THE DL ON GERMANY'S NO. 1
(copied and pasted from where else but Wikipediarrr):
Birth Date: March 27, 1986 (Aged 24)
Birth Place: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Height: 6 ft. 4 ½
Current Club: Schalke 04
Inspiration: Jens Lehmann
“In football, you simply have to be able to rely on your goalkeeper. The main thing is to give it your very best shot.”
How badass was this man during the WC?? I didn't know zip about Manuel Neuer when the squad list had been made public and I was really nervous and anxious to see if someone so young would be able and ready to perform in such a key role for these matches. Man, did he IMPRESS. His unerring level of calm and ability to anticipate attacks early on really boded well for the Germans, especially in the game against Espana. He kept Germany in there for as long as he could. Every single time I would get a heart attack from an opposing team gathering ranks and closing in on the net, Neuer would just knock the ball out, pounce over it, or tip it just at the right time, and teach me how to fucking breathe again lol. The nick name "German Casillas" imo, is well-deserved. Shame he couldn't play for Germany's final game.
“I haven't heard that, but of course it’s an honour to be compared to Casillas.”
The hair, the smile. It's all too radiant for words. He is seriously such a man-boy sometimes. <3
“You have to show the opposition who’s boss. If you manage that, you have already achieved a little something.”
I need a shirtless picture of this man in my life. Seriously.
JUST HANGING WITH
“A lot of our young players already know each other. We’ve played together at youth level for Germany and that's why we combine so well. We're hungry, aggressive and desperate to play.”
UM. LOVING ALL THE OBVIOUS MERTE/MANU GOING ON. Defender, Goalkeeper. Bound to happen am I right? I think it was the Argentina v. Germany match (correct me if I'm wrong) and I distinctly remember Merte getting hit square in the face with the soccer ball. BAMF didn't cry though and took it like a man, and Neuer just held him on both shoulders and asked him if he was okay. Don't know if Manu is particularly close with anyone on the team, but everyone just seems to get all along really really well, and I love that.
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Source: Manuel-Neuer.de, Fifa.com, Flickr searches, Google searches.