Oliver Bierhoff, the head of the German national football team, DFB (Deutschur Fussball-Bund) received the award on behalf of his national team as the ‘World Team Of The Year’ at the Laureus Sport award held in Shanghai recently. The ceremony was witnessed by world sports personalities and Bierhoff proudly received the award from the Russian Manager Fabio Capello.
Bierhoff had this to say as he accepted the award :
“Firstly, because the champions that voted for the award know how much hard work goes into the success. And secondly the fact that it is an international award shows that we are good ambassadors for Germany.” He continues.
“For some of us – Jogi Löw, myself and a lot of the players – winning the World Cup was a ten year project. We’ve been been together waiting for this moment since 2004.You could see from Bastian Schweinsteiger’s knock in the final that the players wouldn’t have wanted to take a prize over winning the title,”