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Name Manuel Neuer
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Footballer
Desc Perhaps Germany’s best-ever shot-stopper, Neuer has revolutionised the way goalkeepers are used across the planet

Affiliation

Org Germany National Team
Club as Player Bayern Munich
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Agent Thomas Kroth

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer freely admits that being Bayern Munich’s No.1 is not always the most taxing job in the world] After some games this season I haven’t needed to have a shower. Yes, I guess sometimes it is boring being in goal

2014 11 22 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer on whether he will win the FIFA Ballon d’Or] I’m not the sort of person who poses in their underwear. I hate the red carpet. I prefer the green grass. After the games the highlights show mostly the goals, scoring chances, assists. The spectator tends not to remember that as a goalkeeper I make difficult saves at great risk and start moves with my efforts

2015 09 22 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer was speaking to ‘adidas’ and believes goalkeepers get the recognition though mistakes maybe highlighted] I have a couple. Jens Lehmann was always my hero, because he played for Schalke, and he was a bit of a goalkeeping revolutionary - he played the game his own way. There’s Oliver Kahn, who as a German keeper you have to respect massively for what he achieved. And I also liked Edwin van der Saar, and the way he played, very much

[Asked if the custodians get the recognition they deserve, Neuer was unfluttering in his answer] I think they do. We have a high profile job and when we do it well, the rewards are high. It would be hard for me to say that I’m not getting recognition as a player, because of course that happens. But for me football isn’t about recognition – that is just something that comes with the game that I try not to pay too much attention to. My job is to get on with being the best goalkeeper I can be, training hard, enjoying being part of a team. Obviously though, goalkeepers are a little different to those who play outfield

[Neuer agrees with the idea that goalkeeping errors are potryaed larger than saves] You might make some big saves that get shown on TV highlights, but the cameras might not notice something small but effective you did. If your team wins, it is the goalscorer that gets the recognition, sure. But that comes with the job, and if you don’t want to accept it, don’t be a goalkeeper. You save a penalty, you’re a hero, you make a mistake, you get slammed. That’s the business I’m in. Making mistakes and putting them behind you is a big part of playing in goal. They bug you, but you have to forget them

2016 05 28 Retrieve

[German FIFA World Cup winner and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer discusses how he first started out wearing the gloves, aged three] I was the last to arrive, and the rule was that the last to arrive had to go into the goal. Because it was a stupid job. And the coach is the boss, you know? And I was just a little boy, very shy. So I said, ‘OK, thank you.’

2019 05 25 Retrieve

[Kovac congratulates Manuel Neuer for his sensational performance] I was highly motivated and ready in training I would have liked to play sooner, it was a precision landing. One could not have written a better script. It was important for the team that I was there in the situations and it was very important for all of us to finish the season in such a way that we were double winners In the cup, many talked about a 50-50 game and we did a great job and just earned it.

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[Neuer breaks Germany clean sheet record] I am very satisfied, we can be proud of what we have shown in the last two internationals. The early goal was important and then you saw that the opponent was not so strong. We improved and played a great game against Netherlands, even though we were lucky in the end to win. We want to continue to work and learn a lot in order to bring a good team to the pitch in the summer of 2020. Of course there is always talk in football, we are a footballing country and everyone has their opinion, but that must not disturb us in our work. A healthy competition is always important.

2019 07 26 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer has declared himself fresh and pain-free after two seasons tainted by injury] I feel really good right now. I’m not in any pain and can take part in everything we’re doing. I’m really looking forward to the new season

[Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Rafinha and Mats Hummels have left since the end of last season] We’ve got a lot of players who are established and know each other well, but also some guys who will have bigger roles to play because of the departures. They have to prove they can take on leadership roles

[Jann-Fiete Arp, 19, was particularly impressive from the wing and Neuer has plenty of praise for the youngster going into the new season] He’s very alert and wants to show what he’s got immediately. He’s eager to learn. We have a different pace in training that you can’t compare with Hamburg, but he wants to win the duels and show what he’s got up front.

2019 08 25 Retrieve

[Bayern stars already missing departed Renato Sanches] I’ve contacted him personally again, he’s a great guy and I think it’s too bad he’s not with us anymore

2019 09 08 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer says he will retire from football when he feels he is no longer needed by Bayern Munich and Germany] When you are no longer needed and you feel it, it is difficult to get up and motivate each day. When your experience is needed and your players need you, that drives you on. I have the feeling that I am very much needed here in the national team and that everyone is happy that I’m here. It’s clear that I have to show it in my performance

[My longevity] is a result of my love for this sport. It excites me a lot when I’m on the pitch training or playing. It’s a great fulfilment for me. I’m 33 years old bu when I’m on the pitch I always feel that I can improve on my goalkeeping. I’m still as annoyed with things that don’t work out as they did nine or 10 years ago and I’m still happy about things that work out. These are signs that mean something to me. Namely, how ambitious I am still. [I want to] play as long as my body can do it, I’m having fun and I’m needed

At a young age you don’t have to do so much to keep fit. It’s changing. I’ve already noticed that, so I pay close attention to what I do and how I approach things

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was disappointed with the reaction from his team-mates to Forsberg’s leveller where Bayern Munich held 1-1 by RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Saturday] The 1-1 has thrown us back a little because we were so clearly superior. We did not recover from it well. We have to take the good points and analyse the bad things carefully

2019 09 19 Retrieve

[Neuer: I don’t want to talk about Ter Stegen debate any more] It’s always good to have some people support you in general. I basically said one thing about it because I got asked after a game. I don’t want to have a debate and talk about who can do what better than the other. We are a team and I am a team player. We know that we have four good goalkeepers who play together and do everything for Germany. So, I don’t want to talk about it anymore

2019 10 02 Retrieve

[Bayern goalkeeper Neuer was similarly impressed with Gnabry’s finishing, though he also felt sympathy for his opposite number in Bayern Munich’s 7-2 battering of Tottenham in London] He [Gnabry] has a lot of moves to the goal and has great finishing [skill], whether with the left or right foot. That is always difficult to thwart, that’s why I’m feeling a bit sorry for Hugo Lloris.

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Neuer denies Ter Stegen rift and rejects retirement rumours] [Ter Stegen] has no claim to play. I hope you have watched us closely, it’s a great relationship with us. [Ter Stegen] played well against Argentina. We have the right team [of goalkeepers], with Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp as well. There is nothing to report, there was no deep conversation

[Neuer denied reports he is considering retirement after Euro 2020] There’s absolutely nothing to announce. I’m feeling well, I’m feeling fit and I’m performing well. I’m not thinking about ending my career

[Some have tipped Schalke’s Alexander Nubel – not Ter Stegen – to eventually take over from Neuer in the Germany goal] He could be. He has made good progress. He is a regular goalkeeper for Schalke and played a very good Under-21 European Championship. He is currently performing very well. Of course, he needs some experience as well, but the signs for German football are good, even in the goalkeeping department

2019 10 22 Retrieve

[Neuer: Alisson & Ederson are the modern-goalkeeping masters] Alisson of Liverpool and Ederson at Manchester City are complete goalkeepers. They’ve mastered the modern game and are excellent with two feet. I like them both. They’re consistent and they rarely make mistakes. They’re among the best in the world, along with Hugo Lloris, who is more of my generation and who has enjoyed a great year with Tottenham, reaching the Champions League final. Lloris and I have many points in common with regards to our respective careers, having been captains of both club and country. He’s someone that I appreciate a lot

[Head coach Joachim Low continues to back the older of the two men and Neuer is unconcerned with the debate about Marc-Andre ter Stegen] It’s not new, it’s always been there. When I came into the national team, I was the No.2 behind Rene Adler. He got injured on a long-term basis and I seized my chance to start at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Since then, I’ve defended my status as the No.1. Throughout history, Germany has always been a country that has possessed great goalkeepers with redoubtable depth in the position. Just as has been the case for attackers

Certain people thought I was done and that I’d not come back. But I feel a great passion for this sport and an overflowing enthusiasm. That’s the most important thing. My goal is not to go to training every morning and to settle for my level without being really ambitious. I want to progress each day. At 33, I want to stop the unstoppable shots at all costs. It’s my goal every day

2019 10 23 Retrieve

[Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer was left frustrated by his side’s performance, admitting more conviction is needed] The problem at the moment is that we need to score three goals every game to win because we keep conceding two. We made it difficult for ourselves again and didn’t have enough conviction. We need to continue working on that, analysing and seeing what we can do better

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer was left wondering whether Bayern Munich really wanted to advance in the cup following the narrow victory] The way we played in the first half was really sad and disappointing. I don’t know the reason, whether we were not there in our heads or we just didn’t want to qualify. That’s what it looked like anyway. It’s important that everyone starts with themselves. We don’t need to talk about individual players or the system or the coach. It’s important for us as professionals to be able to look at ourselves in the mirror

2019 11 04 Retrieve

[Why Bayern Munich sacked Kovac just 33 days on from 7-2 Spurs thrashing] I think that it was foreseeable somewhat. That’s why what happened is no shock for me. You saw the game in Bochum (a muted 2-1 DFB-Pokal win), so it’s not a massive surprise for me what happened here. It should not be attributed to the fact that we received a red card in the early stage of the game, but rather that things aren’t working. That’s what we have to tackle; we’re analysing it and addressing things. But something definitely has to change

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Niko Kovac left his role as Bayern Munich coach on good enough terms with the players that any of them would be able to meet up with him for a coffee] I take my hat off to Niko and Robbie [Robert Kovac, former first-team coach and Niko’s brother] as they have said goodbye. I think that every player, if he meets Robbie or Niko, can look them in the eyes and drink a coffee together. It [the farewell] was emotional, of course, because we had a great time together. We wish him all the best. If we had played successfully, this would not have happened

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer would not be drawn on a potential reunion with Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, saying only that things are going very well under Hansi Flick] Of course, I can’t comment on the rumours. We are now here with the national team, I hear [about Guardiola] for the first time. You will see what happens and how those responsible decide. At the moment, things are going very well. In the last six days, Hansi Flick has invested everything with his coaching team. We have been very successful twice. The people in charge will take a stand [by appointing Guardiola instead] if they want to

[Various scenarios could see Germany through after the first match but Neuer said] Of course, we want to win the home games and get six points. That’s our clear goal

2019 11 14 Retrieve

[Uli Hoeness will be replaced by Adidas chief executive Herbert Hainer as the club president] I think that someone like Uli Hoeness will never stop, he’s got a Bayern heart, so he will always stay connected to us

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Like Kroos and Neuer, Matthias Ginter was central to the victory, having a hand in the second and third goals after scoring the opener at Borussia-Park, the home of club side Borussia Monchengladbach] His first Germany goal tonight? Well, after 29 games, it is about time. No, he did very well to score in style

2019 12 16b Retrieve

[Neuer confident Bayern Munich can get Champions League revenge against Chelsea] We’re looking forward to London, where we’ve had some good experiences. They’re a dangerous team, who we have to take very seriously and approach with concentration. Obviously, we want to get through to the next round. I think we can go into the games with a healthy level of confidence. We’re happy with the draw: it’s against an attractive and good team

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer insists suggestions of a rift with fellow Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen were blown out of proportion] In principle, far too much was made of it. I’ve never had a problem with Marc. We train for the national team together, but we don’t call each other when he plays with Barcelona or I play with Bayern, and we wish ourselves the best of luck. We sit together at breakfast, have a normal conversation - as team-mates, not as competitors. Each of us tries to show our best performance for the team so that we can be successful. This is important because we play in a team. In football, it is not like in handball with clapping and hugging and you hold the next seven metres. Football is a different culture

[When quizzed on his retirement plans] I leave that open because I listen to my health and want to see how fit I am and whether I enjoy everything

[Germany are due to host the European Championship in 2024] I’m fit and therefore ready!

2019 12 23b Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer can’t imagine playing for a club other than Bayern Munich, but admitted that the fast pace of the business of modern football made it impossible to rule out] I never said that I would end my career in Germany but I didn’t say I would leave Bayern either. At the moment I can’t imagine playing abroad, but I know the business is a fast-paced one. Maybe it will still grab me. I feel good in the region and in the surrounding area and would not necessarily want to go away. I would like to have a job later that challenges me in whatever role. I would like to stay involved in football and do something that inspires and excites me

[Flick was given the job until the end of the season] He’s been doing great so far. He has a great connection to the team, speaks to things very clearly. He definitely deserves the chance right now. [The defence] starts higher, and we have closer ties between the lines. We have access and a much closer connection to each other, communication is easier between the players and we can give instructions. This helps our game, we can put pressure on the opponents

2019 12 27 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer has defended Mesut Ozil’s record with the German national team] What he always wanted was to have fun and play football.

[Asked about integration within the national team] We had great years together. What he always wanted was to have fun and play football. The things that happened off the pitch were not always fortunate

[Neuer was also asked about social media and whether criticism from fans has become more extreme in recent years] Criticism is part of our profession, we ourselves are our harshest critics. After the game in Frankfurt [which Bayern lost 5-1] we went into the stand and knew that what we had delivered was a disaster. We know what’s going on in the stands. This is different from the comments on social networks. In the stadium, positive and negative emotions are part of it. I don’t think the tone has gotten rougher

[As for the way players use social media] The coaches deal with it in a much more relaxed way these days than in the first years. There are still rules on how to handle it as a professional. Every player knows that he has to take responsibility himself

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Neuer’s deal expires in 2021, with the 33-year-old reportedly in talks over a new contract - negotiations he is adamant will be unaffected by Nubel’s arrival] The Nubel transfer is irrelevant for my contract extension. Of course I determine the requirements [of the contract]. I have the thoughts in my head, but of course I will not reveal them. Nothing comes out of me. It’s a forward-thinking decision made by the club. Nubel is a top-quality goalkeeper.

These factors are very important. It is therefore very important for me how the path with [coach] Hansi Flick continues. I have things I want to achieve with the team, and it’s a lot of fun working together with Hansi. Together with the team, we can achieve anything. The club has always shown me appreciation. So far, we have not extended the contract, although I have no time pressure

[Neuer added on his desire to retain the number one jersey at Bayern despite Nubel’s arrival] I am not an extra, but a protagonist, I always want to play. It is not my decision as a player, but that of the coach. It will always be like this in the future

2020 01 07 Retrieve

[If Bayern want Nubel to be a success, they need him to develop by playing matches but Neuer also has no intention of warming the pine while a younger player warms their gloves] I am an athlete and a professional. I always want to play. It is not my decision as a player, but that of the coach. It will always be like this. The signing is a decision by the club with regard to the next few years. He is a good goalkeeper. But we also have very good goalkeepers here. Sven Ulreich did a very good job when he replaced me. Alex Nubel is a very good goalkeeper for the future. I can’t put myself in [his situation]. But I was a player who always wanted to play, always wanted to be No.1.

[Neuer once said that Nubel can become Germany No.1 someday] He needs the experience that he will definitely get, but he’s already developed really well

2020 01 07b Retrieve

[Neuer says Ter Stegen was not being a team player by sulking in the media about his lack of playing time in National Team] I think we’re a team and we should do all we can to be a team. I don’t know if that (Ter Stegen’s statement) helps us as a team

2020 01 14 Retrieve

[Neuer has made it clear that he has no intention of giving up his starting berth anytime soon] The Alexander Nubel transfer is irrelevant for my contract extension. Of course I determine the requirements [of the contract]. I have the thoughts in my head, but of course I will not reveal them. Nothing comes out of me. It’s a forward-thinking decision made by the club. Nubel is a top-quality goalkeeper

2020 02 04 Retrieve

[Had Neuer been given a run out in the engine room, then he could have been expected to have given his all] You realise pretty quickly that things are different at FC Bayern compared to other clubs. Winning can soon become normality for the people here but for us it’s hard work. I have a completely different view on what many people have regarded for decades as the legendary ‘Bayern-luck’. That for me is the unrelenting belief in being able to turn a game around right up until the final whistle – as we showed twice at the end of the first half of the season. That belief, that confidence, is ingrained in the club and its tradition

Essentially, any year without trophies for an ambitious club like FC Bayern would be a lost year, although there are exceptions. After finishing runners-up in all three competitions in 2012, we went into the following season hugely motivated and won the treble. But we’re still in the mix for all three competitions anyway, so I don’t think that question needs be asked

2020 02 09 Retrieve

[Neuer planning for Bayern Munich future ahead of Alex Nubel’s arrival] My plan is that I continue to play football for Bayern, and Alex Nubel will be there from summer, then it will continue. There is nothing we can announce at the moment

We are one point ahead. You cannot take this one game to judge whether there is a clearly better team. Not a lot happened in the table. We would have liked to have won. We started quite well and after the dominance Leipzig changed over and played man versus man. Then we had problems in the build-up game and had to play long balls. We lost a lot of the aerial duels, but we still had a good chance of deciding the game. You have to say that Leipzig also had a good chances. We played against a good team. It can not always go perfectly for 90 minutes. We always try to continue our successful style, but that did not work 100 per cent against Leipzig

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer is expecting a tight contest against Chelsea] We’re playing against a Premier League team, it’s going to be difficult. It is not easy to win games in England

2020 02 29 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on whether he has seen a faster player than team-mate Alphonso Davies, after the club’s 3-0 win at Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg] There was a player who played in Australia [Usain Bolt], but he wasn’t that strong with the ball

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Neuer is believed to want a new four-year contract, with Bayern instead looking to offer the 34-year-old a two-year deal] [Neuer’s management says] We have no comment on rumours. There is nothing new to report

2020 04 18 Retrieve

[Neuer fumes after contract talks leaked] All conversations that I’ve had here since [2011] have always been conducted with great confidence. Nothing has ever leaked out. But now there are details from the current discussions in the media that are often not even correct. That annoys me. That’s not how I know Bayern.

I want to play as long as I’m fit. But the most important thing for me is trust. It’s clear to me that it’s utopian to want a five-year contract. I’m 34 and can’t predict how I’m going to be at 39. That’s why what has been publicly suggested makes no sense at all

It has always been important to me to be able to work trustingly with the employees in management positions - as loyal as I am to the club as a player and captain

[Despite Nubel’s arrival Neuer still sees his future at the Allianz Arena, but insists it must be with a deal that suits all parties] I want a contract where FC Bayern and I have a win-win situation that everyone is happy with. I want to perform, be there for the team and do everything to ensure that we have maximum success - with 100 per cent passion. The conditions must be right, that’s what it’s about.

I’m not in the talks, that’s what [Neuer’s agent] Thomas [Kroth] does. That’s why I can’t and don’t want to point my finger at individual people.

2020 05 06 Retrieve

[Neuer urges Bundesliga players to be responsible when season restarts from Covid-19 break] I am speaking consciously of the football family and football matches, because the fact that advice will be given on the restart of the federal leagues and, if possible, a decision is likely to have consequences for all of football, right down to the many amateur clubs and the youngest generations - and beyond also for many other sports

Even from other European countries, and indeed all over the world, people will be looking at us. This is an enormous responsibility for us, which we must be aware of with every fibre. We must be aware that it is also important to us now

As a role model, we are part of society. We only want to play football, but that’s not enough at this time

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer denies Rummenigge’s suggestion that new Bayern contract is close] I think Karl-Heinz Rummenigge knows what’s going on. There is nothing to announce at the moment. There is no ultimatum. It is not necessary to make such a decision at the moment. We are both optimistic, of course, but it is still not clear at all

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[The 92-time Germany international was annoyed that details of his demands, including the length of contract he would like, were leaked to the media] All conversations that I’ve had here since [2011] have always been conducted with great confidence. Nothing has ever leaked out. But now there are details from the current discussions in the media that are often not even correct. That annoys me. That’s not how I know Bayern.

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer signs new contract through to 2023] During the weeks of the shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, I didn’t want to make a decision because nobody knew if, when and how Bundesliga football would continue. It was important for me to continue working with our goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic. Now this has been resolved, I look to the future with great optimism. I feel very comfortable and at home in Bavaria. FC Bayern are one of Europe’s top football clubs

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Neuer dreaming of captaining Bayern Munich in another home Champions League final after signing new contract] I am convinced by our team and the whole club and I am sure we will be playing successful football throughout the coming years. Of course, we have some goals we can reach within this current season. We have a good team for the next few years and it is a lot of fun working for FC Bayern, also as captain. This is also my job and I want to continue until 2023

You start every year from the beginning of course wanting to win it all. There is now the championship to win this year and we are still in every competition. But right now it is a different situation for us and everyone has to adjust to the current situation, not only us football players. One of our big goals for the next few years is definitely having the chance to play a home Champions League final, like we did in 2012. 2022 will be another European final in Munich, which is a great incentive for me and the whole team. It would be a dream for us all to be able to reach this final at home

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer echoed Flick’s sentiments, adding that winning a match against a rival like Dortmund makes Tuesday’s triumph even sweeter] It was, of course, a very important game for us. When you play in Dortmund away from home, you are always motivated all the way to the tips of your hair. [Winning the league] is up to us. That was a very important step and a very important victory

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Manuel Neuer was part of the 2012-13 side who last lifted the Champions League, but is determined to repeat that success] You start every year from the beginning of course wanting to win it all. There is now the championship to win this year and we are still in every competition.