14 July until 16 August 2015
One Night in Rio
Scenes from the 2014 World Cup Final

André Schürrle crosses to Mario Götze, who performs an acrobatic shot that leaves the football nation ecstatic. A few minutes later, for the fourth time after 1954, 1974 and 1990, the radios and TVs resound with “Aus, aus, aus, -- aus!! -- Das Spiel ist aus! -- Deutschland ist Weltmeister!” (“Over, over, over, ‒over!! ‒ The game is over! ‒ Germany’s the world champion!”). On Sunday 13th of July, the German national football team won the final of the FIFA World Cup 2014. More than a billion people worldwide watched the thrilling 1:0 match against Argentina's selection. In Germany alone more than 35 million football fans followed the cheers of the brand new tournament winner from afar. One unforgettable night in Rio. The photographer Paul Ripke of Hamburg was granted the opportunity to be with the team at very close range and capture the highlights of the final night. From these images, the illustrated book "One Night in Rio - Our Night of the Fourth Star" was created in cooperation with the German Football Association as a thank you from the team to their fans. Punctually on the one-year anniversary of the title win, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is showing 18 large-scale journalistic shots of the historical event and 27 portraits of the team. “One Night in Rio”, opening on 13 July 2015 at the following museums: Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Haus Ungarn in Berlin, Deutsches Sport und Olympia Museum in Cologne and Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Through Ripke’s lens, the fans are right up close to the action: on the playing field and in the dressing room, at the victory celebration in Rio de Janeiro, in the “Siegerflieger” (winners’ plane) to Berlin, and finally during the triumphal procession through the crowds to the grand celebration at Brandenburg Gate. The photos capture scenes and impres-sions that have etched themselves into the collective memory of the sports world: the kickoff at the legendary Maracanã-Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s blood, coach Joachim Löw’s tears and the proud Miroslav Klose. But unexpected motifs and intimate looks behind the scenes are also on view: the Cup in the hand luggage, the proud children of the players, the appearance in front of enthusiastatic fans.

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Ill.: Joachim Löw and Mario Götze before the exchange, 2014 © Paul Ripke