World Cup (Germany)

Justine Dauberman

History of soccer in Germany

Football is the moat popular sport in Germany. On an international level, Germany is the second most successful football nation in the world only surpassed by Brazil. The Germany National Football team has won four FIFA World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) as well as a record (tied with Spain) three UEFA European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996).Germany is the only nation that has won both the men's and women's World Cup. In addition Germany is the only nation to have won the applicable regional/continental championship (which for Germany is the UEFA Euro championship) for both the men's and women's team. 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. The Dresden English Football Club is considered the first modern Football club in Germany.

Flag and facts

The national flag of Germany consists of three equal horizontal bands of black (top), red, and gold. Black, red and gold have played an important role in German history and can be traced back to the medieval banner of the Holy Roman Emperor- a black eagle with red claws and red beak on a gold field. When Germany was unified in 1871 under Otto von Bismarck, it chose a national flag with horizontal stripes of black-white-red (black and white are the colors of Prussia, of which Bismarck was Chancellor, and red was from Hanseatic League). After Germany’s defeat in the First World War a republic was declared in 1919 and the black, red, and gold flag was restored.
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