Portal:Football in Germany

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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 1. and 2. Bundesliga on top, and the winner of the first Bundesliga is crowned the German football champion. Additionally, there are national cup competitions, most notably the German Cup (DFB-Pokal).

On an international level, Germany is one of the most successful football nations in the world. The German national football team has won four World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and a record three European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996). The women's national football team has won the Women's World Cup twice (2003, 2007) which makes Germany the only nation that has won both the men's and women's World Cup. Germany was the host of the 1974 World Cup, Euro 1988, 2006 World Cup and the 2011 Women's World Cup.

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Players of FC Schalke 04 celebrating their 2002 DFB-Pokal cup win
FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly FC Schalke 04, is a German football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. The football team is the biggest part of a large sports club with more than 75,000 members making it the second largest sports club in Germany.

FC Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating F.C. Internazionale Milano on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan. The clubs main rivals are Borussia Dortmund, with whom Schalke contest the Revierderby.

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

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Jens Lehmann is a German football goalkeeper. He was voted UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2005–06 season, and he has been selected for three World Cup squads.

Lehman began his professional career with FC Schalke 04 in 1988 and remained with the club for ten years, eventually helping his team win the 1997 UEFA Cup Final. He left Germany to play one season in Serie A with A.C. Milan before returning to Borussia Dortmund in 1999. He was part of the team that won the Fußball-Bundesliga 2001–02 and was approached by English club Arsenal who were seeking a replacement to the departing David Seaman. Lehman appeared in every game for the club in his first season, Arsenal remained unbeaten and won the Premier League title. He went on to win the 2004 FA Community Shield and the 2005 FA Cup Final before moving to VfB Stuttgart in 2008.

Lehmann made his debut for the German national team against Oman in February 1998 and went on to earn 61 caps for his country, most of which were friendlies. He had a well-publicised rivalry with former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, whose presence had long prevented Lehmann from becoming the international side's number one goalkeeper. He became the first choice keeper for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and helped his team finish third overall.

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

  • October 7: Football: FC Bayern, Jupp Heynckes reach agreement; club's head coach until season end
  • September 21: Football: German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer sidelined until 2018 after leg injury
  • August 6: Bayern Munich's technical director Michael Reschke leaves the club, becomes sporting director of VfB Stuttgart
  • August 6: Football: Bayern beats Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties to win German Super Cup
  • July 15: Costa joins Juventus FC on one-year loan
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