FC Bayern Munich goalgetter Robert Lewandowski has been recognised as Germany’s ‘Footballer of the Year’ for 2021, while 1899 Hoffenheim’s Nicole Billa has been named as Germany’s ‘Women’s Footballer of the Year’ and Chelsea FC’s Thomas Tuchel has been named as Germany’s ‘Coach of the Year’.
Lewandowski received 356 of the 563 votes cast in the poll carried out by sports magazine Kicker among sports journalists, putting him way in front of teammates Thomas Müller (41) and Joshua Kimmich (25) as well as Dortmund’s Erling Haaland (38).
It’s the second year in a row in which Lewandowski has won the award. “I know what a great honour this is,” said the Pole, who broke Gerd Müller’s long-standing record with 41 goals in the Bundesliga last season. “It’s a source of great pride and joy for me, because it’s rare for someone to win the title of Footballer of the Year in Germany twice in a row.”
The 25 year old Austria international scored an impressive 23 goals in 21 matches in the Women’s Bundesliga and won the vote by four over Bayern Munich’s Lea Schüller.
In the coaches section, UEFA Champions League winner Thomas Tuchel won the award ahead of Hansi Flick (118) and Borussia Dortmunds Edin Terzic (75).