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Jerome Boateng of Germany (R) and Graziano Pelle of Italy during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Germany and Italy at Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France, 02 July 2016.
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Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng was voted by sports journalists as Germany's best football player of the year, the magazine Kicker said Sunday.

Boateng won 163 votes from sports writers, beating out runners-up Thomas Mueller (95) and Robert Lewandowski (90) - both also from Bundesliga and German cup champions Bayern.

Fourth in the balloting was Toni Kroos of Real Madrid, with 68 votes.

The 27-year-old Boateng is the first defender to win honours at Germany's best footballer since Juergen Kohler in 1997.

In remarks to appear in Monday's edition of Kicker, Boateng said "I am naturally proud that I was able to achieve this."

German football's best trainer honours went to Dirk Schuster for his work at Darmstadt as a newcomer in the Bundesliga last season. Schuster in the meantime has moved to coach Augsburg.

The best female footballer in the sports writers' voting was VfL Wolfsburg forward Alexandra Popp with 109 votes, outpacing Mandy Islacker of Frankfurt with 63 and Melanie Behringer of Bayern Munich with 42 votes.

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