Miroslav Klose - leading scorer with 25 goals last season and Golden Boot winner at the World Cup - probably did one of his trademark aerial somersaults when he discovered that he was voted German Player of the Year.
Klose won by a landslide, polling 64 percent of the vote, organised by the German Professional Players' Union, to beat runner-up Ballack (4.5%).
Meanwhile repeated incidents of racism are also bringing German football into the news but for the wrong reasons.
And a German magazine (Deutsche Sprachwelt) has declared war on English-language terms that have infiltrated the country's soccer in recent years .They are encouraging all Germans to use proper German terms like"Torschuetzenkoenig" instead of "shootout" and "Schiedsrichter" instead of "referee".....etc, etc, etc.
Their battlecry - " Ve haff vays of making you talk (properly!!) "
More correct German terms here.