Germany – Land of Sport: Facts and Figures
Source: Deutschland Magazine
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.
30 medals were won by German athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Germany moves into first place in the “all-time” medal count.
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.
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.
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.
5 titles were won by German teams at the robotics world championship RoboCup 2009. The aim: robots will play football against humans by 2050.
Winter Olympic Games 2018
In 2018 Munich wants to become the first city to have hosted both the Summer and the Winter Olympic Games. Munich is applying together with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgadener Land to host the Winter Olympic Games in eight years’ time. The IOC will decide in 2011.
69,042 runners from 2,708 companies started in the 2009 J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Frankfurt/Main, making it the biggest event of this kind in Europe.
400 gold medals were won by Germany in the Summer Olympic Games. Third place in the “all-time” Olympic medal count of nations: bronze.
6 drivers come from Germany in the current Formula 1 racing season – more than any other country. They include Schumacher, Rosberg, Vettel, Sutil, Hülkenberg and Glock.
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.
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.
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.
20 championships have been won by Bayern Munich since the foundation of the German football league. A record. Their last championship win was in 2008. And this year?
World Cup ball
On 11 occasions Adidas has provided the World Cup ball – definitely the soccer world champion when it comes to equipment. This year’s ball is named “Jabulani” (meaning “to celebrate” in isiZulu).