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.


2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

When the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi come to an end on Sunday, a German athlete will have  competed in nearly every event. Veteran stars, like Maria Höfl-Riesch have shined, along with relative newcomers, like the young ski jumpers  who took team gold. Keep up with the medal count here.


2014 Paralympic Games

Thirteen Athletes from Germany are competing in the Paralympic Games in Sochi from March 7-16.  Seven men and six women are competing in the alpine skiing, Nordic combined, and para-snowboarding events.

Bundesliga 2012

What is the Bundesliga?

The Bundesliga is the name most people associate with the top league in German soccer but it is in fact the title given to a far-reaching net of organizations which support and promote the game all over Germany. Here, we give you a quick run down.

Dressage champion Isabell Werth

Horseback Riding in Germany – Sport for Champions and Enthusiasts

Germans love horseback riding and equestrian sports. On the international level, equestrian sport is also one of Germany’s most successful. Thanks to its long tradition of horsemanship, Germany has produced many world champions in jumping and dressage events.

Pool fun in Nuremberg

Swimming and Bathing for Sport, Leisure and Health

Whether in a sea, a local lake, “the bathing ship” or the neighborhood pool, Germans gravitate to cool and refreshing waters in hot months. The history of bathing and spas in Germany can be traced back to ancient Roman times.

Acrobat on a slackline in Hasenheide Park, May 2011

200 Years of Gymnastics in Germany

Friedrich Ludwig Jahn held his first public gymnastics instruction at the Hasenheide park in Berlin in June 1811. This marked the birth of the German gymnastics movement, whose mission involved sport as well as politics. His followers introduced gymnastics in the US.

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Basketball in Germany?

This American sport is becoming increasingly popular in Germany, thanks to German-born Dallas Mavericks' forward Dirk Nowitzki and the 18 professional teams drawing new fans to the sport. 

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