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Grafite voted Germany's footballer of the year

August 2, 2009

Wolfsburg striker Grafite has been voted Germany's footballer of the year by the country's football writers and Kicker magazine.

The Brazilian striker earned over a third of all the votes cast thanks to his 28 goals in 25 Bundesliga matches last season which contributed to the Wolves winning their first league title.

That unexpected success also earned Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath the coach of the year award for the third time in his coaching career.

He first won the accolade in 2003 while in charge of Stuttgart before winning it again two years later after leading Bayern Munich to a league and cup double.

The 55-year-old was the overwhelming choice this year, obtaining 778 out of 1,042 votes with second-placed Markus Babbel of Stuttgart earning a mere 65, which was still almost three times as many as Hertha Berlin's Lucien Favre, who came third in the vote.

Unsurprisingly, Wolfsburg dominated the players' vote with Edin Dzeko landing third, just two votes behind Stuttgart's Mario Gomez, and Zvjezdan Misimovic coming sixth behind Werder Bremen's Diego and Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich.

Inka Grings was the overwhelming winner of the women's footballer of the year award ahead of last year's winner Birgit Prinz and Fatmire Bajramaj.