The online voting for the popular and much used Public Award of the non-profit association German Football Ambassador (Deutscher Fußball Botschafter e.V.) kicked-off on Friday, June 4 and will determine who will succeed last year’s winner Robin Gosens of Atalanta Bergamo.
For the next five weeks, football fans can vote at www.fussballbotschafter.de/en/publicawards to select their stars from the top 11 German players active abroad. The still current winner of the Public Award Robin Gosens is waiting with great interest to see who will succeed him: “I’m curious to see who will win this year – for me it has been such a nice award because it actually comes from the football fans.”
Furthermore, Gosens donated his signed book “Träumen lohnt sich” (Dreaming is Worthwhile), which was recently published. On top of that, among other things, an original jersey of the DFB team with the team signatures will be raffled off among the participants.
This is already the ninth edition of the award, which is presented at an Award event in Berlin in October and in which tens of thousands of fans participate. In the past, the winners have been players such as Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marc-André ter Stegen or Emre Can.
The eleven players up for election were nominated in advance by a top-class jury chaired by the long-time kicker publisher, Rainer Holzschuh.
Rainer Holzschuh: “It is a special challenge every year, because we should not only take sporting success into account when making the selection, if possible.”
The non-profit association honours German players and coaches who positively contribute to the image of Germany in the world through their performance abroad. In cooperation with numerous institutions such as the German Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute and the Association of German Football Coaches, the German Football Ambassador is also involved in social projects – the prize money always goes to social projects, for example. Last year, Robin Gosens decided on a project close to his heart in Zambia, for which he is engaged together with Plan International e.V..
The following players are candidates this year:
- Ann-Katrin Berger (Chelsea FC Women, England)
- Sara Däbritz (Paris Saint-Germain, France)
- Mario Götze (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
- Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City FC, England)
- Kai Havertz (Chelsea FC, England)
- Marcel Heister (Ferencvárosi TC, Hungary)
- Toni Kroos (Real Madrid, Spanien)
- Dzsenifer Marozsán (Olympique Lyon, Frankreich)
- Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC, U.S.A.)
- Lukas Nmecha (RSC Anderlecht, Belgium)
- Kevin Volland (AS Monaco, France)
All participants in the online voting can optionally also take part in the raffle, where exciting prizes await the winners.
Online voting under www.fussballbotschafter.de/en/publicawards takes place until July 11, 2021.
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For the eighth time, the German Football Ambassador e.V. honours German football players and coaches for their social and social engagement abroad and honours them for their contribution to the positive image of Germany in the world. Since all awards go hand in hand with the support of a social project, over 30 social projects worldwide have already been funded. “Promoting social projects and also appreciating the commitment of football personalities is the basis of our idea,” said founder Roland Bischof.