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Football is the most popular sport in Germany. The German Football Association (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund or [DFB] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) 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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The DFB Pokal trophy
The DFB-Pokal (Deutscher Fußball-Bund-Pokal or German Football-Federation Cup) is an elimination football tournament held annually. It is the second most important national title in German football after the Bundesliga championship. Established in 1935 as the Tschammer-Pokal, the competition includes 64 teams from the Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga, 3. Liga and the winners of the regional cup championships from the lower leagues.

Fixture draws for the first rounds are seeded so that each amateur team plays a professional club at the former's home ground, with tied games being decided with extra time and penalty shoot-outs. Prior to this method of solving draws, two cup finals had been decided with the drawing of lots. The cup final has been held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin since 1985 with FC Bayern Munich winning the competition the most times.

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This bronze sculpture entitled "Calciatore" (football player) by Mario Moschi lies within the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark in Berlin. The stadium is the second largest in the city after Berlin's Olympiastadion with 20,000 seats (15,000 covered) and is used by football sides Hertha BSC II and BFC Dynamo.

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Bert Trautmann (born 22 October 1923 in Bremen, Germany) is a German football goalkeeper who played for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964. Raised during times of inter-war strife in Germany, Trautmann joined the Luftwaffe early in the Second World War, serving as a paratrooper and earning five medals including an Iron Cross. He started his football career at local team St Helens Town after the war and was offered a contract by Manchester City in October 1949. The club's decision to sign a former Axis paratrooper sparked protests, with 20,000 people attending a demonstration. Over time he gained acceptance through his performances in the City goal, playing all but five of the club's next 250 matches.

Named FWA Footballer of the Year for 1956, Trautmann entered football folklore with his performance in the 1956 FA Cup Final. With 15 minutes of the match remaining Trautmann suffered a serious injury after diving at the feet of Birmingham City's Peter Murphy. Despite his injury he continued to play, making crucial saves to preserve his team's 3–1 lead. His neck was noticeably crooked as he collected his winners' medal; three days later an X-ray revealed it to be broken.

Trautmann continued to play for Manchester City until 1964, making 545 appearances. In 2004 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for promoting Anglo-German understanding through football.

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  • December 12: UEFA Champions League 2017–2018: Draw for Last 16 held at Nyon
  • December 11: Football: Peter Stöger replaces Peter Bosz as Borussia Dortmund's boss
  • 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
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