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Germany's president has honored national coach Joachim Loew and his team for their strong showing at the World Cup in South Africa.

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President Christian Wulff handed Loew the country's highest honor - the Federal Order of Merit - at a ceremony at the Bellevue palace Tuesday, and gave Loew's players the Silver Laurel Leaf, Germany's highest recognition for sporting achievement.

Wulff praised Loew as "an exemplary football coach, a model leadership personality, an internationally recognized football expert and a deeply likeable sportsman."

Germany finished third at the World Cup and was praised for its attractive play.

World Cup captain Philipp Lahm said the award was a "great incentive" for the future.

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