Sports in Germany is an important part of German culture and society. In 2006 about 27.5 million people were members of the more than 991,000 sport clubs in Germany. Almost all sports clubs are represented by the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB, German Olympic Sports Federation).
From 8 June to 1 July 2012, the final tournament of the 14th UEFA European Football Championship will take place in Poland and Ukraine. In a total of 31 matches, 16 countries, including Germany, will compete for the crown of European football. The German national team led by captain Philipp Lahm is full of confidence and has only one goal: the final in Kyiv.
The path to the European football throne
Attractive football, a fast game, plenty of variety, full stadiums and a colourful fan culture – that’s what makes the Bundesliga so fascinating. Just a few years ago, it was considered too static, comparatively backward and no match for Europe’s best. Now it has joined the ranks of the world’s strongest leagues.
In our multicultural society, football clubs are first and foremost places where people from different backgrounds can meet and mix. The Bundesliga itself is the prime example of this. The more than 1000 professional footballers of the first and second Bundesliga hail from over 90 countries. Nearly 40 percent of the roughly 5000 total players in the 36 professional clubs and their youth training centres come from an immigrant background. Football means diversity and togetherness. It means integration.
Football and integration
Players launch it over the bar or thrill spectators with step-overs and nutmegs. Not many people other than football (soccer) fans would know what you were talking about here, but the “Dictionary of Football Language” by Armin Burkhardt could be of help.
Dictionary of Football Language