Award ceremony 2016 Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Horst Kriete awarded

Award ceremony 2016

Award 2016 - German Football Ambassador

For the fifth time, the German Football Ambassador awarded German coaches and players for extraordinary commitment and dedication to their work abroad. During the jubilee event in the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, Horst Kriete (Category "Coach"), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Category "Player") and Miroslav Klose (Honorary Award) were awarded by the organization. Founder Roland Bischof: "We gladly honor German football personalities for the fifth time. Football is a great link and can strengthen intercommunication between different cultures."

In the main award category „Coach“ the jury nominated Bernd Storck, Michael Krüger and Horst Kriete. The nomination itself is already an honoring to the extraordinary commitment of these German coaches. Laudator and chairwoman of  the Bundestag sports committee Dagmar Freitag declared this year’s winner Horst Kriete. Aid worker and football coach Kriete worked in over 30 countries, influenced football especially in South Africa and China.

Bastian Schweinsteiger received the public award in category „Player“ by surpassing 10 further nominees in an online-voting. The 32-year-old currently plays for Chicago Fire and therefore could not personally attend the award ceremony. Nevertheless, the former national team captain thanked his fans via a video message. „Football reflects a feeling of solidarity. Football is a sport of one language: as a team, we are strong. I am very proud to represent this positive mindset to football in different countries all over the globe.“ Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Federal Foreign Minister Gabriel presented Miroslav Klose with an honorary award for his great sporting successes and values which he achieved during his professional career. Fair Play und sincerity were always self-evident for the World Cup all-time top scorer as laudatory Sigmar Gabriel described him.

Finally, Jury-Chairman und publisher of the kicker sports magazine, Rainer Holzschuh, thanked Uwe Seeler for his 5 years as jury member of the German Football Ambassador and declared him as 1st member of the newly founded Hall of Fame. “It was a great time working as jury-member, as I had fascinating insights into football in different countries. It is also a great Honor for me to be the first member organizations Hall of Fame.“

The nominees and award winners will donate their prize money to different social projects. With this year’s projects in South Africa, USA, Sudan und Hungary the German Football Ambassador could support over 20 organizations all over the world.

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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 since August 2016 he works at the Office of the Federal President. Previously he worked at the sports department at the Foreign Office, 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".