Manuel Neuer has been widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world during his time between the sticks for Bayern Munich. So naturally, it made sense, when Philipp Lahm announced his retirement in 2017, that Neuer was one of the first names tossed into the hat to be chosen. I, for one, believe FC Bayern made the correct choice.
When you think of FC Bayern Munich, you think of players like Lothar Matthäus, Gerd Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Oliver Kahn, and of course Lahm, among others. In recent years, Neuer has made his claim to be mentioned in the same breath as those names not only with his play on the field but also with his actions off of it. He has been an integral part of a Bayern team that has won the Bundesliga a record seven times and claimed a now iconic victory in the UEFA Champions League final vs Bayern’s rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
When Lahm decided to retire from Bayern Munich, there were only a couple of viable options to take over the captaincy. Thomas Müller, naturally, was one of the first to be mentioned, being the last of the “homegrown” Bavarians for Bayern Munich once Schweinsteiger and Lahm left. However, it was Neuer who came out on top.
Here is why I think the Bayern hierarchy got it right and why Neuer is still the correct choice: Neuer fell in love with the club and became accepted and loved by a club that originally despised him. Per Goal, when Neuer was first brought into Bayern Munich from Schalke 04, Bayern’s hardcore ultras gave him a code of conduct:
The rules are reportedly as follows:
1) Neuer must never simulate or initiate the team’s megaphone chants.
2) Neuer must not kneel before the team and sing the ‘Humba’ song.
3) Neuer is prohibited from approaching the South Stand fence.
4) Neuer should not throw his shirt into the South Stand.
5) Neuer may not kiss the Bavarian crest.
Yet after all of this hatred directed toward a then 25-year-old Neuer, he has proven himself someone that not only loves the club and its fans, but ultimately represents what FC Bayern Munich stands for.
When I watch FC Bayern Munich, Neuer is often full of energy. He is a fierce competitor who puts his heart on his sleeve for his club. Whenever Bayern is pushed back to their end, you will always see Neuer yelling and directing him teammates. You will always see him celebrate goals with him teammates. But most of all, you will always see the stable support he gives that Bayern’s defense needed. How many iconic saves can you think of from Neuer in a Bayern jersey? I’ve lost count myself.
While I believe FC Bayern has their future captain waiting in the wings in the form of 24-year-old Joshua Kimmich, at this moment Neuer is still Der Kapitän and I would not have it any other way.
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Did Bayern get it right by installing Neuer as the Captain or did they get it wrong?
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