Berlin – For Marvin Plattenhardt, the 2016/17 season was a memorable one. He was one of Hertha's most consistent performers during a campaign which saw the capital city club qualify for the UEFA Europa League - a campaign which included some stunning free-kicks from 'Platte' himself. The 25-year-old was rewarded for his strong performances last season with a call-up from Germany head coach Joachim Löw. On Monday (10/07/17) Plattenhardt again received recognition of his rise when he was voted Berlin's 'professional footballer of the year', winning 18.7% of the vote. He narrowly beat his Hertha teammate Rune Jarstein to first place, after the goalkeeper received 18.2% of the vote.
Around 12,000 football enthusiats took part in the annual vote organised by the Berlin Football Association (BFV) and 'Fußball-Woche' (FuWo). In the eyes of Bernd Schultz, Plattenhardt is the deserved winner. "He wasn't just a key part of the Hertha side which finished sixth last season, he went on to win the Confederations Cup with Germany in Russia," said the president of the Berlin Football Association.