What Sports Are Played in Germany?

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A variety of sports are played in Germany, including soccer, popularly called football in the country, motorsport and tennis. Soccer is the most popular sport in Germany.

The German Football Association is the largest individual body in the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB, German Olympic Sports Federation). As of 2014, it boasts as many as 26,000 clubs and 178,000 teams. The top football league in Germany is called the "Bundesliga." The 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 Bundesliga Champions "Bayern Munich" won the title for the most prestigious club football tournament in the world: The UEFA Champions League. In 2014, the German national football team emerged victorious in the FIFA World Cup over runners-up Argentina after dealing a devastating defeat of 7-1 to the host nation, Brazil. This marked the largest margin of defeat in the semi-final at the time. Germany also hosted the 2006 World Cup, finishing in third that year.

Germany is one of the leading motorsport countries in the world. As of 2014, Michael Schumacher, a German racing driver, holds the record for the most Formula One championship wins and races since the inception of the Formula One world championship in 1950. He is held in high esteem as one of the greatest drivers of all time.