Who follows Sami Khedira (2013), André Schürrle (2014), Mesut Özil (2015), Emre Can (2016) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (2017) and Loris Karius (2018)? The winner of the "Public Award 2019" will be announced on 15th May at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.
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Anja Mittag, who won gold with the DFB team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and is under contract with FC Rosengard, is UEFA Women´s Champions League record goalscorer with 51 goals. Mittag has been supporting the work of World Vision International for years, as an embassador, she is committed to helping children in the poorest regions of the world. She is particulary concerned about the early support of young children.
Julian Gressel went to the USA to study and play college soccer. For many experts, Julian Gressel and his team surprisingly won Major League Soccer in 2018. In his second year in Atlanta, the midfielder has developed into a top performer, all-rounder and public favourite.
Since his move to FC Chealsea in 2017, he has been regarded as an established figure in central defence due to his robust playing style. With the national team Rüdiger won the 2017 Confederations Cup.
In August 2016, Sané moved from FC Schalke 04 to Manchester City. Since then, he has become an integral part of Pep Guardiola's squad. Due to his speed excellent technique and his dribbling, he thrills the fans in England and Germany.
After 5 years and over 100 games for Borussia Dortmund, in 2016 Gündogan joined Manchester City. Despite some injuries, Gundogan is considered one of the main pillars of Manchester City due to its fine technique and perfect ball handling.
It didn't take Toni Kroos long to enchant his fans in Spain. Since he moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2014, he has been an integral part of the regular line-up, even in bad phases. Three Champions League titles and UEFA Supercup wins in a row, five FIFA Club World Champions, Spanish champions and Cup winners speak for themselves. With the "Toni Kroos Foundation", the player supports seriously ill children and young people as well as their families
In January 2017, Julian Draxler changed from VFL Wolfsburg to the French series champion Paris Saint-Germain. Under Thomas Tuchel he plays mainly in the left and offensive midfield. With stronge technique and calm on the ball, he guides and shapes a multiude of dangerous offensive actions After a successful first season, he plays continue at a high level in PSG's star ensemble this season.
In August 2018, Kehrer was still consider an unknow in France. But after only a few months PSG coach Thomas Tuchel can hardly do without him anymore. Tuchel gives the 22-year-old his fullest confidence. In addition to his enormous speed, Kehrer´s aggresiv playing style and good header game are convincing.
Dzsenifer Marozsán, the 2017 triple winner and player of the year in France, was elected FIFA World player last year for the second time in a row. It was also Marozsán who opened the way to the Olympic gold medal for the german woman´s national team in Brazil in 2016, when she scored the first goal in the 2-1 final against Sweden and assisted the second goal.
After his move to Vissel Kobe 2017 Lukas Podolski played his straight into the hearts of Japanese fans. With his "Lukas Podolski Foundation" he wants to combat child poverty in particular and to offer disadvantaged children and young people a perspective.
Marc-André ter Stegen, who won the Champions League, the Spanish Championship and the Copa del Rey in 2015, is currently one of FC Barcelona's best players. He also won the Spanish championship twice and the Copa del Rey three times. The German goalkeeper supports different projects of FC Barcelona Foundation as well as the initiative “Look at the Stars”. He is committed to underprivileged children and adolescents.