Members of the Deutscher Journalisten-Verband (German Federation of Journalists), in association with German magazine Kicker, have voted Bayern Munich stalwart Robert Lewandowski and head-coach Hansi Flick as the Footballer and Coach of the year 2020, respectively.
The poll for the annual award is organised by Kicker and this time, a total of 525 votes were cast. As a tradition, Bundesliga players, as well as German players abroad are considered eligible for the award.
Another accolade for the best in the world
After a blistering season in which he found the net on 55 occasions, Lewandowski received 276 out of 525 votes as he comfortably beat his teammates Thomas Muller (54) and Joshua Kimmich (49) to win the award for the first time in his career. “I currently do not see any player who deserves to be crowned the world’s best footballer more [than Lewandowski]”, said his proud trainer Flick.
The poll was dominated by Bayern players as Leon Goretzka (ranked 7th), Alphonso Davies (9th) and David Alaba (10th) all made it to the top 10 of the list.
Recognition for coach’s phenomenal success
Hans-Dieter Flick, who orchestrated Bayern’s treble-winning campaign of 2019/20, was awarded coach of the year in the same poll. The 55-year old won the award with 232 votes, ahead of his Liverpool FC counterpart Jürgen Klopp (164).
Flick was polite, as he always is, in dedicating the award to his coaching staff, “It is also an award for my entire team of trainers, who deserve it just the same. I receive the best possible support from each of these employees every day.”
He is the second German coach to win the treble after club and footballing legend, Jupp Heynckes. Don Jupp, who led the club to its first-ever treble in 2013, was full of praise of his former mentee (via kicker):
He [Flick] does not carry himself around like the boss anyway. Rather, he behaves like a practicing team player. Hansi Flick has mastered everything perfectly and admirably. He is a coach worthy of a treble-winning side.
Hansi Flick has achieved unrivaled success in his 8-month tenure as Bayern head coach. Under his watch, the players have undergone tremendous development and the team is arguably playing its best and most purposeful football since 2013.
Bayern’s offense has been scoring goals at an unmatchable rate in 2020 so far. Last season, Robert Lewandowski came up 6 goals short of equaling Gerd “Der Bomber” Muller’s 40-goal haul in Bundesliga. With Flick as his coach and Thomas Muller as his strike-partner, LewanGOALski will surely be aiming to break the record next season — which starts on 18th September.