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Allianz Arena in Munich, home stadium of club FC Bayern München.

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 Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga on top. The winner of the Bundesliga is crowned the German football champion. Additionally, there are national cup competitions, most notably the DFB-Pokal (German Cup) and DFL-Supercup (German Supercup).

The Germany national football team has won four FIFA World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014), being the joint second most successful nation in the tournament only surpassed by Brazil. It also holds a record (tied with Spain) three UEFA European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996), and won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017. The Germany women's national football team has won two FIFA Women's World Cups (2003, 2007) and a record eight UEFA European Women's Championships (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013), as well as a gold medal in the Summer Olympics in 2016. Germany is the only nation that has won both the men's and women's World Cup. No team has more combined men's and women's World Cup championships, and only the United States has won more combined men's and women's regional/continental championships (USA 12 in CONCACAF, Germany 11 in UEFA Euro). Germany was the host of the 1974 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1988, the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 FIFA World Cup and the 1989 UEFA European Women's Championship, 1995 UEFA European Women's Championship, 2001 UEFA European Women's Championship, and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Germany will host the UEFA Euro 2024 after beating out rival Turkey by 8 votes of 12-4.

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German women's national football team in Frankfurt, after winning the 2007 World Cup
The German women's national football team represents Germany in international women's football and is directed by the German Football Association (DFB). The team played its first international match in 1982. The German national team is one of the most successful in women's football. They are the two-time reigning world champions, having won the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. Germany is the only nation which has won both the men's and the women's World Cup. The team has won six of the nine UEFA European Championships, claiming the last four titles in a row. Germany has won three bronze medals at the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, finishing third in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Women's football was long met with scepticism in Germany and official matches were banned by the DFB until 1970. However, the popularity of the women's national football team has grown since the team won their first World Cup title.

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Illuminated exterior of the Allianz Arena
Credit: commons user Norbert Aepli

The illuminated exterior of the Allianz Arena in Germany. Completed in 2005 at a cost of €340 million, it is now the home ground of Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 München. Nicknamed the "Schlauchboot" (inflatable boat), its exterior is constructed of 2,874 foil air panels which are inflated with dry air. These panels can be individually lit with either red, blue or white lights.

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Jens Lehmann is a German football goalkeeper. He was voted UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2005–06 season, and he has been selected for three World Cup squads.

Lehman began his professional career with FC Schalke 04 in 1988 and remained with the club for ten years, eventually helping his team win the 1997 UEFA Cup Final. He left Germany to play one season in Serie A with A.C. Milan before returning to Borussia Dortmund in 1999. He was part of the team that won the Fußball-Bundesliga 2001–02 and was approached by English club Arsenal who were seeking a replacement to the departing David Seaman. Lehman appeared in every game for the club in his first season, Arsenal remained unbeaten and won the Premier League title. He went on to win the 2004 FA Community Shield and the 2005 FA Cup Final before moving to VfB Stuttgart in 2008.

Lehmann made his debut for the German national team against Oman in February 1998 and went on to earn 61 caps for his country, most of which were friendlies. He had a well-publicised rivalry with former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, whose presence had long prevented Lehmann from becoming the international side's number one goalkeeper. He became the first choice keeper for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and helped his team finish third overall.

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