Portal:Football in Germany

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Introduction

Allianz Arena in Munich, home stadium of club FC Bayern München.

Football is the most popular sport in Germany. The German Football Association (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund or DFB) is the sport's national governing body, with 6.6 million members (roughly eight percent of the population) organized in over 26,000 football clubs. There is a league system, with the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga on top. The winner of the Bundesliga is crowned the German football champion. Additionally, there are national cup competitions, most notably the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) and DFL-Supercup (German Supercup).

The Germany national football team has won four FIFA World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), being the joint second most successful nation in the tournament only surpassed by Brazil. It also holds a record (tied with Spain) three UEFA European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996), and won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017. The Germany women's national football team has won two FIFA Women's World Cups (2003, 2007) and a record eight UEFA European Women's Championships (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013), as well as a gold medal in the Summer Olympics in 2016. Germany is the only nation that has won both the men's and women's World Cup. No team has more combined men's and women's World Cup championships, and only the United States has won more combined men's and women's regional/continental championships (USA 12 in CONCACAF, Germany 11 in UEFA Euro). Germany was the host of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1988, the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 1989 UEFA European Women's Championship, 1995 UEFA European Women's Championship, 2001 UEFA European Women's Championship, and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Germany will host the UEFA Euro 2024 after beating out rival Turkey by 8 votes of 12-4.

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Germany
The German Football Federation (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund or [DFB] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) is the governing body of association football in Germany. The founding member of both FIFA and UEFA organises the German football leagues, including the national league, the Bundesliga and the men's and women's national teams. The DFB is based in Frankfurt and is divided into five regional federations with 21 regional organizations.

Today, about 26,000 clubs are members, fielding 170,000 teams with over 2 million active players and totalling over 6 million members, the largest membership of any single sports federation in the world. DFB has 870,000 female members and 8600 female teams.

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A view of the Stadium Hoheluft in Hamburg, home ground of SC Victoria Hamburg.

Selected biography

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Jürgen Klinsmann is a German football manager and former football player, who played for several prominent clubs in Europe and was part of the German team that won the 1990 FIFA World Cup and the 1996 UEFA European Championship. He was one of Germany's premier strikers during the 90s.

He was first introduced to football at the age of eight, playing every position in his youth, including goalkeeper. He started his professional career at the age of seventeen at Stuttgarter Kickers and joined the more prestigious Stuttgart club VfB Stuttgart in 1984. Besides playing for German clubs VfB Stuttgart and Bayern Munich, Klinsmann played abroad for Internazionale, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur and Sampdoria.

Klinsmann had a fruitful international career, seeing his first Germany duty in 1987 and ultimately collecting 108 caps, a tally second only to that of Lothar Matthäus. Klinsmann scored 47 goals for Germany in top-level international matches which is only second to Gerd Müller's record of 68 goals for the national team.

He went on to manage the German national team to a third-place finish in the 2006 World Cup. He resigned from the post shortly after, having had two years in charge, and became the coach of Bayern Munich in July 2008.

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Brief in-the-news coverage of Football in Germany is also available at Sports current events.

  • August 5: FC Barcelona signs Chilean footballer Arturo Vidal from Bayern
  • July 25: German footballer Mesut Özil announces retirement from international football over 'racism'
  • July 1: FIFA World Cup 2018 day 12, 13, 14, 15: Iran, Nigeria, Germany, Senegal out of the tournament
  • June 27: FIFA World Cup 2018 day eight, nine, ten, eleven: Belgium, England confirm knockout phase qualification; Poland, Costa Rica miss out Last 16
  • June 20: Football: Arsenal sign Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno
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