- Manual Neuer made his Bundesliga debut on this day, August 19, 2006, for Schalke 04 and has gone on to establish himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers
- Neuer has played for just 2 Bundesliga clubs in his entire career, wearing the colours of just Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich in Germany’s topflight league
- The Germany number 1 goalkeeper has won 28 major trophies including the UEFA Champions League titles and the FIFA World Cup
Manuel Neuer is regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers in his generation after a very successful career with the German national team and also at club level.
The German goalkeeper made his Bundesliga debut 16 years ago for Schalke 04 but has since joined reigning German champions Bayern Munich.
Neuer has won lots of laurels since making his Bundesliga debut and highlight his 5 most remarkable moments in his 16 years anniversary in the German topflight.
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1. Schalke 04 debut
Manuel Neuer signed his professional contract with German club, Schalke 04 in 2005 after progressing through every age group at his hometown club but didn’t make his Bundesliga debut until August 19, 2006.
The then 20-year-old goalkeeper came on as a substitute for the injured Schalke 04 number one goalkeeper, Frank Rost on matchday 2 of the 2006–07 season Wikipedia reports.
Neuer would eventually replace Rost as Schalke 04’s first-choice goalkeeper and made 27 league appearances during the 2006–07 season.
2. First DFB Pokal trophy with Schalke 04
Manuel Neuer parted ways with Schalke 04 on an awesome note as he delivered the DFB Pokal in his final season with the Bundesliga team in the 2010/11 campaign.
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Schalke defeated MSV Duisburg 5-0 in the German Cup final but Neuer decided not to renew his contract with the team, prompting a move to arch-rivals Bayern Munich.
3. Bayern Munich: The transfer and treble winner
Neuer moved to Bayern Munich on June 1, 2011, and signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga heavyweights that ran until June 2016.
The German goalkeeper broke the Bayern Munich record for most competitive clean sheets in a row, having gone over 1,000 minutes without conceding.
Neuer went on to win 2 UEFA Champions League trophies with the Bundesliga heavyweights with the most notable coming in the 2012/13 campaign when the Bavarians defeated Borussia Dortmund 1-0 while they were also crowned champions of the DFB Pokal and Bundesliga titles.
4. Ballon d'Or nomination
In 2014, Manuel Neuer became the first goalkeeper to be nominated in the 3-man final shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award Bundesliga reports.
Neuer’s inclusion, alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, is a fitting reward for a year in which he has been in outstanding form, winning the 2013/14 Bundesliga and DFB Cup titles, as well as the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where he was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament's best custodian.
5. 2014 FIFA World Cup winner
Manuel Neuer won the FIFA World Cup with Germany in 2014 after they defeated Argentina 1-0 thanks to a Mario Götze goal in extra time.
The Bayern Munich goalkeeper was incredible for the German national team in the tournament held in Brazil and also Neuer also won the Golden Glove award for the tournament's best goalkeeper.
Manuel Neuer remains unlikely to feature for Bayern Munich
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Bayern Munich face a nervy wait to see if their captain will be eligible to play in the Bundesliga season opener.
The defending champions will face off against Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt at the Deutsche Bank Park tomorrow, August 5.
Neuer remains a doubt for the game after being sidelined with a tummy bug. The keeper, as a result, has been unable to train with the squad for the season opener against Frankfurt.