Germany – Land of Sport: Facts and Figures

Source: Deutschland Magazin


German Football Association

6,684,462 people were registered members of the German Football Association in 2009, and 1,022,824 of them are now girls and women. The women are the current world champions.


Sport University

5,000 people study at the German Sport University in Cologne. It is the only sport university in the country and the largest of its kind in the world.


Table football

21,139 points put Germany in first place in the international table football rankings. ITSF, the game’s international federation, wants to make it an Olympic discipline.


Football stadium

80,552 spectators – that’s the capacity of Dortmund’s soccer stadium, the largest in Germany. An average of 76,000 fans attended the home games of Borussia Dortmund in the first half of the 2009/10 season. The team’s faithful supporters are found on the south stand which has Europe’s greatest capacity for standing crowds.



400 gold medals were won by Germany in the Summer Olympic Games. Third place in the “all-time” Olympic medal count of nations: bronze.



70 million bicycles are used in Germany. Cycling is the most popular leisure sport. The cycling capital is Münster. One third of all journeys are made by bike.


Sports achievements badge

1 million people gain the sports achievements badge each year, a fitness test set by the German Olympic Sports Association in five categories. Swimming is obligatory.


World record

9.58 seconds – that’s how long Usain Bolt took to notch up the world record over 100 metres at the 2009 Athletics’ World Championships in Berlin. The blue track is the key, say experts.


Franz Beckenbauer

181 centimetres – that’s how tall Franz Beckenbauer is. Yet the Kaiser is probably the greatest German sportsman: World Cup winner as a player and as a manager and also World Cup organizer.

Germany – Land of Sport

Franz Beckenbauer