Sport brings people together and builds confidence. Promoting sport is therefore an important pillar of German foreign policy. One important tool with which to do this is the International Sports Promotion initiative of the Foreign Office, which is directed to the development of grass-roots sport in developing countries and strengthening civil society structures.
Germany was able to assist South Africa in hosting the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup in 2010 through its own experiences from the World Cup on German soil in 2006. The Embassy also supports the cooperation of non-governmental sport stakeholders, such as the increasingly in-depth cooperation between the DFB and the South African Football Association (SAFA).
Two of Germany’s coaches, Joachim Löw and Ralf Kellermann, were awarded the World Coach of the Year awards for women’s and men’s soccer. Nadine Kessler was also crowned Women's World Player of the Year.
Ballon D'or honours for German coaches, players
Two Bundesliga teams are currently training in South Africa until late January to prepare for the second half of the football season in Germany. Second place VfL Wolfsburg is based in Cape Town, with a side trip planned to Port Elizabeth. Seventh place TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is based in Johannesburg. The teams will play friendlies against Ajax Cape town and Premier Soccer League leader Kaiser Chiefs.
Mid-season training camps in SA for Bundesliga teams
It stands for fairness, tolerance and peaceful competition: International Sports Promotion of the Federal Foreign Office is a global success story and one example of how sport can build bridges across linguistic, political and cultural divides. In the past 50 years the Federal Foreign Office and its partners – including the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the German Football Association (DFB), the German Athletics Federation (DLV) and the Sport University in Leipzig – have supported more than 1,300 sporting projects in 100 countries as part of its International Sports Promotion.
Sport without Borders
Despite its lingering celebrity sport aura, golf is today increasingly popular with all sections of German society. More and more people enjoy a game that tests both concentration and sporting prowess. The eternal quest for the perfect stroke has become an enthralling pastime.
Golf in Germany