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Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy happy to have met “idol”: Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s impact on the pitch goes further than just the borders of Germany.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Tigres UANL - FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images

When Al Ahly goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy took the pitch against Bayern Munich there was one player that he specifically wanted to meet: Manuel Neuer.

“Neuer is my idol; he’s the only goalkeeper that I watch. I was thrilled to meet him and told him that,” said El-Shennawy (as captured by

While El-Shennaway marked that one off of his bucket list, he was also happy that his squad was able to give Bayern Munich such a good fight. The Egyptian club battled relentlessly against the Bavarians, but was just overmatched in the end.

“Even if you lose against Bayern Munich, it is natural that the fans want to be happy,” said El-Shennawy. “What we have to do as players is focus on our work and look at the positives. The Bayern match was great and we did what we had to do and we followed the instructions of the coach.”

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