Lewandowski named Player of the Year
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has been voted Germany's Player of the Year by his fellow professionals, beating two of Bayern Munich's Treble-winners to the prize.
The Poland international, who is a target for the reigning Bundesliga and European champions but has also attracted interest from Barcelona, acquired 31.6% of the vote among members of the union of professional footballers (VDV). Franck Ribery came second in the poll with a share of 21.6%, followed by his Bayern team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger (11.3%).
Lewandowski scored 24 league goals last season - a total only bettered in the Bundesliga by Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling - while his memorable four-goal haul against Real Madrid formed part of the ten he scored in Europe to help Dortmund reach the Champions League final.
"I want to thank all the Bundesliga players that elected me as player of the season," he said via his official Facebook page. "It makes me especially proud that the opponents from the league voted for me."
Unsurprisingly, Bayern's treble-winning coach Jupp Heynckes was named Coach of the Year with almost half of the votes (45.9%), while Christian Streich also received a hefty share (41.6%) after he guided Freiburg to a place in the Europa League. Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp garnered only 6.5% of the votes.
Freiburg did claim one award, as Max Kruse won the best newcomer prize after his 11 league goals helped the club claim an unlikely European spot.
VDV Team of the Season:
Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich); Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Dante (Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), David Alaba (Bayern Munich); Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich); Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich).