Known as the Fußballer des Jahres back in Germany, the Footballer of the Year award dates back to 1960 when Hamburger SV's Uwe Seeler became the first recipient.

Voting for the award is done by members of both the German magazine Kicker and the Verband der Deutschen Sportjournalisten (the Association of German Sports Journalists). The winner is announced after the end of Germany's football season, usually in July.

Elligle players are any footballers playing in the Bundesliga and any German's playing abroad.

German Footballer of the Year Winners

All of the winners of Germany's Footballer of the Year award since 1960...

Year Winner Club Country
2016 Jérôme Boateng Bayern Munich Germany
2015 Kevin De Bruyne VfL Wolfsburg Belgium
2014 Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich Germany
2013 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bayern Munich Germany
2012 Marco Reus Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
2011 Manuel Neuer Schalke 04 Germany
2010 Arjen Robben Bayern Munich Holland
2009 Grafite Vfl Wolfsburg Brazil
2008 Franck Ribéry Bayern Munich France
2007 Mario Gómez VfB Stuttgart Germany
2006 Miroslav Klose Werder Bremen Germany
2005 Michael Ballack Bayern Munich Germany
2004 Aílton Goncalves da Silva Werder Bremen Brazil
2003 Michael Ballack Bayern Munich Germany
2002 Michael Ballack Bayer Leverkusen Germany
2001 Oliver Kahn Bayern Munich Germany
2000 Oliver Kahn Bayern Munich Germany
1999 Lothar Matthäus Bayern Munich Germany
1998 Oliver Bierhoff Udinese Germany
1997 Jürgen Kohler Borussia Dortmund Germany
1996 Matthias Sammer Borussia Dortmund Germany
1995 Matthias Sammer Borussia Dortmund Germany
1994 Jurgen Klinsmann Monaco Germany
1993 Andreas Köpke 1.FC Nurnberg Germany
1992 Thomas Hässler Roma Germany
1991 Stefan Kuntz FC Kaiserslautern Germany
1990 Lothar Matthaus Inter Milan Germany
1989 Thomas Hässler 1.FC Köln Germany
1988 Jurgen Klinsmann VfB Stuttgart Germany
1987 Uwe Rahn Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
1986 Harald Schumacher 1.FC Köln Germany
1985 Hans-Peter Briegel Verona Germany
1984 Harald Schumacher 1.FC Köln Germany
1983 Rudi Völler Werder Bremen Germany
1982 Karlheinz Förster VfB Stuttgart Germany
1981 Paul Breitner Bayern Munich Germany
1980 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Bayern Munich Germany
1979 Berti Vogts Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
1978 Sepp Maier Bayern Munich Germany
1977 Sepp Maier Bayern Munich Germany
1976 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich Germany
1975 Sepp Maier Bayern Munich Germany
1974 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich Germany
1973 Günter Netzer Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
1972 Günter Netzer Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
1971 Berti Vogts Borussia Mönchengladbach Germany
1970 Uwe Seeler Hamburger SV Germany
1969 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich Germany
1968 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich Germany
1967 Gerd Müller Bayern Munich Germany
1966 Franz Beckenbauer Bayern Munich Germany
1965 Hans Tilkowski Borussia Dortmund Germany
1964 Uwe Seeler Hamburger SV Germany
1963 Hans Schäfer 1.FC Köln Germany
1962 Karl-Heinz Schnellinger 1.FC Köln Germany
1961 Max Morlock 1.FC Nurnberg Germany
1960 Uwe Seeler Hamburger SV Germany