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 11th, at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
This season, Robert Huth is currently surprising the entire football world: he is stirring up the Premier League with Leicester City F.C. and impresses by his great performance on defence. For more than 15 years the German international (19 games under his belt) has been playing an important role in England and is respected by his colleagues and the fans.
Emre Can has arrived in England and, under new manager Jürgen Klopp, Emre is now part of the starting line-up of Liverpool FC. In mid-2015, he also made the German national team. Along with other players and officials of Liverpool FC, Can supports the Alder Hey Children's Charity Foundation.
Corina Schröder was English champion with Liverpool FC in 2013 and 2014. Previously, the defender played at FCR 2001 Duisburg and 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, among others; Schröder won the UEFA Women's Champions League with Potsdam and became German champion. The former German national player joined Birmingham City in March 2016.
Anja was the top goal scorer of Sweden in 2012 and 2014 and was voted player of the year by the Swedish club coaches at the same time. Her team also won the Swedish championship in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In the summer of 2015, the German international transferred to Paris Saint-Germain, who play in the premier division in France. Mittag is committed to World Vision and supports children in developing countries.
After more than 15 years at Bayern Munich, Schweinsteiger switched to the British Premier League in mid-2015. The English fans and media celebrated his arrival duly and praised his debut in England. The captain of the DFB team supports various projects of United Charity and is involved in regional projects in the Munich area.
Miroslav Klose is one of the top players of S.S. Lazio and is respected by his teammates and the public alike. The all-time leading scorer of the German national team is known for his sportsmanship and with the help of the organisation “Sports Meets Charity” supports sick children and their families.
After more than 15 years with Borussia Mönchengladbach, the German goalkeeper joined FC Barcelona in May 2014. In that season, ter Stegen immediately won the championship, the Spanish Cup and the Champions League with Barcelona. Away from the pitch, the German international is involved with the FC Barcelona Foundation as well as the initiative “Look to the Stars” and is supporting disadvantaged children and youths.
Currently the German international is on loan at Beşiktaş Istanbul and as one of its top scorers is contributing to the success of the Turkish club. In Italy, Gómez already was celebrated by the fans and was held in high regard by the public. Away from the pitch, the 30-year-old is involved with the initiative “fair-sport” and “All Kids Are VIPs.”
Per Mertesacker is a key player at Arsenal F.C. and is known for his openness when dealing with the fans. At the World Cup in Brazil, Mertesacker made a splash with his exemplary commitment to the game and the consistency of his game. He is very active in social issues through the Per-Mertesacker-Foundation and supports many projects in many ways.
Since the beginning of the current season, Kevin Trapp has been keeping the goal of the French Ligue 1 club and has also excelled in the Champions League. Kevin Trapp is regularly involved with Paris Saint-Germain Foundation and supports children in and around Paris.
It did not take long for Toni Kroos to mesmerise his Spanish fans. Only a few months after joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2014, he has become an integral part of the first team. The Spanish press describes him as a "German machine of wonderful precision and efficiency". Toni Kroos is also making a considerable contribution to the success of the German national team.