Goalkeeper of the tournament Kahn saved his only mistake for the final when he spilled Rivaldo's shot to allow Ronaldo to open the scoring.
Ronaldo soon put the issue beyond doubt with a fine second goal to leave the Brazilians in rapture and the Germans on their knees.
Our midfield marauder Steffen - working his way back to fitness in Germany - said the feeeling back home was one of both delight and despondancy.
"It was a close game but I think Brazil deserved to win," he said.
"In the first half Ronaldo had three 100 per cent chances, then we had a chance to go 1-0 up but once Brazil went ahead I don't think it was in doubt.
"You had to feel for Oliver Kahn. I was working on a German TV channel and although everyone was disappointed, no-one blamed him. He was the key man to get us to the final.
"The feeling here in Germany is one of disappointment at losing but everyone is happy that we reached the final.
"Before the tournament no-one believed we could get to the final or even the quarter-finals. I think out of 100 people, 99 would have said that. That is why we have to be happy and we can certainly now look forward to Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup."
Steffen Freund says Brazil deserved to win the World Cup Final and insists the Germans feel plenty of sympathy for crestfallen Oliver Kahn.