German soccer player of the year: great honor for ÖFB star Billa

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The 25-year-old narrowly prevailed in the kicker election, and Bayern star Lewandowski prevailed again in the men's competition.

German soccer player of the year: great honor for ÖFB star Billa

The Austrian team player Nicole Billa, who storms for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, has been voted Germany's player of the year. Billa prevailed in the election organized by “Kicker” with 61 votes, ahead of Lea Schüller (FC Bayern Munich / 57 votes) and Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg / 49). In the men's category, star striker Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern Munich was honored again, while Thomas Tuchel from Champions League winner Chelsea won the coaching category.

“Crazy! I didn't expect that at all,” said 25-year-old Billa, who reached third place in the German Bundesliga with TSG last season. “The surprise was a success. I'm very happy!” Two years ago the striker was voted best player in Austria. “That was just as surprising,” said the Tyrolean. “Someone recently told me that I am the Austrian with the most goals this season in the German Bundesliga – women and men. I am not even aware of such things because I just want to be on the pitch and have fun.”

Lewandowski broke the ancient record

Lewandowski, however, prevailed by a huge margin ahead of his teammate Thomas Müller and Borussia Dortmund's young star Erling Haaland. “I know how big this honor is,” said Lewandowski (32), who broke Gerd Müller's age-old record with 41 goals this season. “This number of hits makes me very proud and given my injury it is certainly a spectacular achievement.” Lewandowski had already won the journalists' choice last year as the triple winner at the time.

Tuchel (47) replaced the new DFB head coach Hansi Flick (56) as coach of the year. The Chelsea coach, who triumphed against Manchester City in the premier class final with the “Blues”, received 129 votes – eleven more than Flick, who left record champions FC Bayern for the DFB in the summer. Edin Terzic, who had coached Borussia Dortmund last season, finished third with 75 votes. “I accept the award very gratefully as a great honor for the entire team because I see myself as a team player,” said Tuchel.

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