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Manuel Neuer set to make history as Germany’s record goalkeeper

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In what should be an exciting clash against Spain on Tuesday, Germany has provided yet another storyline to look for in the group’s decisive last match.

Germany v Ukraine - UEFA Nations League Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Bayern Munich shot stopper Manuel Neuer, is set to make history on Tuesday night when Germany faces off against Spain in the UEFA Nations League. Should he start once again, Neuer will become the all-time most capped goalkeeper for Germany with his 96th appearance for Die Mannschaft.

Neuer made himself level with the current record of 95 appearances after a 3-1 win over Ukraine on Saturday. He currently shares the record with Bayern Munich legend, Sepp Maier, who previously held the record since 1979.

Germany v Ukraine - UEFA Nations League
Manuel Neuer is closing in on 100 appearances for Germany.
Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Maier is clearly excited for his record to be overtaken by a fellow Bayern icon. “It’s about time. It’s 41 years since I set the record and I congratulate him,” Maier told DPA last week. The Bayern stopper is clearly still at his best after an exemplary treble winning season for the Bavarians, winning the Champions League trophy for the second time in his career.

When Maier was asked about Neuer hanging up his gloves he responded by saying “there is nothing wrong with him.” That is a statement that no one can argue as Neuer still performs at a top-class level at the age of 34. With Buffon still playing at the age of 42, it isn’t impossible to project several more years of excellent play from the World Cup champion.