2 September 2016
Coach of the German national football team, Joachim Low, has selected Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as the new German Captain following the retirement of former captain, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Neuer, 30, succeeds Schweinsteiger who called it quits after Wednesday’s 2 – 0 friendly win over Finland.
In 2009, Neuer made his debut for Germany and has so far made a total of 71 appearances for the German senior national side, conceding only 52 goals in the process. He was a key member of the 2014 World Cup-winning side.
Arguably the best goalkeeper in the world right now, Neuer has been voted the world’s best goalkeeper for the past three years. In addition to this, he won the Golden Glove award as the best goalkeeper at the 2014 World Cup.
His often praised goalkeeping style, the ‘sweeper-keeper style’ – often leaving his goal to act as an extra defender – helped Germany win the world title and also has always been key to Bayern’s dominance of the German Bundesliga.
He finished third behind Lionel Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2014 Ballon d’Or.
Neuer made history during the European Championships in Germany’s last 16 3 – 0 win over Slovakia as he made it his fifth straight game without conceding a goal for Germany.
With this Neuer made it into the proud 108-year history of the German FA (DFB) as no other goalkeeper has managed five consecutive clean sheets for die Mannschaft.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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