Boateng named best in Germany

Jerome Boateng has been voted Germany Player of the Year following an outstanding Bundesliga season that saw FC Bayern München claim a domestic double.

The annual Footballer of the Year award is decided by a poll of German football journalists, with the first trophy having been presented in 1960 – to Uwe Seeler from Hamburger SV.

Boateng is joined this year by Alexandra Popp of VfL Wolfsburg who claimed the German Female Footballer of the Year award.

The 27-year-old former Hertha Berlin, Hamburg and Manchester City centre-back also performed well at the 2016 European Championships in France and in the Champions League as Bayern made it to the semi-finals.

Boateng beat off competition from Thomas Muller (95) and Robert Lewandowski (90) with a staggering 163 votes, while Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos (68) and Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (54) were also in the running.

Kevin De Bruyne was last year’s winner but Boateng becomes the first defender to win the award since Lothar Matthaus was voted Germany’s best in 1999.

The Coach of the Year award, meanwhile, went to SV Darmstadt 98 manager Dirk Schuster, ahead of Thomas Tuchel and Pep Guardiola.

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