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The ball is rolling again! Football is one of the world's most popular team sports - in Germany it is a national sport. The 2018 World Cup will take place in Russia, and Germany and Korea will meet in the group stage. Reason for us to take a look at football in both countries - in sport, in language and in culture.

What will be the soundtrack of the 2018 World Cup? Here are two songs that will run up and down at the soccer World Cup in Germany and Korea.

Germany: Die Fantastischen Vier feat. Clueso, "Together"

The TV channel ARD has declared this song to be its World Cup anthem for the 2018 World Cup. The old masters of German hip-hop, the Fantastischen Vier, have teamed up for their single, which was released in April 2018, with the singer and rapper Clueso, who has also been on the road for the Goethe-Institut since 2005. “Together” will probably have a major impact on the soundtrack of the 2018 World Cup in Germany.

Korea: Leo & Sejeong, "We, the Reds"

The official World Cup anthem of the South Korean national team is sung by two K-pop idols: Leo from the group VIXX and Sejeong from Gugudan. The color code is red, as it should be in Korean football.

If you want to know more about football: There are numerous books and films on the subject for loan in the library of the Goethe-Institut Seoul and in the online loan. Here are our recommendations.

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    Hardy Grüne, Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: "The golden book of German football" (2016)

    Unforgettable moments, gloomy hours, epochal developments: along lighthouses such as Fritz Walter, Franz Beckenbauer, "Dixie" Dörner or Bastian Schweinsteiger, the two renowned football historians Hardy Grüne and Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling travel through over 140 years of football history in Germany, from the wild pioneering days in the 19th century to the dazzling present. Can be borrowed from the library of the Goethe-Institut Seoul.
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    "The Miracle of Bern" (directed by Sönke Wortmann, 2003)

    The feature film by director Sönke Wortmann tells the story of Germany's unexpected victory at the 1954 World Cup in Bern - the so-called miracle of Bern. This is linked to the difficulties of a returned prisoner of war who can no longer find his way around in his old life, but who, in parallel to the German success, is getting closer to his son and his family again. Can be borrowed from the library of the Goethe-Institut Seoul.
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    Raphael Honigstein: "The Fourth Star" (2016)

    From the miracle of Bern to the fourth world championship title in 2014: Raphael Honigstein, SZ correspondent in London, soccer expert and sports reporter luminary, has written a brilliant analysis that is exciting to read about the development of the German national soccer team: from the rumble soccer of the early 2000s to the summer fairy tale of 2006 to winning the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. How did those responsible manage the transformation - from an unattractive but efficient style of play to intoxicating offensive football? Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    Michael Horeni: "The Boateng Brothers" (2012)

    Recent German football history also includes biographies such as that of the Boateng brothers: born in Berlin to a German mother and a Ghanaian father, all three football players. George gives up playing football, Kevin plays for the Ghanaian national team, Jérôme becomes world champion with the German national team in 2014. Michael Horeni traces the biographies of the three brothers. Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    Marcel Reif and Holger Gertz: "Stoppage time - a life with football" (2017)

    Football is not only about the players, but also about the observers. Marcel Reif has been one of the most important football commentators in German-speaking countries since 1984. In his book, Marcel Reif looks back and forward, telling stories big and small both in front of and behind the scenes of football, the greatest spectacle that our present has to offer. Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    Reinaldo Coddou H .: "Football Temple" (2011)

    Reinaldo Coddou H. photographed more than sixty stadiums for the illustrated book “Football Temple”: In addition to the well-known arenas from the first Bundesliga, stadiums steeped in history are also portrayed during a football match. Can be borrowed from the library of the Goethe-Institut Seoul.
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    Gerhard Delling: "Langenscheidt football-German, German-football" (2006)

    Gerhard Delling is one of the most famous sports presenters in Germany. In this reference work he presents interesting and amusing things to do with the ball with a twinkle in his eye. Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    Axel Hacke: "Feelings of Football" (2014)

    Axel Hacke is best known today for his column on the subject of education in the magazine of the Süddeutsche Zeitung - but before that he was a sports reporter. His football book is a mixture of reportage, essay and feature section: a story of the feelings that connect us with football. Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    Jürgen Kaube: "In Praise of Football" (2018)

    Jürgen Kaube is one of the editors of the major German daily "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" - and in this book he deals intelligently and entertainingly with the relationship between football and its fans. Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    Benno Hurt: "A German Championship" (2006)

    You can also find something on the subject of football in fiction. This family novel traces the West German identity after the Second World War, more precisely after winning the soccer world championship title in 1954. Germany is soccer world champion - we are somebody again. However, this does not apply to the family of the young Christian Kirsch from Kolbstadt, a typical small city in the south of the still young FRG. Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    "The very big dream" (Direction Sebastian Grobler, 2011)

    The film “The Great Dream” with Daniel Brühl in the leading role goes even further back in history. The young teacher Konrad Koch is supposed to teach English in a venerable German high school in 1874. In order to get his students excited about the foreign language and culture, he uses unusual teaching methods and introduces them to a completely new sport that he got to know in England: football. Can be borrowed from the library of the Goethe-Institut Seoul.
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    Beate Dölling: "Wild on Football" (2018)

    There are also football stories for children: In this entertaining football novel for children aged 8 and over, Lena has to convince her big brother that girls can play football too. Can be borrowed from the online library.
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    Kirsten Boie: "Lena only has soccer on her mind" (2004)

    Kirsten Boie is one of the successful German children's book authors, and in her series about the girl Lena there is also a football book. In the story, Lena forgets her school duties because of the soccer ball, so that her mother has to intervene. Can be borrowed from the library of the Goethe-Institut Seoul.

How well do you know German football?

How well do you know German football? Now answer our questions and find out what type of football fan you are. There are no wrong answers!

by Thomas Winkler

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The World Cup on social media

Fans all over the world celebrate the goals of their team. How are you happy? We collect videos and photos of the most beautiful cheering scenes under the hashtag #Jubel - on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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