Timeline

The sporting nation

1954

Germany wins the World Cup for the first time in Switzerland (beating Hungary 3:2 in the final). The “Miracle of Bern” becomes a lasting symbol of post-War Germany.
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1972

The Olympic Gamesin Munich are overshadowed by Israeli athletes being taken hostage and murdered by Palestinian terrorists.
Olympische Spiele POOL/dpa

1988

Steffi Graf becomes the first female tennis player to win the Golden Slam, i.e., all four Grand Slam tournaments plus an Olympic Gold medal, in a single calendar year.
Sven Simon/dpa

2004

Grand Prix racing driver Michael Schumacher wins his seventh world title (from 2000 to 2004 five times in a row) and becomes the most successful Grand Prix driver in history.
Oliver Multhaup/dpa

2006

With its official motto “A Time To Make Friends”, the World Cup becomes an unforgettable “summer fairy tale” and puts Germany in a highly favourable light abroad.
R4200/dpa

2014

Having shone throughout the tournament in Brazil, the German football team once again becomes World Champion (beating Argentina 1:0 in the final). It is Germany’s fourth World Cup title since 1954.
Markus Ulmer/dpa