|First issue||14 July 1920|
|Based in||Nuremberg, Germany|
kicker Sportmagazin (commonly kicker) is Germany's leading sports magazine and is focused primarily on football. The magazine was founded in 1920 by German football pioneer Walther Bensemann and is published twice a week, usually Monday and Thursday, in Nuremberg. 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 was originally in Stuttgart but moved to Nürnberg 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 and Sport appeared at the same time. In 1966, kicker was sold to Axel Springer AG. 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. Beside the two weekly publications, kicker provides a digital edition since 2012. The online version of kicker.de offers a broad live ticker for over 80 different international leagues. A mobile version of kicker.de can be found among others in the mobile portal of T-Mobile, Vodafone, O2 and E-Plus. In addition, the online magazine has three apps in the iTunes store.
The modern version of kicker covers a number of sporting competitions and events, including:
- The German Bundesliga, 2. Bundesliga, 3. Liga, and Regionalliga
- The German DFB-Pokal
- The German national (football) team and women's national (football) team
- The German Women's Bundesliga
- Various European leagues and competitions, including the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1
- Various international football leagues
- Formula One racing
- The Olympic Games
- eSports and competitive video gaming
- Various other sporting events, depending on on-going competitions
- kicker is a founding member of European Sports Magazines, 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.
List of German football ranking by Kicker
The ranking of the German football is an assessment of football players of the German Bundesliga, the kicker - sports magazine is carried out. In January 1956, was first produced and published a ranking, since there are (with few exceptions) each year in the summer and in the winter break of the season a new edition of the traditional ranking.
Rangliste des deutschen Fußballs/2010er (in German)
kicker Sportmagazin Club of the Century
In 1998, kicker published a list of the best football clubs of the 20th century. The list was based on the opinions of prominent former players and managers (Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruyff, Udo Lattek, Just Fontaine etc.). Each of them could name their choice for the five greatest teams and provide arguments in support thereof. Not all experts stuck to the allotted number of picks. For example, Johan Cruyff picked three teams instead - Ajax, Milan and Dynamo Kyiv.
- Each club's trophies and Ballon d'Or winners are shown up until 1999
Greatest Clubs (1863-2014)
In 2014, the magazine created a new list of the best clubs in history. This time it was formed based on the opinions of the magazine's editors. The list was based on criteria as the clubs' history, achievements at international stage, titles won and the career of its own players. In the top 10, most teams represented Germany.
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