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What are the most popular sports in Germany? Can you do sports? Find out in this article.

Sport is more than a culture in Germany. It is almost a lifestyle. In fact, Germans are generally very excited about sports events, be it football, handball, basket-ball, ice-hockey, etc. Many major sporting events are regularly held in most German cities. Hence, sports fans traveling to Germany will simply be delighted. You can not only attend matches and other competitions and watch these on TV but also practice your favorite sports if you wish.

Germany hosts huge and modern sports infrastructures. You can also find sports clubs and gyms almost everywhere across the country.

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Germany currently has more than 90,000 registered sports clubs. Regarding football, one counts 26,000 football clubs and 178,000 teams.

Football

Football is Germans' most favorite sports. Moreover, the Die National Mannshaft, which is the German national team, won the 2014 FIFA World Cup which was held in Brazil. Indeed, Germany is one of the world's biggest football nations. The Bundesliga which is the first division football, is leaded by the Bayern Munich. Note that the German national team also takes part in the European Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

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The women's football World Cup was held in Germany in 2011. The national women's football team took part in it.

Handball

Handball competitions are almost as famous as football matches in Germany. Handball is, in fact, one of the country's major team sports and is practiced in most regions. The German national team has even won the World Handball Championship more than once.

Basket-ball

Basket-ball is another popular sport in Germany, closely followed by the population. In addition, the country participates regularly in the NBA, the European Championship and World Championship basketball.

Ice hockey

Ice hockey is another famous sport in the country. German Ice Hockey is divided into several leagues, among which the Deutsche Eishockey Liga which consists of 14 big teams.

Car racing

Germany has become very famous in the worldwide car racing field thanks to Michael Schumacher. Germany is also deemed to be among the best in terms of racing, especially due to the fact that the country is among the world's leading sports car manufacturers. Years later, Sebastian Vettel became the youngest car racing pilot to win the car racing World championship in 2010.

Other sports

Germany is also very much involved in Olympics. In fact, German athletes have always won medals, whether gold, silver or bronze. Moreover, the country has hosted the Summer and Winter Olympic Games more than once.

On the other hand, you can practice winter sports such as skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, etc., in some regions. You are also likely to find ice rinks which are open throughout the year.

As regards biking, it is considered both as a sport and a hobby. Hence, you can buy or rent a bike to wander around the city or in the countryside.

Water sports such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing are also very popular in the single coastal region. You may also register with a water sports school if you wish.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Germany Forum 
Deutschland www.deutschland.de
Sport Club 321 www.sportclub321.com

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