Germans are a very sporty nation. There are around 90,000 sports clubs with 27 million members. Football is the most popular sport, closely followed by gymnastics, with tennis in third place. But who could forget the German superstars of formula one, skiing, or rowing? Here is a collection of some interesting facts and sports personalities from Germany.
At the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in London Germany was represented with 391 athletes at the Olympic Games, and 150 athletes at the Paralympic Games.
In English schools it is the fat boy who gets to be goalkeeper: the assumption is that his sheer bulk will block the ball. In Germany, the position goes to one of the fittest, the best jumper, the brightest mind, the strongest kicker. The country, in short, takes goalkeeping seriously.