional manor
After a week in the hustle and bustle of London, you’d want a country retreat to an English manor too!
Carr Hall, West Yorkshire.
From: £995 nightly
6.Miroslav Klose’s French chateau
This 17th-century period property is just stunning; it includes a heated pool and tennis courts, perfect to keep in shape in the off-season.
Authentic 17th-century castle, France.
From: £208 nightly
7. Manuel Neuer’s small second home
If Neuer decided to pack up and leave Germany, this little Scottish hideaway would be a pretty good fit.
Apartment in Stonehaven Castle.
From: £658 nightly
8. Philipp Lahm’s Austrian Castle
As Captain of both the Bayern Munich and the German National squads, you’d expect Philip to have a nice place to put up his feet. This should do the trick.
From: £1536 nightly
9. Jerome Boateng’s fairytale castle
To cap off a fairytale ending to the world cup campaign, Jerome could always retire to this fantasy castle.
Chateau de Challain, Loire Valley, France.
From: £2838 nightly
10. Christoph Kramer’s French odyssey
All that clean living as a footballer means you probably don’t get as much time for the finer things in life, like dinner in the courtyard of this beautiful French chateau.
Historical chateau in Mirepoix Ariege, Pyrenees.
From £3016 nightly
11. Benedikt Höwedes’ perfect French chateau
Okay, just one more castle from France. Thanks to its long history, the French countryside abounds with stonkingly good castles, like this.
Chateau Plombis, France.
From: £799 nightly
Team listing for German 2014 world cup squad taken from BBC Sport.