Being recognized as one of the best goalkeepers in the world is not something that comes easy – it takes hard work, determination, and much practice. But if you are Manuel Neuer, it would appear that being ranked among the top goalkeepers of the world, and among the greatest, there has ever been in the history of football is akin to a walk in the park.
Perhaps when Manuel Neuer thwarted RB Leipzig’s hopes at a first major title in the 2019 DFB Cup final was time for the world to remember the reason why he remains the best goalkeeper not only at Bayern Munich and Germany but also the world. But, who is Manuel Neuer? Read on to get a comprehensive overview of everything there is to know about Neuer.
Manuel Neuer - Who is Manuel Neuer?
Manuel Peter Neuer, is a German citizen who was born on March 27, 1986 in Gelsenkirchen-Buer. He is about 193 cm in height and weighs around 92 kilograms. He is a Catholic and offers support to the Gelsenkirchen-based Catholic social action group whose main agenda is to prevent child poverty.
Manuel Neuer is married to Nina Weiss. They had their civil wedding on May 2017 in Tannheim (Tyrol) and the following month, they had their church wedding in Monopoli, Southern Italy. The marriage happened three years after the 2014 World Cup when Neuer broke up his girlfriend of four years, Kathrin Gilch. He met with the current wife in Madame Tussaud's wax museum in Berlin where Nina was creating Neuer’s wax figure. Although the two had been leaving as a couple since 2014, they chose to keep the relationship away from the public for a year.
Unlike most people, Manuel Neuer is not a fan of cars; he drives Vespa scooters instead. He has a lot of passion in kids. His foundation, Neuer Kids Foundation, offers support to children at risk of poverty. It was started in 2010 and since then, the foundation has transformed the lives of numerous poor children.
The www.vermögenmagazin.de estimates Neuer’s assets to be around 30.0 million € while his annual gross salary at FC Bayern (www.vermögenmagazin.de) should amount to 15.0 million €. However, these figures are not inclusive of any proceeds from several advertising contracts.
Manuel Neuer – Good to Know
Manuel Neuer’s professional career started in 1991. Between 1991 and 2004, he played for several youth teams. In 2004 he joined FC Schalke 04 where he played for two years until 2006 when he began playing at the Bundesliga team. However, he moved to FC Bayern Munich at the end of the 2010/11 season.
Before playing the first match in the Bundesliga, Neuer had participated in the German under 21 national team in 2006 and was allowed to play in the national team in June 2009. He was considered goalkeeper number one of the DFB-Elf as a way to prepare him for the 2010 World Cup. Since then, Neuer participated in 2010, 2014, and 2018 World Championships. He was the team’s captain in 2018.
The IFFHS selected Neuer as the World Goalkeeper of 2013 on January 6, 2014. He was voted, for the second time, in 2014, as Germany's Footballer of the Year. In addition, he finished second after Cristiano Ronaldo in Europe's Footballer of the Year elections. He came third after Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the World Player of the Year election. He is celebrated as the only player who won DFB Cup final four times consecutively. Under Coach Jupp Heynckes, Neuer’s team won the Tripple - the DFB Pokal, the Champions League, and the championship - in 2013. Toni Tapalovic, who coached him while playing for Schalke 04, is still his coach at Bayern.
What only a few know
He began practicing to play football when he was two years of age. Together with his brother Marcel, they played football throughout their childhood. When he was barely 5 years (4 years and 341 days), Neuer played his first league game.
He has a passion for music.
Despite Germany having various superstar goalkeepers, like Oliver Khan and Bodo Illigner, Neuer’s idol and role model has always been the ex-Arsenal and ex-Schalke, Jens Lehmann.
Manuel Neuer kept over 1000 minutes without conceding. He succeeded at the beginning of his time at Bayern Munich, at which he broke Oliver Kahn’s record.
Manuel Neuer is so careful with his hair; he goes for a haircut every month and keeps a perfect hairstyle.
Manuel Neuer loves Italian food such as pasta and pizza.
During his leisure time, Neuer plays tennis or goes skydiving.
He admires Boris Becker and considers Adidas his favorite sports brand.
Marcel, his brother referees at the association league.
Manuel Neuer – Weaknesses and Strengths
Most football players have several strengths and weaknesses that impact on their performance while on the field or in real life situations and Neuer is not an exemption.
One of Neuer’s major weaknesses is the metatarsus. Over the years, the player has experienced numerous injuries. For example, he was involved in an injury in 2008 when he was still playing for Schalke 04 that broke his right midfoot. He broke his left midfoot while playing in the Champions League quarter-finals in 2017. This came just a few days after suffering a hairline around the midfoot. He suffered another injury on September 2017 on the left midfoot. The healing process was slow this time such that it remained uncertain whether he was going to participate in the 2018 World Cup.
He is considered a risky player while on the pitch – he trips more often outside the box. In fact, most people in Mönchengladbach remember him for his erroneous trips. His decision to leave Schalke 04 was to gain more success at Bayern Munich and, of course, make more money. Most fans of Schalke would have preferred a move to a relatively larger team such as Real Madrid or Manchester United and not Bayern.
Manuel is known for the sweeper keeper goalkeeper tactic. This is characterized by the fact that he actively plays along and it actively involved in the game. In addition, repeaters often run short and the defenders regularly offer as many balls as possible (goalkeeper Libero) hence, his tactic is necessary in organizing the defense.
Although he has perfected the Sweeper-Keeper, Neuer did not invent it. Other players who used it include the Gyula Grosics, Lew Yashin, Jorg Stiel, Amadeo Carrizo, Jose Luis Chilavert, and Rene Higuita. His long legs and arms and height give Manuel Neuer an advantage while on the pitch. However, his stature only works for him in case of high balls.
Manuel Neuer – OMG
A statement by Manuel Neuer put him on the receiving end of criticism. His concerns that he would find it extremely good if gay footballers outed, as this would promote a general outing of homosexual players was misinterpreted by the Peruvian newspaper "Trome" that concluded Neuer was homosexual.
He was named "Ricky Martin of Football."
ABC from Paraguay formulated: "The gay goalkeeper asks his colleagues to free themselves."
„La Voz“ from Argentina put it like this: "The German goalkeeper confesses he is gay.“
After the match at the World Cup in the summer of 2018, the Mexican football association was fined, because some Mexican supporters had chanted homophobic songs when Neuer was close to the ball.
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Manuel Neuer – Fun Facts
Manuel Neuer has been successful both on the pitch and outside. He has experienced something extraordinary outside of his footballing career.
The Genius - Neuer won € 500,000 in November 2011 at "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire".
Dubbing Partner - Neuer was the German voice of Frank McCay in the German version of "Monsters University" (2013), a Disney animated cartoon.
The trouble with a fan - After Schalke won the German Cup in 2011 and celebrated in Gelsenkirchen, a Schalke fan approached Neuer and beat him. There should be videos showing that. That was just before Neuer rejected a new contract offer from Schalke. Neuer said later that he and the fan would meet. The fan was reportedly angry because Neuer did not want to sign the new Schalke contract.
Was once referred to as "arrogant" by a doping control - 2 months before the 2018 World Cup, Neuer had to undergo a doping test. He did not fit the timing. Later he said that he knew about the test way too late - 2-3 hours before. Prof. Dr. Fritz Sörgel, chief of the control group, found the behavior of Neuer arrogant.
"Judas ... traitor, ... money-hungry snake" - so Manuel Neuer was called by the Schalke fans after his move to Bayern. The former favorite was booed in every game on Schalke. That was not much different with national team games.
By the way: The most popular misspellings in the Google search are Marcel Neuer, Mario Neuer, Anyway Noier.