A German football player Manuel Neuer was born on 27th March, 1986 in Gelsenkirchen, North Rhine-Westphalia. He plays as a goalkeeper for Bayern Munich and the Germany National Football Team. Neuer got his first football when he was at the age of two. He attended Gesamtschule Berger Feld like many other notable football players such as Mesut Ozil. As a child, Neuer’s hero and idol was fellow German and former Schalke goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. Manuel played his first game on 3rd March 1991 which was 24 days before his fifth birthday.
Manuel began his youth career in the year 1991 when he joined the Schalke 04. He made his starting very promising that is why the expectations for him were very high. Due to this, the coach gave him a chance to appear on the pitch regularly. Until he received an offer to sign professional contract, Neuer attended the club’s academy from 1991 to 2005. Manuel was then offered his first professional contract by Schalke in the year 2005.
His dream to play on a professional level finally came true in 19th August 2006 when he came on to substitute the injured Frank Rost against Aachen. He was also awarded the best goalkeeper of the Bundesliga in the 2006-07 season. He then appeared in every match of the club helping his team on the way to the UEFA Cup. He also helped the team to the UEFA Champions League. He stayed with the club until 2011 and made 197 appearances.
It was confirmed on 1st June, 2011 that Neuer would move to Bayern Munich in July of 2011. He signed a five year deal that will last until June 2016. In the year 2012, Neuer was named ESM Goalkeeper of the Year for Bayern Munich. Neuer extended his current contract until the summer of 2019 on 2nd May 2014. Period to that, Manuel Neuer had also made appearances for Germany National Football Team. On 15th August 2006, he made his first U-21 debut against Netherlands.
He also won the 2009 UEFA European U-21 Football Championship with the Germany national under-21 football team. On 19th May 2009, he was called up to the senior German squad for a tour of Asia. He made his debut on the tour on 2nd June against United Arab Emirates. He also became Germany’s first choice goalkeeper in the 2010 World Cup. He played in all of the Germany’s World Cup matches from the third place game against Uruguay.
In addition to that, Neuer has also played in Euro 2012 which helped Germany to secure ten wins out of ten games and top their group. On 7th January, 2014, he was announced as the 2013 World Goalkeeper of the year. recently, he had appeared in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On 13th July, he made numbers of critical saves which helped Germany to with the FIFA World Cup. Beside, Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove Award in the 2014 FIFA World Cup championship. Prior to that, he has also given his voice for the character Frank McCay in the German version of the 2013 Disney animation Monsters University.
To talk about his personal life, Neuer is in relationship with his girlfriend Kathrin Glich who is a model. The couple has been dating since the year 2009. They are very private for the most part so there is no more information about them. Standing tall at the height of six feet and four inches, Neuer is mostly known for his reflexes, distribution of ball as well as excellent shot stopping.
Apart from that, Manuel has also started a charity foundation for children. The foundation is named Manuel Neuer Kids Foundation. He won a €500,000 for charity in November of 2011 in a celebrity edition of Wer wird Millionare? It is the German version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?