Portal:Football in Germany

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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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Players of FC Schalke 04 celebrating their 2002 DFB-Pokal cup win
FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04, commonly FC Schalke 04, is a German football club originally from the Schalke district of Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. Schalke has long been one of the most popular football teams in Germany, even though major successes have been rare since the club's heyday in the 1930s and early 1940s. The football team is the biggest part of a large sports club with more than 75,000 members making it the second largest sports club in Germany.

FC Schalke 04 won its first major European trophy in 1997 by defeating F.C. Internazionale Milano on penalty kicks for the UEFA Cup in Milan. The clubs main rivals are Borussia Dortmund, with whom Schalke contest the Revierderby.

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The Borussia Dortmund team pictured at the beginning of the 2007–08 season.

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Oliver Kahn is a former German football goalkeeper. He started his career at Karlsruher SC and in 1994 was transferred to FC Bayern Munich, his last professional club. He is one of the most successful German players in recent history, having won eight German championships, six German cups, the UEFA Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup. His individual contributions have earned him four consecutive UEFA Best European Goalkeeper awards, three IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper of the Year awards and two German "Footballer of the Year" trophies. He played for the German national team from 1994 to 2006, where he was starting goalkeeper of the 2002 World Cup squad which reached the Finals and won the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball for his performance. Kahn is nicknamed "King Kahn" or "The Titan."

He made his last professional appearance for FC Bayern Munich on 27 May 2008 at the Salt Lake Stadium (Yuvabharati Krirangan), Kolkata in a friendly against Mohun Bagan AC of India during Bayern's Asian tour of 2008. Around 120,000 people turned up for the match. The match ended 0-3 in favour of Bayern and Michael Rensing substituted 'King Kahn' in the 55th minute. He is considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of the game and is the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the FIFA World Cup Golden Ball.

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