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Germany

Facts & Figures

German Team Logo
  • Capital City: Berlin
  • Population: 81m
  • Languages: German
  • Team Nickname: -
  • Official Team Web Site in German - English language version available
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Winners 4 times (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
  • Best European Nations Championship Performance: Winners (1972, 1980, 1996)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 2 (August 2017)

Ideas for a German Football Party

Consistency. If one word sums up the German national team, it has been consistency. The last time they failed to make the Quarter Final stage of the World Cup Finals was 1950! Not even Brazil or Argentina can match that record.

Now, the simplest way to throw a German football party is to invite your mates round, order in a crate of German beer and make a few Pretzels, and enjoy. And there's nothing at all wrong with that! That's how many Germans will be watching the big evening matches in bars all over the country. For afternoon games, there is a German tradition - although it's not really linked to watching football - of mid-afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen - coffee and cake. A very civilised and different way of throwing a themed football party!

For colour schemes, the German flag colours of red, black and gold would be one obvious idea, or alternatively try the black and white of their traditional football strip.

German Party Decorations

Food for a German Football Party

Germans are perhaps best known for their meat dishes, especially pork based recipes. As well as big pork roasts, different regional types of sausages - such as the Nürnberger Bratwurst - are very popular. It is customary in most parts of Germany to eat these sausages with mustard and chips. OK, nothing unusual in that. But the Germans like chips with mayonnaise. Now that sounds a bit odd to us Brits, but having chips with salt and vinegar on sounds odd to the Germans, so give it a go - you might enjoy it! Getting a selection of German sausages, a jar of German mustard, a huge bowlful of chips, and some German beer is as good a place as any to start for a German themed party. There are countless regional sausages, but the main types to look out for are:
  • Blutwurst - "blood sausage", rather like English black pudding
  • Bockwurst - often known incorrectly outside Germany as the "Frankfurter". Made from finely ground veal or beef, and cooked in boiling water
  • Genuine Frankfurter - not the American frankfurter - is made from lean pork and a little salted bacon fat, and is cooked in boiling water
  • Bratwurst - a pale sausage made of finely minced veal and/or pork and onions, which is usually grilled or fried
  • Wienerwurst - made with beef and pork flavoured with coriander and garlic
  • Weißwurst - white sausage - is a local delicacy of Bavaria, made from veal, bacon and parsley, cooked and served in a pot of hot (but not boiling) water. There are many traditions surrounding the Weißwurst; please see our Bayern Munich page for more details
If you have a good local delicatessen, they may well stock a selection of German sausages, but many supermarkets are now expending their ranges too.

German Recipes

Drink for a German Football Party

Germany as a whole - and the Bavarian region in particular - is known throughout the world for its beer. There are apparently in the region of 4,000 brands of beer produced in Bavaria alone, but we would not recommend trying to sample them all in one day, even during Bavaria's famous Oktoberfest. As well as many famous lager-type (helles) beers, Germany also produces excellent darker beers and Weißbier . We suggest you seek out a few different ones (examples below) and have a tasting session!
There are plenty more to try at DrinkSupermarket.com. If you're doing the Kaffee und Kuchen thing, why not try some German Coffee?

Germany also produces a fair amount of wine - mostly white. Search for German wines at DrinkSupermarket.com.

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