The former national player is to receive the 10,000 euro award at an awards gala on friday (25. October) in nurnberg, as the academy announced. The academy commemorates the founder of the sports magazine "kicker", walther bensemann, with this annual award. He launched the magazine in 1920
Jury member rainer holzschuh praised netzer as a "person who plays a role beyond football". As a midfield strategist, he was considered a rebel in the early years of the bundesliga. Netzer was not only an "ingenious director" on the soccer pitch, but also discovered the commercial side of soccer early on, for example by publishing a stadium newspaper, said the editor of the sports magazine "kicker.
The academy's fan award of 5,000 euros goes this year to ralf marczinczik for his fubball comic strip "niemandsland. The comic recounts an incident from the first world war. German and british soldiers had used an unauthorized ceasefire for a friendly game during a christmas truce in 1914. The jury awarded the education prize to the wurzburg project "m4all – migrant girls get involved in everyday sports. The book prize was awarded to the title "play days.