Soccer Nation

Besides soccer, the most popular sport in Germany, sports like handball, biathlon, motorsport, boxing, tennis, ice hockey, and triathlon enjoy enormous popularity. Germans love sports, both as participants and viewers.

In contrast to the United States, where the big sports evolved from North America by either using different elements of European sports or were conceived on American soil, sports in Germany were mostly adapted from other countries, even the national sport, soccer.  One exception is handball that entirely evolved on German soil. Therefore, it is sometimes also called "The German Game."