Award ceremony 2016 Gernot Rohr, Karl-Heinz Schnellinger & Emre Can awarded

Award ceremony 2016

Award 2016 - German Football Ambassador

The award ceremony of the GERMAN FOOTBALL AMBASSADOR held some exciting surprises for the visitors at the Foreign Office in Berlin. Right on time with the upcoming European Championship in France the award "German Football Ambassador 2016" was granted to the France expert Gernot Rohr by the German and French Foreign Ministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Marc Ayrault. The former world-class defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (honorary award) and the national player Emre Can (audience award) were awarded for their sportsmanship and their social engagement abroad. The presenters were former European championship top scorer Dieter Müller, Germany's honorary captain Uwe Seeler and the general director of ‘Deutsche Welle’ Peter Limbourg.

Award ceremonation 2015 Impressions and awardees

Award ceremonation 2015

Award ceremonation 2015

Emotions, surprises and interesting facts about football were guaranteed in the third award ceremony of the initiative German Football Ambassador.

In the presence of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Jürgen Klinsmann (coach of the US team), Thomas Hitzlsperger (former international player) and Mesut Özil (Arsenal FC) were honoured for their athletic and social commitment abroad.

Football can do much more! German coaches and players are active on and off the pitch, contribute to social and athletic development and shape the positive image of Germany in the world. The initiative was founded in 2012 by Roland Bischof to encourage the commitment and to support social projects in the world.

The first prize of the initiative ‘German Football Ambassador 2015’ goes to Jürgen Klinsmann who was elected by a highly qualified jury. Klinsmann has been the national coach of the US team since 2011 and has helped US soccer to reach more reputation. As a player he already performed in the 1990 World Cup in Italy and played in Monaco, England and the United States. 

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier praised the commitment and passion of Jürgen Klinsmann in his speech. Also nominated were Eckhard Krautzun (commissioner of the FIFA) and Michael Nees (technical director Israel) who attended the event and gave extensive insights into their work and the development of football in the world.
Thomas Hitzlsperger was awarded the prize in 2015. Hitzlsperger was active as a player for Aston Villa, Lazio Rome and West Ham United. In addition, the former German national team player was honoured for his commitment against homophobia in sports and for supporting various social projects in Germany and Africa. 
Hitzlsperger: "Winning the award of the initiative German Football Ambassador fills me with great pride. It is also an incentive to communicate future ideas and values ​​of German football..."
Mesut Özil receives the Audience Award 2015. In a public and international voting, in which more than 32,000 votes were cast, the player of the Arsenal FC prevailed among the eleven nominees. In 2015 Mesut Özil founded the 'Özil-Foundation' to support children and young people in the world and to sustainably expand his existing commitment. Presenter Peter Limbourg (director of Deutsche Welle) paid tribute to the positive appearance of Özil and the other "German legionnaires" abroad.

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  • Roland Bischof

    Roland Bischof (Initiator) is the managing majority shareholder of the company presented by... GmbH. He is a charter member and the vice president of the FASPO (the professional association for sponsoring in Germany, Switzerland and Austria) for 12 years.

  • Rainer Holzschuh

    Rainer Holzschuh acted from 1983 to 1988 as the chief press officer for the German Football Association (DFB ) and subsequently, until 2009 editor in chief for the "kicker" sports magazine where he now operates as publisher. He is also president of the European of Sports Magazine (ESM).

  • Dr. Norbert Taubken

    Dr. Norbert Taubken is the chief executive manager of Scholz & Friends Reputation. He mainly works with clients in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility.

  • Rudi Gutendorf

    Rudi Gutendorf has received many awards for his work in the fields of sport and development around the world. In 2011, he received Germany's Federal Cross of Merit.

  • Sabine Hentzsch

    Sabine Hentzsch worked for the Goethe-Institute in Ghana, Netherlands, Romania and Great Britain. Actually she is based in Berlin. Through her working experiences she knows that the connection of football and culture creates interesting encounters to promote intercultural understanding.

  • Dr. Peter Kettner

    Dr. Peter Kettner is part of the sports department at the Foreign Office since 2015. Previously he worked at the German embassies in Ankara and Almaty and as a special adviser at the Human Rights Commissioner of the Federal Government in Germany.

  • Dr. Herdin Wipper

    Dr. Herdin Wipper is the chief editor of sports at the Deutsche Welle, Germany's foreign broadcasting service. He has a wealth of experience in the world of football.

  • Guido Faller

    Guido Faller is the CEO of the 4-level Service GmbH. For more than 15 years he consults people and companies and maintains a large internationally network.

  • Dr. Norbert Taubken

    Dr. Norbert Taubken is the chief executive manager of Scholz & Friends Reputation. He mainly works with clients in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Prinz

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Prinz is recognized for his successful law practice and precedent-setting cases that have changed German and European law over the last 25 years.

  • Dr. Ulrich Maly

    Dr. Ulrich Maly is the mayor of Nuremberg. His focus is on integration, human rights and the support of cross-generation initiatives in and around Nuremberg.

  • Urs Meier

    Urs Meier is a retired Swiss football referee. Meier received FIFA appointments and refereed in the Swiss top division until he reached the mandatory retirement age for each.

  • Rainer Holzschuh

    Rainer Holzschuh acted from 1983 to 1988 as the chief press officer for the German Football Association (DFB ) and subsequently, until 2009 editor in chief for the "kicker" sports magazine where he now operates as publisher. He is also president of the European of Sports Magazine (ESM).

  • Dr. Martin Schaefer

    Dr. Martin Schaefer is speaker of the Federal Foreign Office. He worked at the German Embassy in South Africa 2010, where he had a look behind the scenes during the World Cup.

  • Doris Fitschen

    Doris Fitschen is a retired German football player and former assistant to the women's national team head coach Silvia Neid. Fitschen has been the manager of the women's national team since 2009.

  • Uwe Seeler

    Uwe Seeler is a retired German football player and a true legend. Seeler played 450 games for Hamburg and won the goal scoring title in the Bundesliga's first season.

  • Peter Lohmeyer

    Peter Lohmeyer is a German actor and a passionate football fan. He starred in the film "The Miracle of Bern" , about West Germany's World Cup triumph in 1954.

  • Lutz Pfannenstiel

    Lutz Pfannenstiel is a retired German football goalkeeper who has played on all continents. Currently, he works as a scout for Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim and as an expert on developing countries for the DFB. He also is engaged on climate protection with his Project "Global United FC".