German Football Ambassador

ROBIN GOSENS ELECTED AS WINNER OF THE PUBLIC AWARD 2020 Fans vote for him as successor to Marc-André ter Stegen

ROBIN GOSENS ELECTED AS WINNER OF THE PUBLIC AWARD 2020

In an online voting, the 25-year-old professional of the current Champions League quarter-finalist Atalanta Bergamo prevailed over the German national player Dzsenifer Marozsán (Olympique Lyon) and world champion Toni Kroos (Real Madrid). Gosens will succeed national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen and thanks his fans with this video.


Further news about the winner of the German Football Ambassador Public Award 2020 can be found on our news page

Robert Jaspert, Uwe Rösler and Anja Zivkovic nominated for German Football Ambassador Award 2020 (main award)

Robert Jaspert, Uwe Rösler and Anja Zivkovic nominated for German Football Ambassador Award 2020 (main award)

In May 2020, it will be presented for the eighth time, the Award German Football Ambassador of the non-profit organisation carrying the same name. Who will follow the current title holder Jürgen Klopp, who was named German Football Ambassador last year before he began his impressive collection of titles as Champions League winner, world coach and FIFA Club World Champion?

The jury nominated three German candidates for their outstanding work abroad, who have made a special contribution to the sporting and social development in their countries of activity and thus contributed to Germany's positive image in the world: Anja Zivkovic (born Palusevic), Uwe Rösler, Robert Jaspert.

Founder Roland Bischof: "All three nominees have made a major contribution during their many years of work abroad. We want to honour this and I thank the jury for the interesting selection".  The jury is made up of Doris Fitschen, Rainer Holzschuh (chairman), Horst Hrubesch, Lutz Pfannenstiel, Dr. Martin Schäfer and Berti Vogts.

Anja Zivkovic began her career abroad in 2008 while she was still active (1987 to 2011 junior national team and player in the 2nd Women's Bundesliga). Since 2009 she has been working for the DFB (German Football Association) and since 2011 for FIFA and UEFA as an instructor, coach and analyst for women's football and has travelled the world extensively. In recent years Anja Zivkovic has worked on projects in India, Jordan, Tonga, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, to name just a few out of more than 50 countries.

Uwe Rösler has a special relationship with England, Norway and Sweden. The soccer coach has been playing for the famous club Manchester City, now coached by Pep Guardiola, since 1994, and has even made it into the Hall of Fame as a public favourite. After further stations in England and Norway, his active career was abruptly stopped by cancer. After surviving the illness, Uwe Rösler remained active abroad, then as a coach, for Lillestrøm SK, Viking Stavanger, Molde FK, Leeds United, Wigan Athletic or Fleetwood Town, among others. Rösler achieved great successes with, among others, the former third division club FC Brentford, as well as with his current last stop, the Swedish first division club Malmö FF.

The third nominee, Robert Jaspert, the current coach of the Lebanese first division club Safa Beirut SC, commented on his nomination: "I consider this a special pleasure and honour.” The studied molecular biologist (formerly at the Robert Koch Institute) has been supporting associations abroad for more than a decade. Starting from an engagement with world champion Pierre Littbarski in Duisburg, Jaspert was fascinated to travel the world. Besides, he also coached the South Korean national team in 2004 with Jo Bonfrere, who defeated the German national team 3:1 in a test match. Stations in Lebanon, Iran, Liechtenstein and Bahrain followed. The league activities in Lebanon are currently interrupted due to the political situation in the country - this also shows under which conditions the ambassadors of German football sometimes act.

The nomination is intended to acknowledge the commitment of the three coaches. All nominations are already connected with the support of social projects.

 

 

Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka receive honorary award 2020

Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka receive honorary award 2020

Representing the commitment of numerous football players in times of the Corona crisis, the German Football Ambassador Association awards this year's prize of honour to the initiators of WeKickCorona, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. You can find the complete article on our news page.

Hall of Fame

Personalities who contribute to the development of international football

Hall of Fame

Award-Ceremony 2013-2019

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

Award-Ceremony 2013-2019

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 was active on all continents as a goalkeeper. Since August 2020, he is sports director of the future MLS club St. Louis City SC. Previously, Pfannenstiel was a soccer expert for DAZN, BBC and ZDF, trained international coaches at the DFB and was most recently a member of the sports board of Fortuna Düsseldorf. Since 2009 he has been committed to climate protection with his project "Global United FC".