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Kicker (sports magazine)

Editor Klaus Smentek[1]
Categories Sports magazine
Frequency Twice weekly
Publisher Olympia-Verlag GmbH
First issue 14 July 1920
Based in Nuremberg, Germany
Language German

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.


  • History 1
  • Magazine 2
  • Trivia 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The head office of the “Kicker” sports magazine in Nuremberg with the Kicker statue in front of the main entrance

The magazine kicker first appeared in July 1920 in Konstanz, Germany. The magazine headquarters were 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 offers a broad live ticker for over 80 different international leagues.[2] A mobile version of 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.[3]


The modern version of kicker covers a number of sporting competitions and events, including:

The kicker magazine provides live scores for the following sports:

  • soccer
  • ice hockey
  • basketball
  • handball
  • tennis
  • formula 1


  • 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.


  1. ^ "Impressum kicker sportmagazin". (in German). Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "kicker - a long standing magazine". Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "kicker-online – always the latest informations". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 

External links

  • kicker
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