"As long as I’m not buried under the grass there’s only one place where you find me: on the grass, the grass that means the world; where the game is played that brings joy! Let’s celebrate together and support our players with respect for every fan for the most beautiful game on earth! Let’s have the biggest and most peaceful party on earth ever." With these words, Hannes (aka haines80) won the Budweiser Man of the Match Trophy Handover Contest.
From the thousands of submissions that FIFA.com received across all six official languages, Hannes’ comment was shortlisted along with 17 other top 'Why I should Win a trip to the 2010 FIFA World Cup and handover the Budweiser Man of the Match Trophy' comments. Just under half a million FIFA.com Club members then cast their vote to decide the winner.
Hannes was the overwhelming winner, and the 29 year-old Germany fan will now travel to South Africa to watch Argentina take on Korea Republic at Soccer City in Johannesburg. Once the final whistle blows, Hannes will come face to face with the best player on the day and hand over the Budweiser Man of the Match award. FIFA.com spoke to the delighted winner after he received the good news.
FIFA.com: How does it feel to know that you will be at Soccer City watching a 2010 FIFA World Cup match, and then afterwards handing over a trophy to the man of the match?
Hannes Wernicke: It is an indescribable feeling. I’m really looking forward to be in South Africa for the first time and watching a game in the stadium where the World Cup will begin and also where the new World Cup champion will be decided. It is a big honour for me to hand over the Man of the Match Award.
Have you ever been to a FIFA World Cup Match?
Yes, I traveled around in Germany 2006 and I watched 10 games live in the stadium. Big highlights were of course the opening match in Munich and the penalty shootout in the Germany-Argentina quarter-final.
Describe for us the moment when you wrote and submitted your contest winning comment. Was there anything special about it?
This comment deals with my experiences at the opening match at the World Cup 2006. Fans from all over the world celebrated all together at a big party at the area of the Allianz Arena in Munich, even though their teams did not play in the opening match.
What do you love most about football?
Like Gary Lineker said: "Football is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win!"
Congratulations, Hannes - and see you in South Africa! There are still tons of FIFA World Cup prizes to be won. Make sure you sign into the FIFA.com Club daily during the FIFA World Cup to get the latest competition news.