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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 three World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990) as well as 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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Franz Beckenbauer is a German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed der Kaiser ("the emperor"). He is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and also as one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game.

Twice selected the European Footballer of the Year, he appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three World Cups. He lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in 1974, and repeated the feat as a manager in 1990. With the club Bayern Munich, he won three consecutive European Cups from 1974 to 1976, and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1967. Beckenbauer is the only player to captain three European Cup winning sides. He went on to become coach and president of the institution. He is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Beckenbauer remains an influential figure in both German and international football. He led Germany's successful bid to host the 2006 World Cup and chaired the organizing committee.

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