The Laureus World Sports Awards 2015 nominees.
Football versus Formula 1.
The German national men’s football team and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 team are competing with each other in the “Laureus World Team of the Year” category. The team coached by Joachim Löw won the FIFA Football World Cup in Brazil, and the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 team with its outstanding drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, won the Constructors’ Championship for the first time as a works team.
Lewis Hamilton has also received a nomination in the “Laureus World Sportsman of the Year” category.
The chance of global recognition.
National coach, Joachim Löw, said about the nomination: “It is a great honour for us that the jury has nominated us for this outstanding award. It honours achievements that are admired all over the world.”
“We are well and truly proud that sports journalists from all over the world have nominated us as the best sports team of the year. It shows that all our hard work has really paid off,” said Toto Wolff, Head of Motor Sports for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS.
Impressive performances in all categories.
One of the six athletes nominated for the “Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year” category is Mario Götze, who shot the last goal at the FIFA World Cup final. In the 113th minute he received a centre pass from André Schürrle and volleyed it into the goal to win the fourth World Cup title for Germany. Anna Schaffelhuber has been nominated for outstanding achievement in the “Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability” category. The paraplegic mono-skier won five gold medals in five starts.
Mario Götze’s breakthrough.
Oliver Bierhoff, team manager of the German national football team, said about Mario Götze’s nomination for the “Laureus Breakthrough Award”: “He’s played in all the junior national teams, he was the under-17 European champion and he has got steadily better and better. Mario also went through a very tough time when he was young because of his injury, yet he has remained highly professional. He still does an incredible amount of work outside coaching hours to maintain his health and stay fit. And the World Cup was not always easy for him either. But he waited right up to the last minute, and he was just at the right place at the right time – and that is what makes him so outstanding.”