The DFB team voted Germany’s “Team of the Year 2010”

At the conclusion of a successful year the German national football team has been honoured with the ultimate accolade. The national team, which won the bronze medal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup by playing at times exceptional football, has been elected “Team of the Year” in Germany. “This award makes us proud, for it is a recognition of our performance. Other teams were also excellent and even achieved a World title”, national coach Joachim Loew said. “But football can provide the most joy. There is no other sport that can move so many millions of people. Even Dortmund and Schalke fans, supporters of FC Bayern and 1860 Munich have a common denominator, the national team. There is nothing comparable to our national team in German football”, the 50-year-old added.

ContiSoccerWorld, Conti, Continental, Reifen, Fußball, FIFA WM 2010, Confederations Cup 2005, Hildebrand, Casillas, UEFA EURO 2008, Koerbel, Deutschland, Sponsoring, German Engineering, Conti-Stars, WM-Tickets gewinnen, Tickets, FIFA-Partner

He also received a personal recognition. The renowned French sports newspaper “L’Equipe” which marked international sports by helping create the European Cup competitions in football and the Tour de France in cycling, elected Loew as the world’s “Manager of the Year”. Manager stands for “Coach of the Year” in this case. The national football team was crowned “Team of the Year” for the ninth time since 1957. Loew’s young squad received 3,436 points, ahead of the world champion rowing eight (1,738) and the national ice hockey team which performed well at the World Championship in Germany (1,457).

ContiSoccerWorld, Conti, Continental, Reifen, Fußball, FIFA WM 2010, Confederations Cup 2005, Hildebrand, Casillas, UEFA EURO 2008, Koerbel, Deutschland, Sponsoring, German Engineering, Conti-Stars, WM-Tickets gewinnen, Tickets, FIFA-Partner
National coach Joachim Loew (right) and Philipp Lahm, captain at the 2010 World Cup, during the “Team of the Year” award ceremony. Lahm holds the trophy aloft. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)

The DFB men’s team outvoted the DFB women, who were the most popular team in 2009, after winning their sixth UEFA European Championship title. “The Women’s Athlete of the Year 2010” is alpine ski racer Maria Riesch (3,957), narrowly defeating biathlete Magdalena Neuner (3,921). Both won two gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver last February.

Joachim Loew at the press conference talking to Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel (left), who was elected “Men’s Athlete of the Year 2010”. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)

Formula One World champion Sebastian Vettel dominated the election for “Men’s Athlete of the Year” with 4,288 points, followed by triple European table tennis champion Timo Boll (2,088) and golf professional Martin Kaymer (1,763). Around 750 invited guests witnessed the awards of the Athletes of the Year, elected by about 1,500 German sports journalists, at Kurhaus Baden-Baden on Sunday, December 18. Points are awarded for first to fifth place and allocated accordingly.

The national team made the biggest progress in 2010

Loew could look back on a good year, in which his team transferred easily from the World Cup finale to the qualification for the 2012 UEFA European Championship. “We made greater progress this year than previously, despite the problems with the injuries suffered by Rolfes, Adler, Ballack and Westermann prior to the World Cup. We have triggered some emotions by an aggressive, offensive style of game. We had less vision in the past”, was Loew’s conclusion. “Quick changes, quick ball-contact times, good tackling were the brand marks of our team for which we received a lot of praise abroad.”

The national coach supported the progress made with published statistics. “We recorded the fewest fouls. We were also the best at winning the ball from tackles and were the quickest in shooting at goal. The ball-contact times were on the highest level. In 2005, it took all of our players 2.8 seconds on average from taking the ball until passing it on. The game was structured at a slower level and in turn cost a lot of time. We improved to 1.8 seconds at EURO 2008, and to 1.1 seconds in 2010. We even achieved times under a second in the matches against England and Argentina, 0.9 seconds to be exact. Only the Spaniards were better on average. We were also top, together with Spain and Uruguay, in the total running distance; our players achieved 12.8 kilometres on average.”

The DFB team of the best match in 2010: Neuer, Khedira, Friedrich, Mertesacker, Boateng, Klose (above f. left), Lahm, Oezil, Podolski, Mueller, Schweinsteiger (below f. left). (Photo: GES/Augenklick)

Loew considered the 4-0 over Argentina in the World Cup quarter-finals the best match of the year. Unfortunately his team was unable to repeat this earlier performance when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to eventual World Cup champions Spain in the semi-final. But the national coach is totally convinced his squad are capable of beating the Spaniards, the superior team of the 2008 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup, in the future. In December 2010 the selection of the German Football Association, DFB, climbed to third place, behind Spain and World Cup runners-up Netherlands, in the FIFA World ranking.