Germany , officially the Federal Republic of Germany , is a federal parliamentary republic in Europe. The country consists of 16 states while the capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an area of 357,021 km2 and has a largely temperate seasonal climate...
's leading sports magazine and is focused primarily on football. The magazine was founded in 1920 by German football pioneer Walther Bensemann
Walther Bensemann was a German pioneer of football and founder of the country's major sports publication, Kicker....
and is published twice a week, usually Monday and Thursday, in Nuremberg
Nuremberg[p] is a city in the German state of Bavaria, in the administrative region of Middle Franconia. Situated on the Pegnitz river and the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal, it is located about north of Munich and is Franconia's largest city. The population is 505,664...
. The Monday edition sells an average of 240,000 copies, while the Thursday edition has an average circulation of about 220,000 copies (2005 figures).
The magazine also publishes a yearbook, the kicker Almanach
. It was first published from 1937 to 1942, and then continuously from 1959 to date.
The magazine kicker
first appeared in July 1920 in Konstanz, Germany. The magazine headquarters were originally in Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million ....
but moved to Nuremberg in 1926. During World War II, the magazine merged with the publication Fußball
, and was eventually discontinued in fall 1944. After the war, the magazine was again published (under the name Sport
) by the newly-incorporated Olympia-Verlag publishing company. Former chief editor Friedebert Becker again began publishing kicker
in 1951, and for a number of years, both kicker
appeared at the same time. In 1966, kicker
was sold to Axel Springer AG
Axel Springer AG is one of the largest multimedia companies in Europe, with more than 11,500 employees and with annual revenues of about €2.9 billion. The Company is active in a total of 36 countries, including Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland...
. In 1968, Olympia-Verlag in Nuremberg acquired kicker
and merged it with Sportmagazin
, which had been published twice weekly since 1952. The first issue of the newly-founded kicker-sportmagazin
was released on 7 October 1968.
The modern version of kicker
covers a number of sporting competitions and events, including:
- The German Bundesliga
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, 2. Bundesliga, 3. Bundesliga
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, and Regionalliga
- The German DFB-Pokal
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- The German national (football) team and women's national (football) team
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- The German Women's Bundesliga
The Women's Football Bundesliga is the main league competition for women's football in Germany. In 1990 the German Football Association created the German Women's Bundesliga, based on the model of the men's Bundesliga. It was first played with north and south divisions, but in 1997 the groups...
- Various European leagues and competitions, including the Premier League, Primera Division
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, Serie A
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, and Ligue 1
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- Various international football leagues
- Formula 1 racing
- The Olympic Games
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- Various other sporting events, depending on on-going competitions
- The magazine affects a lower case 'k' in its title and has done so since its establishment.
- kicker is a founding member of European Sports Magazines
European Sports Magazines is a European association of football related publications.-ESM Members:The members of this group elect each month a European "Team of the Month", and annually a European "Team of the Year"....
, an association of football publications.
- kicker annually awards the most prolific scorer of the Bundesliga with the kicker Torjägerkanone (kicker Scorer Cannon) award. It is equivalent to the Pichichi Trophy in Spanish football.