Germans love sports. Their love finds many expressions, perhaps none more vocal than their support of their favorite soccer clubs, the men's and women's national soccer teams or of athletes like Dirk Nowitzki, biathlete Magdalena Neuner, F1 champion Sebastian Vettel or skier Maria Riesch. But they love to participate, too. The German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), a non-governmental organizing body of German athletics, has 27.6 million members in over 91,000 clubs, and it supports all levels of play. Indeed, its motto of “Sport for all” opens a wide door to varying degrees and types of athletic interests.
Undoubtedly, soccer is Germany’s most popular sport, and the German Football (Soccer) Association is the world’s largest sports association. As culturally deep as soccer runs, however, Germans do not spread their sports enthusiasm thinly. People enjoy winter sports like alpine skiing and biathlon, handball, tennis, gymnastics, water sports, ice hockey, basketball and many more.