Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, has been voted German Player of the Year, while Joachim Low was named Coach of the Year.
It is the second time Neuer, who had an impressive 2014 World Cup and won the German double with Bayern, claims the prestigious award after he already received it in 2011 as Schalke keeper.
Neuer won the award, voted by German journalists, with 144 votes, ahead of Marco Reus (135 votes) and Thomas Muller (105 votes).
“This price is an honour for me and I’m very surprised,” Neuer told German sports paper Kicker.
“I didn’t expect to win this award, even though I knew that I put in great performances.
“This award makes me happy and the fact that it comes in the year where we won the World Cup makes it an even bigger achievement.”
The 28-year-old revealed that the Player of the Year award was high up in his personal accolades and confirmed he won’t relax on his achievements of the past.
“The World Cup triumph represents the whole Germany team, this individual award represents only myself.
“It is an achievement for the whole life, because I won the award in the year where Germany won the World Cup.”
Low, meanwhile won the Coach of the year award with 248 votes, ahead of Markus Weinzierl (Augsburg, 152 votes) and Pep Guardiola (89 votes).
The German national coach said of his achievement: “This is a huge honour and a special moment in my career.
"However, it is a price for all coaches in Germany. Without the great youth work of coaches in the small clubs and Bundesliga, our World Cup triumph wouldn’t have been possible. The victory was teamwork of all coaches in Germany.”
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