Category:Recipients of the Silver Laurel Leaf
Pages in category "Recipients of the Silver Laurel Leaf"
The following 57 pages are in this category, out of 57 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 57 pages are in this category, out of 57 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Franz Beckenbauer – Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. Early in his career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, a versatile player who started out as a midfielder, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the sweeper or libero. Twice named European Footballer of the Year, Beckenbauer appeared 103 times for West Germany and he was the first captain to lift the World Cup and European Championship at international level and the European Cup at club level. He was named in the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998, the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, at club level with Bayern Munich, Beckenbauer won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1967 and three consecutive European Cups from 1974 to 1976. The latter feat made him the player to win three European Cups as captain of his club. He became team manager and later president of Bayern Munich, after two spells with the New York Cosmos he was inducted into the U. S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. Today, Beckenbauer remains a figure in both German and international football. He led Germanys successful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup and he currently works as a pundit for Sky Germany and is a columnist for the tabloid Bild. In August 2016, it was announced Beckenbauer was being investigated for fraud, Franz Beckenbauer was born in the post-war ruins of Munich, the second son of postal-worker Franz Beckenbauer, Sr. and his wife Antonie. He grew up in the district of Giesing and, despite his fathers cynicism about the game. It was always my dream to play for them he would later confirm and that he joined the Bayern Munich youth team in 1959, rather than that of his favourites 1860 Munich, was the result of a contentious Under-14 youth tournament in nearby Neubiberg. The ill-feeling this engendered had an effect upon Beckenbauer and his teammates. Beckenbauer made his debut with Bayern in the Regionalliga Süd on the wing against Stuttgarter Kickers on 6 June 1964. In his first season in the league, 1964–65, the team won promotion to the recently formed Bundesliga. Bayern soon became a force in the new German league, winning the German Cup in 1966–67, Beckenbauer became team captain for the 1968–69 season and led his club to their first league title. He began experimenting with the role around this time, refining the role into a new form
2. Boris Becker – Boris Franz Becker is a German former world No.1 professional tennis player. He is a major singles champion, including, having been the youngest Wimbledon mens champion when he was 17. He has won 3 Wimbledon titles and he also won 13 Masters Series titles, five elite indoor titles. He is the player to have won all 3 Open era season end finals ATP Tour Finals, WCT Finals. Becker also won Olympic gold medal in doubles, Tennis magazine ranked Becker the 11th best male player of the period 1965–2005. He also coached Novak Djokovic for three years beginning in 2013, Boris Becker was born in Leimen, Germany, the only son of Elvira and Karl-Heinz Becker. His mother was Catholic, and they raised him as a Catholic and his father Karl-Heinz, an architect, founded a tennis centre in Leimen, where Becker learned the game. Becker turned professional in 1984, under the guidance of Romanian-born coach Günther Bosch and Romanian manager Ion Ţiriac, and won his first professional doubles title that year in Munich. As a German teenager, Becker won the Tennis World Young Masters at the NEC in Birmingham in 1985, two weeks later, on 7 July, he became the first unseeded player and the first German to win the Wimbledon singles title, defeating Kevin Curren in four sets. Becker was at that time ranked 20th in ATP ranking, and was unseeded and he was the youngest ever male Grand Slam singles champion at 17 years,227 days. Two months after his triumph, Becker became the youngest winner of the Cincinnati Open, Becker has since said that The plan from my parents for me was to finish school, go to university, get a proper degree and learn something respectful. The last thing on everyones mind was me becoming a tennis professional, in 1986, Becker successfully defended his Wimbledon title, defeating world no.1 Ivan Lendl in straight sets in the final. In 1987 Becker, then ranked world no,2, was upset in the second round of Wimbledon by the world no.70 player, Peter Doohan. In the Davis Cup that year, Becker and John McEnroe played one of the longest matches in tennis history, Becker won 4–6, 15–13, 8–10, 6–2, 6–2. The match lasted 6 hours and 22 minutes, Becker was back in the Wimbledon final in 1988, where he lost in four sets to Stefan Edberg in a match that marked the start of one of Wimbledons great rivalries. Becker also helped West Germany win its first Davis Cup in 1988 and he won the year-end Masters title in New York City, defeating five-time champion Lendl in the final. The same year he won season ending WCT Finals for the rival World Championship Tennis tour. In 1989, Becker won two Grand Slam singles titles, the year he won more than one
3. Britt Dillmann – Britt Dillmann is a 1. 0-point wheelchair basketball forward, who plays for RSV Lahn-Dill in the German wheelchair basketball league. She has also played for the team, winning a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul. President Joachim Gauck awarded the team Germanys highest sporting honour, the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt, britt Tuna was born on 4 April 1963. She played wheelchair basketball for RSV Lahn-Dill, and the German national team won the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship in 1987. At the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul, Tuna was considered to be the strongest wheelchair basketball player in her 1. 0-point class, the German team went through the tournament undefeated until the final match, which they lost to the United States, 38–31. Tuna was bitter about the defeat, which she blamed on an error by the German coach. She later conceded, So habe ihr diese Niederlage noch über Jahre nachgehangen, in the early 1990s, Tuna quit basketball to focus on her work. She married, changing her surname to Dillmann, and raised three children, but in the summer of 2009, Dillmann felt that she had become overweight and unfit. A low-carbohydrate diet and daily exercise at the gym, in the pool, Dillmann then decided to try wheelchair basketball again. She retrieved her old basketball chair, now somewhat mouldy and smelly, from the basement and her debut game with the seconds saw the basketball officials reaching for their rulebooks to see if the old chair, of a type they had never seen, was still legal. In 2010, she rejoined the team that she had played on before many of her new teammates were born. The team went on to win the European Championships in 2011, dillmanns treatment contrasted with that of national team mate Gesche Schünemann. While Schünemann received endorsements and could train in the hall of RSV Lahn-Dills Rivers Barracks, Dillmann got none, in June 2012 she was named as one of the team that competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games in London. At the age of 49, she was the oldest wheelchair basketball player there, in the Gold Medal match, the team faced the Australia womens national wheelchair basketball team, a team that had beaten them 48–46 in Sydney just a few months before. They defeated the Australians 44–58 in front of a crowd of over 12,000 at the North Greenwich Arena to win the gold medal and they were awarded a Silver Laurel Leaf by president Joachim Gauck in November 2012, and were again named Team of the Year for 2012. For Dillmann, the gold medal victory removed the pain of the loss 24 years before, das hat mich versöhnt mit Seoul she said. 1987, Gold at the European Championships 1988, Silver at Paralympic Games 2011, Gold at the European Championships 2012, Gold at the Paralympic Games 2012, Team of the Year 2012, Silver Laurel Leaf
4. Germany national football team – The Germany national football team is the mens football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900, ever since the DFB was reinaugurated in 1949 the team has represented the Federal Republic of Germany. Both have been absorbed along with their records by the current national team, the official name and code Germany FR was shortened to Germany following the reunification in 1990. Germany is one of the most successful teams in international competitions, having won a total of four World Cups. They have also been three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, and a further four third-place finishes at World Cups. East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976, Germany is the only nation to have won both the mens and womens World Cups. At the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany earned the highest Elo rating of any football team in history. Germany is also the only European nation that has won a FIFA World Cup in the Americas, the current manager of the national team is Joachim Löw. Germanys first championship title was won in Switzerland. At that time the players were selected by the DFB, as there was no dedicated coach, the first manager of the Germany national team was Otto Nerz, a school teacher from Mannheim, who served in the role from 1926 to 1936. After a poor showing at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, in 1937 he put together a squad which was soon nicknamed the Breslau Elf in recognition of their 8–0 win over Denmark in the then German city of Breslau, Lower Silesia. In the 1938 World Cup that began on 4 June, this united German team managed only a 1–1 draw against Switzerland and that early exit stands as Germanys worst World Cup result. During World War II, the team played over 30 international games between September 1939 and November 1942, when national team games were suspended, as most players had to join the armed forces. After the Second World War, Germany was banned from competition in most sports until 1950, the DFB was not a full member of FIFA, and none of the three new German states — West Germany, East Germany, and Saarland — entered the 1950 World Cup qualifiers. The Federal Republic of Germany, which was referred to as West Germany, with recognition by FIFA and UEFA, the DFB maintained and continued the record of the pre-war team. Switzerland was once again the first team that played West Germany in 1950, West Germany qualified for the 1954 World Cup. The Saarland, under French control between 1947 and 1956, did not join French organisations, and was barred from participating in pan-German ones and it sent their own team to the 1952 Summer Olympics and to the 1954 World Cup qualifiers. In 1957, Saarland acceded to the Federal Republic of Germany, in 1949, the communist German Democratic Republic was founded
5. Germany women's national football team – The Germany womens national football team represents Germany in international womens association football and is governed by the German Football Association. The German national team is one of the most successful in womens football and they are two-time world champions, having won the 2003 and 2007 tournaments. They are also the nation to have won both the mens and womens tournament. The team has won eight of the eleven UEFA European Championships, again, being the only nation to win both the mens and womens European tournament. Germany has won Olympic gold in 2016, after three consecutive bronze medals at the Womens Olympic Football Tournament, finishing third in 2000,2004 and 2008, Birgit Prinz holds the record for most appearances and is the teams all-time leading goalscorer. Prinz has also set records, she has received the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times and is the joint second overall top goalscorer at the Womens World Cup. Womens football was long met with skepticism in Germany, and official matches were banned by the DFB until 1970, however, the womens national team has grown in popularity since winning the World Cup in 2003, as it was chosen as Germanys Sports Team of the Year. The current head coach is Steffi Jones, replacing Silvia Neid who was in charge from 2005 until 2016, as of December 2016, Germany is ranked No.2 in the FIFA Womens World Rankings. In 1955, the DFB decided to forbid womens football in all its clubs in West Germany, in its explanation, the DFB cited that this combative sport is fundamentally foreign to the nature of women and that body and soul would inevitably suffer damage. Further, the display of the body violates etiquette and decency, in spite of this ban, more than 150 unofficial international matches were played in the 1950s and 1960s. On 30 October 1970, the ban on football was lifted at the DFB annual convention. Other football associations had formed official womens national teams in the 1970s. In 1981, DFB official Horst R. Schmidt was invited to send a team to the womens football world championship. Schmidt accepted the invitation but hid the fact that West Germany had no national team at the time. To avoid humiliation, the DFB sent the German club champions Bergisch Gladbach 09, seeing a need, the DFB established the womens national team in 1982. DFB president Hermann Neuberger appointed Gero Bisanz, an instructor at the Cologne Sports College, in September 1982, Bisanz organised two scouting training courses from which he selected a squad of 16 players. The teams first international took place on 10 November 1982 in Koblenz. Following the tradition of the team, Switzerland was chosen as West Germanys first opponent
6. Steffi Graf – Stefanie Maria Steffi Graf is a German former tennis player, who was ranked world No.1 during her career. Graf won 22 Grand Slam singles titles and her 22 singles titles puts her second on the list of Major wins by a tennis player since the introduction of the Open Era in 1968 and is third all-time behind Margaret Court and Serena Williams. In 1988, she became the first and only player to achieve the Golden Slam by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles. Furthermore, she is the tennis player to have won each Grand Slam event at least four times. She won 107 singles titles, which ranks her third on the WTAs all-time list after Martina Navratilova and she and Margaret Court are the only players, male or female, to win three grand slams in a calendar year five times. Notable features of Grafs game were her versatility across all playing surfaces, footwork, Graf won six French Open singles titles, seven Wimbledon singles titles, four Australian Open titles, and five U. S. Open singles titles. She is the singles player to have achieved a Grand Slam since hard court was introduced as a surface at the US Open in 1978. Consequently, Grafs Grand Slam was achieved on grass, clay, Graf reached thirteen consecutive Grand Slam singles finals, from the 1987 French Open through to the 1990 French Open, winning nine of them. She won 5 consecutive Majors, and seven Majors out of eight and she reached a total of 31 Grand Slam singles finals. Graf is regarded by some to be the greatest female player of all time. Navratilova included Graf on her list of great players, in 1999 Billie Jean King said Steffi is definitely the greatest womens tennis player of all time. In December 1999, Graf was named the greatest female player of the 20th century by a panel of experts assembled by the Associated Press. Tennis writer Steve Flink, in his book The Greatest Tennis Matches of the Twentieth Century, in March 2012, Tennis Channel picked Graf as the greatest female tennis player ever in their list of 100 greatest tennis players of all time. Graf retired in 1999 while she was ranked World No.3 and she married former World No.1 mens tennis player Andre Agassi in October 2001. The couple have two children – Jaden Gil and Jaz Elle, Graf was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004. Stefanie Graf was born on 14 June 1969, in Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany, to Heidi Schalk and Peter Graf, when she was nine years old her family moved to the neighbouring town of Bruhl. She has a younger brother Michael, Graf was introduced to tennis by her father, an aspiring tennis coach, who taught his three-year-old daughter how to swing a wooden racket in the familys living room. She began practicing on a court at the age of four and she soon began winning junior tournaments with regularity, and in 1982 she won the European Championships 12s and 18s