Famous Sports People in Germany

Germany is one of the leading sports nations in the world. There is hardly a sports discipline in which German athletes do not rank among the best. The favourite sport in the federal republic is undoubtedly football, a game that has brought immense achievements to Germany, as the country is the third most powerful worldwide. Other sports like basketball, motor sports, winter sports and lots of other individual and team sports enjoy great popularity in Germany. The excellent stadiums and sport facilities throughout the country make sports easily accessible for all people and contribute to the success of the nation. Below you can find more information about some of the greatest German sports figures.



Boris Becker is considered the greatest German tennis player ever. He entered the world of professional tennis with a bang, becoming the youngest Grand Slam champion in history at the age of 17 when he won the Wimbledon tournament. In his 15 years long career Becker won three times Wimbledon, two times the Australian Open and once the US Open. His highest achievement is the Olympic title from the games in Barcelona 1992, where he won the men’s doubles together with his compatriot Michael Stich.
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Franz Beckenbauer is the greatest German football player and is regarded as one of the brightest stars the game has ever seen. His extraordinary qualities have gained him the nickname “The Kaiser”, or “emperor”, by which he is known all over the world. Beckenbauer started his professional career in Bayern Munich in 1964 and for the next 13 years made 427 appearances and scored 60 goals. With his team the Kaiser won almost all possible trophies,
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When I am home in Berlin, I train four hours a day.

Born in Staaken (former East Germany, today a part of Berlin), she is a two-time Olympic Gold Medallist in figure skating and the champion of many European and world competitions. She attended a special sports school for talented children. From 1970 she trained under Jutta Müller. Witt's first victory came during the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, when, after strong competition with Rosalynn Sumners,
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Michael Schumacher is the most successful pilot in the history of Formula One and one of the greatest sports figures sport has ever seen. The German legend holds a total of 31 different records in Formula One with his seven titles in 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, 91 victories achieved in 250 races and 1,369 points scored. Furthermore, Schumacher is unsurpassed in terms of pole positions, fastest laps and most races won in one season.
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Oliver Kahn is among the best goalkeepers Germany has ever had and one of the most successful players in the history of German football. The legendary footballer started his professional career in 1987 with the team of his hometown Karlsruhe. After seven years and 128 appearances, Kahn moved to Bayern Munich in 1994. With this team he achieved his greatest successes, winning practically all possible trophies. Oliver Kahn received a number of individual awards as well,
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A native of Berlin, Wolfgang Behrent is a former talented amateur boxer, who won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne in the bantamweight class. This victory made him the first champion of the German Democratic Republic, and earned him second place in the 'GDR male athlete of the year' ranking, right after Täve Schur. Unfortunately, an injury disabled him from qualifying for the Olympic Games in 1960. He attempted a comeback for the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympic Games;
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