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Sport in Germany

Germany needs no introduction when it comes to the sporting community. Sports are very popular in Germany, with about forty million Germans either a member of a sports club or pursuing sports individually.

horizontal bar routineGerman gymnast Philipp Boy preparing for his horizontal bar routine

Football is the most popular sport and indeed Germany are one of the superpowers of the sport internationally. They have won the FIFA World Cup four times (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014) and have hosted it twice (1974 and 2006). They have also won the UEFA European Championship three times (1972, 1980 and 1996) and hosted it in 1988. Some of their best players include Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gerard Muller, Lothar Matthaus, and Frank Beckenbauer. The German Football Association, with its member's roster well over 6.3 million, is the largest sports organization in the world.

Motorsports is also very popular in Germany and is one of the leading country in the sport. With teams like BMW, Mercedes and Porsche, its not hard to imagine why. The Porsche team has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans a staggering 16 times and so did Audi for 11 times. And anybody who is into motor sports will recognize the name Michael Schumacher who has set various motor sport records and have won more Formula One races than any other driver before him that includes the Formula One World Drivers' Championships which justifies him being one of the highest paid sportsmen of all time. Sebastian Vettel, another German driver has taken championships from 2010 all the way to 2013 which makes him one of the most prominent F1 drivers in history.

As far as the Olympic Games are concerned, Germany is one of the powerhouse ranking third when it comes to the all-time medal count in both the Summer and Winter Games as well as hosting quite a few.

See also about sport in the previous nations of Saarland, West Germany and East Germany.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Germany. If you know of something that should be listed here, please make a comment below.

Popular sports of Germany (see more)

Germany Traditional or Regional Sports

Germany Sporting Success

Great athletes from Germany

Germany Sports trivia

Germany at major events

Past sporting events events hosted in Germany

Upcoming sporting events in Germany

Annual sporting events held in Germany

Sporting Facilities in Germany


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