The sporting nation
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.
The Olympic Gamesin Munich are overshadowed by Israeli athletes being taken hostage and murdered by Palestinian terrorists.
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.
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.
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.
Figure skaters Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot win Olympic Gold and the World Championships in pairs skating for Germany – both with a world record in the free programme.