Sport in Hamburg
Sport in Hamburg, Germany, has a long and distinguished history. Some of the founders of the German football association came from Hamburg. One of the oldest rowing clubs is located in Hamburg. Several championships were held here. About 60 teams from Hamburg are playing in German first leagues (Bundesliga). And the recreational sport is a large factor in Hamburg, the sport federation of Hamburg (Hamburger Sportbund) represents more than 500,000 member in more than 750 clubs.
The club Vierländer Schützengesellschaft (Rough translation: Shooting Club Vierlande) is the oldest still existing organisation in Hamburg. It was established in 1592. Der Hamburger Ruder Club founded 1836, since it merged with the Germania Ruder Club (GRC) in 1934, it is called Der Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club (HGRC). The HGRC is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Europe. In 1830 the Hamburg Cess Club (Hamburger Schachklub von 1830 (HSK von 1830) ) was founded.
On January 20, 1900 the FC Association 1893 Hamburg and FC Eintracht Altona were two of 86 founders of the German football association. The Germania Ruder Club's coxed fours won rowing at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.
As long as the history of sports clubs and winning is, so long is the history of hosting events. The 3rd Chess Olympiad organized by the German Chess Federation took place between July 13 and July 27, 1930, in Hamburg.
12 players from the Hamburg Chess Club won the German Team Championship in 1956 and 1958. In 1987 the Hamburg Chess Club were Deutscher Pokalsieger.
The HSH Nordbank Arena was used a site for the 2006 World Cup for five matches, among others the quarter-finals Italy vs. Ukraine on June 30, 2006. Boxing for international titles like the heavyweight championship of the International Boxing Federation in 2003 and 2008 between Tony Thompson and Wladimir Klitschko were held in Hamburg.
In July 2008 the Fourth World University Championship for beach volleyball was held in Hamburg.
- Teamroster in 2007
Hamburg and the German University Sports Federation (allgemeiner deutscher hochschulsportverband (adh) ) are bidding for the Summer Universiade 2015. The German Federal Ministry of the Interior and the German Olympic Sports Confederation are supporting this bid.
First league teams
About 60 teams were fighting in German first leagues (Bundesliga ) in 2007.
- Ball sports
The association football men's team Hamburger SV, one of the most successful teams in Germany, is a football team in the Bundesliga. HSV is a six time German champion, a three time German cup winner and triumphed in the European cup in 1977 and 1983 and has played in the group stages of the Champions League twice; in 2000/2001 and in 2006/2007. Additionally FC St. Pauli is a second division football club. The HSV Handball represents Hamburg in the German handball league. Another first league team is NA. Hamburg Volleyball.
- Baseball and Softball
One of the world top chess players comes from the Hamburg Chess Club and is playing in the Chess Bundesliga, the Grand Master Jan Gustafsson was in the Top 100 Players list on rank 85 in April 2005.
- Cricket and lacrosse
There are also several minority sports clubs, surprisingly Hamburg has four cricket clubs, THCC Rot-Gelb(Alster CC), Pak Alemi CC, Hamburg International CC and HSV Cricket. HSV Cricket is playing in the league of the North German Cricket Federation and won several first places. There is also the lacrosse team Hamburg Warriors at the Harvestehuder Tennis- und Hockey-Club (HTHC).
The women team Polo Ladies from the Hamburger Polo Club plays also in one of the German first or second leagues. In 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 the men's team won the high goal class of the German Polo Championship.
Most of the sports stadiums can be used as music concert venues and for other events too. The FC St. Pauli play at the Millerntor-Stadion in the St. Pauli quarter near the street Reeperbahn. The HSH Nordbank Arena,[notes 2] (seats 50,000 ) home to the Hamburger SV, was a venue for Bruce Springsteen's Magic Tour. Hamburg Freezers and HSV Handball play in the Color Line Arena. The aquatic center Alsterschwimmhalle completed in 1973 is used for swimming events.
Hamburg hosts equestrian events at Reitstadion Klein Flottbek (Deutsches Derby in jumping and dressage) and Horner Rennbahn (Deutsches Derby flat racing). The Hamburg Marathon is the biggest marathon in Germany after Berlin. In 2008 23,230 participants were registered.
The field hockey Hamburg Masters were held as a four-nation tournament. The Berenberg Polo Derby is medium goal polo tournament, hosted by the German Polo Federation. Since 1979 the derby is held almost annually at the Hamburger Polo Club in the Klein Flottbek quarter.
Non professional sport
Non professional or recreational sports in clubs is represented by several associations. The Hamburg Sport Federation (Hamburger Sportbund (HSB)) is the umbrella organisation for all sports clubs in Hamburg. Existing since 1945, in 2007 the HSB represented 502,571 member in 780 clubs  with 53 sports associations. The Association for Gymnastics (Verband für Turnen und Freizeit (VTF) ) has more than 100,000 members, followed by the Association for Football (soccer) (Hamburger Fussballbund (HFB) ). Members of the HFB are among others the Hamburger SV with more than 40,000 and the FC St. Pauli with more than 6,000 members.
|Horseback riding and vaulting||6,490||5,892||8,287||8,231||7,819||7,703|
|Golfing (extraordinary members)||n||n||7,720||8,099||8,350||8,752|
|Golfing (ordinary members)||5,251||6,699||7,965||8,111||8,334||7,614|
|Track and field athletics||6,312||5,172||4,520||4,551||4,672||4,770|
|Mountaineering and rock climbing||n||n||768||917||2,389||4,252|
|Sports for the disabled||1,435||2,138||2,634||2,406||2,639||3,003|
|Motorsports (ordinary members)||798||907||205||175||294||347|
|Motorsports (extraordinary members)||n||n||725||760||669||682|
- Hamburger SV and FC St. Pauli are names of multisport clubs. Here it is the men's first team.
- Formerly AOL Arena and originally Volksparkstadion
- Hockey means here both indoor and field hockey.
- Diving is here under water diving.
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