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World Cup Facts: Germany

German fans are eagerly awaiting Germany's 2014 World Cup entry game.
German fans are eagerly awaiting Germany's 2014 World Cup entry game.
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The World Cup is one of the world’s most popular sporting events since it is viewed among fans from all across the globe. An estimated that 3.2 billion people watched the 2010 World Cup—that makes up 46% of the earth’s population! Every four years the World Cup provides riveting entertainment to soccer fans. The first World Cup took place in July of 1930 in Uruguay and, since then, there have been 19 exciting events. The World Cup usually lasts about a month (from June to July) and starts out with 32 teams that are narrowed down to two finalists and, finally, a victor.

German fans wave their national flag during a game.
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The World Cup is a truly international event and it is a good opportunity for youngsters to learn about other people and places while they watch the games. The World Cup is an especially good opportunity to memorize the flags of other nations and listen to some interesting facts about players and countries from the announcers.

Germany have won the World Cup three times—making them the third most decorated nation in World Cup history (Brazil is first with 5 wins and Italy is second with 4 wins). Needless to say, many Germans are excitedly awaiting the results of the current World Cup!

Below is a list of facts about Germany during the World Cup:

• The 2014 German team is very young with most players averaging an age between 23 and 26. They have removed the older players and chosen the best of the youngsters which they hope will help the team increase their speed and reaction time against opponents.

• Germany used to be divided into “East Germany” and “West Germany.” Hence, when they won the World Cup in 1954 and 1974 the credit went to “West Germany.” After the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, both East and West combined into simply “Germany.” They won the World Cup under that title in 1996.

• The German uniform is usually black and white with hints of red and yellow. Of all the countries, Germany’s outfit has remained one of the most consistent in design throughout the years.

• The German squad's nickname is “Die Mannschaft” which is German for “The Team.”

• Germany is the only nation to have won both the men’s and women’s World Cups.