Manuel Neuer Voted World Goalkeeper of the Year
Enlarge image This is Manuel Neuer's first time being voted Goalkeeper of the Year. (© picture alliance / GES-Sportfoto) FC Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was voted the 2013 World Goalkeeper of the Year this week by the International Football Federation of History and Statistics. The committee of over journalists and soccer experts from 70 countries rank goalkeepers, coaches, and also produces the world club ranking annually. Neuer has played with FC Bayern since 2011, and has also appeared on the National Team roster since 2010. This is the first IFFHS title for the 27-year-old footballer, but many predict that it won't be his last.
Neuer Makes a Mark on the Bayern Munich Squad
After leading his team to a record-breaking season in 2012/2013, Neuer has played every minute of game time this year, making him one of the only players on the squad to do so. He has allowed only eight goals this season, and has made 38 saves. Neuer’s incredible defensive skill was unparalleled by rival goalkeepers this year. As a point of reference, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who are ranked number two in the Bundesliga, have had sixteen goals scored on their goalkeeper. FC Barcelona, one of Bayern's biggest rivals in the UEFA Champion's League, has allowed twelve. All in all, the FC Bayern squad has dominated the Bundesliga rankings undefeated in sixteen games played.
Enlarge image Manuel Neuer and Dortmund's Jakub Blaszczykowski in a 2012 Bundesliga matchup. (© picture alliance / dpa) Neuer is only the third German to win the coveted World Goalkeeper of the Year award since its establishment in 1987. His victory also represents the fifth victory for FC Bayern Munich, thanks in part to the three titles from Oliver Kahn, who is one of the best goalies of all time. This year, Neuer took the title away from Iker Casillas of Real Madrid, who has held the title for the past five years.