Bastian Schweinsteiger has admitted his surprise at receiving the German Footballer of the Year award for 2013.

The German topped the list and succeeded new teammate Marco Rues who finished 11th this time around.  

"I am a bit surprised because there were times last season when my performances were criticised quite heavily in the media", said the German international.

Schweinsteiger's colleagues Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller came second and third respectively capping off a second consecutive treble. 

The 28-year-old was part of the Bayern Munich's treble winning season including the Bundesliga and Champions League. 

In total, 14 of the top 15 players in the vote featured in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley – nine from Bayern and five from Borussia Dortmund. Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling, the 25-goal top-scorer in the German top flight, was the exception.

Former Bayern trainer Jupp Heynckes was voted best coach, winning by a huge margin after receiving 383 votes.


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