Germany's general manager Oliver Bierhoff believes football fans around the globe are finally warming to the national team as a result of their FIFA World Cup™ triumph.
Bierhoff hopes that previous accusations of arrogance are now a thing of the past with the team instead earning praise for their conduct both on and off the pitch in Brazil.
Speaking to newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, he said: "I've rarely heard people say so often when I am abroad that we've got a great group of lads who made such a good impression and were so nice.
"And then in the end, they always says that we were also the best and we deserved the title. It was not so much the sporting aspect but our conduct which stood out."
We did not celebrate in a huge way but rather put an arm round our opponents' shoulder and consoled them.
Oliver Bierhoff, on Germany's 7-1 World Cup win against Brazil.
Even after Germany demolished hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals, Bierhoff insists there was never any self-importance on show in the dressing room.
"We did not celebrate in a huge way but rather put an arm round our opponents' shoulder and consoled them," added the UEFA EURO 1996 winner. "We never got big-headed but just said that it was another step forwards. In that moment we were no longer the ugly Germans. That is a sensation that this young generation emits."