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Soccer or Football in Germany

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Sheryl, Oct 27, 2013.

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  1. Sheryl

    Sheryl Member

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    I want to share how intensive the craze for football or soccer here in Germany. Alright, probably, other countries such as Brazil or Spain would still be crazier than Germany when it comes to this sports, but still Germany is one in the top list.

    Germany’s clubs play soccer almost its whole year season in a different types of leagues. Talking about leagues, the famous Bundesliga (Federal Football League) is the main football competition in Germany. There are two parts of this league, the 1st league and the 2nd league.

    Clubs included in Bundesliga are qualified as well in the another league such as DFB-Pokal, but the winners of Bundesliga will qualify to the another league which is the DFL-Supercup.

    They have as well some friendly matches sometimes, usually they play against other clubs outside the country.

    Ofcourse the European cup, European leagues, the u-leagues (ex. Under 25, under 17 etcs.) and ofcourse the main event of all, the World cup.

    All of these are being supported by thousand of fans, all year round again and again.

    How about in your country, what is the sports craze?
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    In Canada it would have to be Hockey. I don't think it gets as crazy as it can get with Soccer in other countries but it is big. I don't think you can call yourself Canadian if you haven't done at least one of the following..

    • Watched a hockey game
    • Own a hockey stick
    • Fixed something with hockey tape or a hockey puck
    I know in the US, College Football is huge. My brother @Jeremy.Pleasant was at a game that had around 110000 people there. I remember driving by schools and seeing huge Football fields and thinking I was looking at a University. Then as I come around to the building I see its a high school. Its unreal.

    I still want to go to a NFL and a NHL game at some point.

    James
     
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    As far as know, Germany is a country where soccer has traditionally caught the attention of countless aficionados, same as in Great Britain, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, etc.

    However I thought football has not the same impact that soccer has. However all of this is from what I have read and not based on personal experience visiting Germany, a cherished dream to me.

    Here in my country craze is over soccer since decades ago, though in the mid-20th century Baseball, the so-called king of sports, used to dispute with soccer that insanity of people doing whatever to attend a match at the stadium.
     
  4. Sheryl

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    Absolutely, soccer is the sports craze in Germany. But let me clarify something. When I wrote their football in Germany, I meant "soccer", because in Europe, soccer is actually not the term they are using but rather "football" :)

    I know in the US or other parts of the world, the term soccer for this sports is being used because football means the american football, but in Europe, Football is soccer.

    :)

    I hope I did not make this more confusing LOL!
     
  5. oivas

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    In India it has to be cricket. I am not certain you would be knowing about cricket. However, soccer has its ardent fans spread across India as well with the Eastern part of India (West Bengal) being the craziest.

    Talking of a general all time sport - cricket qualifies for India.
     
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    Yes, I know! :)

    And talking about Germany's craze, I did really love (and still) this Pepsi commercial when the World Cup Championship was played there back in 2006

     
  7. hdejong

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    In the United States it would have to be Football or Basketball. These two sports are always on TV and the players get paid insanely high salaries.
     
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    The funny thing is how baseball has been displaced all over the world, except in Cuba where baseball is still king.

    However I remember that it was also "king" in the United States (according to old movies) or at least was in the second position after American Football.

    However I believe the popularity of basketball starts in the mid-1970s with the advertising around the Harlem Globe Trotters.

    Someone correct me please if I'm wrong.
     
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    I really can't tell because I don't follow US sports, just tennis, but tennis is a worldwide sport.

    All over Europe football (soccer) is king, no other sport comes even near!
     
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    It is pretty much the same here in Jamaica as you described it in Germany. We have football at every school level for both boys and girls. These leagues have trophy and cash play off which is very beneficial for the schools and the future of the players and football in general. Then there is six per side, like a mini league, division league and then master league. The sport gets great turn out support from it's fans but I know it could be greater if it wasn't for the economy right now.
     
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    In my country (The United States) we are HUGE on Football. Every year football season comes around it seems like everyone dedicates their Sundays to watching football and then ensures to keep their Monday Nights free so they can watch Monday Night Football :)
     
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