Manuel Neuer

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Manuel Neuer
Manuel Neurer 2012 (cropped).jpg
Neuer with Germany in 2012
Personal information
Full name Manuel Peter Neuer[1]
Date of birth (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2][3]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bayern Munich
Number 1
Youth career
1991–2005 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Schalke 04 II 26 (0)
2006–2011 Schalke 04 156 (0)
2011– Bayern Munich 101 (0)
National team
2004 Germany U18 1 (0)
2004–2005 Germany U19 11 (0)
2005–2006 Germany U20 4 (0)
2006–2009 Germany U21 20 (0)
2009– Germany 54 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:26, 27 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:56, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Manuel Peter Neuer (German pronunciation: [ˈmaːnu̯ɛl ˈnɔʏ.ɐ]; born 27 March 1986) is a German footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bayern Munich and the German national team. He has been described as a "sweeper-keeper"[4] because of his unique playing style and is known for his quick reflexes, excellent shot-stopping abilities, command of his area and accurate distribution of the ball.[5][6][7] Neuer won the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany as well as the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.

Club career[edit]

Schalke 04[edit]

Neuer in 2005

Neuer signed professional terms in 2005 after progressing through every age group at his hometown club. He made his Bundesliga debut with Schalke when he came on to substitute the injured Frank Rost on match day two of the 2006–07 season. The 20-year-old eventually won the starting position when Rost was surprisingly dropped for the crunch clash against Bayern Munich. He did not disappoint and managed to secure a 2–2 draw against the defending champions. Despite his young age, he was widely tipped to be a potential successor to his former idol Jens Lehmann in the future for the German national team.[8]

Neuer in 2007

On 5 March 2008, in the first knockout round of the UEFA Champions League against FC Porto, he almost single-handedly kept Schalke in the game with several saves and he forced the game into penalties. He then saved penalties from Bruno Alves and Lisandro Lopez to help Schalke advance to the quarter finals. For his heroics, he was shortlisted for the 2007–08 UEFA Club Goalkeeper of the Year award; he was the youngest as well as the only Bundesliga goalkeeper on the list.[9] He was one of only three Bundesliga players to play every minute in the 2007–08 season.

In the 2008–09 season, Schalke finished eighth in the league table and missed out on a Europa League spot. However, his good showing at the 2009 U-21 European Championships sparked interest from Bayern Munich, with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declaring interest in signing the young goalkeeper. Schalke's new manager Felix Magath, however, insisted that Neuer "will play for Schalke next season".[10] In November, he was the only German goalkeeper in the list of five nominated goalkeepers for the UEFA Team of the Year.[11]

For the 2010-11 season, Neuer was appointed captain and led the team to its first Champions League semifinal appearance.[12] He also won the DFB Pokal in his final season with the club, as Schalke defeated MSV Duisburg 5:0.[13] On 20 April 2011, he announced that he would not be extending his contract with Schalke, which was set to expire at the end of the 2011–12 season.[14] He earned criticism by Schalke-fans, who were disappointed with him leaving for a rival club.

Bayern Munich[edit]

2011–12[edit]

Neuer saving Juan Mata's penalty kick in the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final

On 1 June 2011, Schalke and Bayern Munich confirmed that Neuer would move to Bayern Munich in July 2011.[15] Neuer signed a five-year contract that will last until June 2016. The move was worth €22million, making Neuer the second most expensive goalkeeper of all time, only behind Gianluigi Buffon. After hostilities of Bayern fans against Neuer (some fans were unhappy about Bayern buying a Schalke keeper), a round-table discussion between Bayern Munich and group of supporters’ representatives took place on 2 July 2011. Among other things, it was decided that Manuel Neuer will be "regarded as a full member of the FC Bayern Munich team, who should be treated with due respect. Furthermore, hostility towards him should cease".[16] Right in the first weeks at Bayern, after a 0–0 draw with Hoffenheim, Neuer broke the Bayern Munich record for most competitive clean sheets in a row, having gone over 1000 minutes without conceding. He improved the record formerly held by Oliver Kahn.[17]

On 25 April 2012, Neuer saved penalty kicks from both Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká and helped Bayern through the UEFA Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid. Following the match, Neuer has revealed that he studied the way Ronaldo took his penalties. Neuer told Bild, "I always prepare myself for such situations. Our goalkeeping coach, Toni Tapalovic, showed me on his laptop before the match how Ronaldo usually takes his penalties. I learned that Ronaldo prefers to send the ball low to his left. In the penalty shoot-out, I was convinced that he would aim for his favourite spot."[18]

He went on to the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final against Chelsea and it also went to a penalty shoot-out. He took and scored the third penalty for Bayern and also saved the first penalty taken by Juan Mata, but all the rest were scored and Munich lost the trophy 4–3 on penalties in their home stadium, the Allianz Arena.

2012–13 season[edit]

In the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League knockout phase, Neuer posted four clean sheets in a row versus both Juventus F.C. and FC Barcelona. In the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, Neuer posted eight saves en route to Bayern's fifth UEFA Champions League title. The game featured great play from both keepers, and Neuer would end up winning the duel against Roman Weidenfeller having only conceded once to İlkay Gündoğan on a penalty shot.

2013–14 season[edit]

For the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, on 30 August 2013, he saved the last and decisive penalty which saw FC Bayern Munich win the match against Chelsea, taking some revenge for the lost 2012 UEFA Champions League Final. Neuer was announced as the 2013 World Goalkeeper of the year on 7 January 2014.[19]

On 2 May 2014, Neuer extended his current contract until the summer of 2019.[20]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

After progressing through the youth teams, Neuer made his U-21 debut on 15 August 2006 against the Netherlands. He won the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship with the Germany national under-21 football team in Sweden and kept a clean sheet in the 4–0 win in the final against England.

2010 World Cup[edit]

Neuer was called up on 19 May 2009 to the senior German squad for a tour of Asia.[21] He made his debut on this tour in a match against United Arab Emirates on 2 June.[22] He played in the November friendly against Côte d'Ivoire that ended 2–2. Although he took responsibility for the first goal conceded, manager Joachim Löw refused to blame him and instead commended him for doing his best.[23]

Neuer playing for Germany in 2011

The death of keeper Robert Enke in November 2009 saw him elevated as the second choice goalkeeper under René Adler. However, Adler suffered a serious rib injury which ruled him out of the World Cup. Neuer became Germany's first choice goalkeeper ahead of Tim Wiese and Hans-Jörg Butt for the upcoming tournament.[24]

Neuer was selected as Germany's number one goalkeeper for the World Cup in South Africa.[25] During the group stages, he only conceded a single goal, a close range shot by Milan Jovanović in the match against Serbia. He provided the assist for Miroslav Klose's opening goal against England, winning 4–1. He played in all of Germany's World Cup matches apart from the third-place game against Uruguay, when Hans-Jörg Butt was rewarded with a spot in the starting lineup.[26]

Euro 2012[edit]

He played every minute of every match in the qualification campaign for Euro 2012, helping Germany to secure ten wins out of ten games and top their group. After Germany's 3–1 away win against Turkey he was especially praised for his "sensational" performance. He retained a close range volley shot by Hamit Altıntop, and then he quickly threw the ball to the halfway line into the feet of Thomas Müller, who immediately provided the assist for Mario Gómez's opening goal. Neuer then set up the second goal; under pressure by Turkish attackers, he fired a precise long range shot to Mario Götze deep in the opponent's half, and found Thomas Müller on the edge of the opponent's penalty box to score.[27] He started all three of Germany's matches in the oft-dubbed, "Group of Death". He kept a clean sheet against Portugal while also conceding one goal each to the Netherlands and Denmark. Germany went on to win Group B, being the only team in the tournament to win all of their group stage games. He finished group play posting two saves against Portugal, three against the Netherlands, and three again against Denmark.

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Neuer training at 2014 FIFA World Cup

Neuer's "sweeper-keeper" playing style distinguished him from other starting goalkeepers in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This was credited with allowing his teammates to press deep in their opponents' half, plus Neuer's willingness to come out and challenge opposing attackers caused them to miss shots on net.[28] Neuer's outfield roaming which had made him the team's "11th man" has been attributed to the coaching he received from Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.[29]

After keeping clean sheets in group matches against Portugal and the United States, Neuer recorded his third shutout of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the 1–0 quarter-final defeat of France. This was his 22nd clean sheet overall in his 50th appearance for die Nationalmannschaft.[30] In the semi-finals, Neuer conceded a late goal as his team routed hosts Brazil 7–1.

On 13 July, in the FIFA World Cup Final against Argentina, Neuer was not heavily tested but he commanded his penalty area well, challenging attacking runs by Gonzalo Higuaín and Rodrigo Palacio that caused them to shoot wide of the net (ending up Argentina finished without a shot on goal despite several good chances).[31] Early in the second half, Neuer punched the ball clear before colliding with Higuaín at the edge of the box.[32] Germany defeated Argentina 1–0 thanks to a Mario Götze goal in extra time. Neuer personally won the Golden Glove award for the tournament's best goalkeeper.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Neuer was born in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. He attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld, like many other notable footballers, such as Mesut Özil. His brother Marcel is currently a football referee in the Verbandsliga.[34] He got his first football when he was two. He had his first game on 3 March 1991, 24 days before his fifth birthday.[35] Neuer's hero and idol as a child was fellow German and former Schalke goalkeeper Jens Lehmann.[36]

Neuer is a Catholic, who lends his support to a Gelsenkirchen-based Catholic social action group which campaigns against child poverty as well as a Gelsenkirchen-based youth club run by the Amigonians.[37]

Neuer started a charity foundation for children, named the Manuel Neuer Kids Foundation.[38] In November 2011, he won €500,000 for charity in a celebrity edition of Wer wird Millionär?, the German version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?[39]

Neuer did the voiceover for character Frank McCay in the German version of the 2013 Disney animation Monsters University.[40]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 September 2014
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total Ref.
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe1 Other2 Total
Schalke 04 II Regionalliga Nord 2003–04 1 0 1 0 [41]
Oberliga Westfalen 2004–05
Schalke 04 Bundesliga 2005–06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [42]
2006–07 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 0 [43]
2007–08 34 0 3 0 3 0 10 0 50 0 [44][45]
Schalke 04 II Regionalliga West 2008–09 1 0 1 0 [46]
Schalke 04 Bundesliga 2008–09 27 0 2 0 5 0 34 0 [46]
2009–10 34 0 5 0 39 0 [47]
2010–11 34 0 6 0 12 0 1 0 53 0 [48][49]
Schalke 04 totals 156 0 16 0 3 0 27 0 1 0 203 0
Schalke 04 II totals 2 0 2 0
Bayern Munich Bundesliga 2011–12 33 0 5 0 14 0 52 0 [50]
2012–13 31 0 5 0 13 0 1 0 50 0 [51][52]
2013–14 31 0 5 0 12 0 4 0 52 0 [53][54][55]
[56][57]
2014–15 6 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 11 0 [58]
Bayern Munich totals 101 0 16 0 41 0 6 0 164 0
Career totals 259 0 32 0 3 0 68 0 7 0 369 0
  • 1.^ Includes Champions League and UEFA Cup.
  • 2.^ Includes German Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Schalke 04[59]
Bayern Munich[59]

International[edit]

Germany[59][60]

Individual[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Heiko Westermann
Schalke 04 captain
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Benedikt Höwedes