Key Player Profile – Germany: Manuel Neuer7th Jul 2016 |
|Current Club:||Bayern Munich|
|No of Euro games:||5|
Germany is a team full of stars, so it’s hard to point to one player as the biggest star, but I feel that it’s time to give some deserved attention to the goalkeeper. Widely considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world; Manuel Neuer is considered by many to be the most important player for Germany. He’s more than just a man protecting the goal, he’s the goalkeeper who’s developed being a goalkeeper and an important team member to perfection. This is a very noble art in the game of football, started in the 50’s by Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin.
Neuer’s career started in Schalke 04, where he played 156 games from 2006 to 2011. The biggest game in his career there was probably the Champions League match against Porto in 2008. His performance meant that it was he alone who allowed the game to go to penalties. He saved two of them, sending Schalke on to the next round. It was clear to everyone that he was the next big star among goalkeepers, and he became the second most expensive goalkeeper ever in 2011, when Bayern Munich bought him for €22 million. The first thing he did there was to improve Oliver Kahn’s old record by letting Bayern go over 1000 minutes without conceding a goal.
Neuer’s first big national team competition came in 2010, but his greatest international performance was the 2014 World Cup. Lionel Messi got the award for the best player – I think that title should have been awarded to Manuel Neuer.