Heynckes was received the award for his fair and exemplary behaviour which he has displayed throughout his career, both on the field as a player and on the sidelines as a coach.
"Football needs such examples"
Wolfgang Niersbach, President of the DFB, explained the choice of Heynckes: “Jupp is not only an outstanding football coach, but also an outstanding human being, who exemplifies the values of respect and Fair Play. His Bayern side didn’t just win an unprecedented treble, but were also the fairest team of the season. Football needs examples such as Heynckes.”
Heynckes, the first coach to win DFL Supercup, Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League titles in a single season, was delighted with the honour. “Fair Play is just as much a part of football as the rules of the game,” said the 68-year-old. “Different parts of a team must work together to be successful, which needs a common framework. That framework comes in the form of discipline and fair play”.