In the annual voting for Germany’s Footballer of the year, hosted by Kicker, Barcelona’s Ilkay Gündogan has been voted Footballer of the Year, while Union Berlin coach Urs Fischer has won Coach of the Year.
Gündogan finished in first place as he led Manchester City to a treble which was capped off with a 1-0 win against Inter Milan in the Champions League final. The midfielder left City in the summer and joined Barcelona on a free transfer.
Werder Bremen’s Niclas Füllkrug finished second as he end the season as the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga while also becoming a key part of the German national team. While Randal Kolo Muani (3rd), Jamal Musiala (4th) and Jude Bellingham (5th) round off the top five. Last season’s winner Christopher Nkunku finished sixth.
When it came to voting for coach of the year, Union’s Urs Fischer comfortably beat the competition as he led Union to their first-ever Champions League campaign after a season where they comfortably sat in the top four and even spent time at the top of the table earlier on in the season.
Second, in the voting was Heidenheim’s Frank Schmidt, the 49-year-old led Heidenheim to the 2.Bundesliga title as well as their first-ever season in the Bundesliga. The rest of the top five is made up of last season’s winner Christian Streich (Freiburg), Edin Terzic (Borussia Dortmund) and Marco Rose (RB Leipzig).
GGFN | Jack Meenan