11 German players were nominated , voting was done from March 1st until April 25th. The winner of this years Award will be announced on May 16th, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
Per Mertesacker is one of the leaders at FC Arsenal and was named captain for the current season by Arsene Wenger despite his serious injury. The world champion is also supporting different social projects through his “Per-Mertesacker-Foundation”.
After 15 years at FC Bayern Munich Bastian Schweinsteiger moved to Manchester United in 2015. Currently, despite a low playing time, Bastian still is one of the most popular and respected players at the club. The former captain of the national team supports different social projects.
The 36-year-old midfielder moved to Australia in 2010 to play for Brisbane Roar. He won the national championship in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Furthermore, he became the first foreign player to be named best league player in two different seasons. In addition, Broich was named best player of the decade in the Australian A-League.
In the beginning of this season, the 24-year-old Champions League Winner and Olympic Champion was transferred to Olympique Lyon. In 2016 Marozsán was given the honor of being captain of the national team.
After his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain in 2015 Kevin Trapp won the national championship and domestic league cup. In his free time, Trapp supports the PSG-Foundation which provides help to disadvantaged children and teenagers in Paris.
In 2015/16 Robert Huth and his club Leicester City have surprised the whole football world: after a fabulous run the underdog finished first to claim the Barclays Premier League Championship Title. The former German national player is playing in England for over a decade now and enjoys a great reputation.
Shortly after his transfer to Real Madrid in 2014, Toni Kroos became one of the team’s key performers. His precise passing game is being admired by football fans all over the world. The national team player is also supporting disadvantaged children through his “Toni-Kroos-Foundation”
The 20-year-old midfielder is playing for Olympique Lyon since the season 2015/16. In this short time, she was able to win the national championship, a domestic league cup and the Champions League.
After three years at FC Arsenal Lukas Podolski moved to Galatasaray Istanbul in 2015. His direct and powerful playing style enjoys vast popularity. His “Lukas-Podolski-Foundation” tries to improve the life’s of disadvantaged children and teenagers.
During his time at Real Madrid, Sami Khedira already won one voting for the German Football Ambassador in 2013. Since 2015 the 29-year-old is playing for the Italian club Juventus Turin and is being recognized as one of team’s key performers.
The 24-year-old moved to FC Barcelona in 2014. Since then he won two Spanish championships, 2 domestic league cups and a Champions League title. The German goalkeeper supports different projects of FC Barcelona Foundation as well as the initiative “Look at the Stars”.