What is Germany's national sport or sports?

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German anti-immigrant party 'Alternative for Germany' vice-chairman Alexander Gauland has made yet another controversial racial comment about the German national football team.

The politician made global news earlier this week when he stated that most German fans felt colored player Jerome Boateng was good on the pitch but that they would not want him as their neighbor.

READ MORE: German World Cup winner Boateng ‘racially insulted’ by anti-immigrant party

Gauland has been at it again with more questionable comments, stating that the German national side is "no longer a question of national identity" but "ultimately a question of money."

"A German or an English national football team is no longer English or German in the classical sense,” he said.

“(Fans) cheer at the football (but) this multicultural world is still alien to most of them.”

Gauland’s comments were largely ignored or rebuffed by fans, who brought messages of support for...

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As a teenager and while still living in Germany, he was sporadically recruited by American colleges. From 1997 to 1998 he absolved mandatory military service in Germany. Before he was drafted ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft, he played basketball in Germany's second division. In 2002 Nowitzki lead the German national basketball team to the FIBA World Championship, where they won a bronze medal. In 2005 he was the leading scorer and MVP in the EuroBasket, where the German team won the silver medal. Over the years Nowitzki has been referred to as the "German Wunderkind," leading the Mavericks to eleven consecutive NBA Playoffs, including the NBA Finals in 2006, as well as the franchise's very first championship in 2011.

Although he is the second German, after Detlef Schrempf, to play in the NBA, he is the first European to have won the NBA's MVP award (2006-07). Additionally, Nowitzki is a 10-time NBA All-star and is an eleven-time member of the...

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A significant sport in India, which is competitive in international terms, as well as in Korea and Turkey. Some minor interest across a number of countries.

Very regional sport, but a huge sport in Australia, with considerable interest also in the UK. Lesser global appeal means it remains to some extent in the shadow of it's larger cousin Rugby Union, which some its major starts have defected to.

Dominant sport in: Germany, France, UK, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, Netherlands, Nigeria. S. Arabia

Huge sport in: China, Japan, S.Korea, S. Africa

Major sport in: Australia, India, Canada

Medium sport in: US, Indonesia

1 Association Football (soccer)

High interest: All months

The following list of the world's biggest sports is based on data collected on amount of coverage from major online sports news websites on a daily basis...

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Sport in Germany is an important part of German culture and society. In 2006 about 27.5 million people were members of the more than 91,000 sport clubs in Germany. Almost all sports clubs are represented by the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund (DOSB, German Olympic Sports Federation).

History[edit]

Friedrich Ludwig Jahn known as Turnvater Jahn (father of gymnastics) was born in 1778 and worked as an assistant teacher in Berlin. At Berlin's Hasenheide Friedrich Ludwig Jahn opened the first German gymnastics field ('Turnplatz'), or open-air gymnasium, in spring 1811. His activities were particularly pointed at the youth, with whom he went to the gym field in free afternoons. The German gymnastics, understood by Jahn as a whole of the physical exercises.

Jahn developed well-known gymnastic equipment, invented also new apparatuses. Particularly by his main writing "Die Deutsche Turnkunst" (1816) the apparatus gymnastics developed to an independent kind of...

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BT Sport is a group of sports television channels provided by BT Consumer; a division of BT Group in the United Kingdom and Ireland that was launched on 1 August 2013. The channels are based at the former International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.[1][2] BT Sport is available on the BT TV, Sky and Virgin Media television platforms in the UK.

BT Sport holds exclusive live UK TV rights to 42 Barclays Premier League matches per season as well as exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, National League, Serie A, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, the Primeira Liga, the FA Community Shield, the FA Trophy, MotoGP and the Aviva Premiership. BT Sport also holds shared rights to the FA Cup with the BBC, the Scottish Professional Football League with Sky Sports and BBC Alba, and the Rugby Champions and Challenge Cups with Sky Sports.

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On 2 May 2013, BT Sport 1 and 2 were added to the BT TV EPG,...

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Germany lifted the World Cup a decade after exiting Euro 2004 without a win.

A revolutionary plan and the collective will to carry it through changed their fortunes and culminated in Sunday's 1-0 win over Argentina.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has challenged England to win the World Cup in 2022 - so can the low of group-stage exit in Brazil be one day viewed as the bust before the boom?

BBC Sport examines how, and indeed if, England can 'do a Germany'.

Football philosophy

Exiting a major tournament at the group stage, as England did this summer, will sound familiar to Germany.

They finished bottom of their group at Euro 2000 and, although they reached the World Cup final in 2002, failed once again to progress to the knockout stages at Euro 2004. That led to a pivotal moment for the country and the national team - the decision that a radical overhaul was needed.

Along with his assistant Joachim Low, new coach Jurgen...

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A joy ride with Henry Ford III

In Germany, the land of the Autobahn, where speed is regarded as a national right, the best-selling sports car last month wasn't the locally-built Porsche 911. It was the Ford Mustang.

The Mustang, built in Flat Rock, Mich., is still a novelty in Europe, where it went on sale for the first time last summer.

During the Mustang's most recent redesign for the 2015 model year, Ford executives decided they wanted to make it a global product.

Before, it had been sold mainly in the United States.

Even so, thanks to the popularity of American television shows and movies overseas, the car is well known in other countries. European customers just hadn't been able to easily buy one before.

8 great convertibles for the summer

The Mustang is relatively expensive in Germany compared to the United States.

Prices for a four-cylinder turbocharged model there start at about €38,000, or roughly $43,000....

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Weightlifting has ancient origins. It featured at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

A long history

As a means to measure strength and power, weightlifting was practised both by ancient Egyptian and Greek societies. It developed as an international sport primarily in the 19th century and is one of the few sports to have featured at the 1896 Athens Games.

Power struggle

At the beginning of the century, Austria, Germany and France were the most successful nations. However in the 1950s, the Soviet Union’s weightlifters rose to prominence and stayed there until the 1990s when China, Turkey, Greece and Iran catapulted to the lead. In the women’s field, China has been dominant since the very beginning.

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