in Germany

History/Background of Soccer in Germany

~the first official National Team in Germany was formed in 1908

~in 1909, the German National Soccer team recorded their worst loss of all time, 9-0 to their biggest rival, England

~in 2012, Germany broke the world record for most consecutive international wins

~overall Germany has won three world cup champions, 4 runner up, 4 third place, and 1 fourth place awards

~in the 18 world cups, Germany has participated in 16 and took a title in 12 of them

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National Anthem

WATCH: Deutschlandlied English: The Song of Germany

~the tune of their national anthem was composed by Joseph Haydn in 1796

~was the national anthem of Germany from 1922-1945, West Germany from 1950-1990, and of reunified Germany since 1990

~was originally performed in 1797 for the birthday of Holy Roman emperor Francis II; it was called “Kaiserhymne” (“Emperor’s Hymn”).

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