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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 four World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and 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 DFB Pokal trophy
The DFB-Pokal (Deutscher Fußball-Bund-Pokal or German Football-Federation Cup) is an elimination football tournament held annually. It is the second most important national title in German football after the Bundesliga championship. Established in 1935 as the Tschammer-Pokal, the competition includes 64 teams from the Bundesliga, 2nd Bundesliga, 3rd Liga and the winners of the regional cup championships from the lower leagues.

Fixture draws for the first rounds are seeded so that each amateur team plays a professional club at the former's home ground, with tied games being decided with extra time and penalty shoot-outs. Prior to this method of solving draws, two cup finals had been decided with the drawing of lots. The cup final has been held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin since 1985 with FC Bayern Munich winning the competition the most times.

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bronze artwork created from the footprints of the German national football team
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A bronze artwork created from the footprints of the German national team which competed in Euro 2008 and was displayed in Ascona, Switzerland. Germany went on to finish in the runners up postition.

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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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