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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Ann-Katrin Berger won the German championship with Turbine Potsdam in 2012 and the DFB Indoor Cup in 2014. In 2014 Berger moved to the French Division 1 Féminine to Paris Saint-Germain. With the team, she was runner-up twice behind the permanent title holder Olympique Lyon. In July 2016 Berger left Paris and moved to Birmingham City LFC in England, where she became a regular goalkeeper. With the club she reached the FA Cup Final in 2017. Also in 2017, after a severely swollen lymph node in the neck, Berger was shock-diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She was operated and fought her way back into professional sport very quickly. In January 2019 she went to the Chelsea Ladies. For the rest of the season, however, she only made one appearance there in the league and four in the 2018/19 UEFA Women's Champions League, where defending champions Lyon were one goal up in the semi-finals. After regular goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl moved to VfL Wolfsburg as pregnancy replacement for German national team goalkeeper Almuth Schult, Berger became regular goalkeeper for the Blues.
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.
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.
The offensive midfielder Marko Marin has been under contract in Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli Dschidda SC since January 2020. For the 2012/13 season, Marin made his first international transfer to Chelsea FC. With three appearances, Marin was also part of the squad that won the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League title. For the 2013/14 season, Marin transferred on loan to FC Sevilla in the Primera División and won the Europa League final. Other borrowing stations were AC Florence, RSC Anderlecht and Trabzonspor. In August 2016 Marin was signed by Olympiakos Piraeus and won the Greek championship. In August 2018, the Serbian first division club and record champions Red Star Belgrade signed Marin on a free replacement basis. He won the national championship with the club in his first season and was named player of the year in Serbia, among other things. From the 2019 / 2020 season Marin was captain of Red Star Belgrade.
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
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.
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.
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 the relegation of FC Ingolstadt from the German Bundesliga in 2017, Pascal Groß joined the English Premier League rising team Brighton & Hove Albion. He made his debut for them in the top English league on 12 August 2017, losing 2-0 to Manchester City. His 1-0 goal at home against Manchester United on 4 May 2018 ensured his team's place in the league ahead of schedule. Groß is considered an outstanding fighter and fan favourite.
Gosens moved to Vitesse Arnhem II in 2012, where he was retrained to the left-back position and was initially intended for the club's U-23 reserve. In July 2013 he signed a professional contract for the first team of coach Peter Bosz. In order to get playing practice, Gosens was loaned to the second division club FC Dordrecht for the second half of the season in January 2014, where he was considered by the local press as the "king transfer". A few days later, he made his debut in the Eerste Divisie in a 1-1 draw with Excelsior Rotterdam. With FC Dordrecht he advanced to the Eredivisie at the end of the season. In the summer of 2015, Gosens moved to Heracles Almelo, with whom he qualified for the European Cup after the 2015/16 Eredivisie. After two years he left the club and joined Atalanta Bergamo in the Italian Serie A. With Atalanta Bergamo he reached the last sixteen of the UEFA Europa League in the 2017/18 season, in which the Lombards were eliminated narrowly against Borussia Dortmund in the sixteenth-finals. Gosens established himself as a regular on the left flank and, finishing third in Serie A 2018/19, he made it to the Champions League with Atalanta.
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.