German Football Ambassador

JÜRGEN KLOPP, MARC-ANDRÉ TER STEGEN AND BERND SCHUSTER ARE THE GERMAN FOOTBALL AMBASSADORS 2019

JÜRGEN KLOPP, MARC-ANDRÉ TER STEGEN AND BERND SCHUSTER ARE THE GERMAN FOOTBALL AMBASSADORS 2019

Award ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office with top-class guests

German Football Ambassador e.V. strengthens commitment to women's football

At this year's award ceremony of the German Football Ambassador, FC Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp beat Mongolian national coach Michael Weiß and Petra Landers, who is engaged in Zambia, in the main category. Marc-André ter Stegen from FC Barcelona won the audience award in an exciting finish ahead of Julian Gressel from Atlanta United and Leroy Sané from Manchester City. Several tens of thousands of fans voted for him in an online voting. The "blonde angel" Bernd Schuster received the honorary prize.

"The top-class event at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin was opened this time by Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy responsible for sports promotion and representing Heiko Maas.

The jury, which this year also included Horst Hrubesch and Berti Vogts for the first time, nominated three football personalities for the main prize: the later winner Jürgen Klopp, Petra Landers and Michael Weiß, all of whom contributed in completely different ways to Germany's positive reputation in the world. President of the association Roland Bischof, who visited all three nominees in their countries of operation, explained: "Michael Weiß has been an ambassador for German football in Asia and Africa for twenty years, Petra Landers is involved in an extraordinary manner in Zambia and Jürgen Klopp has literally enchanted Liverpool like Liverpool has not experienced for 40 years. All three deserve the highest recognition". The laudation for Jürgen Klopp was held by the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim "Aki" Watzke in the usual relaxed manner.

The Spanish ambassador Ricardo Martinez gave the laudatory speech to Bernd Schuster, who has legendary status in Spain. He was the first of only two players worldwide to play in all three major Spanish clubs (Real, Atletico, Barca) and win numerous titles. Everyone in Spain knows him."

The 1980 European Champion was also active as a coach mainly in Spain, where he once again became the Spanish champion with Real Madrid. Bernd Schuster enjoyed his time in Berlin and was delighted about his award with words of appreciation for the club: "A really great idea".

Marc-André ter Stegen also lives in Spain, where fans voted him the winner of the audience voting. The FC Barcelona goalkeeper has been playing successfully and at the highest level for years. Since the 2015 triple winner is in the final phase of the season, he could only join in via video and thanked from Barcelona. The award will be presented to him afterwards.

As is usual with the German Football Ambassador, all winners and nominees again named charitable organisations for their prize money in order to promote social projects for which they are committed. Vice President and CSR expert Dr. Norbert Taubken enthused: "That's one of the best things about our award! We are already socially active in over 25 countries. Thanks to all involved."

In addition to an entertaining and interesting talk with "Aki" Watzke and DFB vice-president Dr. Reinhard Koch, moderated by kicker publisher Rainer Holzschuh, the German Football Ambassador also had a surprise in store: "We want to become even more involved in women's football in the future!

Hall of Fame

Personalities who contribute to the development of international football

Hall of Fame

Award-Ceremony 2013-2017

Award for German Football coaches and players who are committed to the positive development of football and society abroad.

Award-Ceremony 2013-2017

INITIATOR

Roland Bischof is the driving force behind the idea of the German Football Ambassador

INITIATOR

For 7 years now, Roland Bischof has been the driving force behind the good idea of the German Football Ambassador. With great commitment and private financing (the football ambassador has no public funding such as grants or subsidies!) he built up a nationally known and internationally active movement in a very short time.

He brought numerous supporting personalities and companies together, whereby Rainer Holzschuh and Dr. Norbert Taubken in particular, were important companions and close advisors on his way. 

2011 // Idea. 

2012 // first presentation at the award ceremony of the Academy for Football Culture (moderated by Kathrin Müller-Hohenstein; presented with the patron Rudi Gutendorf)

2013 // 1st award ceremony in Nuremberg (Presseclub) 

2014 - 2018 // 2. - 6. award ceremony at the Federal Foreign Office, Berlin (in the presence of the current German Foreign Minister: F.-W. Steinmeier, S. Gabriel, H. Maas).

2016 // Conversion of the initiative into a non-profit association

2017 // 1st International Event: Women's Football in Doha, Qatar (German-Catarian Cultural Year)

2018 // 2nd foreign event: GenKids, social project in Tokyo, Japan (German Festival)...Since 2013 // Support for 25 projects worldwide...The football ambassador family continues to grow and prosper!

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  • Dr. Norbert Taubken

    Dr. Norbert Taubken Dr. Norbert Taubken is a proven expert in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and has headed Scholz & Friends Reputation in Berlin since 2007. He advises international clients in his field of expertise CSR & Sustainability.

  • Celisa Pereira

    Celisa Pereira has accompanied the football ambassador from the very beginning. Among others, she works for PRESENTED BY... GmbH in the creative sector.

  • Guido Kambli

    Guido Kambli managed to combine his enthusiasm for sport & media with his professional activities. He begun as a journalist and sports reporter, later on continued as managing director of an event agency and since 1993 he is an independent lawyer.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Johannes Ebert

    Johannes Ebert Johannes Ebert has worked at the Goethe-Institut since 1991 as a lecturer at various locations and headed the Goethe Institutes in Kiev, Cairo and Moscow. Since 2012 he has been Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut. Johannes Ebert is involved in various crisis regions and supports Syrian refugees with cultural and educational projects.

  • Katrin Müller-Hohenstein

    Katrin Müller-Hohenstein Katrin Müller-Hohenstein began working for a Nuremberg local radio station in 1988 and has been moderating the current sports studio on ZDF since 2006, where she is still active today. She was a studio presenter at the 2010 World Cup with the support of Oliver Kahn. This was followed by numerous other sporting mega-eventsfor the most popular presenter.

  • Dietmar Hopp

    Dietmar Hopp Dietmar Hopp and four partners founded the German company SAP, Europe's largest software producer, in 1972. He retired from the Executive Board in 2005. His foundation supportssports, medical, educational, and social programs. He is also a patron of the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Bundesliga club.

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Prinz

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Prinz Prof. Dr. Matthias Prinz has decisively shaped modern press and media law with numerousfundamental lawsuits up to the Federal Constitutional Court and the European Court of Human Rights. He is regarded as one of the most respected lawyers and is internationally active.

  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is a former German national player who played for FC Bayern Munich and Inter Milan. He was considered one of the best players in the world in the 80s. The multiple top scorer became European Champion in 1980. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of the Board of FC Bayern Munich and until 2017 was Chairman of the European Club Association, of which he is Honorary Chairman today.

  • Dr. Norbert Taubken

    Dr. Norbert Taubken Dr. Norbert Taubken is a proven expert in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and has headed Scholz & Friends Reputation in Berlin since 2007. He advises international clients in his field of expertise CSR & Sustainability.

  • Urs Meier

    Urs Meier Urs Meier led 883 games in 27 years as a referee. After officially ending his career as a referee in 2004, he is active as a football expert and speaker and supports Kindernothilfe as an ambassador worldwide.

  • Horst Hrubesch

    Horst Hrubesch Horst Hrubesch is a former soccer player and DFB trainer. As a player, he won three German championship titles, the European Cup of State Champions and became European Champion. As coach he became European Champion of the U21, U19 as well as silver medallist of the Olympic Games 2016. Hrubesch is also Walter-Bensemann-Prize winner.

  • 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 the German Ambassador in South Africa. He previosly 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.

  • Berti Vogts is former regular player at Borussia Mönchengladbach and became European Champion in 1972 and World Champion in 1974 with the German national team. After his active player time he was national coach in Germany, Kuweit, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan. Since 2018 he has been a member of the jury of the Deutscher Fussball Botschafter e.V.

  • 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".