Football in Germany
First football club in Germany was created in 1874 year. With a more than one hundred years history, football became most popular sport in the country. In 1908 was founded German national team, which is one of the most successful national football teams in the world. The Germany national team participates in 8 finals of the FIFA World Cup, they won 4 of them during 1954, 2974, 1990 and 2014 years and 4 times finished in second place. The teams also won 3 titles in UEFA European Championship and 3 times finished on 2nd place. That’s why the Germany takes 2nd place (right after Brazil) in FIFA`s all-time table.
German league system is divided in federal league system and regional league system. In federal football league system there are three professional football divisions named:
- Bundesliga – 18 clubs
- 2.Bundesliga – 18 clubs
- 3.Liga – 20 clubs.
Each year German Football Association runs a national football club tournament named German Cup, which is a knockout tournament built by 64 clubs from all the German league system. The winner of the competition qualifies for the UEFA Europa League.