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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The German Football Federation (German: Deutscher Fußball-Bund or DFB) 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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bronze artwork created from the footprints of the German national football team
Credit: commons user LittleJoe

A bronze artwork created from the footprints of the German national team which competed in Euro 2008 and was displayed in Ascona, Switzerland. Germany went on to finish in the runners up postition.

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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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  • February 2: Football: Arsenal signs Aubameyang from Dortmund
  • 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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